Purchasing Professional

Services through the GSA

Professional Services Schedule

 

A Guide for Federal Agency Customers


 

Afghanistan Holding Group
Building 21, MRRD Street, Darulaman

District 6

Kabul 1004, Afghanistan

https://www.ahg.af/
Other than Small Business

DUNS:  557732817

CAGE CODE: SGL95

 

 

Afghanistan Holding Group Service Professionals

Afghanistan Holding Group provides an offensive-minded cadre of researchers, managers, trainers and analysts who are subject matter experts with proven mission success against the highest priority, time sensitive targets in the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense. By providing services through our GSA Contract #47QRAA18D00FG, Afghanistan Holding Group can support all Federal Agencies and Departments. Since 2009, Afghanistan Holding Group has provided professional business services to over 700 organizations across Afghanistan. Our clients range from small companies, non-profits, and corporations to development institutions and government customers. Our service offering support clients step-by-step, providing assistance with licensing, visas, payroll, taxation, audit and procurement services. Our GSA Schedule contract terms is 9/12/18 – 9/11/23.

 

Why GSA?

The GSA Schedules Program (also known as the “Federal Supply Service”) serves as the catalyst for billions of dollars in federal spending, helping to meet procurement needs for eligible users, including all branches of federal and State and Local government through applicable programs. These long-term Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts assist customers with procuring a vast array of supplies and services directly from quality commercial suppliers. Schedule categories of supplies and services, along with contract award information, can be viewed on GSA eLibrary.

GSA Schedules are fast, easy, and effective contracting vehicles for both customers and vendors. For GSA Schedules, GSA establishes long-term government-wide contracts with commercial companies to provide access to millions of commercial products and services at volume discount pricing. Government Agencies order and buy directly from GSA-approved vendors at GSA-approved pricing (already reviewed and determined by the GSA to be at a best value to you).

Customers who order from Schedules get:

  • Savings (pre-negotiated best value rates)
  • Flexibility and choice (purchase direct from vendor with no competition or RFQ)
  • Shorter lead time (no requirement to post to FBO or seek competition)
  • Transparency (Immediate access to pricing without proposals)
  • Control of the procurement (Write SOW and purchase services to meet needs)
  • Lower administrative costs

 

Who Can Order through GSA?

GSA Eligibility Order 4800.21, Eligibility to Use GSA Sources of Supply and Services [PDF – 447 KB] provides detailed information regarding the agencies and organizations that are eligible to use GSA Schedule contracts. These include: All federal agencies and activities in the executive, legislative and judicial branches; government contractors authorized in writing by a federal agency pursuant to 48 CFR 51.1; mixed ownership government corporations* (as defined in the Government Corporation Control Act of 1945, as amended); the government of the District of Columbia; and other activities and organizations authorized by statute or regulation to use GSA as a source of supply.

 

Cooperative Purchasing

Pursuant to 40 U.S.C § 502 (c), Cooperative Purchasing allows state and local governments to purchase from the PSS Schedule for professional services, at any time, for any reason, using any funds available.

 

What is a SIN?

Each GSA Schedule is composed of Special Item Numbers (SINs). It is a categorization method that groups similar products, services, and solutions together to aid in the acquisition process.

SIN 520 15: Outsourcing Recurring Commercial Activities for Financial

 

Management Services

Services that an agency identifies as recurring commercial activities which may include billing, payroll processing, application processing, claim processing, grant application management, loan application management, inventory management, and other financial management activities.

 

SIN 874-1: Integrated Consulting Services

Contractors shall provide expert advice and assistance in support of an agency’s mission-oriented business functions. Services covered by this SIN include: Management or strategy consulting, including research, evaluations, studies, analyses, scenarios/simulations, reports, business policy and regulation development assistance and strategy formulation * Facilitation and related decision support services * Survey services, using a variety of methodologies, including survey planning, design, and development; survey administration; data validation and analysis; reporting, and stakeholder briefings *Advisory and assistance services in accordance with FAR 37.203

NOTE: Consulting services where the preponderance of work is specifically covered under other PSS SINS or GSA Schedules are not permitted under this SIN. NOTE: Legal, consulting, and audit services pertaining to financial matters are not covered under this SIN. Refer to 520 SINs. Consulting services relating to public relations are not covered under this SIN. Refer to SIN 541-2, Public Relations Services.

 

SIN 874 4: Training Services

Instructor Led Training, Web Based Training and Education Courses, Course Development and Test Administration, Learning Management, Internships – Proposed courses shall be commercially-available off-the-shelf training and/or educational courses that are delivered via an Instructor-led (i.e. traditional classroom setting or conference/seminar) and/or web-based (i.e. Internet/Intranet, software packages and computer applications) system. Courses shall have a defined course title, length of time (i.e. hours, days, semesters, etc.), description of material to be taught (i.e. syllabi, table of contents, etc.), and whether materials are included in the price. (i.e. books, pamphlets, software, etc.). Support materials not included may be offered under SIN 100 03.

