Sabre88, LLC Awarded Contract with Nuclear Regulatory Commission


Newark, New Jersey, August 24, 2014  Sabre88 has been awarded a contract, the company’s third, with the Nuclear Regulatory. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is responsible for the protection of the public health and safety in the civilian use of nuclear power and nuclear materials. The contract will require Sabre88, a global consulting firm in Newark, New Jersey, to provide a variety of support tasks associated with the Agency’s mission.

The scope of this partnership includes work associated with data entry, switchboard operations, ADAMS scanning and profiling, and various backup administrative duties including, reception duties/message taking for Information Management Center staff, copying, metering out-going mail, creating overnight express mail labels, and other related support functions.

Sabre88 has been awarded this opportunity for a period of one year plus three options years and as Sabre88’s third contract with the NRC, continues to expand the company’s relationship with the agency. We are elated to have been commissioned by the NRC to fulfill this opportunity, said Chairman and CEO Robert Cottingham, Jr. Sabre88 was founded upon the core values of: service, quality and integrity, which we believe allows us to build firm, long lasting relationships with our clients. The extension of our work with the NRC corroborates this vision.

About Sabre88, LLC.  Sabre88 is a global consulting firm applying capabilities in technology, public policy, international affairs, healthcare and education to government and commercial clients. With more than twenty years of experience offering strategic solutions, Sabre88 staff advance the firm’s mission to provide civilian and defense agencies of the government with the necessary tools to address emerging challenges and pursue global opportunities.



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Small FAR Phrasing Results in Major Impact on Small-Business Contracting Spending

The Federal Acquisition Regulation established by the heads of several agencies, requires that all large companies bidding on prime contracts specify the percentage of awarded dollars that flow through to small-business subcontractors. Section 52219-9 of the FAR Small Business Subcontracting Plan rules were drafted in order to guarantee that small businesses have the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in performing contracts, and to help the government meet its goal of awarding 35.9 percent of all subcontracting dollars to smaller companies. Collectively, agencies have failed to make this mark for the past five years.

Particular phrasing in the FAR complicates the issue. Of planned subcontracting dollars, large companies are required to set aside a percentage of that for small businesses, however, it’s required to be stated as a percentage of total subcontract dollars not a percentage of total contract dollars. This subtle, but crucial distinction means a large prime contractor can pledge to commit 40 percent of its subcontracting dollars to small business, but if the company provides services without the use of subcontractors, it still technically meets its small-business obligation. This lack of commitment proves threatening to smaller firms often seen as crucial engines of job creation in the United States that rely upon subcontractor dollars to continue operating.

Several federal departments have begun altering their procurement policies to require prime contractors to clearly state their small business plans as a percentage of total contract dollars. Along with this, the federal contracting community has begun to urge officials to revise the regulations, which would require action by the Defense Department, the General Services Administration and NASA, which oversee and are responsible for updating the rules.

The push to rework the language has arrived as agencies and policymakers are seeking means to reserve more government work for small companies. The House passed legislation, FY 2015 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill that included measurable changes to long standing small-business contracting rules. The most notable of which makes plans to streamline some of the bidding requirements for small firms, saving them time and money, and would lift the government’s annual small-business contracting target from 23 percent to 25 percent and its total subcontracting goal from 35.9 to 40 percent.