The Department of Defense (DoD) requires that its prime contractors make the maximum use possible of small, small disadvantaged (to include HBCU/MIs), women-owned small business, HUBZone, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned and Veteran-Owned firms in its subcontracting program. Large business awarded federal contracts, valued at more than $1.5 million for construction or $650,000.00 for other than construction, are required to submit subcontracting plans designed to maximize the participation of small and small disadvantaged business concerns and subcontractors. Personnel from the DoD and the Small Business Administration make periodic reviews at contractor's plants to verify compliance with this program.
When submitting subcontract plans in response to Corps of Engineers solicitations, large prime contractors are encouraged to review Army Federal Acquisition Regulation, Appendix DD, SUBCONTRACTING PLAN EVALUATION GUIDE. This guide provides a methodology for uniform and consistent evaluation of subcontracting plans within the Army, and is available at http://www.arnet.gov/far/ , click on AFARS. Additional instructions on how to complete the subcontracting reports can be obtained from the Deputy for Small Business. Subcontracting reports are submitted electronically through the electronic subcontracting reporting system at www.esrs.gov.
A listing of all Department of Defense Prime Contractors with Subcontract Plans is located at the SBA internet address stated on the front page of this booklet. Large business concerns receiving contract awards valued in excess of the following are required to submit small business subcontracting plans for review by the Deputy for Small Business and approval by the Contracting Officer.
* $1,500,000 for construction
* $650,000 for other than construction
The plans include dollar and percent goals for small business, small disadvantaged business, veteran-owned small business, services-disabled veteran-owned small business, woman-owned business, historically black colleges/universities and minority institutions, and HUBZone small business.
- Firms can locate small, small disadvantaged, and small women-owned business firms for subcontracting by accessing SBA Dynamic Small Business search, http://web.sba.gov/pro-net/search/dsp_dsbs.cfm. Firms can be searched for by NAICS codes, key words, location, government and self certifications, business type, socio-economic category and more.
It is recommended that all small business firms search the U.S. Small Business Administration Subcontracting Network, http://web.sba.gov/subnet/search/index.cfm?CFID=27011629&CFTOKEN=4959e1bbaa38d3b-43A3661C-EA2F-7377-E74BEFE7FA58DF50 . Small business should list their interest for subcontracting in the Interested Vendor tab of www.fbo.go and after searching with W912DS as a keyword/solicitation number search.
In order to be awarded a Federal Government prime contract; contractors are required to register in System for Award Management (SAM). https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/.