“The government wide IT acquisition contracts operated by the National Institutes of Health can help agencies with disadvantaged small business set aside contracting requirements as the General Services Administration’s 8(a) set-aside contract pushes past its ceiling, according to Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center’s (NITAAC) managers.”
“Companies that fall under the 8(a) designation have to be a small business that is majority owned by U.S. citizens whom meet the Small Business Administration’s criteria for being economically and socially disadvantaged…”
“NITAAC’s CIO-SP3 and CIO-CS contracts can be immediate backstops for the shuttered STARS II vehicle, said Keith Johnson, contracting officer for CIO SP3.”
“We don’t see GSA as a competitor,” said Johnson in an interview with FCW. “We’re glad to be in a position as a way for agencies to meet their 8(a) requirements,” he said. “NITAAC being here to pick up the slack is a good thing. There should be redundancy in Best in Class contracts,” he said…” Read the full article here.
Source: NITAAC says it can fill in for STARS – By Mark Rockwell, May 11, 2020. FCW.