“The Emerging Native Leaders Summit is a great experience for an aspiring Native leader. If it’s their first time to DC, the summit offers an orientation to the history, government relations protocol, and culture of the city. It also gives students inspiration and confidence to work in our nation’s capital.” -Victoria Kitcheyan

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NACA Midwest Tour

NACA Midwest Tour

Over a 10 day drive, NACA Executive Director, Michael Anderson, toured the midwest visiting with five different NACA member tribes across three states. NACA took a first hand look at the amazing work these companies are providing for their communities through 8a contracting. Each location had something to offer in terms of their rich culture, resources, business model, and vision. During these visits it was very evident that government contracting is a crucial economic development tool for Native-owned businesses. While visiting with Several different business models, NACA saw that for a community to make government contracting profitable, it is critical that they have a leader with a far reaching vision that can take advantage of the resources available. One of the key factors to the success of these businesses is that leadership has communicated its vision from top to bottom and that all understand their part in achieving that vision. NACA makes it a priority not to just be the advocates in DC but to also connect with the communities it serves. NACA must preserve and further support the SBA Native 8a program for both businesses emerging into the government contracting industry and those already well established. Follow the MapMe guide below to learn about the communities and companies visited by...

Real 8(a) Contract Opportunities Being Lost, Who’s Paying Attention?

Did you know that Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) and 8(a) contract bundling are having immediate negative impacts to Native 8(a) Businesses and small businesses across the country? These policies have resulted in the loss of contract opportunities and real revenue for small businesses, undermining the intention of the 8a program. A recent NACA case study found three Native 8a Companies are at risk of losing major 8(a) contracts due to a project being bundled and consolidated out of the 8(a) program into one omnibus contract. The result is a total loss in revenue of over $100 million for 8(a) businesses according to the Federal Procurement Data Systems (FPDS). In the state of Alaska, it will cause a loss of $10 million in state revenues. In the same case study, the contracts that are being bundled out of the 8(a) program are going to be competed via LPTA. If the Native Corporations could re-compete collaboratively and have a chance at success, the margins for profit under LPTA currently sit at 3% or less. Using Alaska Native Corporations as an example, they need a minimum of 3% profit to be able to effect the management and distribution of benefits to their shareholders. Therefore, they would be doing this work at zero net gain for their community. Bundling, as executed here, dismantles the work small businesses have fought to establish and supports an industry dominated by large contracting firms. While bundling seems logical for improving government efficiency, it has extreme unintended consequences for small business contractors. Most importantly, loss of 8(a) contracts had direct impacts on Native communities, many of whom...
2016 NACA Outreach Summit

2016 NACA Outreach Summit

From March 9-10, NACA Members from across the country flew into DC to advocate key policy issues to legislators, federal agencies, and attend an oral argument in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Watch the Prezi below to see how NACA members come together to make positive change for our Native Corporations. *Please note the presentation below is accompanied with...
NACA Travels to the National 8(a) Conference:  finds advocacy opportunities and strengthens a partnership

NACA Travels to the National 8(a) Conference: finds advocacy opportunities and strengthens a partnership

The Native American Contractors Association (NACA), along with several other NACA Members, traveled to the National 8(a) Annual Conference in Orlando on February 9-10, 2016. The Conference brought together important speakers, topics, and several SBA 8(a) Business Development Program participants from around the country. National 8(a) President, Ron Perry, took time during the Conference to meet with NACA Executive Director, Mike Anderson, and other NACA Members to discuss the importance of Native 8(a) Contractors and how NACA and National 8(a) can work together in the future. The conference proved to be a valuable experience as it provided opportunities for NACA to advocate on important issues with federal agencies and build a growing partnership with National 8(a). Highlights from the Conference:   Kenyatta Wesley, Acting Director, Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Small Business Programs, provided insight into several 8(a) issues affecting NACA’s members. NACA Policy Priority Relevance: NACA will continue to engage with his office on the issues its Members face daily. One of those issues is the loss of contracts set aside to 8(a), which Mr. Wesley explained from a DOD/taxpayer perspective. NACA will be working with Mr. Wesley’s office to provide education on the impact this has to Native Contracting, that depends largely on 8(a) set asides, and the adverse impacts when those contracts are bundled. NACA Policy Priority Relevance: The Dynalantic vs. US Department of Defense issue was raised during a one-on-one discussion with Mr. Wesley. NACA asked that the modeling and simulation NAICS be made available as an 8(a) set aside for small businesses per the settlement agreement.  Kenyatta acknowledged that he had responded “no”...