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NASA Office of Small Business Programs, Where Small Business Makes a Big Difference

Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone)


It is NASA policy to provide the maximum practicable number of acquisition opportunities to HUBZone small businesses.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a small business by SBA standards.
  • Must be owned and controlled at least 51 percent by U.S. citizens, or a Community Development Corporation, an agricultural cooperative, or an Indian tribe.
  • Must have its principal office located within a HUBZone, which includes lands considered "Indian Country" and military facilities closed by the Base Realignment and Closure Act.
  • At least 35 percent of its employees must reside in a HUBZone.

Certification Requirement

  • The Small Business Administration conducts the HUBZone certification.

Procurement Incentives

  • A Federal Government–wide statute established goals of 3 percent of the total contract and subcontract value.
  • NASA goals are 3 percent of the total prime and subcontract value.
  • There is set-aside authority in the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) for HUBZone set-asides.
  • Competitive and sole-source contracting.
  • 10 percent price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions, as well as subcontracting opportunities.
  • More information on HUBZone small businesses can be found at


  • Title VI of the Small Business Reauthorization Act (1997) (15 U.S.C. 631)
  • FAR 19.13

HUBZone Small Business Goals

  • Increase the number of annual contract actions and contract dollar value to HUBZone small businesses.
  • Increase the number of HUBZone small businesses in high-tech areas by expanding the Mentor-Protégé Program.
  • Monitor the performance of HUBZone small business subcontracting through the use of Individual Subcontract Reports (ISRs) at each Center.
  • Monitor the Agency’s annual HUBZone small business subcontracting dollars through the Summary Subcontract Report (SSR).
  • Provide outreach to HUBZone small businesses through small business events and matchmaking opportunity outreach events.
  • Increase communication with HUBZone small businesses through the use of the OSBP Web site.
  • Include training for the NASA acquisition workforce on HUBZone small businesses.
  • Monitor the Federal databases to ensure that all data are entered accurately and reviewed regularly.
  • Require NASA Centers to report initiatives in support of HUBZone small businesses on a semiannual basis.
  • Use an enterprise model to execute these goals and track accomplishments.

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