February 6, 2006

epipeline's Eye on 'All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services,' NAICS 541990


As the Business Development Manager responsible for creating the business plan for your company, it can be very challenging to gain a perspective of opportunities over the several years; and from that, determine the specific opportunities to pursue.


This week we are going to look at the opportunities for 'All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services,' (NAICS 541990). To understand this NAICS code better, epipeline has asked the following questions:


1.   Who issues the contracts?

2.   Who wins the contracts?


NAICS 541990 is the primary code when projects require professional, scientific, or technical services. These professional, scientific, or technical services do not include the following types of work: legal services; accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and related services; architectural, engineering, and related services; specialized design services; computer systems design and related services; management, scientific, and technical consulting services; scientific research and development services; advertising and related services; market research and public opinion polling; photographic services; translation and interpretation services; and veterinary services.


The size standard associated with this code is $6.5 Million, which means that a company, including its affiliates, would be considered a "small business" if their average annual gross revenue does not exceed $6.5 Million for the past three years.


This NAICS was previously represented by several Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes. These codes covered a wide variety of topics, as listed below:

         4499 - Marine surveyor (i.e., ship appraiser) services

         7299 - Consumer credit counseling services; Credit repair (i.e., counseling) services, consumer

         7389 - Includes the following types of work:

o       Appraisal (except real estate) services

o       Arbitration and conciliation services (except by attorney, paralegal)

o       Business brokers (except real estate brokers)

o       Commodity inspection services

o       Estate assessment (i.e., appraisal) services

o       Handwriting analysis services

o       Handwriting expert services

o       Mediation product services (except by lawyer, attorney, paralegal offices, family

o       Outplacement services

o       Patent broker services (i.e., patent marketing services)

o       Patrolling (i.e., visual inspection) of electric transmission or gas lines

o       Pipeline inspection (i.e., visual) services

o       Power line inspection (i.e., visual) services

o       Quantity surveyor services

         8999 Meteorological services; Weather forecasting services


Total reported spending under NAICS 541990 in FY03 was over $3.3 Billion. FY04 increased spending by over $1B to over $4.6 Billion. (Source: epipeline's FPDS information, covering fiscal years 2003 and 2004).


Who issues the contracts?


Three branches of the military, Army, Navy, and Air Force, are the three largest buyers for these services, with over 55% of market share for Fiscal Year 2004, which equates to over $2.6 Billion. NASA, the Agency for International Development (AID), the Department of Defense (DoD), the National Institutes of Health, and three agencies within the Department of Homeland Security round out the top ten. The three listed agencies in FPDS are the Bureaus of Immigration and Customs, of Citizenship and Immigration, and of Customs and Border Protection. These three agencies comprise almost 5% of the market share for FY04.


The chart below illustrates the market share held by these top ten agencies under NAICS 541710 for FY04 - these ten departments/agencies comprise 90% of reported contract spending during this period for this NAICS code.


Source: epipeline's FPDS information, FY04

Who wins the contracts?


The two charts below identify the top 10 Companies, by market share, for FY04. The first chart represents the top 10 companies that were awarded their contracts under ANY type of competition, whether it was full and open, small business set-aside, sole-sourced, etc. This list primarily consists of large businesses. The second chart, however, lists the top 10 companies that won their contracts under RESTRICTED competition. Specifically, epipeline limited this to those contracts awarded under the following acquisition strategies:

         8(a) Competed

         8(a) Small Disadvantaged (SDB) set-aside

         8(a) sole-source

         SDB set-aside

         SDB, 8(a) with HUBZone

         Combination HUBZone and 8(a)

         HUBZone set-aside

         HUBZone sole-source

         Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) set-aside

         SDVOSB sole-source

         Emerging Small Business set-aside

         Very Small Business set-aside

         Reserved for Small Businesses ($2501 to $100,000)

         Total Small Business set-aside


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is the top of the unrestricted competition list, with almost $590 Million in contract dollars for FY04. Boeing holds the number two spot, with just over $510 Million. These two firms comprise over one-quarter of the contract dollars under NAICS 541990 in Fiscal Year 2004. Mitre Corporation, Army Fleet Support (joint venture of L-3 Communications Integrated Systems, Vertex Aerospace, Paragon Systems & U.S. Helicopter), Macro International, and the Institute for Defense Analysis all have over $200 Million in FY04 under this NAICS. PLEASE NOTE: as this is a listing by Company name, rather than PARENT company, some companies may have more than one ranking, which is not reflected in the chart below.


Tec-Masters, Inc., tops the "restricted" competition chart (limited to small businesses as described above). Their FY04 contracts were valued at over $9 Million. The total contract value for FY04 for contracts using restricted (small business-related) competition) was over $150 Million. PLEASE NOTE: as this is a listing by Company name, rather than PARENT company, some companies may have more than one ranking, which is not reflected in the chart below.


Source: epipeline's FPDS information, FY04



Source: epipeline's FPDS information, FY04


Over $3.2 Billion of contract spending used full and open competition. Another $1.2 Billion did not specify an acquisition strategy for reported spending. The breakdown of acquisition strategy for the remaining $150+ Million is illustrated in the pie chart below. Over half of the remaining expenditures were under contracts that were set-aside for small businesses. There was also a significant portion of contract dollars for sole-source contracts awarded to 8(a) firms, over $42 Million.


Acquisition Strategy Breakout Under NAICS 541990 in Fiscal Year 2004


 Source: epipeline's FPDS information, FY04


epipeline's application contains many opportunities which are identified by this NAICS code. To learn more about the NAICS 541990 opportunities or other opportunities that epipeline is tracking today; try the following search in the epipeline application:


Find "NAICS 541990, All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services" Opportunities


1. After logging in, select Researched Opportunities

2. Status - Select Pre-RFP;

3. NAICS Code(s) - Type 541990 (or, try using the SIC field, with 4499, 7299, 7389, 8999);

4. Click Search


Find "NAICS 541990, All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services" Contract Spending

1. After logging in, select FPDS Contract History

2. Type 541990 in the NAICS field

3. Click Search



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