National Supply Network Government Programs

Hubzone Certified

National Supply Network (Owner and Operator of National Supply Network ) was certified on November 19th 2014, certification number 52166.

National Supply Network is now a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) certified small business. The HUBZone program is part of the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 1997 as part of the Federal Government's efforts to promote economic development and employment growth in these distressed areas by providing access to federal contracting opportunities. The Hubzone program is adminstered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and encourages economic development in historically underutilized business zones (HUBZones) by establishing preferences for participant businesses.

There are four types of contract types under the HUBZone program:

A competitive HUBZone contract can be awarded if the Contracting Officer has a reasonable expectation that at least two qualified HUBZone small businesses will submit offers and that the contract can be awarded at a fair market price.
A sole source HUBZone contract can be awarded if the Contracting Officer does not have a reasonable expectation that two or more qualified HUBZone small businesses will submit offers, determines that the qualified HUBZone small business is responsible, and determines that the contract can be awarded at a fair price. The government estimate cannot exceed $5.5 million for manufacturing requirements or $3.5 million for all other requirements.
A full and open competition contract can be awarded with a price evaluation preference. The offer of the HUBZone small business will be considered lower than the offer of a non-HUBZone/non-small business, providing that the offer of the HUBZone small business is not more than 10 percent higher than that of the non-HUBZone business.
A subcontract could be awarded by a large prime contractor. Federal rules require these contractors to include HUBZone contracting goals.
A sole source or no-bid contract is awarded when there is only one company that can provide the contractual services needed, and any attempt to obtain bids would only result in one company being available to meet the need. It is awarded usually, but not always, by a government group after soliciting and negotiating with only one firm. The general process is to:

Determine the need for a sole source contract.
Evaluate the contractor's offer.
Submit a sole source justification.
Receive approval for the sole source award.
Proceed with standard agency purchasing procedures.
The evaluation for a sole source award is substantially different from a competitive evaluation. The cost evaluation becomes even more important because the government is in a weak negotiating position. The auditors are generally limited to reviewing labor costs, subcontractor proposals, material costs, overhead and general and administrative expenses.

The technical evaluation is limited to a review of the technical proposal to ensure that what the offeror is proposing will meet the full needs of the government (per its solicitation). The technical representatives of the project team perform a review of design and production hours, which is integrated into the auditor's analysis to help provide a strong position for the negotiations.

The lead time for processing of a sole source award can vary depending on the dollar threshold of the requirement, whether the item is commercial or noncommercial, and whether the item is available via a U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Schedule.