HERMES has several resources for federal agencies and other government agencies seeking a scientific consulting and training company that can effectively manage costs and quality of services.

General Service Administration (GSA)

HERMES holds a Mission Oriented Business Improvement Services (MOBIS) GSA Schedule This price schedule is for all executive agencies. This includes not only government agencies, but many international organizations (the World Health Organization, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund), and some government contractors (list)

We can provide services through Contract GS-10F-0025X under the following Special Item Numbers (SINs):

  • SIN 874-1 & 874-1RC Consulting Services
  • SIN 874-4 & 874-4RC Training Services

On line access to contract ordering information, terms and conditions, up to date pricing, and the option to create an electronic delivery order are available through GSA Advantage!, a menu driven database system. INTERNET Address for GSA Advantage!TM is:

NIH Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA): HHSN263201100057B

HERMES holds a BPA with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) based on the pricing established by our GSA MOBIS Federal Supply Schedule. Under this BPA Program we are on a preferred list of vendors that are frequently used by researchers, scientists, and administrators at NIH in need of Technical & Administrative Support Services (qualified sources of supply under FAR 13.303-1). The advantages for NIH include:

  • Buyers in any of the Institutes and Centers get additional discount pricing on any of our MOBIS labor categories
  • You can buy services with a BPA Call, Purchase Card, or a Purchase Order
  • The Maximum Order Limit (MOL) may be as high as $500,000 (awards above the micro-purchase threshold require price comparison among three BPA holders)
  • You can call us without going through a contract officer, all you need is

HERMES is on the BPA listing that can be found at

Set Aside Contracts

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) has certified HERMES as a small business defined by the applicable size standard of $7.0 million for government service procurements under SBA's Small Business Size Regulations, 13 CFR §121. Procurements valued between 3,000 and $150,000 automatically reserved exclusively for small business concerns (SBCs). Contracting Officers have discretionary authority to utilize the SBA Programs for these procurements.

Procurements valued over $150,000 Contracting opportunity "may" be awarded as a set-aside if the "rule of two" is met. This means that a competitive set aside contract can be awarded if the contracting officer has a reasonable expectation that at least two qualified small businesses will submit offers and that the contract can be awarded at a fair market price.

We are eligible for set-aside federal contracting under the following SBA Programs:

EDWOSB Program

HERMES is an economically-disadvantaged women-owned small business in the SBA's Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program Repository with NC DOT's DBE and self-certification. The legal requirements that apply to WOSB Program are governed by 13 C.F.R. part 127 ( The program enables contracting officers to meet their procurement goals by specifically limiting, or setting aside requirements.

  • Set-Aside for projects with value of less than $3 million
  • 5% of all federal spending is set-aside for WOSB/edWOSB
  • 5% subcontracting requirement to WOSB from large prime contractors
  • Equal playing field with other programs such as HUBZone, SDVOSB & 8a
  • New Mentor Protégé program for WOSB
  • No term limit in the program

NAICS codes in which WOSBs are substantially underrepresented for WOSB set-asides asides

5416-Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
6114-Business Schools and Computer and Management Training
6117-Educational Support Services

NAICS codes in which WOSBs are underrepresented are for
EDWOSB set-asides

5416-Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
5614-Business Support Services
5419-Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

HUBZone Program

As participant of the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program, HERMES can receive sole-source or set-aside contracts, or receive sole-source or set-aside contracts, or receive a price preference up to 10% when competing for full and open competition procurements. HERMES can also participate in set aside bids for up 5 million.

Sole Source Contracts

A sole source HUBZone contract can be awarded if the contracting officer does not have a reasonable expectation that two or more qualified HUBZone small businesses will submit offers, determines that the qualified HUBZone small business is responsible, and determines that the contract can be awarded at a fair price (Acquisitions Regulation, Part 6, Subparts 6.301 and 6.302).

As participant in the HUBZone program, HERMES can be contracted as a sole source contractor for procurements of up to 3 million. Government clients can prepare and send their contracting officer a letter that contains the following information:

  • A description of the work to be performed
  • An estimate of the period of performance
  • The NAICS code that applies to the principal nature of the procurement
  • The anticipated dollar value of the requirement, including options
  • Any restrictions or geographic limitations on the requirement
  • The type of contract to be awarded, such as firm fixed price, cost reimbursable, or time and materials
  • A statement that prior to the offering no solicitation for the specific acquisition has been issued as a small business set-aside, or as a small disadvantaged business set-aside if applicable, and that no other public communication (such as a solicitation in has been made showing the procuring activity's clear intent to use any of these means of procurement;
  • A brief justification for the nomination of HERMES as the candidate for the contracting officer to nominate the award of the sole source HUBZone contract as appropriate. For example:
a. HERMES, through its own efforts, has marketed the requirement and caused it to be for the HUBZone small business development program, or whether
b. The acquisition is a follow-on or renewal contract and HERMES is the incumbent Contract Execution. The contracting officer at your agency may make direct award of a contract to HERMES, the HUBZone participant, but only after the requirement has been offered to and accepted by the SBA.

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