The American Small Business Coalition, a privately-owned small business concern providing education and advisory services to companies pursuing contracts and subcontracts with civilian, defense and intelligence agencies of the U.S. Government, is hosting a free webinar to assist the Social Security Administration with outreach to small businesses.
The Social Security Administration has a need for court reporting services at its regional offices. As of this posting, two solicitations (Phase I and Phase II) were issued by the agency's acquisition office to address these needs at seven of SSA's 10 regional offices.
This outreach effort is intended to facilitate Social Security Administration assessing and increasing potential participation by Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Concerns (SDVOSB) for a planned solicitation (Phase III) to address court reporting services at SSA regional offices in Region 6 (Dallas, Texas); Region 8 (Denver, Colorado) and Region 9 (San Francisco, California). SSA plans to issue a single Request for Proposal (RFP) for contractors to provide Verbatim Hearing Recording Services for multiple locations for regions 6, 8 and 9 on a geographical-area basis, broken down by multiple hearing offices. The number of multiple awards will be determined by the number of firms who submit acceptable proposals and have the capacity to handle the workload within a state (or in the case of Texas there may more opportunities). The planned date for release of the solicitation is the first week of March 2016.
- NAICS Code: 561492—Court reporting and stenotype services
- Size Standard: $15 million
- Set-Aside: Total small business (however, a significant response to the source sought could convert this to an SDVOSB set-aside).
- Estimated Value: Each region will have approximately $10 million annual acquisition value.
- Target Audience: Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business
For reference, interested parties can view the most recent solicitation (SSA-RFP-16-1017) on FedBizOpps and FedConnect.
WEBINAR: Guy Timberlake, Co-Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of The American Small Business Coalition will be joined by the Social Security Administration's Director for the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, Wayne McDonald, to provide additional information to industry organizations interested in learning more about Phase III of the Verbatim Hearing Recording Services opportunity. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions during the webinar by submitting them via the Q&A feature in the webinar system. A copy of the webinar recording and questions and answers from the session will be posted to The American Small Business Coalition website and the GovConChannel.com website at the earliest opportunity following the webinar presentation.
Attendee information captured during the registration process will be transferred without edit to Social Security Administration in support of this outreach.
BACKGROUND: The Social Security Administration’s (SSA), Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), Office of Chief Administrative Law Judge (OCALJ) has a need to utilize an outside Contractor to record hearings heard before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). SSA conducts hearings at Hearing Offices (HOs) and sites remote to those HOs throughout the United States, including the United States territories, such as Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa.
SSA conducts hearings as an administrative proceeding and the hearings do not take place in a court of law. The Contractor’s Hearing Recorders are not required to take shorthand, transcribe recorded material, or read back transcript during the proceeding.
DISCLAIMER: The American Small Business Coalition, LLC is not affiliated with the Social Security Administration and has no power or authority to incur any debt, obligation or liability of any kind in the name of or on behalf of the Social Security Administration or the U.S. Government. Use of the Social Security Administration seal and name in this or any other related information does not imply endorsement of The American Small Business Coalition or its products and/or services by the Social Security Administration or the U.S. Government.