Justification and Approval Threshold for 8(a) Contracts changes

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense-Acquisitions and Sustainment released a memo today regarding class justifications for procurements.

Effective immediately, for procurements valued at $100 million or less, contracting officers are not required to execute a justification and obtain approval for award of a sole source contract under the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program.

You can read the memo here.

Small Business Office

Welcome to the Kansas City District's Small Business Office

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Kansas City District has a strong commitment to the Small Business Program.  We assist firms doing business with the Government to ensure small and disadvantage businesses have the maximum opportunity to participate on Kansas City District contracts. 

Mission Statement

To sustain the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a premier organization in developing small businesses and maximizing their opportunities to participate in our procurements, thereby ensuring a broad base of capable suppliers to support the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mission and strengthen our Nation’s economic development.

Contracting Guide

Contracting: Guide to doing business with USACE

US Army Corps of Engineers, Northwestern Division
Published Nov. 11, 2021

Getting Started:

Certain requirements bust be met to do business with the Federal Government. First, you must obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number at https://www.dnb.com/duns-number.html. Registration is free. You may register to do business with the Federal Government once you have a DUNS number. 

How to Register:

You must register your business in the System for Award Management (SAM) at https://www.sam.gov/SAM/ before submitting an offer or quote. Registration is free. 

  1. If you need help during SAM registration fisit the, Federal Service Desk at https://fsd.gov/fsd-gov/home.do for contact information via live chat, web form, or phone. 
  2. If you would like to be included in the Disaster Recovery Registry, you must indicate this during the SAM registration process; see information at https://www.acquisition.gov/disaster-response-registry.
  3. A current Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code is required to do business with the Federal Government. During the Same registration proces, a cage code will be assigned to your business. 

 

Locations

To find U.S. Army Corps of Engineers locations, visit http://www.usace.army.mil/Locations.aspx and review the mission of each District/Center Contracting Office to determin your interest. If you are a Small Business , contact the District/Center's Small Business Office to discuss your firm's capability. 

Acquisition Regulations, Instruction, and Desk Guide

USACE contract awards and administration are goverened by three regulations and an acquisition and instruction with companion guide. You will need to become familiar with each:

  1. Regulations: Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) https://www.acquisition.gov/; FAR procedures and deviations https://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/dars/far.html;  and Army FAR Supplement http://www.acquisition.gov/afars.
  2. USACE Acquisition Instruction an USACE Desk Guide: The latest version dated June 3, 2019 may be obtained from the Contracting Officer and updates can be found at https://www.usace.army.mil/Business-With-Us/Contracting/Resources/.

Contract Opportunities

  1. Search for USACE contract opportunities at https://sam.gov/. Contract opportunites may be searched by keyword, solicitation number, or District/Center name. Each contract opportunity is classified by a Product Service Code (PSC) or Federal Supply Code (FSC), and a North American Industry Classifcation System (NAICS) code. Thus, it is important to know which PSC, FSC, or NAICS applised to your industry. To learn about a PSC or FSC, view the Product and Service Code Manual at https://www.acquisition.gov/psc_manual. To learn about NAICS codes, visit https://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/
  2. If you are a Small Business, to find subcontracting opportunities on USACE contracts, search the Small Business Administration (SBA) Subcontracting Network at https://catalog.data.gov/dataset/subcontracting-network-subnet-system.
  3. For all USACE contract awards, conduct a Contract Data search at https://sam.gov/. A search of the data is a great way to seek subcontract opportunities, as well as monitor expiring contracts for future contract opportunities.  

Contact

Small Business Program Logo
Kansas City District
Small Business Office
816-389-3927
CENWK-SB@usace.army.mil

Outreach Opportunities

Kansas City District Outreach Opportunities
Meeting Dates and Locations remain unpredictable due to COVID-19 restrictions and limitations. For the most current information on Small Business outreach events visit:...
SAME Small Business Conference
November 01 to November 03 ICAL Google
2022 – November 1-3, Music City Center, Nashville, Tennesseehttps://www.samesbc.org/ ...

Firms who feel they have been unfairly treat should contact

Regulatory Enforcement Fairness
Office of the National Ombudsman
U.S. Small Business Administration
409 3rd Street, S.W.
Mail Code: 2120
Washington, DC 20416

ombudsman@sba.gov