Small Business

Alternative Authorities

Notice for scientific or research proposals which may lead to contracts.

Call for demonstrations in response to realistic scenarios.  Can use both FAR and Non-FAR authorities.

Pilot authority for sourcing innovative commercial solutions.  Can use both FAR and Non-FAR authorities.

Authority targeting innovative companies, academia and non-profits to solve complex government data challenges. Agencies use an interagency agreement with DOC's NTIS.

Non-FAR authority sanctioning commercial business practices for research, prototype and limited production efforts.

Industry competes to solve difficult problems when money, prestige or access is up for grabs.

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New or existing technology is leveraged to facilitate all phases of the acquisition lifecycle.

Competitive procedure to both link small businesses with government requirements and facilitate commercialization of innovative technology.

Market Research

Early disclosure of quality government cost estimates provide for better alignment of industry capabilities and government requirements.

Use of Q&A sessions allow for more fruitful exchange of information with vendors.

The government team meets individually with vendors.

The industry presents its perspectives to the acquisition community.


Addition and removal of contractors on multiple-award contracts.

Industry evaluates themselves and provides documentation to the government for validation.


Technology development made easy

No ratings assigned! Evaluators compare one offeror to another throughout the evaluation.

Evaluators assign holistic ratings rather than strengths, weaknesses, deficiencies, or risks.

In-depth requirements review and familiarization for offerors prior to delivery of final proposals.

Use multiple phases with smaller numbers of companies proceeding to the next phase.

The Highest Technically Rated Offeror with Reasonable Price (HTRO-RP) flips the script on what to prioritize when expediting selection decisions.

Hear directly from vendors and their technical experts.

Buyers can see, feel and test solutions before buying.


A concise award decision document focuses on the material elements of the award decision rather than an exhaustive history or duplication of other documents.

Break large contracts into several shorter-term, lower dollar procurements.

Immediate consensus evaluation in conjunction with oral presentations or a reading of the proposal.

An effective way to inform unsuccessful offerors of the award decision rationale.

Interjecting negotiations with the prospective awardee following selection, yet prior to award.

Post Award

Motivate contractors with additional periods of performance.

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Release of the government award rationale facilitates and enhances the debriefing process.