Doing Business with the EOC
The EOC maintains onsite "Full Up Round" Contracts and Financial Accounting operations staff with over 120 years of DoD and Commercial Contracting experience. We provide a full range of service including proposals, Non-Disclosure Agreements, subcontracts, prime federal awards, contract closeout, financial accounting and Government Property management. Our processes are "audit tested" by both the Defense Contract Audit Agency, and the Office of Naval Research through proposal, contract, timekeeping, and material audits, plus Contractor Purchasing System Reviews, and Government Property audits. Although part of Penn State, these business functions more closely resemble a defense contractor. Responsive sponsor support is the hallmark of our business operations.
The EOC routinely deals with a wide spectrum of Department of Defense agencies, major defense contractors and small businesses. Our familiarity with Federal Acquisition Regulations, and restricted, off campus locations provide us the right background to contract for and provide defense related research services.
The EOC maintains a number of prime federal contract awards across a spectrum of DoD agencies. A majority of these prime awards are Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contracts to provide DoD sponsors an efficient contract mechanism to quickly get work initiated.
The Pennsylvania State University participates in Contractor Purchasing System Reviews under the coordination of the Office of Naval Research. Penn State EOC has a history of successful audits and maintains stringent policies and guidelines. Qualified subcontractors will be selected in accordance with the Penn State approved purchasing system and internal subcontracting procedures.
The Pennsylvania State University through its Electro-Optics Center is a committed partner in Government research and can participate in teaming arrangements to offer the best solution under a specific Government contract or acquisition.
It is the policy of The Pennsylvania State University through its Electro-Optics Center to encourage the participation of small businesses including veteran-owned, women-owned, minority-owned, HUBZone-certified, historically black colleges and universities/minority institutions in its programs to the maximum extent possible, consistent with efficient performance and compliance with applicable laws and requirements of the contractual documents.
As a Penn State applied research facility, the Electro-Optics Center requires a variety of goods and services for everything from sophisticated , state-of-the-art laser systems, to office supplies and grounds maintenance. The EOC uses a variety of procurement mechanisms including purchasing credit cards, purchase orders and contracts. The vendor base includes a wide variety of suppliers from local small businesses to nation-wide contracted suppliers.
Frequently Asked Questions
The EOC is a customer oriented organization. While each proposal, contract, or subcontract is a unique business transaction, we may have previously encountered that situation. Through our extensive defense industry experience, these FAQ's provide some of the past situations that have raised questions.