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Procurement Center Representatives
The SBA Procurement Center Representatives (PCRs) are your advocates for establishing small business opportunities in federal contracts. When searching for a PCR it is important to know that:
- The Office of Government contracting covers the nation in a Six (6) Area Office concept (see the map).
- Each Area Office has a Director. If you cannot find the information you are seeking regarding a PCR and/or contracting support, please contact the appropriate Area Office Director near you.
- PCRs cover Federal government buying activities located at specific areas within their Area Office’s geographic responsibility.
- For specific contracting questions, click on the state where the buying activity is located to see the PCR to contact.
- For general contracting questions, click on your state to see the PCR that covers your area.
What you Need to Know as a Small Businesss
PCRs view many acquisition and procurement strategies before they are announced. This enables them to influence opportunities that should be set-aside for small business concerns including all socio-economic categories of 8(a) (Small Disadvantaged Businesses), Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB), Economically Disadvantaged WOSB (EDWOSB), Service-connected Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDV) and Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) small businesses. As a result of this privilege they fall under the Procurement Integrity Act (PIA) and cannot divulge pre-solicitation information. Among other activities, PCRs increase the small business share of federal procurement awards by:
- Initiating small business concern category set-asides;
- Conducting market research for small business sources to assist Federal buying activities;
- Assisting small business concerns with contracting issues or payment issues;
- Counseling small firms on understanding the federal contracting process;
- Educating contracting officers on the various regulations affecting small business;
- Advocating for the breakout of items previously acquired under full and open competition to be set-aside for small business concerns.
What you Need to Know as a Contracting Officer
PCRs are there to help you and your agency meet your small business goals. PCRs are to be invited into your acquisition strategy at the onset to help determine small business capability to perform. In addition PCRs:
- Have access to the Head of the Contracting Activity (HCA);
- Have full access to all documents regarding an acquisition;
- Like you, are covered under the provisions of the Procurement Integrity Act (PIA);
- Can provide education on small business regulations and tools to facilitate your market research;
- May not be at your activity but can be available virtually;
- Recommend requirements to be set-aside for all Small Business Concern categories;
- Review and determine acceptability of proposed large prime contractor subcontracting plans for small business goals and options;
- Have Congressional authority to appeal and suspend your acquisition if market research identifies case for set-aside (Form 70).
PCRs promote collaborative acquisition strategies and professionally provide training, outreach, and research. To receive additional information on the roles and responsibilities of the PCR see Far 19.402.