g. The Government intends to use electronic commerce methods to the
maximum extent practicable for TOs.
H.4 RE CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
H.4.1 THREE YEAR
The Contractor is required to re certify its small business size status every 3 years (or in
accordance with SBA regulations) on the anniversary of the contract award. Contractors
are required to submit updated Section K Representation and Certifications, prior to
the exercise of the third option year to remain eligible. The DOC recognizes the pending
SBA proposed rule, which requires annual recertification. Upon final ruling, a change to
the contract will be incorporated.
H.4.2 ADDITIONAL RE CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
The Contracting Officer may request re certification by the Contractor prior to, or after,
the three year certification benchmark. Re certification requests will result from, but are
not limited to, changes in stock ownership or purchases, novation agreements, or other
similar ownership/investment changes.
H.5 ON/OFF RAMP
The Department intends to utilize the re certification process to manage the On and Off
Ramps and maintain a sufficient pool of Contractors at each size category.
H.5.1 OFF RAMPS
Off ramps will be utilized when a Contractor outgrows their certified size status and is
therefore no longer eligible to receive new Task Orders within a specific size category
and/or failed to propose on task order requirements. Contractors that outgrow their size
status will either graduate into the next size category, or be removed from the contract
entirely, if they do not recertify in a size category in accordance with Section H.4 RE
CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS. In addition, if a Contractor fails to compete on at
least three task order requirements in a given year, it will not be eligible to compete on
future Task Orders and the Government may not exercise its option.
H.5.2 ON RAMPS
The Government reserves the right to conduct on ramps if it is determined to be in the
best interest of the Government. On ramps will be used to obtain a new pool of
Contractors as off ramps are implemented. On ramps will ensure that additional
Contractors have an opportunity to participate in the COMMITS NexGen and that
program goals and objectives are being met relative to fair opportunity practices. On
ramps will involve an open season and will be conducted no earlier than three years
from date of award. An open season will include publicizing a notice in the designated
Government point of entry, FedBizOps.
Contracts awarded under this open season provision will share in the ceiling of the
COMMITS NexGen program and their award shall not constitute a basis of contractual
adjustment for existing partners. Solicitation and any resulting contracts awarded under