Set-Aside, Awards, and DPLs

In September of 2010, the Small Business Jobs Act was signed into law and reaffirmed “parity” among federal small-business contracting programs (HUB, SDVOSB, 8(a), WOSB, and EDWOSB). The legislated parity among the small business set-aside programs and permissive regulatory language enables Contracting Officers to choose socioeconomic set-aside categories as necessary to meet procurement preference goals and levels the playing field while promoting competition among all small business contracting programs when competing for I-BPAs and other Federal contracts.

Beginning in 2012, new VIPR solicitations will be small business set-asides and Contracting Officers will be able to target specific socioeconomic categories at their discretion. This application potentially impacts DPL ranking, giving preference for targeted socioeconomic status yet providing incentive for competitive pricing. Contact the appropriate regional Contracting Officer for more information.

Best Value Award

Preseason Incident Blanket Purchase Agreements (I-BPAs) are awarded using a best value award process and the Choosing by Advantages methodology to determine the dispatch priority. At-incident EERAs do not follow a best value dispatch order.

Equipment Standards, Methods of Hire & Other Attachments

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