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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. 

Building Trusted Networks


 CEBOT'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.

The Council Exchange Board of Trade (CEBOT) is currently engaged in acquisition research  mission driven to develop local, statewide, national and international teaming plans for our members and key vendor stakeholders who have a GSA schedule and wish to leverage the collective power gained through partnerships. 

CEBOT AllianceCTA is a research approach to federal, state and local contracting. The approach includes industry based frameworks that allow for member consensus on complex enterprise system solutions that require cooperative agreements,  sole source or other innovative aquisitions.

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.

Cyber Teams

Ultimately CEBOT'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

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.

General CTA Rules of Engagement

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 particularly appropriate in complex research and development acquisitions, but may be used in other appropriate acquisitions, including production.

The Good News about CTA's- Government Policy Statement (FAR 9.603)

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

Managing trust between vendors, suppliers and partners

Internal Procurement Management System

Executive Oversight

Member Trust Services


Centralized management to deal with risk and key performance indicators

Facilitating productive teaming relationships

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 CEBOT'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.  

Member Education

On-boarding and orientation and critical to gleaning the benefit of the teaming process. 

CEBOT's Contractor Team Academy is a program established to provide the necessary technical assistance to guide new CTA members. 

Alliance CTA'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 Council Exchange Board of Trade 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 $110 Billion. Our belief is there is strength in numbers; when there is trust and collaboration.

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Aligning economic choice with core human values  disrupts status quo and builds a sustainable business ecosystem.  Future profit ventures that focus on both customer and community needs  will prove most competitive.

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Many aspects of the world economy are determined more by corporate action than government control.  Research indicates a growing need for industry perspectives and solutions to externalities and social safety nets that harmonize profit to measured outcomes for the common good of people and planet.

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65,000 Minority Technology Companies

The Council Exchange Board of Trade (CEBOT) brings a rich history of advocacy and procurement policy guidance within the federal policy ecosystem.  The $110 Billion Minority Technology Industry is a source of jobs to over 550,000 professionals both in the United States and abroad. 

CEBOT  brings applied research & development to growth algorithms that catalyze regional innovation ecosystems, stimulating economic development and uplifting minority business and community.  CEBOT leadership and Senior Fellows bring new capabilities, investment and research capacity to the minority technology industry and to the stakeholders they serve.




Engagement requires value and produces consensus when process is key.  Governance gives rise to planned growth both individually and throughout the ecosystem.

Growth rises when not stifled by moral hazard.   CEBOT algorithms facilitate a deliberate system of principles to guide decisions and achieve rational outcomes.

Innovation liberates possibilities, improves systems and can transform bureaucracies into managed serviced/resource based functions.   

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