In a recent announcement, NOAA announced the:
Strategic Alignment and Sourcing Initiative
which is tagged as a Small Business Set-Aside. According to the annoucement,
this opportunity "is the mergence of both the Mission-Oriented IT Alignment
(MoITA) and Streamlined IT Performance Services (STRIPES) initiatives
into one, collective information technology (IT) strategic alignment and
sourcing initiative. This new initiative is a small business set-aside."
At first blush, this sounds like a decent potential opportunity for the IT
small business community to be aware of, but there is something which concerns
me. The fact that "NOAA along with the Minority Business Development Agency
(MBDA) is sponsoring a Kickoff Conference for this new NOAA initiative."
would lead one to believe that someone in the government will be
watching this closely, given recent history of other initiatives/acquisitions
which were also established as small business set-asides.
As it is, the assigned NAICS Code for this initiative is the infamous
517110 Wired Telecommunications Carriers which has a size
standard of 1,500 employees.
Without reading the scope of work for
MoITA,STRIPES, or the new merged opportunity,
can someone tell me where this sounds like a job for a company with this as a
"This industry comprises establishments engaged in (1) operating and
maintaining switching and transmission facilities to provide point-to-point
communications via landlines, microwave, or a combination of landlines and
satellite linkups or (2) furnishing telegraph and other non-vocal communications
using their own facilities."
Hey, if I'm wrong, I'm wrong. But I don't think so.
For everyone out there that has never heard me say this, this one's for
Most small businesses I know are not seeking handouts. They are more than
willing to work to earn their keep. Additionally, there are many small
businesses with capabilities and capacity to solve lots of problems for
government customers, that are not relying on socioeconomic designations to get
I talk to business owners and executives everyday who are also proud, loyal
Americans who are routinely disappointed by actions which appear to turn a deaf
ear to a major segment of this Nation, who would go out of their way to support
The fact that this NAICS Code has been selected (again!) indicates to me that
someone is seeking a "not-so-small business" for this task. I'm certain there
are other NAICS Codes which would more accurately define the primary disciplines
needed to achieve success for this initiative, which would have drastically
different NAICS Codes and associated size standards.
Instead of "calling" it a small business set-aside when it appears a
small business is not really what someone has in mind, just place it out as full
and open competition and move on to the next opportunity instead of having our
Nation's small businesses waste their precious resources pursuing a
It really ticks me off to have to write this entry.
- The Chief Visionary