On Feb. 11, 2014, the U.S. Agency for International Development awarded a contract to provide technical monitoring and evaluation services in Bangladesh to U.S.-based development consulting firm International Business and Technical Consultants, Inc. The official title of the project and contract is Accelerating Capacity Monitoring and Evaluation or ACME.
The ACME contract was set aside for small businesses with an estimated cost range of between $11 million and $12.5 million over a 4-year period. It is a Cost-Plus-Fixed-Fee completion-type contract, meaning IBTCI and other bidders were required to propose a fixed fee for meeting the program objectives and delivering an end product. The proposed fee may be adjusted as a result of changes in the work to be performed under the contract.
The decision to set aside contracts for small businesses lies with the contracting officer, who either makes the determination on his own or alongside the Small Business Administration procurement center representative. In general, contracts worth more than $100,000 can be restricted to small businesses as long as bids could be expected from at least two qualified suppliers.
The key personnel for this contract — or the positions considered to be essential to the work being performed — were identified as chief of party, an M&E specialist for agriculture and food security, and an M&E specialist for natural resources management and climate change.