Tribal 8(a) Advantages

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Tehama, LLC, is an 8(a) certified small business, 100% tribally owned by the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians of California. Through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program, Tehama offers clients significant contracting benefits that save time and money by accelerating the acquisition process.

Advantages of Working with a Tribally-Owned 8(a) Small Business

  • Sole-source contracting that eliminates the time and cost of market research, acquisition strategies, solicitation, proposal review and contractor selection
  • Sole-source contracting above the $4M threshold (13CFR §124.506(b))
  • Sole-source contracting up to $22M without justification and authorization (13CFR §124.506(b)(5))
  • Awards that cannot be protested (13CFR §124.517(a))

Advantages of Working with Tehama

  • Honest and transparent negotiations to meet client’s contracting needs
  • Significant bonding capacity and financial stability
  • Delivery success of a large business with responsiveness of a small business

Sole-Source Opportunities

As a tribally-owned 8(a) small business, Tehama is exempt from the competitive $4 million sole-source contracting limit placed on other 8(a) certified small businesses. The exemption opens up opportunities to negotiate sole-source contracts that maximize our client’s organizational benefits, meet their financial expectations, accomplish their missions and establish invaluable partnerships.

Sole-source contracting expedites delivery of the required services and eliminates the need for government contracting officers to execute a costly and time-consuming full acquisition process. Because a sole-source contract cannot be protested, Tehama’s experienced technical and management staff can begin performing the contracted services immediately.


Indian Incentive Program

The U.S. government provides a monetary incentive through its Indian Incentive Program (25 U.S.C. §1544) to eligible prime contractors for hiring Native American-owned companies like Tehama as subconsultants. The program:

  • Offers up to 5% of the amount paid to Tehama returned to the prime contractor after work is completed
  • Requires authorization in the contract
  • Requires that the funds be expended

The Buy Indian Act

The U.S. government gives the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) the authority to set aside procurement contracts for Indian-owned and controlled businesses through The Buy Indian Act (25 U.S.C. §47). The Buy Indian Act regulations are included in the Department of the Interior Acquisition Regulations (DIAR), part 1480. The National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and other bureaus in the Department of the Interior also may have the authority to set aside procurement contracts under this Act.

The Buy Indian regulations give preference, where authorized and applicable, to the hiring of Native American employees and purchasing of products, supplies and services from eligible Indian Economic Enterprises (IEE). Tehama is an eligible Indian Economic Enterprise.