Proposed professional services shall be in support of planning, creating, and/or executing testing and test administration, learning management, internship, or development of new courses or subject matter delivered via an instructor-led (i.e. traditional classroom setting or conference/seminar) and/or web-based (i.e. Internet/Intranet, software packages and computer applications) system. Proposed customization services are the result of planning, creating, and/or executing a proprietary format and may be priced as a flat rate or as Labor/hours using professional labor categories (i.e. Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), Program Managers, Project Managers, Research Assistant, Technical Specialist, etc.), subject matter(s), Systems requirements and methodology(ies) to be used should be stated. Acquisition training will be accomplished under SIN 874-8. Functional industry-specific training covered under other schedules will not be accomplished under this SIN. A customized course(s) shall include labor categories (i.e. Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), Program Managers, Project Managers, Research Assistant, Technical Specialist, etc.), subject matter(s), and methodology(ies) to be used.

 

Afghanistan Holding Group Pricing

Afghanistan Holding Group provides professional services according to a customer’s requirements, outlined in a Statement of Work. Upon review of your requirements, we will prescribe a team with the specialties and experience to meet your specific needs, as well as an accompanying Performance of Work Statement. The team may be comprised of the following personnel/ labor categories. These prices represent a 1% discount from our commercial service offering.

 

 

SIN Labor Category GSA Rate
874-1 Research Director $398.99
874-1 Research Associate $149.62
874-1 Project Manager $99.75
874-4 Partner $398.99
874-4 Senior Trainer $199.50
874-4 Project Coordinator $99.75
874-4 Trainer $49.87
520-15 Financial Director $398.99
520-15 Financial Manager $199.50
520-15 Financial Associate $99.75
520-15 Financial Analyst $49.87

 

 
 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

LABOR CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS

 

SIN 874-1 Integrated Consulting Services

 

Research Director

Minimum Education: PhD

Minimum Years of Experience: 12 years of experience

Functional Responsibilities: Coordinates development of complex research goals. Determines the resources and staff needs and prioritizes tasks for the most efficient use of resources. Monitors the work output of junior staff, assists with quality control of work and assumes final accountability for department performance. Defines and refines survey content. Develops research design and preferred data collection methodology. In charge of strategic planning and performance measurement. Directs all research activities, including program development design, launch and maintenance. Assesses reliability and validity of data. Provides summary and analysis of survey results through associated graphs, charts, and tables as required by clients.

 

Research Associate

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree

Minimum Years of Experience: 6 years of experience

Functional Responsibilities: Provides day-to-day coordination for research projects and programs under the direction of senior staff. Collaborates with senior staff on management of small research projects, including research design, budgets, and scheduling of projects. Activities and expertise include data collection, research data management, analysis, and synthesis. Responsible for assisting senior staff in the execution of their research duties, including but not limited to, questionnaire development, launch and maintenance. Responsibilities include preparing reports related to the project requirements.

 

Project Manager

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree

Minimum Years of Experience: 4 years of experience

Functional Responsibilities: Performs day-to-day management of project support operations, possibly involving multiple tasks and groups of personnel at multiple locations, on a single project. Leads and directs cross-functional teams to deliver projects within the constraints of schedule, budget and resources. Organizes, directs, and coordinates the planning and production of all support activities. Determines staffing needs for the project. Responsible for project planning, project financials, and staff direction and oversight. Communicates with all project team members, managers, and customers to ensure successful completion of project objectives and deliverables on time and within budget. Establishes and enforces procedures to assure all tasks are performed in accordance with applicable standards, quality requirements, estimated costs, and schedules.

 

 SIN 874-4 Training Services

 

Partner

Minimum Education: PhD
Minimum Years of Experience: 12 years of experience

Functional Responsibilities: Has a thorough understanding of the client’s industry and an extensive tool set of skills to solve the client’s problems. Provides industry insight, issue resolution, employs proven problem solving techniques and directs critical decision making. Assures the use of best practices and provision of high quality service. Primary responsibilities include monitoring of risk, identifying potential issues, and designing a high-level strategy to address them. Serves as an advisor, providing members of the project team and the client organization a level of quality review to help guide the project to remain on schedule and within budget. Proficient in reviewing strategic plans and business strategies and design, organizational and infrastructure designs, and project deliverables to maintain a standard of consistency and quality throughout a projects life cycle.

