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Federal Contracts & Subcontracts Greater Than $700,000

Learn more about federal contracts and subcontracts that are greater than $700,000

Integrated Procure to Pay Solutions' Small Business Development Office (SBDO), under Business and Financial Services (BFS), advocates and fosters opportunities for partnerships, contracts, and development for small and diverse businesses.

Finance Bulletin BFB-BUS-43 - Materiel Management contains the UC Policy for creating Small Business Subcontracting Plans in compliance with federal requirements.

Award Types: Principal Investigators can be awarded either:

  1. A prime contract with the agency, requiring that a Small Business Subcontracting Plan be submitted to the agency  OR
  2. A subcontract from another institution or company that has been awarded a prime contract - that prime contractor is also federally mandated to obtain a Small Business Subcontracting Plan from UC San Diego

PI's and Contract Administrators must work with the Small Business Development Office to create a Small Business Subcontracting Plan with small business utilization goals. 

Types of small businesses to be used for federally funded projects (for specific information about the categories below, see the sba.gov website):

  • Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) - Effective February 4, 2011, SBA began the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program
  • Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDB)
  • Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSB)
  • Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB)
  • HUBZone businesses (HUBZone SB)
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI – required only for DoD, NASA, and Cost Guard contracts)
  • Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) and Indian Tribes that have not been certified by the Small Business Administration as small disadvantaged businesses
  • Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) and Indian Tribes that are not small businesses

Federal law mandates a number of requirements with respect to small and diverse businesses.  As such entities are defined under federal law - in projects where federal funds are utilized. 

The UC Small Business Subcontracting Program requires formal certifications in order to increase maximum practicable utilization of small and diverse business, as subcontractors in Government contracts. This is a matter of national interest with both social and economic benefits. When a contractor fails to make a good faith effort to comply with a subcontracting plan, these objectives are not achieved, and 15 U.S.C. 637(d)(4)(f) directs that liquidated damages shall be paid by the contractor.