About the NSSC Small Business Program
The NSSC Small Business Office is responsible for providing outreach and liaison support to industry (both large and small businesses) and other members of the private sector. These activities are accomplished through a combination of individual counseling sessions, dissemination of information on upcoming NSSC procurement opportunities, and participation in local small business outreach events. The NSSC small business specialist also serves as the primary advisor to the NSSC acquisition community on all matters related to small business.
The Vision of the NSSC Small Business Office is to promote and integrate all small businesses into the competitive base of contactors that pioneer the future of space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research.
The Mission of the NSSC Small Business Office is to:
- Advise the NSSC acquisition community on all matters related to small business
- Promote the development and management of NASA programs that assists all categories of small business
- Develop small businesses in high-tech areas that includes technology transfer and commercialization of technology
- Provide small business maximum practicable opportunities to participate in NSSC prime contracts and subcontracts
It is important to note the NSSC small business specialist:
- Cannot assist contractors in the preparation of proposals
- Cannot in any way guarantee receipt of a contract award
- Serves as an advisor to the Contracting Officer who has final authority over contractual matters
- Is not involved in the personnel decisions of a contractor, including the hiring of new employees
NASA SHARED SERVICES CENTER (NSSC)
The NSSC was established as a result of an OMB A-76 competition and opened for business on March 1, 2006, on the grounds of Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The NSSC performs selected business activities for all NASA Centers in financial management, human resources, information technology, procurement and business support services. The consolidation and standardization of these activities, previously performed across NASA, allowed the NSSC to improve customer service and provide business support comparable to our Agency's technical excellence.
The NSSC's FY14 prime small business goals are:
How to Do Business with the NSSC
1. Identify Your Product or Service
- Know the Federal Supply Class or Service (FSC/SVC) codes (http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office
/procurement/regs/FSCCodes.doc) and the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes (http://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/) for your products or services.
- Prepare a capability brief in both printed and electronic versions with an emphasis on Government work.
2. Register Your Business
- Obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number (http://www.dandb.com/fedgov/).
- Register with the System for Award Management (SAM) (http://www.sam.gov).
- Register with the NASA Vendor Data Base (NVDB) (https://vendors.nvdb.nasa.gov).
3. Identify Your Target Market
- Review the NASA Acquisition Forecast (http://prod.nais.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/nais/forecast.cgi).
- Review the NASA Web site (http://www.nasa.gov), the OSBP Newsletter (http://osbp.nasa.gov/newsletter.html), and industry publications such as Space News, Aviation Weekly, and Physics Today.
4. Identify Current NSSC Procurement Opportunities
- Identify current procurement opportunities in your product or service area by checking the Federal Business Opportunities Web site (https://www.fbo.gov) or the NASA Procurement Web site (http://prod.nais.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/nais/link_syp.cgi), which can assist you in identifying NASA requirements and send you e-mail notifications of released requirements.
5. Familiarize Yourself with NASA Contracting Procedures
- Be familiar with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) (http://farsite.hill.af.mil) and the NASA FAR Supplement (http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/procurement/regs/nfstoc.htm).
6. Investigate Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) Contracts
- Contact the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) (http://www.gsa.gov/portal/category/100611) for information on how to obtain a Federal Supply Schedule contract. Many NASA purchases are, in fact, orders on FSS contracts.
7. Explore Subcontracting Opportunities
- Obtain information on subcontracting opportunities through the SBA's SUB-Net (http://web.sba.gov/subnet/search/index.cfm) or Subcontracting Opportunities Directory (http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/contracting/contracting-opportunities/sub-contracting/subcontracting-opportunities-directory). Solicitations or notices are posted by prime contractors. NASA's list of prime vendors is located on the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center's Web site (http://ec.msfc.nasa.gov/doing_business/).
8. Investigate Other NASA Small Business Programs
- Explore other small business programs, such as the NASA Mentor-Protégé Program (http://osbp.nasa.gov/mentor.html), the Small Business Innovation Research Program (http://sbir.gsfc.nasa.gov/SBIR/SBIR.html), and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions Program. Information on these and other programs is available on the NASA Office of Small Business Programs Web site (http://osbp.nasa.gov).
9. Market Your Firm Well
- After you have identified your customers, researched their requirements, and familiarized yourself with NASA procurement regulations and strategies, it is time to market your product or service. Present your capabilities directly to the NASA Centers that buy your products or services. Realize that, as with yours, their time is valuable. If the match is a good one, you can provide them with a cost-effective, quality solution to their requirements. Good luck!
Point of Contact
NSSC Small Business Specialist
Michael L. Sweigart
NSSC Procurement Officer