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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between SRC and SRCTec?

How do I become a supplier to SRC or SRCTec?

  • Review the information within the Suppliers section of this website, and then submit information about your company’s capabilities through the supplier contact form.

What do SRC and SRCTec desire in a supplier?

  • SRC and SRCTec seek suppliers with complimentary commodities (see What We Buy PDF ), proven experience, a strong and stable history of delivering on their contracts, and strong financial position.
  • SRC and SRCTec have more new opportunities for services from suppliers with expertise in specific areas rather than generalists. Let us know your area of expertise by sending us an email through the supplier contact form.

What is the significance of being a franchised or authorized distributor?

  • SRC and SRCTec are very risk averse, and seek guarantees that all components purchased are exactly as specified to support our corporate counterfeit parts prevention. We have therefore chosen to use OEMs and franchised or authorized distributors whenever possible.

How can I identify opportunities within SRC and SRCTec?

  • Review the information within the Suppliers section of this website, and then submit information about your company’s capabilities through the supplier contact form.

A new government contract was just awarded to SRC or SRCTec. How can I learn about opportunities associated with that contract?

  • SRC and SRCTec anticipate subcontracting requirements as part of the contract bid process, so new contract awards will “turn on” work from companies who supported the bid process in partnership with SRC and SRCTec, as planned with the schedule for the contract.
  • There is no unique supplier process for new contract awards. Register as a new supplier by providing information about your company’s capabilities through the supplier contact form.

How may I talk with someone about my unique product or service offering?

  • Send us an email through the supplier contact form describing your capabilities and requesting a teleconference. The request will be shared with a subject matter expert, and a call will be scheduled if there is a need for the goods or services in the foreseeable future.

How can I contact buyers across SRC and SRCTec?

  • Send us an email through the supplier contact form with your company capabilities and services description or line card. This information will be made available to all buyers, and specific information on your capabilities will be sent to those employees who have requested information on suppliers in your specific area of focus.
  • Buyers may support multiple sites, and may not be on-site at the facility that they support. Seeking to contact buyers at a specific facility might not put you in contact with the buyers who would use your services. In your correspondence, share information on geographic coverage or contract interest, and your correspondence will be forwarded appropriately.
  • Small Business Liaison Officers (SBLO) are often more accessible for conversation. Request a conversation with a SBLO to discuss opportunities.

How can I share a new technology or invention with SRC and SRCTec’s engineers or program managers?

  • SRC and SRCTec are eager to learn about innovations. Send high-level, non-proprietary descriptive information through the supplier contact form.

My e-mail message contained a statement stating that the information might be confidential or proprietary, and the correspondence was rejected. Why is this an issue?

  • SRC and SRCTec do not wish to receive unsolicited information that is or might be proprietary or confidential.
  • Do not send information that is proprietary or confidential to SRC and SRCTec employees without having a Non Disclosure Agreement in place.
  • Do not send correspondence with the notation that it is or might be confidential or proprietary to SRC and SRCTec employees.

Why am I discouraged from sending attachments with e-mail messages?

  • Our security system routinely filters messages with attachments and our e-mail system will not search for key words in attachments. Few employees read attachments. We prefer to have an “elevator speech” summary of capabilities in the body of an e-mail message.
  • Send small size attachments if necessary, but re-send without attachment if you do not receive a response within five working days.

I want to partner with SRC and SRCTec in support of a business opportunity that is aligned with your business offerings. How should I present my request?

  • Send summary information on the specific business opportunity to SRC and SRCTec through the supplier contact form. Your correspondence will be forwarded to the business development group within the SRC and SRCTec business unit that aligns with the opportunity.

Are there special instructions or opportunities for small business suppliers?

  • SRC and SRCTec have a history of strong support for all types of diverse suppliers, including but not limited to those in categories of Small, Small Disadvantaged, Women Owned, HUBZone, Veteran Owned, and Service Disabled Veteran Owned businesses. Clearly state your size and status in your database listing and correspondence through the supplier contact form.
  • If you are not sure of your size and status, research it on government web sites such as www.sba.gov or www.ccr.gov. SRC and SRCTec rely heavily on information contained on those web sites.
  • SRC and SRCTec are not government agencies, and have no requirements for 8(a) program participation. Instead, we recognize Small Disadvantaged Business status, that encompasses 8(a) program participants, but is beyond that group.
  • SRC and SRCTec do not “set aside” opportunities where funding is tied to small business status. We occasionally hold restricted competitions where only small business suppliers are invited to participate. For competitive procurements, buyers are encouraged to invite suppliers to participate with at least one supplier in each category of Small, Small Disadvantaged Business, Women Owned, HUBZone, Veteran Owned, and Service Disabled Veteran Owned.
  • All categories of status may be self-certified except for HUBZone, which is certified by the Small Business Administration. Third-party certification is not recognized for government contracting purposes.
  • SRC and SRCTec appreciate the challenges of business owners who are part of a minority group, but minority status is not reportable for government contract purposes. Minority-owned businesses are encouraged to research whether their minority and financial status would categorize them as a Small Disadvantaged Business; see www.sba.gov or www.ccr.gov.

 

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