Bering Global Solutions (BGS) & HumanTouch (HT)

An Alaskan Native Corporation (ANC) Joint Venture under the Small Business Administration (SBA) Mentor-Protégé Program ( PP)


Bering - HumanTouch JV 1, LLC (BHT) is an SBA 8(a) Joint Venture formed under the SBA MPP. Bering - HumanTouch JV delivers mission focused IT Support Services across the following capability areas:

  • Portfolio, Program & Project Management
  • Cloud Migration
  • Continuous Integration
  • ServiceDesk / Helpdesk / Call Center
  • Cybersecurity Engineering
  • Systems Engineering/Integration
  • Systems Development (Agile & Waterfall)
  • MicroServices Delivery
  • Technology Modernization /Road mapping
  • Assessment & Authorization
  • Network/Security Operations Center Support

 Mentor/Protégé Past Performance within:

  • US Census Bureau
  • Office of Personnel Management
  • Food & Drug Administration
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • US Marine Corps
  • US Army
  • US Air Force
  • Defense Information Systems Agency
  • US Department of Agriculture
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Department of State, Securities and Exchange Commission

SBA-Certified 8(a) ANC

GSA Schedule 70: 47QTCA20D009Y

Direct Negotiated Contract ANC 8(a)s may receive direct negotiated contracts regardless of dollar amount. 13 CFR 124.506(b)
No Award Dollar Limit ANC 8(a)s are not subject to the $4 million limitation on direct negotiated contracts applicable to other 8(a) firms. 13 CFR 124.506(b)
No Award Protest

The eligibility of a participant for a direct negotiated or
No Award Protest competitive 8(a) requirements may not be challenged by another participant or any other party, either to SBA or any administrative forum as part of a bid or other contract protest.

3 CFR 124.517(a)
SDB & Native American Credits Federal agencies contracting to an ANC are able to claim Small Disadvantaged Business and Native American credits.

13 CFR 124.109

13 CFR 124.105

5% DoD Incentive to Primes A contractor of a Federal agency under any Act of Congress may be allowed an additional amount of compensation equal to 5 percent of the amount paid to a subcontractor or supplier, in carrying out the contract if such subcontractor or supplier is an Indian organization or Indian owned economic enterprise. FAR Clause 52.226-1


Five Steps for Making a Sole Source 8(a) Award over $20 Million

The five steps for awarding a sole source contract in excess of $20 million are as follows:
  1. Prepare a written justification
  2. Obtain agency approval of justification
  3. Submit J&A to SBA accompanied with the offering letter and obtain SB acceptance for negotiation of the sole-source 8(a) contract
  4. Negotiate and execute the contract; and publish the J&A after award

Step I | Preparation of the Justification

The process begins with preparation of the Justification containing the five elements specified in FAR 6.303-2 (d).
As a minimum, each justification for a sole-source 8(a)contract over $20 million shall include the following information:

  1. A description of the requirement, usually this is simply the Performance Work Statement (PWS) associated with the proposed contract.

  2. A specification of the statutory provision providing the exception from the requirement to use competitive procedures in entering into the contract (see 19.805-1).

  3. A statement asserting that the use of a sole-source contract is in the best interest of the agency concerned.

  4. A statement that the anticipated cost of the contract will be fair and reasonable.

  5. Such other matters as the head of the agency concerned shall specify for purposes of this section

Step II | Justification Approval

FAR 6.303-1(b)(2) provides that the contracting officer shall not award a sole-source contract under the 8(a) authority (15 U.S.C. 637(a)) for an amount exceeding $20 million unless the justification is approved by the appropriate official designated at 6.304. The higher contracting authority that must approve this award shall be: (i) if a member of the armed forces,  general or flag officer; or (ii) If a civilian, the person shall serve in a position a grade above GS-15 under the General Schedule (or in comparable or higher position under another schedule).

If the value of the sole source exceeds $85.5 million (for DOD, NASA or Coast Guard), or $65 million for all other agencies, then approval must be granted by the senior procurement executive of the agency designated pursuant to the OFPP Act (41 U.S.C. 414(3)) in accordance with agency procedures. This authority is not delegable except in the case of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, acting s senior procurement executive for the Department of Defense.

Step III | SB Offering and Acceptance for Negotiation

A procuring activity contracting officer indicates his or her formal intent to award a procurement requirement as an 8(a) contract by submitting a written offering letter to SPA. For sole source requirements offered on behalf of. specific Participant, the letter is submitted to the SBA district office servicing that concern. 

Step III | SB Offering and Acceptance for Negotiation

Contract negotiation and execution for 8(a) sole source contracts over $20 million is exactly the same as the process for any other 8(a) sole source contract.

Step V | Public Posting of J&A

Any J&A issued for an 8(a) sole-source contract award over $20 million will require posting in accordance with FAR 6.305 usually within 14 ays of award.