Contracting With Echelon

As a Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO) owned 8(a), Echelon offers significant contracting efficiencies, defined by law and regulation, to help Department of Defense (DoD) agencies resolve urgent and dynamic requirements. Through our ability to receive sole-source contracts above the 8(a) ceiling, Echelon offers significant time and cost effectiveness to the government’s contracting process. Coupled with the ingenuity and agility associated with small firms, NHO 8(a)s, such as Echelon, have proven to be attractive vendors and business partners.

Applicable Federal Acquisition Regulations

No Sole Source Dollar Threshold – 13CFR124.506(b)(2)

The DoD may award a direct award 8(a) contract to a concern owned and controlled by and NHO where the anticipated value of the procurement exceeds the applicable competitive thresholds if the SBA has not already accepted this requirement into the 8(a) BD program as a competitive procurement. NHOs provide a unique competitive advantage in being able to receive DoD direct awards of any size. This decreases time and cost in the procurement process, and allows clients to work one on one with firms to ensure the needs of the government are met.

A Non-Protestable Sole Source Award -13CFR124.517(a)

The eligibility of a Participant (NHO owned 8(a)) 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.

The 5% Subcontracting Bonus - DFARS252.226-7001

A DoD contractor who subcontracts with a firm that is 51% Native Hawaiian owned and recognized Native Hawaiian as defined by 25 USC 422(9) is entitled to receive an incentive payment equal to 5% of the amount of the subcontract award.

Economically Disadvantaged – 13CFR124.110(c)

An NHO that meets the requirements set forth in paragraph (c)(1) & (c)(2) of this section is deemed economically disadvantaged.

Contracting Process

Contracting with Echelon is faster and less costly that traditional procurement methods.  This process facilitates the ability to negotiate a fair and reasonable price in less time and fewer uncertainties than competitive bidding processes.

Basic Steps:

  1. Develop a Statement of Work

  2. Contact the SBA for acceptance of Echelon's direct award

  3. Prepare an RFP and issue to Echelon as an NHO owned 8(a)

  4. Echelon submits proposal in response to the RFP

  5. Negotiate contract and award to Echelon


Echelon is a NHO 8(a) SDB with an active/current SAM registration. DUNS: 080758459     CAGE Code: 7XWP4 

NAICS Code Information

541330 - Engineering Services
541360 - Geophysical Surveying and Mapping Services
541511 - Custom Computer Programming Services
541512 - Computer Systems Design Services
541513 - Computer Facilities Management Services
541519 - Other Computer Related Services - Primary Code
541611 - Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services
541612 - Human Resources Consulting Services
541618 - Other Management Consulting Services
541620 - Environmental Consulting Services
541690 - Other Scientific and Technical Consulting Services
541715 - Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except

               Nanotechnology and Biotechnology)

541990 - All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
561990 - All Other Support Services