Small Business Advocacy Office
Small Business Advocacy Office
Overview

Small Business Advocacy Office

At CACI, we believe that working with small businesses leads to new capabilities, improved skill sets, and innovative technologies that can give us a competitive edge, all while helping our small business partners grow and become more competitive. To support these efforts, we have established the CACI Small Business Advocacy Office (SBAO) to work with our small business partners to help enhance their government contracting capabilities and to identify potential new partners to establish mutually beneficial relationships.

Since our founding in 1962, we have partnered with thousands of small businesses as part of our commitment to support the goals of our customers and increase opportunities for all businesses to make their diverse capabilities available to the federal government. In recognition of our support for small businesses, we have received awards from the Department of Defense, Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum, and Department of Homeland Security.

CACI fully supports and abides by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, which strengthens small businesses' ability to compete for and win contracts, and implements recommendations from the President's Task Force on Federal Contracting Opportunities for Small Business. For specific small business classifications and requirements, see www.sba.gov.

Memberships

CACI is proud member of:

HUBZone
HUBZone Contractors National Council
National Veteran Small Business Coalition
National Veteran Small Business Coalition
National Center for Veteran Institute for Procurement
National Center for Veteran Institute for Procurement
Recognition

Recognized for Small Business Initiatives

CACI's commitment to small business partnerships has been recognized numerous times over the years. 

  • 2018 (2), 2016, 2014, and 2010 Nunn-Perry Award – Outstanding Mentor-Protégé Team Within DoD
  • Nine-time winner of Champion of Veteran Enterprise Award (2010-2018) – National Veteran Small Business Coalition 
  • 2016 Small Business Partner of the Year – Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum
  • 2016 GOVSTAR Large Business Prime Mentor of the Year Award – Smart CEO Magazine
  • 2016 AFCEA International Small Business Advocate of the Year Award – Individual Award
  • 2014 and 2012 Mentor of the Year Award – Government Technology and Services Coalition
Resources
Helpful Links

Small businesses interested in partnering with us may find the following links and guidelines helpful:

Compliance
  • Performance goes beyond the Statement of Work
    • Government contracting comes with many rules
  • What is your company's accounting system?
    • Deltek, JAMIS, Oracle, and SAP are the best known and do offer lower-cost solutions for small businessess
    • ERP-GOV, PROCAS, and other systems are geared for small businesses
    • QuickBooks and similar may need modification by a third party to meet DCAA standards
  • What is your timekeeping policy and system?
    • The policy and procedure is as important, if not more important, than the system itself
Defense Audit Contract Agency (DCAA)
  • Finance and accounting processes
    • DCAA does not approve finance and accounting software, nor does buying the software make a company DCAA compliant
    • Just because you have the software does not mean Cost Reimbursable-type contracts can be supported
      • This is achieved through process development specific to your company utilizing the software as a tool to operate your own business processes. This includes, but is not limited to, long-range planning, pricing, job cost accounting, indirect cost allocation, time-keeping, expense reporting, purchasing, commitments, and billing. All of this is geared to accurate job cost records at the individual contract level.*
      • Written policy and procedure that is adhered to is essential for DCAA or DCMA compliance (Defense Contract Management Agency)

*Small Business Federal Government Contracting, February 8, 2008

Know Your Contract and Type
  • Read and understand your contract, subcontract, or purchase order
  • Types are normally limited to the following if no DCAA-approved systems
    • Fixed Price
      • Preferred due to low risk
    • Fixed Price Level of Effort
      • Acts like a Time and Materials (T&M) in some ways
    • Fixed Labor Hour
      • A T&M without the "M"
    • Time and Materials
      • Due to revised/reinforced DCAA guidance, a customer may view T&M to be Cost Reimbursable and choose not to issue a T&M without DCAA approved systems
      • This is NOT consistent throughout industry
Helpful Links

Small businesses interested in partnering with us may find the following links and guidelines helpful:

Compliance
  • Performance goes beyond the Statement of Work
    • Government contracting comes with many rules
  • What is your company's accounting system?
    • Deltek, JAMIS, Oracle, and SAP are the best known and do offer lower-cost solutions for small businessess
    • ERP-GOV, PROCAS, and other systems are geared for small businesses
    • QuickBooks and similar may need modification by a third party to meet DCAA standards
  • What is your timekeeping policy and system?
    • The policy and procedure is as important, if not more important, than the system itself
Defense Audit Contract Agency (DCAA)
  • Finance and accounting processes
    • DCAA does not approve finance and accounting software, nor does buying the software make a company DCAA compliant
    • Just because you have the software does not mean Cost Reimbursable-type contracts can be supported
      • This is achieved through process development specific to your company utilizing the software as a tool to operate your own business processes. This includes, but is not limited to, long-range planning, pricing, job cost accounting, indirect cost allocation, time-keeping, expense reporting, purchasing, commitments, and billing. All of this is geared to accurate job cost records at the individual contract level.*
      • Written policy and procedure that is adhered to is essential for DCAA or DCMA compliance (Defense Contract Management Agency)

*Small Business Federal Government Contracting, February 8, 2008

Know Your Contract and Type
  • Read and understand your contract, subcontract, or purchase order
  • Types are normally limited to the following if no DCAA-approved systems
    • Fixed Price
      • Preferred due to low risk
    • Fixed Price Level of Effort
      • Acts like a Time and Materials (T&M) in some ways
    • Fixed Labor Hour
      • A T&M without the "M"
    • Time and Materials
      • Due to revised/reinforced DCAA guidance, a customer may view T&M to be Cost Reimbursable and choose not to issue a T&M without DCAA approved systems
      • This is NOT consistent throughout industry
Partner With Us

Ready to Partner With Us?

If you are interested in CACI, please join the CACI Supplier Network by clicking the link below. You may also contact our Small Business Advocacy Office by emailing Nancy Peters at [email protected], or visiting us at a small business event.

Please register through our supplier portal first:

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Events

CACI regularly attends conferences geared toward small businesses. We look forward to meeting you at these upcoming events:

Date Event
August 5-6, 12-13, 2020 Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce GovConNet Procurement Conference (Virtual)
August 31 - September 2, 2020 Navy Gold Coast Small Business Conference (Virtual)
September 2, 2020 Government Procurement Conference (OSDBU) - Washington, DC Convention Center (or Virtual)
September 10, 2020 National HUB Zone Conference - Matchmaking (Virtual)
September 15, 2020 NDIA Fall TRIAD Conference (Virtual)
October 12-14, 2020 2020 AUSA Annual Meeting - Washington, DC Convention Center
October 14-15, 2020 National Federal SB Procurement (OSDBU) Conference (Virtual)

Mentor-Protégé Program

CACI is committed to developing innovative small businesses expand their footprint in the federal marketplace and the industrial base through our Mentor-Protégé Program. We are honored to participate in the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and the Small Business Administration Mentor-Protégé Programs.

Recognized as a leader in the DoD Mentor-Protégé Program, CACI has won four Nunn-Perry Awards since 2014, among other accolades. 

Mentoring with CACI

For more information about these mentor-protégé programs, visit the following links to learn more about how they work and if your firm is eligible:

Department of Defense

Department of Homeland Security

Small Business Administration

If your firm qualifies for one of these programs, you then must evaluate if you are a good match for CACI. We seek proteges that meet specific criteria, such as:

  • Having a current subcontract relationship with CACI (at least 1 year, unless there are special circumstances)
  • Senior CACI management buy-in (sector president & BD VP for sector)
  • Having a strong value proposition and complimentary capabilities, for both CACI and the respective agency
  • Is advancing a special capability or innovative technology
  • Has stable finances, a minimum of 10 full-time employees, and three million dollars in revenue

If you feel you are a good match for CACI, send an email here with a brief description of your firm’s capabilities, size, and how it meets the criteria listed above.

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