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USSS Small Business Industry Day – 7 April 2022
Questions & Answers

Q1: Will the Secret Service sponsor contractors for a FCL for those requirements where a FCL is required?

A1: The National Industrial Security Program allows for a company without an FCL to be
sponsored for one, but only after they have been awarded a classified contract.

Q2: Will we be getting copies of the slides?

A2: The slides were made available prior to the meeting. If you need additional assistance, please
contact Kim Witcher at pro.smallbusiness@usss.dhs.gov.

Q3: Is there set asides for HUBZone certified small businesses?

A3: Yes, we do have the ability to set asides for HUBZone only requirements. The decision to set-
aside for a particular socio-economic category is made by the contracting officer based on market
research.

Q4: Have you had a disparity study done in the last 5 years?

A4: The USSS does not conduct the study. However, the National Defense Authorization Act for
Fiscal Year 2015 requires the SBA to produce a study every five years regarding the participation of
women-owned businesses. As of October 2020, the SBA is preparing a new disparity study to look at
underrepresentation of WOSB and Economically Disadvantaged WOSB in the federal marketplace
to establish the NAICS codes where these groups would be eligible for set-aside and sole source
contract awards.

Q5: Can you speak on small procurements/micro-purchases under $25K. Who would we need to contact?

A5: You may contact any of the contracting officers mentioned in the April 7, 2022, Industry Event.
For further assistance, please contact Kim Witcher at pro.smallbusiness@usss.dhs.gov to coordinate
a meeting with a particular contracting officer.

Q6: If a buy is set-aside for OASIS, will DHS consider other vehicles?

A6: Generally, the initial determination is made on the particular contract vehicle when the APFS is
posted. The contracting officer is responsible to conduct market research. If information produces
new information, the original strategy may change, and the APFS record is updated. The contracting
considers all available contract vehicles and strategy in making the best decision for the agency.

Q7: Should you avoid contracts that are not specified small business if you are a small business?

A7: No, the USSS encourages small businesses to participate in contracting opportunities set-aside
for small businesses, and those advertised as unrestricted.

Q8: How often do you anticipate having future Industry days

A8: The USSS will conduct Industry Days at least once a year. The USSS encourages industry to
participate/attend other Industry Days held by DHS, its components, and other federal agencies.

Q9: Can the presenter speak to the following New Requirement listed on the APFS? The record number is:
F2022056958. The title is: Basic Emergency Preparedness and Response Course. Ms. Timmons is the listed
PoC.

A9: The requirement under APFS number F2022056958 has not yet been finalized. As a result, I do
not have additional information. The forecasted dates and information were prepared based on when

USSS Small Business Industry Day – 7 April 2022
Questions & Answers

we expect to receive the final requirement. If there are changes to the estimated solicitation release,
we will update the APFS record.

Q10: Has the Oasis strategy been cast in stone or will they be willing to look at GSA MAS

A10: Based on the market research, it has been decided that we will procure using GSA OASIS Pool
2 Unrestricted.

Q11: Do you have need for analytics and manpower studies?

A11: Yes. There is a need for analytics and manpower studies. The Secret Service point of contact is
Mr. Steven Scott, Division Chief, Enterprise Analytics Division. His email address is
Steven.Scott@usss.dhs.gov

Q12: Our AI is being developed for TSA screening, so we are very interested in DHS Strategic Vehicle for
screening, x-ray etc.

A12: A good starting point is to contact the DHS Strategic Sourcing Office at
SSOInquiry@hq.dhs.gov. Artificial Intelligence using X-ray screening may be categorized under
https://www.dhs.gov/publication/security-protection.

Q13: Will the Secret Service sponsor contractors for a FCL for those requirements where a FCL is required?

A13: Please see response to Q1

Q14: I'm most interested in supporting the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy and potentially Office of
Human Resources. We do workforce/manpower studies, among other analytic work - so not products such
as grenades and ammo for example. Who would be the best person to reach out to?

A14: The Secret Service point of contact is Mr. Steven Scott, Division Chief, Enterprise Analytics
Division. His email address is Steven.Scott@usss.dhs.gov

Q15: We have a new technology security screening scanner which detects weapons and pipe bombs. It
eliminates the need of emptying the pockets, etc. It separates the common items like keys, coin, belts. We
would like to showcase this to USSS.

A15: Please contact Kim Witcher at pro.smallbusiness@usss.dhs.gov, and she will coordinate a
meeting/demonstration with both the appropriate contracting officer and the program office.

Q16: For acquisition opportunities listed in APFS, can the Government provide program office or end client
contact

A16: For the appropriate program office contact information, you may coordinate directly with the
associated contracting officer listed in the APFS.

Q17: Who is the NOSC incumbent?

A17: The incumbent contractor is GDIT.

Q18: FOR NOSC RFP, this is currently a large business requirement. Will this be a SB requirement now?

A18: The final determination has not been made as Procurement is still working with the Program
to facilitate the best way forward for the agency.

Q19: What is the current value of the help desk?

USSS Small Business Industry Day – 7 April 2022
Questions & Answers

A19: The estimated value for the effort is $30-$50M.

Q20: Would we follow the same protocol for product updates as mentioned earlier for new products? In
other words, if we have already sold some products to SS but want to make you aware of new products
would we just send an email with product information?

A20: You may contact any of the contracting officers mentioned in the April 7, 2022, Industry Event.
For further assistance, please contact Kim Witcher at pro.smallbusiness@usss.dhs.gov to coordinate
a meeting with a particular contracting officer.

Q21: In general: Does it present a problem, if we reach out to a CO about an upcoming opportunity (RFI
not yet posted)? Would that present an unfair advantage for the SB asking for the information.

Q21: Only if you are requesting specific technical details regarding the requirement. The CO should
not provide that information until the solicitation is released. It depends on what information you
are requesting.

Q22: How do you determine the Estimated Dollar Range in APFS?

A22: Based on market research and historical data.

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