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Government wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs), as well as Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts and Multiple-Award Contracts (MACs), continue to be one of the greatest catalysts for growth in our industry. The continued popularity of these contracts provides our customers an efficient and effective mechanism to keep pace with the rapid changes in the IT market. Today, Tope holds a GSA Schedule 70 for government wide access to IT Services.  In addition to this option Tope provides the unique capability of directed contract awards in accordance with the SBA 8(a) program as outlined below. 

 

There are many strong incentives to contract with Tribally-owned firms like Tope Technology.  Tope is 100% owned by the Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nation, a federally recognized North American Indian Tribe.  Because of the unique government to government relationship with the United States, Native American Tribes are granted special procurement rights which recognize that proceeds from Tribally-owned companies are used for the benefit of the entire Tribal membership, rather than individual owners.  Unlike individual owners, Tribes use these proceeds to build, sustain, and operate their communities for things such as education, law enforcement, health care, public works, etc.  Below are some advantages of doing business with Tope.

 

1) The SBA 8(a) Program

Tribal-owned firms are eligible to receive sole source 8(a) contracts regardless of dollar size.  Congress has 
also permitted tribes to have as many 8(a) firms as they wish, so long as each is in a different primary NAICS Code.  Additionally, certain exceptions to affiliation rules exist for Tribally-owned companies.  

 

 2)    The 5% Subcontracting Bonus for DoD contracts.


Section 504 of the Indian Finance Act (25 U.S.C. 1544) provides that a contractor subcontracting with a firm that is 51% or more owned by a Native American individual, Native American tribe, or Alaskan Native Corporation may receive an additional amount of compensation, above the amount of the prime contract, equal to 5% of the amount of the subcontract with the Native American entity.  Since FY 1997, the Defense Appropriations Act has contained at least $15 million for DoD to implement this program per year.  


The DoD procedure for tapping the bonus is relatively simple.  After a DoD contractor awards a subcontract 
to a 51% or more Native American-owned firm, it submits an invoice (calculation of 5% bonus) to its contracting officer, along with a copy of the subcontract, and proof that the subcontractor is 51% or more Native American-owned.  The invoice is routed through the DoD Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization and then to the Comptroller.  


In the event the entire budget is expended, all complete and eligible requests not yet funded are rolled over 
into the next fiscal year.  Tope Technology and its subsidiary companies are 100% owned by the Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nation and are fully eligible for this incentive program.  Pursuant to statutory language and implementing regulations, a DoD prime or subcontractor at any tier that subcontracts to Tope or its subsidiary companies is entitled to receive a bonus equal to 5% of the amount of the subcontract award.