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How to use ITnova 8(a) Vehicle

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What is the Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) Program?

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) Business Development Program was designed to simplify the federal procurement process for certified business participants, such as ITnova. The 8(a) Program was developed to enable federal government Program Managers to save time, effort, and cost in the procurement process and to protect the interests of small businesses.

Overall, this program serves to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. With projects up to $7 million for certain types of hardware ($4M for software/services), the 8(a) Program allows for direct contracting without a lengthy competitive process. This allows a project to begin in a timely manner. In speeding up the process, time sensitive projects can get started in days instead of months.

Why Use an 8(a) Contract Vehicle?

Choosing ITnova allows your organization to work directly with a company that is both experienced and efficient in consulting to develop and implement business technology solutions. The benefits of using an 8(a) contract vehicle include:

  • Significantly faster procurement process – start the project in days instead of months
  • Lower overhead costs - working with smaller businesses
  • Streamlined approach to the project - due to reduction in bureaucracy
  • Ability to procure both goods and services quickly and easily

How to Use an 8(a) Contract:

Below are the steps you can follow to use the SBA 8(a) Program to work with ITnova (as defined in the Code of Federal Regulation, Title 13, Chapter I):

Step 1: Define scope of project (Sec.124.502(a)).
Step 2: Send letter of intent to SBA district officer (Sec. 124.502(b)). The written letter of intent to award procurement to ITnova should be emailed to Austen Colledge, our Business Development Specialist at the SBA via email or fax 410.962.1805. You may also contact him directly at (410) 244-3321 or his cellphone (410) 292-7182. Address: City Crescent Building, 10 S Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201. Please include the following in the letter:

  • A description of the work to be performed
  • An estimated period of performance
  • The NAICS code that applies to the principal nature of the acquisition
  • The anticipated dollar value of the requirement, including options, if any
  • The type of contract to be awarded, such as firm fixed price, cost reimbursement, or time and materials
  • Identification of any specific Participant (ITnova) that the procuring activity contracting officer nominates for award of a sole source 8(a) contract, if appropriate, including a brief justification for the nomination, such as one of the following:
    • The Participant, through its own efforts, marketed the requirement and caused it to be reserved for the 8(a) Program
    • The type of contract to be awarded, such as firm fixed price, cost reimbursement, or time and materials
    • The acquisition history, if any, of the requirement
Step 3: SBA accepts an offer within 3 (if contract is below $4M) to 10 (if it is above $4M) days of receiving letter of intent (Sec 124.503(a)).
Step 4: Either an SBA delegated contract or a three-party agreement is signed within 3 days of receipt (Sec 124.508(a-c)).

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Buying from ITnova IT 70 Schedule Contract No. GS35F485GA

You can access ITnova solutions on IT Schedule 70. According to GSA, small businesses such as ITnova make up more than half of IT Schedule 70 industry partners. Find ITnova IT Schedule Contract on GSA here. By using the IT Schedule 70 and using ITnova, your agency can meet their socioeconomic goals such as EDWOSB, 8(a), WOSB, SDB. In accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), customers can mandate or indicate a preference for small businesses for their acquisitions.

How to find ITnova under IT 70 Schedule

  1. Visit GSA's eLibrary and choose IT Schedule 70 from "Quick Schedules", found in the drop down menu on the top right
  2. Go to the top search box and type in ITnova
  3. Find and select your contract number
  4. On the information page, you will see a square box that says pricelist T&C. Select that square box and you will see your pricelist/contract.
  5. Further sort the search results by location or download them to a spreadsheet. Follow FAR 8.4 Federal Supply Schedules ordering procedures to do business with the selected vendors.
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Buying services from ITnova

You can access ITnova solutions using CATS + Master Contract. The objective of this Master Contract, effective April 22, 2013 through April 21, 2028, is to enable State government to procure IT consulting and technical services in a timely and economical manner.

Through CATS+, the State will have a flexible means of obtaining information technology (IT) resources quickly, efficiently, and cost effectively by issuing task orders specific to its needs. You can find ITnova rates and more information here.

The Defense Technical Information Center Information Analysis Center Multiple Award Contracts (DTIC IAC MAC) are large indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts. ITnova, in partnership with ACET, is extremely happy to make this announcement.

The purpose of these three contracts is to leverage the best expertise from industry, other government agencies, and academia to solve the government's toughest scientific and technical problems.


8(a) SBA certified Until 2025
GSA IT 70 Schedule GS35F48GA
MBD/DBE Maryland 12-364
M/WBE Baltimore 15-395621
SBR Maryland 12-1226
8(m) Program EDWOSB / WOSB / SDB

Company Information

Registered Name: ITnova
Year Incorporated: 2011
State of Incorporation: Delaware
Headquarters: Maryland
D-N-U-S Number: 9688550140
Cage Number: 6G2Y8


ITnova continues to be our preferred subcontractor for this project because of their unique ability to rapidly recruit and sustain fully qualified professionals from within a variety of supporting categories.


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