Building Trusted Networks
Vendor Governance is an internal procurement management system that facilitates teaming relationships between the minority technology industry and our public/private sector trading/research/service delivery partners.
The National Minority Technology Council (NMTC) has engaged in research over the past 7 years to develop a teaming plan for our members who have a GSA schedule and wish to leverage the collective power gained through partnerships. Under a GSA Contractor Team Arrangement (CTA), two or more GSA Schedule contractors work together to meet ordering activity needs. By complementing each other's capabilities, the team offers a total solution to the ordering activity's requirement, providing a win-win situation for all parties.
The Benefits of a GSA lead CTA is the team members may compete for schedule orders for which they wouldn’t otherwise qualify. This could both increase team members market share and develop a new corporate competitive distinction. NMTC's Vendor Governance program was created to reduce risk by establish processes that both sharing responsibilities with other team member and provide a trusted supplier network governed by a structured framework.
Ultimately NMTC's GSA CTA will focus on the supplies (products) and services that best match our member company's resources and strengths allowing for greater individual success as a small and/or disadvantaged business.
Federal Acquisition Regulations: 9.601 Definition.
“Contractor team arrangement,” as used in this subpart, means an arrangement in which—
(1) Two or more companies form a partnership or joint venture to act as a potential prime contractor; or
(2) A potential prime contractor agrees with one or more other companies to have them act as its subcontractors under a specified Government contract or acquisition program.
Contractor Team Arrangements
General CTA Rules of Engagement
The Good News about CTA's
- Government Policy Statement (FAR 9.603)
Contractor team arrangements may be particularly appropriate in complex research and development acquisitions, but may be used in other appropriate acquisitions, including production.
The companies involved normally form a contractor team arrangement before submitting an offer. However, they may enter into an arrangement later in the acquisition process, including after contract award.
Contractor team arrangements may be desirable from both a Government and industry standpoint in order to enable the companies involved to complement each other's unique capabilities and offer the best combination of performance, cost, and delivery for the system or product being acquired.
The Government will recognize the integrity and validity of contractor team arrangements; provided, the arrangements are identified and company relationships are fully disclosed in an offer or, for arrangements entered into after submission of an offer, before the arrangement becomes effective. The Government will not normally require or encourage the dissolution of contractor team arrangements.
Teaming As Member Benefit
Our members are connecting on deals and on community wide issues. We see this effort as one of the critical steps to improve our economy, bring prosperity to our members, and girding up and employing our nation’s disenfranchised workforce.
This national network of both owners and employees are natural ambassadors for change and represent one of the best possibility for future economic growth in our country. It is clear that Minority Technology Companies can be found across the United States of America, doing business around the world. What is less obvious is our ability to connect our capabilities into an inductive and powerful service distribution that leverages the best each of our members can bring to a procurement opportunity.
Vendor Governance and Trust
Centralized management to deal with risk and key performance indicators
Facilitating productive teaming relationships
Member Trust Services
Managing trust between vendors, suppliers and partners
Internal Procurement Management System
CTA Member Trust Services
Member On-Boarding/Off Boarding/Reporting
Member Due-Diligence & Issue Management
On-Site & On-Going Monitoring Reviews
Vendor Risk Manager & Contract Manager Training
Remediation/Exception Management Support
Compliance Artifact Management
Developing a plan to manage the Contractor Team Arrangement (CTA) relationships is the first step in the vendor governance process. Conducting a review of each CTA member participant before signing agreements helps ensure executive oversight.
Developing a contract that clearly defines expectations and responsibilities of each team member helps to ensure the CTA's enforcibility, limit the group liability and mitigate disputes about performance.
Performing ongoing monitoring of the CTA once the contract, grant or agreement is in place is essential to the group's ability to manage the risk of multiple client relationships. Developing a contingency plan to ensure that the group can transition the activities to another member, bring activities in house or discontinue the activities when a contract expires, the terms of the contract have been satisfied, in response to contract default, or in response to changes to the group CTA business strategy.
Proper documentation and reporting facilitates oversight, accountability, monitoring, and risk management associated with CTA's. Documenting the ordering activity approval of each CTA developed under NMTC's Vendor Governance member process is critical to the initiation of any ordering activities.
Future independent reviews will further ensure executive oversight and continued excellence.
On-boarding and orientation and critical to gleaning the benefit of the teaming process. NMTC's Contractor Team Academy is a program established to provide the necessary technical assistance to guide new CTA members.
NMTCUSA's Contractor Team Arrangements are backed by the the only Technology Trade Association that represents all US minority tech company employers
The core purpose of the National Minority Technology Council is to help its members become more profitable and successful. The Minority Technology Industry is a vibrant, fast growing and viable business segment. The Minority Technology Industry's combined annual revenue is estimated at over $100 Billion. Our belief is there is strength in numbers; when there is trust and collaboration.