Yet another extension of a U.S.-funded small business initiative in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has been granted, along with an additional financial infusion to keep the Sustainable Achievement of Business Expansion and Quality, or SABEQ, program going.
As U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor reported back in May, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) already upped the $69.2 million contract ceiling for Deloitte Consulting (formerly Bearing Point) by $4 million, elevating the cost of the five-year endeavor to $73.2 million. According to a Justification for Other than Full and Open Competition, or JOFOC, document released today but dated June 7, a second, additional installment will bring the contract maximum above $77.3 million while extending the program, which had been slated to final year of the program for six months, thereby ending the project in March 2012. (Contract Award #278-C-00-06-00332-00)
USAID is using the same justification as before, claiming that the noncompetitive extension is required to “sustain the current momentum in creating jobs and increasing revenues, exports, and investments” in Jordan.