SBA 8(a) Certification

Cypher Analytics, Inc. entered the Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) program for small disadvantaged businesses in September 2012. This program is intended to benefit both the client as well as the contractor through processes that ensure quality performance and competitive pricing. Through this program, Government Agencies can contract directly with Cypher Analytics using Sole-Source Acquisition. Sole source contracts present a way for Government Agencies to quickly procure the goods and services they require, cutting lengthy contracting delays typical of competitive acquisitions while fulfilling Federal small business goals. 


Three Ways to Contract with Cypher Analytics

1. Sole-Source Directly to Cypher Analytics, Inc.

Any federal agency can identify work especially suited for an 8(a) firm and can set-aside the project without releasing it for competitive bids, allowing for a direct award to a nominated 8(a) firm.

2. Sole-Source IDIQ for Cypher Analytics, Inc.

When an agency finds an 8(a) company that they would like to utilize on a regular basis, the agency might choose to award a Sole-Source IDIQ (Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity) contract. Preparation of this IDIQ is very cost-effective for the agency as it minimizes the length of time involved in contracting out individual task orders. This type of contracting mechanism can be awarded very much like the sole-source contracts described above.

3. BOA with Cypher Analytics, Inc.

A BOA (Basic Order Agreement) can also be awarded on a sole-source basis under the 8(a) program. A BOA is a written instrument of understanding, negotiated between an agency, contracting activity, or contracting office and a contractor, that contains the following items:

    1. Terms and clauses applying to future contracts (orders) between the parties during its term.

    2. A description, as specific as practicable, of supplies or services to be provided.

    3. Methods for pricing, issuing, and delivering future orders under the Basic Ordering Agreement.

Any of the contracting vehicles described above can be used to provide both services (e.g. Engineering, Program/ Project Management, Financial Management, Training, Technicians) up to $4,000,000, and/or supplies (e.g. Networking Equipment, Servers, Software, Computers) up to $6,500,000.


These contracting options provide a quick turnaround from requirement / SOW to Contract Award and can be completed within weeks, enabling Cypher Analytics to fulfill any client requirement quickly and efficiently.


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