 

Senior Trainer

Minimum Education: Master’s degree

Minimum Years of Experience: 8 years of experience

Functional Responsibilities: Directs and oversees training in specialized content areas offered in formal and non-formal educational settings, including concepts and definitions of curriculum and instruction. Leads instructional development process, focusing on design issues, clarification of learning tasks, selection of instructional strategies and tactics, and construction of prototype materials. Demonstrated experience and ability to develop, plan, and provide training materials and end user training on a wide variety of subjects. Conducts the research necessary to develop and revise training courses and prepares appropriate training catalogs. May serve in advisory role, consulting with upper management to assist in development and oversight of appropriate training policy and strategies. Provides daily supervision and direction to training staff.

 

Project Coordinator

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree

Minimum Years of Experience: 4 years of experience

Functional Responsibilities: Coordinates project meetings, logistics, and supports material preparation. Supports implementation of project strategies with guidance from more experienced staff. Maintains deliverable schedules. Updates project management team on project status, deadlines and budgets. Implements and maintains timely project processes and procedures. Schedules meetings, produces collateral for presentations and conducts research. Facilitates communication among project personnel. Prepares meeting agendas and minutes and reports.

 

Trainer

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree

Minimum Years of Experience: 1 year of experience

Functional Responsibilities: Responsibilities include performing various tasks in the development of training materials, tailoring of training classes and the delivery of off-the-shelf and customized training classes. Conducts research necessary to develop and revise training courses. Develops all instructor and student materials to include course outline, background material, and training aids, course manuals, workbooks, handouts, completion certificates, and course critique forms. Provides support to senior trainers. Identifies critical training and educational topics, develops and manages timely responses to all identified training needs, ensures a high standard of training and facilitation, and maintains accurate records of training and certification.

SIN 520-15 Outsourcing Recurring Activities for Financial Management Services

 

Financial Director

Minimum Education: Master’s degree

Minimum Years of Experience: 8 years of experience

Functional Responsibilities: Manages all aspects of finances and accounting. Has oversight for general accounting, project accounting, internal auditing, cost accounting, tax audit and budgetary controls of contracted projects. Responsible for financial policies and accounting practices, the management of financial interns, analysts and associates and the preparation of financial reports and taxation obligations. Holds extensive knowledge in financial management best practices, and applies these on client projects. Ensures that the necessary financial skills are available to the client. Has overall responsibility for implementing strategies for fraud and corruption control and compliance with audit requirements. Manages and leads the Finance Team in the implementation of their responsibilities. Develops financial objectives for client. Directs the completion of projects within estimated time frames and budget constraints. Responsible to plan, organize, execute, control, and perform project work efforts to meet contract requirements.

 

Financial Associate

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree

Minimum Years of Experience: 4 years of experience

Functional Responsibilities: Ensures the effectiveness of the finance and procurement functions in client organizations. This includes responsibility for general accounting, program accounting, auditing, fraud control, cost accounting, budgetary control and reporting and ensuring effective procurement practices; identifying quality, efficient and cost-effective suppliers. Monitors the financial performance of project. Conduct reviews and audits as required. Designs and develops appropriate financial management reports. Assist in the management of financial compliance. Reviews and supports the development of financial management procedures and processes. Manages banking and payroll. Establishes sound working relationships with internal and external clients on all financial management matters.

 

Financial Analyst

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree

Minimum Years of Experience: 1 year of experience

Functional Responsibilities: Defines problems and analyzes and develops plans and requirements for simple to moderately-complex projects. Coordinates and manages the preparation of analysis, evaluations, and recommendations for proper implementation of programs and systems specifications in the areas of risk management, program management, policy development, methodologies, and modeling and simulation in the functional area being addressed.

The following experience and educational equivalency table applies for the outlined labor categories:

 

 

Ordering Methods

You can order Afghanistan Holding Group services from GSA Schedule contractors or through the GSA Advantage!® online shopping and ordering system. Purchases expected to be over the simplified acquisitions threshold should be submitted to E-buy as a Request for Quote (RFQ). Need help compiling your requirements into a Statement of Work? You can use these templates provided by the GSA.

 

Using E-Buy for GSA Purchases

Using the eBuy system, federal agencies (buyers) may prepare and post Requests for Quotations (RFQs) for specific supplies (products) and services offered under GSA Schedule, Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs), and Network Services and Telecommunications. eBuy, GSA’s electronic Request for Quotation (RFQ) system, is a part of a suite of on-line tools. eBuy allows ordering activities to post requirements, obtain quotes, and issue orders electronically. Posting an RFQ on eBuy is one medium for providing fair notice to all schedule contractors offering such supplies and services as required by 8.405-1, 8.405-2, and 8.405-3; and Is required when an order contains brand-name specifications. Ordering activities may access eBuy at http://www.ebuy.gsa.gov.

 

GSA eBuy – Section 863

In 2011, an interim FAR rule was published incorporating section 863 of the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009. Section 863, entitled ‘‘Requirements for Purchase of Property and Services Pursuant to Multiple-Award Contracts,’’ mandates enhanced competition for orders placed under multiple-award contracts, including GSA’s Federal Supply Schedules (FSS).

