Sole Source Justification for BOOST® Boot Camp
The Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) justifies the sole source procurement of products and services under the Women-Owned Small Business sole source authority.
On September 14, 2015, the Small Business Administration published a final rule to implement section 825 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 allowing sole source awards to Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) or Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSBs) in industries where women-owned small businesses have historically been under-represented.
OPP is an Economically-Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business and BOOST® service products fall under a WOSB under-represented NAICS code (§ 127.501) of 541613 – Human Resources. OPP is self-certified as WOSB in certify.SBA.gov (see instructions on how Contacting Officers can access the WOSB self-certification repository). Additionally, OPP is certified as EDWOSB by the following government authorities: Maryland, Virginia, Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, Baltimore and New York City.
OPP is a responsible contractor. OPP is rated “exceptional” in over 97% of their Contractor Performance Assessment Rating System (CPARS) assessments. Their GSA schedule contract GS-00F-0008W has been audited twice and both times received an “exceptional” rating. OPP has undergone a 3rd party assessment of their financial and accounting practices and their financial systems and processes are verified as DCAA-compliant.
Only one firm is reasonably available. OPP’s BOOST® Boot Camp service package is trademarked and is therefore a brand name package of services. Boot Camp involves a combination of specialized expertise and proprietary processes/tools. There are no other firms that provide this unique combination of services. There is no reasonable expectation that another bidder could provide services of comparable quality and value because of these proprietary and subscription tools and processes uniquely provided in this service package.
The anticipated award price of the BOOST® Boot Camp product is well under the simplified acquisition threshold and, even with follow-on options, the total contract would not exceed the $4,000,000 maximum ceiling for sole source.
The BOOST® price is fair and reasonable. In fact, when the value of proprietary tools and processes is compared to the value of the outcome, the price is below market and represents an excellent value for the money. According to Peter McCann, a management consultant and author, the cost to develop a strategic plan for a highly complex, multi-divisional organization is in excess of $10m. A simpler plan with one division and a few product lines ranges from $25,000-$125,000. BOOST® Boot Camp’s price of $23,600 represents a significant value to the agency.
Below is additional justification from authoritative sources on the value and return on investment the agency can expect as an outcome of purchasing BOOST® Boot Camp to reorient and reenergize the team:
Organizations with high effectiveness in change management and communications are 3.5X more likely to significantly outperform their industry peers than organizations that are not effective in these areas … Discretionary efforts from employees — their willingness to go the extra mile to deliver results — is critical (Towers-Watson 2013/2014 Change and Communication ROI Study Report)
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