Acquisition Strategy

ProTech will award a set of Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts with multiple awards to large and small businesses in five Domains: Satellite, Fisheries, Weather, Oceans, and Enterprise Operations. Awards will be based on full and open competition with reserves for small business at the IDIQ level. Existing contracts will have a logical transition to the ProTech contracts, in order to serve mission requirements.

  • Use of FAR Part 15 procedures, Contracting by Negotiation
  • 5 Year Contracts (2 Year Base Period with 3 one-year Option Periods
  • Program maximum ceiling is $3 Billion over the 5 years
  • Task Order awards will be in accordance with FAR 19 requirements
  • Task Orders will be issued on a firm-fixed price, cost reimbursable, or time and material basis

Selection Process

A solicitation will be drafted for each Domain. Evaluation factors and rating schemes are determined by client organizations.

  • Proposal evaluations and awards by Domain: Offerors will have to demonstrate capability by Domain; but do not have to cover an entire Domain
  • Competitive Range: Efficient and effective number that will permit competition among the most highly-rated proposals
  • Sufficient number of contracts: The number of awards will be driven by the mix of firms, sufficiency for effective task order competition, socio-economic needs, the need to reach specialized and niche talent, and the need to provide comprehensive service across an entire Domain

Small Business

The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 allows for reserving contract awards for small business under a full and open competition. A Contracting Officer may award an IDIQ contract to a small business, even if there are higher rated large businesses. The intent is to make awards to each socio-economic category of small business (HUBZone, SDVOSB, WOSB, etc.) in each Domain. The number of awards to small business will be determined by the quality of proposals received, the capability to meet NOAA’s requirements, and the need to achieve Department of Commerce socio-economic goals. The Domains and applicable NAICS codes and related small business size standards are set forth below:

ProTech NAICS Code Determination
Domain NAICS Code Size Standard
Satellite 541712* 1,000 Employees
Fisheries 541990 $15M
Weather 541330 $15M
Oceans 541620 $15M
Enterprises 541611 $15M
*As of October 2017, NAICS code 541712 will split into two separate codes: 541713 Research and Development in Nanotechnology and 541715 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Nanotechnology and Biotechnology). The ProTech Satellite Domain IDIQ was solicited in August 2016 and awarded in June 2017 under code 541712 and it will remain applicable to the Satellite Domain for the life of the contract.

Industry Days

NOAA conducted an Industry Day to inform Industry Partners of the ProTech acquisition strategy. The News & Events page provides details on past and future Industry Days that will occur for each individual ProTech Domain.