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Federal Supply Group:CORP

Contract Number: GS00F123GA

Contract Period: 2/23/2017 through 2/22/2022

Contract Administrator: Peter Kiilu

Contractor: Niche Assurance LLC

9894 Bissonnet Street, Suite 555
Houston, TX 77036
Telephone: (281) 777-3394

FAX Number: (281) 809-7155
Web Site: www.nicheconsult.net
E-mail: peter.kiilu@nicheconsult.net

Business Size: Small, Disadvantaged, SBA 8(a) and HubZone Certified

About Niche Assurance

Niche Assurance is a small minority owned business that is focused on providing superior professional services by leveraging specialized expertise in enterprise risk management and business process improvement with years of proven project implementation capabilities. We are 8(a) and HubZone certified firm by the SBA.

What Differentiates Us

Niche Assurance recognizes the challenges involved in client projects and we are committed to providing our clients with high-quality service while at the same time reducing the risk of contract execution problems. Our approach will minimize contract start-up risk, maximize contract performance, and guarantee contract success.

Our company is dedicated to enhancing contract performance and to making the contract a model for superior professional services across the Federal government. Our team is in an ideal position to improve client services, because our approach builds on aligning and leveraging our specialized technical capabilities with excellence in solution delivery.

Our approach to each of our client projects is comprehensive and integrated. We carefully consider the best approach to delivering the services required by the client. Our approach is designed to provide best value to the client rather than just meet the basic requirements.

Aligned Technical Capabilities & Solution Delivery

Niche Assurance Integrated Solutions

The best value aspects of our approach to client projects feature:

  • Efficient use of client time and financial resources.
  • Less costly solutions in the short-term and the long-term.
  • Timely project completion time.
  • Improve performance of agency programs.
  • Enhance regulatory compliance.
  • Increase integrity of agency financial statements and program performance reports.
  • Increase accountability and stewardship over public funds.
  • Reduce fraud, waste and abuse in agency programs.
  • Improve efficiency of agency program processes.

Our project management approach provides strong contract and program management, a knowledgeable staff with experience and expertise in business and technology, and a comprehensive solution that supports the goals of the client. We establish a partnership with the client by being flexible and responsive to client's business requirements and changes.

We have integrated project management principles into all aspects of our project execution so that the client can benefit from a tested and proven method for accomplishing its mission. A key focus of our management approach is contract risk mitigation and superior service delivery.

Niche Assurance Core Capabilities

Financial Management Services

These include: Assessing and improving financial management systems; financial reporting and analysis; strategic financial planning; financial policy formulation and development; devising and implementing performance measures; conducting special cost studies; performing actuarial services; performing economic and regulatory analysis; assisting with financial quality assurance efforts; and performing benchmarking.

Financial and Performance Audits

These include financial statement audits, financial-related audits, performance audits, and contract audits in accordance with Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) and non-GAGAS. An independent assessment of an audited entity's a) financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles, b) financial information, adherence to financial compliance requirements and internal controls, c) organization or program performance to identify areas for improvement, and d) grant and contract compliance examination audits.

Internal Controls /OMB A-123 Assessments and Reviews

Our Federal clients will benefit from our depth of experience, technical expertise, and ability to be forward-looking with respect to addressing internal control in all agency programs. We offer valuable insights in addressing the implementation of revised OMB Circular A-123 through our integrated approach to A-123 assessments and reviews. The revised OMB Circular A-123 requires an integrated approach to enhance efficiency in complying with multiple federal regulations.

Our approach aligns OMB Circular A-123 compliance with enterprise risk management (ERM) thus focusing agency effort and resources to significant agency program risks. The goal is to assist the agency in identifying key risks to its core mission and objectives, and devising and implementing effective responses to identified risks. Through our integrated approach, the agency will enhance compliance with federal laws and regulations, achieve higher accountability over resources, better program performance, and minimize fraud, waste, and abuse of agency resources.