The inclusion of section 863 requires fair notice be given to all contract holders offering the required supplies and/or services prior to placing an order or establishing a FSS Blanket Purchase Agreement estimated over the Simplified Acquisition Threshold ($150,000). eBuy meets the standard of providing “fair notice to all contractors”, for FAS affected contract vehicles such Schedules, GWACs, and certain MAIDIQ contracts because all vendors offering the required supplies and/or services are able to view the Request for Quote (RFQ). For FSS contracts, if you do not use eBuy or another means of providing fair notice, you must distribute the RFQ by some other means and receive at least three quotes. The use of eBuy, GSA’s request for quote solution, is the easiest way to meet these new competition requirements.

Each RFQ is posted in the eBuy system for a designated period of time and is assigned to a GSA Schedule Special Item Number (SIN) category or GWAC/Network Services and Telecommunications functional category by the buyer. The category assignment determines which Schedule, GWAC, or Network Services and Telecommunications contractors (sellers) can receive the email notice to submit quotations. Sellers are automatically listed under their awarded SINs or functional categories.

For GSA Schedules, buyers may notify all sellers listed under a particular SIN category or may choose to notify a lesser number of sellers. (Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 8.405 stipulates that buyers must provide the RFQ to at least three Schedule contractors for orders exceeding the micro-purchase threshold.) Sellers not notified can still submit a quotation for an RFQ placed under their awarded SINs.
To attain a response from Afghanistan Holding Group, please submit an RFQ in e-Buy under SIN 520 15, 874-1, or 874-4 under GSA Schedule 00CORP.  For more information or assistance on either GSA Advantage! or e-Buy, contact GSA at gsa.advantage@gsa.gov.

 

Billing and Payment

We accept the following methods of payment to meet your needs.
 

Order Amount Acquisition Guidance Payment Methods
< $1,000 Unsupported Not Accepted
$1,001- $3,500 Micro-Purchases Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), check, GSA Smart Pay, BPA, Government Purchase Card
$3,501-$150,000 Simplified Acquisitions Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), check, GSA Smart Pay, BPA, Government Purchase Card
$151,000-$500,000 RFQ Required Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), check, GSA Smart Pay, BPA,
>$500,000 RFQ Required Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), check, GSA Smart Pay, BPA,

 

 

Your Responsibilities for Purchases Requiring SOW

At a minimum, the ordering activity must document:
The Schedule contracts considered; noting the contractor from which the service was purchased;
A description of the service purchased;
The amount paid;
The evaluation methodology used in selecting the contractor to receive the order;
The rationale for any trade-offs in making the selection;
The fair and reasonable price determination required by FAR 8.405-2(d);
When applicable, the following must be included in addition to the foregoing:
(i) If an order is in excess of $500,000, the determination of “best procurement approach” made during the planning process in accordance with FAR 17.502-1(a);
(ii) The rationale for using other than a firm-fixed price order or a performance-based order;
(iii) When an order exceeds the simplified acquisition threshold and a minimum of 3 offers were not received and considered, evidence of steps taken to meet the competitiveness requirements of FAR 8.405-2(c), documentation demonstrating that the attempts to obtain offers from at least three firms that could meet the requirements were adequate; and
(iv) Documentation as required by FAR 8.405-6 of the circumstances and rationale for limiting consideration of Schedule contractors to fewer than 3 potential sources, including an approved Limited Source Justification when required.

 

Contractor Performance Evaluation

Ordering activities must prepare an evaluation of contractor performance for each Schedule contract order that exceeds the simplified acquisition threshold. See FAR 8.406-7 and 42.1502(c). Ordering activities must use agency-approved feeder systems to collect and electronically submit past performance reports to the Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS).

 

REMEMBER! Ordering activities placing GSA Schedule contract orders (particularly if government-wide commercial purchase cards are used), should advise Schedule contractors that they are authorized Schedule users and cite the appropriate GSA Schedule contract number on each ordering document, in order to ensure that they receive Schedule contract services at Schedule contract prices. All services ordered must be within the scope of the GSA Schedule contract.

 

Processing Time

GSA Schedule contracts have the same delivery times as our commercial delivery times. We strive to begin work within 30 days following an agreed upon Statement of Work.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn More about GSA acquisitions here.
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Assisted Acquisition Services

The GSA provides end-to-end acquisition services to bring you the goods and services you need that fit your scope and fall within Government procurement regulations. https://aas.gsa.gov/

 

Contract Administration

Questions or concerns regarding this contract or purchase orders may be directed to contract administrator, Sanzar Kakar (sanzar.kakar@ahg.af or 971 555-106-622).

 

 

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