About the TRDP

Since 1998, the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP)—administered by Delta Dental of California under contract with the U.S. Department of Defense—has provided Uniformed Services retirees and their families with an affordable dental benefits plan that today remains the only one of its kind.

Small Business Opportunity

Introduction

In its current administration of the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP), it is Delta Dental's goal to promote and provide subcontracting opportunities for certain businesses that qualify as SADBUS (Small and Disadvantaged Business) enterprises. These include small businesses, women-owned businesses, HUB (Historically Underutilized Business) Zone businesses, veteran- and disabled veteran-owned businesses, historically black colleges/universities and minority institutions. We strive to maximize opportunities for SADBUS-qualified businesses to assist in the provision of quality products and services in support of the TRDP and other federal programs that we may administer.

Procurement Policies

In support of its small business subcontracting goals, Delta has instituted a proactive program designed to seek out small business concerns and provide them the necessary means to be viable suppliers, consistent with fair competitive practices. All departmental personnel with subcontracting authority are responsible for making a good faith effort to reach the small business community for each and every sub-contracting opportunity.

Delta's procurement policy stresses the importance of the competitive bid process. The bid process is extended to a number of firms that provide supplies or services consistent with the nature of those being acquired. The selection process centers on obtaining the right quality, in the right quantity, at the right time, at the right price and from the right source(s). Every procurement action is based on conformance with all applicable laws, regulations and contractual obligations.

According to Federal Acquisition Regulations, definitions of small business concerns are as follows:

Small Business Concern

The term "small business concern" shall mean a small business as defined pursuant to Section 3 of the Small Business Act and relevant regulations issued pursuant thereto. Generally, this means a small business concern organized for profit, which is independently owned and operated, is not dominant in the field of operations in which it is bidding, and meets the size standards as prescribed in government regulations.

Small Disadvantaged Business Concern

The term "small business concern owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals" shall mean a small business certified as disadvantaged concern which is at least 51% owned by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. The U.S. Small Business Administration established that the net worth of an individual claiming economic disadvantage must be less than $750,000.

Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern

A veteran is a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.

To be a veteran-owned small business (VOSB):

  • One or more veterans must own at least 51 percent of the business. If publicly owned, one or more veterans must own at least 51% of the stock.
  • One or more veterans must control management and daily business operations.
  • The business must meet the size standards as prescribed in government regulations.

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern

A service-disabled veteran is a veteran with a disability that incurred, or was aggravated, in the line of active military duty.

To be a service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB):

  • One or more service-disabled veterans must own at least 51 percent of the business. If publicly owned, one or more service-disabled veterans must own at least 51% of the stock.
  • One or more service-disabled veterans must control management and daily business operations. In the case of a veteran with a permanent and severe disability, the management and daily business operations are controlled by a spouse or permanent caregiver.
  • The business must meet the size standards as prescribed in government regulations.

HUBZONE Small Business Concern

A HUBZone small business is one that resides in an area designated as a historically underutilized business zone and meets U.S. Small Business administration criteria, including being owned or controlled by one or more U.S. citizens and at least 35 percent of its employees must reside in a HUBZone.

Women-Owned Small Business Concern

A women-owned small business firm as defined in current government regulations is a small business concern owned and controlled by one or more women. The term "women-owned small business concern" shall mean a) a small business concern which is at least 51% owned by one or more women; or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more women; and b) whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women

Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Institutions established before 1964 with a principal mission that was and is the education of Black Americans and that meet the requirements prescribed by the Secretary of Education at 34 CFR 608.2. The term also means any nonprofit research institution that was an integral part of such a college or university before November 14, 1986.

Minority Institution

Institutions of higher education whose enrollment of a single minority or a combination of minorities exceeds 50 percent of the total enrollment. 20U.S.C.1135d-5(3). The term also includes Hispanic-serving institutions as defined in Section 316(b)(1) of the Higher Education Act of 1965. 20U.S.C. 1059c(b)(1).

Conducting Business with Delta Dental

Delta suggests that small business suppliers enter their company profile into the U.S. Department of Defense Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database before soliciting business with Delta. (https://www.acquisition.gov)

The CCR is a Department of Defense-maintained on-line database of small, small disadvantaged, and women-owned businesses wanting to do business with the federal government or government prime contractors. It is suggested that any potential small business suppliers enter their business profile into the CCR to help increase visibility.

All potential small business suppliers wishing to conduct business with Delta are asked to complete a Potential Supplier Profile Questionnaire. Submitting a Potential Supplier Profile Questionnaire to Delta does not automatically place a small business supplier on a bidder's list; the the information provided is entered into a database that may be used to build a potential bidder's list but does not guarantee such use.

Contact Us

Program Officials:

Small Business Liaison Officer:
Scott Sleeper
Small Business Administrator
Teresa Lanta

Program Office:

Small Business Administrator
Delta Dental of California
Federal Government Programs Division
11155 International Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
916-861-2778
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