Human Capital and Training Solutions (HCaTS)

The Human Capital and Training Solutions (HCaTS) Program consists of three indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) governmentwide contract vehicles: HCaTS Unrestricted (HCaTS U), HCaTS Small Business (HCaTS SB), and HCaTS 8(a). These vehicles provide reliable, flexible, fast and efficient ways to obtain best-value, customized solutions for human capital management and training requirements.

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HCaTS contracts provide solutions to all federal agencies through the effort of bona-fide executive, administrative, and professional employees as defined in Part 541 of Title 29, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

Check out this video on The OASIS and HCaTS 8(a) Contracts.

Program Features

  • Comprehensive, customized solution for human capital and training services
  • Best in Class! with Highly Technically Rated, Fair and Reasonable Pricing pools of contractors
  • Allows maximum flexibility for customers
  • Allows all contract types (including hybrid)
  • Allows commercial and/or non-commercial services for both CONUS and OCONUS
  • Allows ancillary services & other direct costs at the task order level
  • Maximizes small business utilization goals
  • Undertakes effective change management initiatives
  • Helps develop effective metrics to assess progress in carrying out human capital strategies

Each HCaTS vehicle (Unrestricted, SB, and 8(a)) encompasses two pools that are solely defined by the NAICS codes each pool is comprised of. At the time of master contract award and option exercise, all NAICS codes in each pool shared the same small business size standard, which remains in effect for the duration of the HCaTS contracts' period of performance. Task orders should be solicited among and awarded to contract holders in the pool that contains the NAICS code corresponding to the scope of the task order.

HCaTS Pool NAICS Code Description
Pool 1 611430 Professional and Management Development Training
611699 All Other Miscellaneous Schools and Instruction
624310 Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Pool 2 541611 Administrative Management & General Management Consulting Services
541612 Human Resources Consulting Services
541613 Marketing Consulting Services
541618 Other Management Consulting Services
611710 Educational Support Services

The scope of both HCaTS pools is identical and is defined by three Key Service Areas (KSAs):

  • KSA 1 - Customized Training and Development Services
    • Training program management support
    • Technical and general skills development
    • Leadership, management, and supervisory training, development, and support
    • Knowledge and competency training
    • Career development, management, and coaching
  • KSA 2 - Customized Human Capital Strategy Services
    • Human resources strategy and development
    • Organizational and position management
    • Staff acquisition
    • Talent, performance, compensation, and separation management
    • Integrated business management
    • Change management
    • Employee value proposition
    • Employee and labor relations
  • KSA 3 - Customized Organizational Performance Improvement
    • Performance Metrics and Improvement
    • Strategic Planning and Alignment
    • Facilitation and Data Analytics
    • Business Process Improvement and Reengineering
    • Organizational Assessment and Transformation

HCaTS includes 84 standardized labor categories that correspond to Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) System for which the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) maintains compensation data. The use of these labor categories is optional; labor categories may be added at the task order level.

See Attachment J.1, Standardized Labor Categories, below for a list of the individual labor categories, corresponding SOC Numbers, titles, functional descriptions, and definitions of levels for each.

Attachment J.1- HCaTS Standardized Labor Categories [PDF - 107 KB]

The ordering period for HCaTS Unrestricted and HCaTS SB is a total of 10.5 years. The ordering period for HCaTS 8(a) is a total of five years. Task orders can be awarded under HCaTS any time prior to the expiration of the ordering period of the master contract; however, task order option periods may be exercised up to five years and six months after the ordering period expires.

Contract Period HCaTS Unrestricted HCaTS SB HCaTS 8(a)
Contract Base Period:

Sep 26, 2016 -

Sep 25, 2021

Nov 10, 2016 -

Nov 9, 2021

Dec 22, 2020-

Dec 21, 2025

5-Year Option Period:

Sep 26, 2021 -

Sep 25, 2026

Nov 10, 2021 -

Nov 9, 2026

6-Months Extension:

Sep 26, 2026 -

Mar 25, 2027

Nov 10, 2026 -

May 9, 2027


Contract Types

HCaTS allows maximum flexibility for contract types at the task order level, including:

  • Fixed-Price-all types,
  • Cost-reimbursement-all types,
  • Time-and-materials,
  • Labor-Hour, and
  • Hybrids of any contract types.

Contract Ceiling

The maximum dollar value for all task orders issued under the HCaTS contracts, including all options, if exercised, is $3.45 billion for Pool 1 and $2.3 billion for Pool 2 for each 1) the HCaTS Unrestricted and 2) the HCaTS SB and 8(a) vehicles, for a total program ceiling of $11.5 billion.

The HCaTS SB and HCaTS 8(a) vehicles are 100 percent small business set-aside. HCaTS Unrestricted has several small business contract holders as well. Competitive set-asides for the following socio-economic categories can be awarded under HCaTS SB with credit toward your small business goals:

  • HUBZone Small Business;
  • Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business;
  • Veteran-Owned Small Business;
  • Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business; and
  • Women-Owned Small Business.

8(a) competitive set-aside and direct awards can be made under HCaTS 8(a) with credit toward your 8(a) small business goals.

The CAF rate for HCaTS Unrestricted, HCaTS SB, and HCaTS 8(a) is only 0.75 percent applied to the total task order amount. Exceptions to this fee or agency-specific fee agreements will be listed here, if any.

HCaTS has been designated as a Best-in-Class (BIC) solution for Human Capital and Training Solutions since October 2016. BIC contracts are recognized as being “good-for-government” purchasing solutions and, per OMB Memo M-17-22 [PDF], agencies should consider leveraging providers on best-in-class contracts as part of the category management effort. Additionally, per OMB Memo M-19-13 [PDF] and the President's Management Agenda, agencies are directed to leverage existing contracts for common goods and services. Generally speaking, using BIC solutions saves time and money. Government buyers can confidently use and recommend BIC solutions knowing that they have undergone thorough vetting processes. HCaTS satisfies the following key criteria to be considered a BIC solution:

  • Rigorous requirements definitions and planning processes
  • Appropriate pricing strategies
  • Data-driven strategies to change buying and consumption behavior (i.e., demand management)
  • Category and performance management strategies
  • Independently validated reviews

Download this HCaTS' BIC profile [PDF - 353 KB] to learn more.

Last Reviewed: 2022-07-05