Sacramento, Calif., February 8, 2016 – AttainIt is the first woman-owned small business to receive a federal sole source contract. Federal contracting officers are allowed to award sole source contracts to women-owned small businesses as of October 14, 2015 under certain conditions. These conditions were met in January 2016 when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) needed to purchase five eco-friendly Polaris GEM electric vehicles for the Miami International Airport.
“We are thrilled that our efforts to educate our staff, suppliers and customers about the sole source tool paid off,” says Dawn Hall, AttainIt president & CEO. “DHS is a leader among federal agencies when it comes to providing opportunities for small businesses, and we’re honored to work with them on this contract. Our manufacturer, Polaris, is equally enthused and appreciates the value and expertise our company brings to the federal market.”
The federal government has a goal to award five percent of prime contracts to women-owned small businesses and fell short of the goal on the most recent 2014 Small Business Administration (SBA) government wide performance scorecard. SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship that federal agencies needed sole source authority to level the playing field for women-owned small businesses. With support from the small business committees, SBA worked with Congress and key small business stakeholders to include the provision in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015. It was signed into law by President Obama in December 2014 and the SBA issued a final rule in September 2015 to implement sole source authority the following month.
Sole source authority is allowed if these questions are answered affirmatively.
- Is the contract in a WOSB or EDWSOB eligible NAICS code?
- Is the contract valued at $6.5 million or less for manufacturing contracts or $4 million or less for all other contracts?
- Can the contract be awarded to the WOSB or EDWOSB at a fair and reasonable price?
- Is there a reasonable expectation that there is only one EDWOSB that can perform?
More information is available in the Federal Register at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/09/14/2015-22927/women-owned-small-business-federal-contract-program
AttainIt provides high-quality products and services to government agencies, prime contractors and large corporations. The company is a certified economically-disadvantaged, woman-owned small business (EDWOSB), small disadvantaged business, and certified HUBZone firm that can fulfill the requirements of small business spending directives and supplier diversity programs using various contract vehicles. Its suppliers include Agilent Technologies, Cole Parmer, Fisher Scientific, FLIR Systems, Garratt Callahan, Grainger, GRIFOLS, Johnson Controls, Peak Scientific, Polaris, Snap-on, Thermo Scientific and York. More information is available at www.attainit.net.