FMFIA - The Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act
GPRA - The Government Performance and Results Act
IG - Inspector General Act of 1978
CFO - Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990
FISMA - Federal Information Security Management Act
PI - Performance Improvement
IC - Internal control
ICR - Internal Control Review
FMS - Financial Management Systems
ITC - IT General and Application Controls
ROI - Return on Investment
FS - Financial Statements
IT - Information Technology

CUSTOMER INFORMATION:

1(a). Table of Awarded Special Item Number(s) with appropriate cross-reference to page numbers:

SIN Recovery SIN Description
520-13 520-13RC Complementary Financial Management Services
520-7 520-7RC Financial & Performance Audits

1(b). Identification of the lowest priced model number and lowest unit price for that model for each special item number awarded in the contract. This price is the Government price based on a unit of one, exclusive of any quantity/dollar volume, prompt payment, or any other concession affecting price. Those contracts that have unit prices based on the geographic location of the customer, should show the range of the lowest price, and cite the areas to which the prices apply.

1(c). If the Contractor is proposing hourly rates a description of all corresponding commercial job titles, experience, functional responsibility and education for those types of employees or subcontractors who will perform services shall be provided. If hourly rates are not applicable, indicate “Not applicable” for this item.

2. Maximum Order: $1,000,000.00

3. Minimum Order: $100.00

4. Geographic Coverage (delivery Area): Domestic only

5. Point(s) of production (city, county, and state or foreign country): Same as company address

6. Discount from list prices or statement of net price: Government net prices (discounts already deducted). See Attachment.

7. Quantity discounts: None Offered

8. Prompt payment terms: Net 30 days

9(a). Notification that Government purchase cards are accepted up to the micro-purchase threshold: Yes

9(b). Notification whether Government purchase cards are accepted or not accepted above the micro-purchase threshold: will not accept over $3,500

10. Foreign items (list items by country of origin): None

11(a).Time of Delivery (Contractor insert number of days): Specified on the Task Order

11(b).Expedited Delivery. The Contractor will insert the sentence “Items available for expedited delivery are noted in this price list.” under this heading. The Contractor may use a symbol of its choosing to highlight items in its price list that have expedited delivery: Contact Contractor

11(c). Overnight and 2-day delivery. The Contractor will indicate whether overnight and 2-day delivery are available. Also, the Contractor will indicate that the schedule customer may contact the Contractor for rates for overnight and 2-day delivery: Contact Contractor

11(d).Urgent Requirements. The Contractor will note in its price list the “Urgent Requirements” clause of its contract and advise agencies that they can also contact the Contractor’s representative to effect a faster delivery: Contact Contractor

12. F.O.B Points(s): Destination

13(a).Ordering Address(es): Same as Contractor

13(b).Ordering procedures: For supplies and services, the ordering procedures, information on Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA’s), and a sample BPA can be found at the GSA/FSS Schedule homepage (fss.gsa.gov/schedules).

14. Payment address(es): Same as company address

15. Warranty provision: Contractor’s standard commercial warranty.

16. Export Packing Charges (if applicable): N/A

17. Terms and conditions of Government purchase card acceptance (any thresholds above the micro-purchase level):   Contact Contractor

18. Terms and conditions of rental, maintenance, and repair (if applicable): N/A

19. Terms and conditions of installation (if applicable): N/A

20. Terms and conditions of repair parts indicating date of parts price lists and any discounts from list prices (if applicable):   N/A

20(a).Terms and conditions for any other services (if applicable): N/A

21. List of service and distribution points (if applicable): N/A

22. List of participating dealers (if applicable): N/A

23. Preventive maintenance (if applicable):   N/A

24(a). Environmental attributes, e.g., recycled content, energy efficiency, and/or reduced pollutants: N/A

24(b).If applicable, indicate that Section 508 compliance information is available on Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) supplies and services and show where full details can be found (e.g. contactor’s website or other location.) The EIT standards can be found at: www.Section508.gov/.

25. Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number: 833001378

26. Notification regarding registration in Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database: Registered

27. Final Pricing:

The rates shown below include the Industrial Funding Fee (IFF) of 0.75%.

