HCaTS Program Features

Learn more about the HCaTS program features below.

HCaTS Pools and NAICS Codes

Each HCaTS vehicle is composed of two pools that are solely defined by the NAICS codes each pool is comprised of. The NAICS codes under each pool share a common small business (SB) size standard. Task orders are issued to contractors holding awards in a pool with a NAICS code corresponding to the scope of the task order.

HCaTS Pools and NAICS Codes
Pool 1 (Size Standard: $12M) Pool 2 (Size Standard: $16.5M)
611430 Professional and Management Development Training 541611 Administrative Management & General Management Consulting Services
611699 All Other Miscellaneous Schools and Instruction 541612 Human Resources Consulting Services
624310 Vocational Rehabilitation Services 541613 Marketing Consulting Services
541618 Other Management Consulting Services
611710 Educational Support Services

The scopes of HCaTS Pools are identical and defined by three Key Service Areas (KSAs):

  1. Customized Training and Development Services.
  2. Customized Human Capital Strategy Services.
  3. Customized Organizational Performance Improvement.

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 are optional and at the task order level SOC occupations can be added. (see HCaTS Resource Directory for the list of LCATs)

The ordering period for HCaTS is 10.5 years which Task orders can be awarded prior to expiration of HCaTS ordering period; however, task orders option periods may be exercised after HCaTS ordering period expires up to five years and six months.

Contract Ordering Periods

Contract Period HCaTS Unrestricted HCaTS Small Business
Contract Base Period: Sep 26, 2016 - Sep 25, 2021 Nov 10, 2016 - Nov 9, 2021
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

HCaTS allows the maximum flexibility for contract types at the Task Order level, to include:

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

The ceiling for Pool 1 is $3.45 Billion and for Pool 2 is $2.3 Billion.

HCaTS SB is 100 percent small business and HCaTS unrestricted also has several small businesses. Competitive set-asides can be done on HCaTS SB for the following socio-economic categories:

  • 8(a) Small Business;
  • HUBZone Small Business;
  • Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB);
  • Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB); and
  • Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB).

The CAF rate for both HCaTS U and HCaTS SB 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.

We offer a complementary scope review to help you decide whether HCaTS is the right vehicle for your requirement. To request a scope review, go to “Pre-Award Scope Review”. For more information about HCaTS contracts, see “HCaTS Resource Directory” and review the "HCaTS FactSheet [PDF - 220 KB]" under "HCaTS Guides and Training".

Last Reviewed: 2020-08-26