“There are a number of things that have to be done
and done very well to make sure we are successful,” he
said. “We do think it is quite a challenge and we have
a lot of folks working on it.”
The goal is to have 25 percent small business participation in the program, which Lovell said will “allow
for significant participation” by smaller companies.
However, the 25 percent goal does not specify that
the work should go to transportation providers, which
means the small business goals could be satisfied by
subcontractors providing IT and consulting services.
The Small Business Administration submitted a letter
to GAO last September stating that the DTCI solicitation
comprises a bundled requirement, which could be bad
for small business. But SBA could not find a legal defect
in the procedure followed by Transcom, especially given
the substantial cost savings anticipated.
The Small Business Act requires Transcom to prove it
can achieve at least 5 percent cost savings by bundling
the coordination and transportation function in a single
contract. The act urges agencies to refrain from bundling
services in a way that would prevent small businesses
from participating as prime contractors. That is, unless
the bundling is necessary to achieve substantial benefits.
Transcom contends it drafted the request for proposals using performance-based acquisition rules and
guidelines that emphasized results rather than how the
work would be performed.
“It allows for an assessment of work performance
against measurable performance standards,” said Lovell.
“We rely on the use of these performance standards and
other financial incentives to encourage competitors to
constitute effective ways to get the work done.”
The DTCI office was supposed to make a contract
award early this year, but the decision was delayed in part
by the protests and the GAO study. A contract could be
awarded some time in the second quarter, but “certainly in
2007,” Lovell said. Some observers say that the DTCI winner may not get started on the program until Labor Day.
“We have a department that has grown up doing business the legacy way,” Harnitchek said, citing the change
DTCI represents. “It is something new. There are wrinkles
and challenges but this is clearly the right way to go.”
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