The federal hiring freeze means urgent facility maintenance work required to keep your building or base fully operational may go unperformed unless you contract with a service provider like SJS to render these mission-critical tasks.
Here is how you do it:
Identify and document your need and your budget. Conduct market research, bearing in mind the SDVOSB contract vehicle mechanism, which is often overlooked and under-utilized. Issue your requirement as a “non-personal services” effort.
If you find at least one more SDVOSB company that renders the same services as SJS, you can use the SDVOSB preference to select SJS or the other SDVOSB to perform this work.
Current policy permits this contracting method as follows:
The Presidential hiring freeze memorandum specifically says the order “does not prohibit making reallocations to meet the highest priority needs and to ensure that essential services are not interrupted.”
Although “contracting outside the Government to circumvent the intent of this memorandum shall not be permitted,” it is not circumvention of the intent of the memorandum to take care of your boilers, chillers, HVAC systems plumbing, carpentry, Material Handling Equipment (MHE), fire control and sprinkler systems, heavy vehicles, etc.—these are all mission-essential systems that require ongoing maintenance and support to function as designed.
Furthermore, these building systems require ongoing support for safety reasons. Unattended boilers can explode, unattended sprinkler systems can leak and cause ceilings to cave in, etc.
This is work that absolutely must get done, and when you need an effective, quality-focused contractor that actually cares about your mission to get it done, think SJS.
Please contact our Vice President of Government Solutions, Roger LaPlante, at (252) 302-1784 if you need more information about how to apply the SDVOSB contracting preference to ensure your urgent facilities maintenance requirements are met.
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