1. The agency's chief procurement official or a senior-level procurement official designated to act in place of the chief procurement official; and
2. The agency’s MBE liaison officer or a senior-level alternate designated to act in place of the MBE liaison officer.
3. The agency’s SBR liaison officer or a senior-level alternate designated to act in place of the SBR liaison officer.
1. Eligible for designation to the SBR Program when the total value is expected to exceed $50,000, and;
2. For evaluation of MBE and VSBE participation goals when the total value is expected to exceed $100,000.
1. The extent to which direct solicitation, subcontracting, race-neutral measures such as SBR Program designation, or a combination thereof will most likely result in maximum small and/or minority and veteran business inclusion.
2. Are MBEs/VSBEs and small businesses available to perform contracts at the prime contract level? Do enough MBEs/VSBEs exist at the prime contractor level to reasonably assure maximum opportunities for MBEs/VSBEs to compete for and potentially obtain the contract at that level?
3. Are MBE/VSBE subcontracting opportunities feasible?
4. Does the base of potentially-available MBEs/VSBEs for the contract’s work components make the MBE/VSBE subcontract goals attainable, taking into account the geographical proximity of MBEs/VSBEs to the work location?
5. Does the number of small businesses [as defined in COMAR 21.01.02.01B(80)] warrant designating the procurement as a small business preference procurement under COMAR 21.11.01?
6. Are the evaluation factors (when the solicitation is by competitive sealed proposals) designed to ensure that they do not unreasonably limit or inhibit participation by small businesses, including MBEs/VSBEs? Should the solicitation include the economic-benefits evaluation factor under COMAR 21.05.03.03A(3)?
7. Are the structure, specifications, and requirements of the solicitation designed to ensure that they do not unreasonably limit or inhibit participation by small businesses, including MBEs/VSBEs? Inhibiting factors may include unnecessary or prohibitive bonding requirements, restrictive specifications, unnecessary or unreasonable performance parameters, and unnecessary or unreasonable experience requirements. General policies for developing specifications are set forth in COMAR 21.04.01.
8. Is it feasible to divide a complex procurement into separate procurements consistent with MBE/VSBE and small business capacity?
9. Sole-source contracts: Are there work components that can reasonably be subcontracted to MBEs/VSBEs and other small businesses?
10. Renewal options: What are the benefits of exercising the option versus re-competing the contract? Consider such factors as past performance, potential for cost reduction, and current opportunities for small business or MBE/VSBE participation.
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