Researching, identifying, and evaluating, high-quality, top-performing, and competitively-priced small business suppliers for NNSA programs is the function of this tool. Once a program requirement is identified, an independent research task is activated to locate top-of-the-line small businesses with capabilities in the specific performance areas.
Generally, four steps are taken before the final research results are submitted:
Each market research effort is independent and its timeline is driven by the program needs. If no small businesses are identified that meet the established criteria, Teaming, and Mentor/Protege arrangements are explored and suggested to build the competencies of small businesses to complete the requirement in the future. The result is to provide NNSA programs with the highest quality small business solutions and the best contracting vehicles/methodologies to complete the procurement.