Item SIN Awarded Labor Category Site Awarded Pricing Unit of Issue
1 520-7 Financial Audit Manager Customer $197.48 Per Hour
2 520-7 Financial Auditor Customer $118.49 Per Hour
3 520-7 IT Audit Manager Customer $197.48 Per Hour
4 520-7 IT Audit Specialist Customer $118.49 Per Hour
5 520-13 Project Manager Customer $167.13 Per Hour
6 520-13 Consultant Customer $118.49 Per Hour

 

Service Contract Act:

The Service Contract Act (SCA) is applicable to this contract as it applies to the entire Professional Services Schedule (PSS) Schedule and all services provided. While no specific labor categories have been identified as being subject to SCA due to exemptions for professional employees (FAR 22.1101, 22.1102 and 29 CRF 541.300), this contract still maintains the provisions and protections for SCA eligible labor categories. If and / or when the contractor adds SCA labor categories / employees to the contract through the modification process, the contractor must inform the Contracting Officer and establish a SCA matrix identifying the GSA labor category titles, the occupational code, SCA labor category titles and the applicable WD number. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the contract.

LABOR CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS

SIN: 5207 Labor Categories

Labor Category: Financial Audit Manager
Minimum/General Experience: Minimum eight (8) years of experience
Functional Responsibility:
Financial Audit Managers, assisted by Auditors, are responsible for daily management of the engagement including, overall planning, developing audit programs, preparing status reports, and providing technical assistance on complex accounting and/or auditing issues, client contacts, discussing audit findings with client/auditee personnel, drafting and reviewing audit reports, supervision of auditors, and periodic formal and informal status briefings to clients. The role is also responsible for supervising auditors assigned to the engagement.
Minimum Education: Bachelor’s Degree in business or accounting and CPA license.

Labor Category: Financial Auditor
Minimum/General Experience: Minimum two (2) years of experience
Functional Responsibility:
Financial Auditors work under supervision of the Audit Manager. This role is responsible for execution of audit procedures, assisting in drafting reports and findings, addressing accounting and auditing issues, writing planning memorandums, and developing audit sampling plans.
Minimum Education: Bachelor’s Degree in business or accounting.

Labor Category: IT Audit Manager
Minimum/General Experience:
Minimum eight (8) years of experience
Functional Responsibility:
IT Audit Managers, assisted by IT Audit Specialists, are responsible for daily management of the engagement including, overall planning, and client contacts, assisted as necessary by subject matter experts, communicating with client personnel, drafting and reviewing reports, supervision of IT Audit Specialists, periodic formal and informal status briefings to clients. The Manager is responsible for staff supervision.
Minimum Education:
Bachelor’s Degree in business, accounting, or information technology, and CISA or CISSP or equivalent certification.

Labor Category: IT Audit Specialist
Minimum/General Experience: Minimum three (3) years of experience
Functional Responsibility:
IT Auditors work under supervision of the IT Audit Manager. This role is responsible for execution of audit procedures, assisting in drafting reports and findings, addressing auditing issues, writing planning memorandums, and developing audit sampling plans.
Minimum Education: Bachelor’s Degree in business, accounting, or information technology.

SIN: 520 13 Labor Categories

Labor Category: Project Manager
Minimum/General Experience: Minimum eight (8) years of experience
Functional Responsibility:
Project Managers, assisted by consultants, are responsible for daily management of the engagement including, overall planning, and client contacts, assisted as necessary by subject matter experts, communicating with client personnel, drafting and reviewing reports, periodic formal and informal status briefings to clients. The Manager is responsible for staff supervision.
Minimum Education:
Bachelor's Degree in business, accounting, information technology, or in subject matter expertise field.

Labor Category: Consultant
Minimum/General Experience: Minimum two (2) years of experience
Functional Responsibility:
Consultants interface with the client on a day-today basis and support the completion of project-specific tasks within estimated time frames and budget constraints. Consultants work under supervision of the project manager.
Minimum Education:
Bachelor's Degree in business, accounting, information technology, or in subject matter expertise field.