About Our Company
Sensory Technology Consultants is a woman-owned small business company based in Utah. The company was started in 2006 by Linda Rawson. Since then the company has grown and is producing quality work for many clients.
Sensory Technology Consultants was organized as a limited liability corporation but as since been incorporated.
The Sensory part of our corporate name clearly indicates to both our employees and existing clients that the fundamental core of our business is to stimulate the senses. We want our work to focus on customer's ability to see, hear and feel the information technology experience.
The Technology part of our corporate name indicates that we will use the most current and appropriate technology for the job to ensure the customer gets the product that they want in time and within budget.
The Consultants portion of the corporate name lets customers know that there are quality professionals addressing the information technology needs of the client. Our employees are encouraged to always think "outside of the box." We view ourselves as a dedicated team of client needs-driven solution providers. We strive for practical solutions and seek out opportunities to solve our client's most difficult problems.
What is 8(a)?
Named for Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act, this program was created to help small and disadvantaged businesses compete in the marketplace. It also helps these companies gain access to federal and private procurement markets. The program is designed for socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
Why use the 8(a) program?
Contracts can be directly awarded to an 8(a) firm, under $4M for Services and $6.5M for Manufacturing, without much of the normal contracting process overheads:
- A qualified 8(a) firm is considered to be a lock-tight sole source justification which means Justification & Approval (J&A) is not required for contract award per FAR 6.204, FAR 6.302-5(b)(4), and 15 U.S.C. 637
- 8(a) contracts are one of the exceptions listed in FAR 5.202(a)(4), which waive the requirement to publish the synopses of contract actions for section 8(a) of the Small Business Act
- Can continue to use same 8(a) company for follow-on contracts per FAR 19.805-2(d).
- 8(a) contracts can be issued much quicker than other processes, even IDIQ type task orders
- Even over the $3.5M/$5M threshold, SBA may accept sole source if there is not a reasonable expectation that at least two eligible and responsible 8(a) firms will submit offers at a fair market price per FAR 19.805-1(b).
What are the advantages for using Sensory Technology as an 8(a)?
As a small business, we have low overhead structure and costs. With technical competence and competitive rates, we strive to provide the best service and support to our clients.
Is the contracting process really that easy?
- Have a requirement that could go 8(a). For sole source, under $4M for Services and $6.5M for Manufacturing.
- Draft a statement of work and a purchase request (PR). On block 12. REMARK section of the PR, add the statement “Recommend sole source award to 8(a) firm, Sensory Technology Consultants, Cage Code 4KM96”.
- Coordinate PR through the normal approval process, including base/agency small business office and contracting.
- Base/Agency contracting office sends an “offer letter” to the SBA, and SBA sends an “acceptance letter” to base/agency contracting office.
- RFP is sent to Sensory Technology Consultants where they present an oral or written offer. Rates and Cost are negotiated.
- Base/Agency contracting office negotiates directly with Sensory Technology Consultants for the contractual terms.
- The order is issued to the SBA.
How long does the contracting process take?
Typically if everything is in order the time can be between 30 and 60 days.
Mentor Benefits to Customer
- Customer has the opportunity to acquire experienced personnel who have worked in the industry
- Customer gets fluid requirement support by maintaining the relationship with the Mentor
Protégé Benefits to Customer
- Customer can utilize the sole source contracting vehicle the 8(a) program offers on competitive 8(a) requirements
- 8(a) gives the customer the same contracting vehicle for many years
- Protégé utilizes Mentor’s technical and managerial experience
- The trust granted to the Mentor is applied to the Protégé