Interagency Readiness Solutions, LLC (IRS)

cdecc0de-d303-4876-ba03-e892115d6cbfInteragency Readiness Solutions, LLC (IRS) is a Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO) owned 8(a), small disadvantaged business (SDB) that specializes in providing professional services, program and project management, training/curriculum development and presentation, technical and subject matter consultation services and support to the Army, the National Guard, and civil emergency management communities. While IRS was originally established and operated as a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) in 2009, it entered the NHO 8(a) program in March 2016. Headquartered in St. Augustine Florida, IRS’ core capabilities include Emergency Management, Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA), CBRN Response Enterprise (CRE) and Homeland Defense training, readiness and exercise support services and that ultimately protect lives and property and enhance the operational readiness of the States, the Nation and all interagency partners.

As both a prime and subcontractor, Team IRS personnel have provided a wide range of Emergency Management and Domestic Operations professional services, consultation, planning, exercise, response, evaluation and/or training support to Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM), National Guard Bureau (NGB), the National Guard of the States and Territories, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Regional Training Institute-Florida in support of Headquarters Department of the Army (HQDA) G34 Protection Division, Joint Task Force Civil Support and other DoD, federal and state mission partners.


W. Craig Fugate

W. Craig Fugate served as President Barack Obama’s FEMA Administrator from May 2009 to January 2017. Previously, he served as Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s Emergency Management Director from 2001-2009. Fugate led FEMA through multiple record-breaking disaster years and oversaw the Federal Government’s response to major events such as the Joplin and Moore Tornadoes, Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Matthew, and the 2016 Louisiana flooding. Fugate set a clear and compelling vision, mission, and priorities for FEMA and relentlessly drove the Agency to achieve better outcomes for survivors. FEMA’s effectiveness in dealing with more than 500 Presidentially-declared major disasters and emergencies under Fugate’s leadership restored the faith of the American people in the Federal Government’s ability to respond to disasters. Prior to his tenure at FEMA, Fugate was widely praised for his management, under Governor Jeb Bush, of the devastating effects of the 2004 and 2005 Florida hurricane seasons (Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne, Dennis, Katrina, and Wilma).

Fugate’s strategy of setting ambitious goals, establishing clear expectations, and pushing people out of their comfort zones drove FEMA to achieve more in a shorter period of time than many believed possible. Fugate established a leadership culture within FEMA in which taking risks and leaning forward to meet the needs of survivors became a baseline expectation. Fugate established a sweeping policy requiring all FEMA employees to have a disaster role in addition to their day-job. Fugate instituted a comprehensive academic and experiential qualification system for the Agency’s disaster workforce and created thirteen National and Regional Incident Management Assistance Teams to deploy early in support of state, local, tribal, and territorial partners.

During his tenure, Fugate focused not only on restoring FEMA’s response capabilities but on promoting emergency management as a community and shared responsibility. Fugate instituted a permanent effort to build the nation’s capacity to stabilize a catastrophic event within 72 hours. He drove completion of Presidential policy on national preparedness and implemented the National Preparedness System to build unity of effort to address the nation’s most significant risks. On Fugate’s watch, FEMA awarded more than $19 billion in preparedness grants, supported more than 700 drills and exercises in 47 states, and had more than 40 million participants take part in grassroots community preparedness drills.



IRS’ Experience and Past Performance:

Our team’s depth of understanding is based on experience and past performance that includes:

  • Prime Contractor for Training and Exercise Support Services for the Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Protection Division, Fort Sam Houston, TX
  • Army Installation Emergency Operations Center (IEOC) Course development and training
  • National Guard Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQs) – State “all-hazards” planning, training and exercise support
  • Joint Operations Center (JOC) Staffing, staff management, advanced training and professional development
  • Doctrinally and experientially based JFHQs/ JTF State Battle Staff and Dual Status Command (DSC) organization, exercise design and conduct
  • Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) planning, consultation and full-spectrum exercise development and conduct
  • CBRNE CRE consultation, training and exercise support services including turnkey Incident/Area Command subject matter experts and Role Player Support Services with professional management and moulage for small to large scale exercises
  • Emergency Operations Center training, exercise support, consultation and staffing support services All-hazards, on-site Pre and Post-Event Command and Control (C2) and Mission Command consultation and support services
  • National, state, and local Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) compliant exercise development, facilitation and conduct
  • Exercise design, conduct and evaluation in support of the FEMA National Exercise Division

As our leadership team’s experience and performance demonstrates that IRS can provide highly relevant services and solutions for the Army, the National Guard, DoD and the Interagency, at the very best value.


968942b2-5f0d-476d-bfcb-6da3655ebc98Contracting Information:

As a Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO) owned 8(a), IRS offers significant contracting efficiencies, defined by law and regulation, to help Department of Defense (DoD) agencies resolve urgent and dynamic requirements. Through our ability to receive sole-source contracts above the 8(a) ceiling, IRS offers significant time and cost effectiveness to the government’s contracting process. Coupled with the ingenuity and agility associated with small firms, NHO 8(a)s, such as IRS, have proven to be attractive vendors and business partners.

Applicable Federal Acquisition Regulations

No Sole Source Dollar Threshold – 13CFR124.506(b)(2)

The DoD may award a direct award 8(a) contract to a concern owned and controlled by and NHO where the anticipated value of the procurement exceeds the applicable competitive thresholds if the SBA has not already accepted this requirement into the 8(a) BD program as a competitive procurement. NHOs provide a unique competitive advantage in being able to receive DoD direct awards of any size. This decreases time and cost in the procurement process, and allows clients to work one on one with firms to ensure the needs of the government are met.

A Non-Protestable Sole Source Award -13CFR124.517(a)

The eligibility of a Participant (NHO owned 8(a)) for a sole source or competitive 8(a) requirement may not be challenged by another Participant or any other party, either to SBA or any administrative forum as part of a bid or other contract protest.

The 5% Subcontracting Bonus- DFARS 252.226-7001

A DoD contractor who subcontracts with a firm that is 51% Native Hawaiian owned and recognized Native Hawaiian as defined by 25 USC 422(9) is entitled to receive an incentive payment equal to 5% of the amount of the subcontract award.

Economically Disadvantaged – 13CFR124.110(c)

An NHO that meets the requirements set forth in paragraph (c)(1) & (c)(2) of this section is deemed economically disadvantaged.

Contracting with Interagency Readiness Solutions, LLC

Contracting with IRS is faster and less costly that traditional procurement methods.  This process facilitates the ability to negotiate a fair and reasonable price in less time and fewer uncertainties than competitive bidding processes.

Basic Steps:

  1. Develop a Statement of Work
  2. Contact the SBA for acceptance of IRS direct award
  3. Prepare an RFP and issue to IRS as an NHO owned 8(a)
  4. IRS submits proposal in response to the RFP
  5. Negotiate contract and award to IRS


IRS is a NHO 8(a) SDB with an active/current SAM registration. DUNS: 832138718 | CAGE Code: 5QXC5