WELCOME TO SEBACThe Small Environmental Business Action Coalition acts as a unifying voice for addressing federal government contracting issues that impact small environmental businesses nationwide.
SEBAC member companies cover the gamut of small businesses: small, disadvantaged, 8(a) and HubZone certified, Women-owned, Veteran-owned, Service Disabled Veteran-owned, and Native American-owned. All perform some aspect of environmental work - investigations, consulting, design, engineering, remediation, operations and maintenance, and ordnance and explosives work with federal agencies.
A primary goal for SEBAC is to communicate to federal agencies that our members have the capabilities to get the job done efficiently, cost effectively and in a timely, manner, frequently out-performing their large business counterparts. The quality of our members’ work and the recognition they frequently receive from their clients confirm this.
SEBAC membership is open to any small business that is primarily engaged in the environmental industry and has 500 or fewer employees
ISSUES WE ARE ADDRESSING
THE IMPACT OF USACE'S EXTENDENDED PROCUREMENTS/AWARDS ON SEBAC MEMBERS - EXCERPT FROM LETTER TO USACE HEADQUARTERS
"(SEBAC) is concerned by the extreme duress the extended procurement and award schedule places on our membership. For example, the Kansas City District put out Solicitations for SB Soln #W912DQ11R3011); SDVOSB (Soln #W912DQ-12-R-3002 ) and 8(a) (Soln # W912DQ12R3000) respectively in late 2011. The SDVOSB was awarded on September 29, 2012 the SB on 12/21/2012 and as of today the 8(a) has not yet been awarded. Perhaps the worst offender has been the Baltimore District MAES, on that solicitation, 10 amendments were issued over an 18-month period (including the end of FY 2010 and 2011, a time that many firms are able to garner significant backlog due to year end awards). These amendments required businesses to hold their pricing for an inordinate amount of time. After award, the Baltimore District has been unable to issue Task Orders, actually running more than 30 actions through USACE Contracts at other Districts.
These make it extremely difficult for SBs of all sizes to adequately staff and maintain profits. In the instance of 8(a) firms, this extended period of time is extra troubling as our "clock" of 9 years continues to run. During this period of no news, our firms continue to chew backlog and have not been able to hire new staff and for our proactive members they have taken the initiative to lay off people in order to try and maintain profitability with zero new work coming in.
(SEBAC) is very grateful to the USACE for recognizing the strength of the small business community and looks forward to a dialogue so our members will continue to provide USACE with the excellent service that it have come to expect from the small business community."
NOTE: On April 23, 2013, SEBAC representatives met with General Bostick's staff to discuss these issues. Subsequently, SEBAC sent additional information as requested for forwarding by headquarters to regional commanders.
IS EMR A FLAWED MEASUREMENT OF SAFETY PERFORMANCE?
Many Government agencies and owners use a contractor’s Experience Modification Rate (EMR) as an acceptable and accurate measurement of that contractor’s loss prevention record and safety performance.
Although there sometimes is a direct relationship between the effectiveness of a contractor’s safety performance and their EMR, the EMR number can be misleading and an inaccurate representation of safey performance. More accurate and representative measurements of a contractor’s safety performance are the OSHA Total Recordable Incident Rates (TRIR) and OSHA Days Away, Restricted or Transferred (DART) rate. The TRI and DART rates are OSHA Benchmarks to gauge safety results/performance against other companies in similar industries. The TRI rate measures the frequency of OSHA recordable accidents in proportion to the number of hours worked (i.e. number of employees) and the DART rate measures losses (frequency and severity) based on total number of hours worked. As these rates are directly proportional to hours worked, they are a better indicator of the effectiveness of the Contractor’s Safety and Health Program than the EMR . Click here for more information.
EXCERPTS FROM SEBAC's WRITTEN TESTIMONY TO THE HOUSE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE HEARING ON "SEQUESTRATION: THE THREAT TO SMALL BUSINESSES, JOBS AND THE INDUSTRIAL BASE," SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
"This letter addresses the grave and disparate impact that the Budget Control Act of 2011 and sequestration will have on our membership as well as other small businesses that work with federal agencies, an issue of paramount importance to SEBAC and the House Small Business Committee and the nation."
"SEBAC urges this Committee to require that agencies complete comprehensive cost analysis of the potential cost savings that might be derived through competition and/or through bilateral modifications to the existing contract. Agencies must also be required to examine the impact of insourcing on small businesses that currently perform the work and to provide timely notification to all contractors of the agency’s intentions. "
"It is imperative that any and all changes to the administration of contracts are informed by the facts and make economic sense. Failure to make reasoned decisions, not only thwarts the spirit of budget reduction, but needlessly damages small businesses, the heart of the nation’s economy." Click here for the complete letter.
Networking Reception and Award Presentation During SAME Small Business Conference, December 2012
Presient Dennis Morgan, Jackie Robinson-Burnette, and Vice President Monica Cooper at Award for Excellence Presentation
Jackie Robinson-Burnette, Tracey Pinson and other USACE Small Business Officers at our Annual Networking Reception and 2012 Award for Excellence Presentation