The competitive landscape for the GovCon IT & Consulting sector is made up of an ever-changing array of Prime contractor and subcontractor partner options, as companies ally themselves with a mix of small and large partners who can help them win and deliver on the important missions of the Federal agencies they serve.  

Included below the OrangeSlices AI team highlights the new and strategic arrangements made by some of the top Federal IT and Consulting firms across the Federal Civilian and DOD sectors in October of 2022. Not surprisingly the list this month is smaller than most, but a handful of arrangements did draw our attention, to include one large VA T4NG Prime and Federal Digital Services leader allying themselves with a rapidly emerging Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business IT Modernization & Operations and Management Consulting provider that brings a focus on the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

The winds can change quickly, so from a competitive standpoint it is important to regularly review which large, mid-tier and emerging small businesses are creating alliances, and with whom. One example of a formal declaration of a partnership comes in the form of the popular Small Business Administration (SBA) mentor protégé arrangement, whereby an emerging small business creates a tighter bond with a mentor company and should be viewed as a likely go-to potential partner option (Prime or sub) for the respective mentor.  

The SBA Mentor Protégé Program is a well utilized program intended to help eligible small businesses (protégés) gain capacity and win government contracts through partnerships with more experienced companies that are willing to fill the mentor role. It will come as no surprise that many highly successful government contractors and mentors came up through the program themselves.  

The spreadsheet below details a subset of the agreements that were formalized and approved by SBA in fiscal year 2022. The Orange Slices team bolded a few of the more interesting companies and pairings, to include IronArch Technology and Ad Hoc.  

We applaud these mentor companies for stepping up to offer their resources and support to smaller firms that can greatly benefit from the advice and guidance of a large company and set of leaders who have walked in their shoes. 

Have questions/feedback? Did we miss or misrepresent your new SBA MPP agreement? Comment below or contact us here to be heard.  

Veterans Affairs Focused Firms drawing the most attention: 

Included below is a list of the large and small companies we have noted as drawing the most views by Government and industry leaders on the OrangeSlices AI consultant directory in October that bring direct past performance and/or related relationships in support of the US Department of Veterans Affairs. 

** An Elev8 GovCon Honoree, noted for a corporate culture that demonstrates its own excellence, making the company a beacon for talent, for partners, and for clients. 

We cannot and will not speculate here as to the reasons for the increased interest, but whether it is a company evaluating them as a potential partner; a federal acquisition leader doing their due diligence; or a consultant weighing their next job move, this group of companies has been receiving increased interest.  

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You can filter the list by several key indicators, to include socio-economic status, NAICS, Contract vehicle, etc. 

If you are a small business with capabilities and socio-economic status that might support any of the items identified above, comment below and we will add you to the list. 


Developed by a team of government and industry contracting subject matter experts, the data driven platform is a publicly available searchable listing of the top information technology and consulting services contractors doing business with the Federal government today. Driven by a robust and comprehensive set of authoritative and trusted data sources, the tool is intended to help government and industry leaders find the right partner to help deliver on the important mission of the Federal government.  



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  1. Justin H

    Interesting. Does this mean a new T4NG Prime SDVOSB JV is on the horizon?