It's not always the bigger company that's the prime

I was a sub to Leidos on a contract over at NGA on a big IDIQ, which is a contract vehicle that issues multiple task orders to companies that won a place on the contract.

The IDIQ was re-competed, and on the follow up IDIQ, the task order I was supporting was re-designated to be a small business set-aside, which means only designated small businesses could win it.

The winner by mandate was a small business, but guess who ended up staffing a good percentage of the positions?

Booz Allen.

Needless to say, they are not a small business.

It's just a goofy thing where a smaller company can sub out work to a much bigger company, which is counter-intuitive.

What's even funnier is that the small business that won the task order was acquired by Mantech, the multi-billion dollar defense contractor.

This is all to say that while it's usually a large company that plays the role of the prime, there are smaller companies that do win awards and you shouldn't neglect them in your search for a 1099 gig. They are sometimes more amenable to subs/1099s since W2s can be riskier for them.

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