FDT Structural Specialties (FDTSS) is the Small Business Administration (SBA) certified ANC 8(a) subsidiary of F.D. Thomas (FDT), and a wholly owned subsidiary of ASRC Industrial (AIS). AIS is wholly owned by Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC), an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC).
FDTSS draws from over 30 years of experience from our parent company FDT, working as a turnkey or a specialty contractor. FDTSS self-performs structural remediation and restoration, blasting, surface preparation, and specialty coatings for complex construction projects. FDTSS offers these services to federal government customers looking for a unique, flexible and streamlined procurement process.
ANC 8(a) contracting advantages
- Significantly Accelerated Procurement Timeline – without the disruptions and delays resulting from complex evaluations and resulting protests.
- Flexibility and Reliability – through direct negotiations per 13 CFR 124.503, competitive threshold exemptions per 48 CFR 19.805-1, and common management and administrative services between all AIS operating companies.
- 8(a) Sole Source Awards Cannot Be Protested – 13 CFR 124.517(a): ANC 8(a) companies eligible for a sole source or competitive 8(a) requirement may not be challenged by another participant or any other party, either to SBA or any administrative forum as part of a bid or other contract protest.
- Unlimited Sole Source Ceiling – ANC’s, unlike other 8(a) companies – provide the Government with a virtually unlimited sole source ceiling per 48 CFR 6.303-1.
- 8(a) Subcontracting – Because 8(a) companies may subcontract portions of the work to other firms, FDTSS is able to assemble a perfect team for any particular project with other AIS operating companies.
Unlike other 8(a) companies that are owned by individual business owners, FDTSS can receive sole source awards of any size that cannot be protested due to their status as an ANC-owned company. The SBA ANC 8(a) contracting method avoids a long, expensive, and complex procurement cycle and is significantly faster than any other means of contracting. When using the ANC 8(a) contracting method, a government customer can simply select FDTSS as a suggested source and submit a request to the supporting SBA District Office, asking that the procurement be pursued under the 8(a) program. The often lengthy, expensive, and tedious process of justifying source selection is thereby avoided. Agencies and government contractors are able to claim 100% Small Business numbers and Native American Set-Aside numbers when contracting with subsidiaries within AIS. Additionally, because 8(a) companies may subcontract portions of the work to other firms, FDTSS is able to assemble a perfect team for any particular project, often times with other AIS operating companies, to ensure there are no subcontractor issues. Open discussion between the government and FDTSS during all phases of the procurement allows government project managers the discretion to define a scope of work and to hand pick the contractor to perform the work.
Why an Alaska Native Corporation?
- No Sole Source Dollar Threshold – 13 CFR 124.506(b): SBA may award a sole source 8(a) contract to an ANC with a value less than $22M without a Justification and Approval (J&A) and up to $100M with Department of Defense. There is no dollar threshold for a sole source award with an approved J&A.
- Exception to Affiliation Coverage – 13 CFR 121.103 (b)(2): 8(a) participants owned and controlled by Alaska Native Corporations/Indian tribes are not considered to be affiliated with other concerns because of common ownership or management.
- Help improve quality of life across North Slope Alaska Native Villages by creating jobs, providing better hospitals, improving infrastructure, protecting and enhancing the lands, promoting healthy communities, and maximizing economic growth.
Interested in learning more about the benefits of working with an ASRC Industrial operating company? Contact Karen Kemp: