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August 2019:

PEP was selected by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Administration (OA), Human Resources Division (HRD) to provide consulting services in a variety of human resources functional areas to support OA/HRD’s strategic and operational goals.


The DOJ/OJP/OA/HRD provides advice and guidance to OJP management, employees, and job applicants in hiring, salary and benefits, training, evaluation, and other areas of employee management. OA/HRD’s team of strategists, analysts, recruiters, developers, and change agents are leading cutting-edge initiatives to support the daily work life of OJP contributors.


PEP’s Senior Human Resources Specialists will provide consulting and advisory support to OJP’s human capital program in key areas,including HR policy, employee and labor relations, and workforce and strategic planning. Working closely with OJP’s OA/HRD Director, PEP’s HR Specialists will provide a significant depth of expertise in federal human resource practices to address and complete long-standing HR projects, as well as new requirements. Working together, PEP and OA/HRD will collaborate to ensure OJP’s human capital resources and efforts align with OJP strategic goals and objectives.


This contract was awarded through Pool 2 of the Human Capital and Training Solutions Small Business (HCaTS SB) vehicle, a streamlined, strategically sourced contract vehicle that allows government agencies to procure customized human capital management and training services. PEP, as an HCaTS SB Pool 2 contractor, has been vetted by GSA and endorsed as a highly capable, best-in-class service provider.


PEP’s HCaTS SB credentials are backed by the company’s 20 years of service—through 60+ prime contracts—to its federal clients, including the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration; theDepartment of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy and Strategic Petroleum Reserve; the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Cyber Security and Communications; and the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Family Assistance.


August 2018:

PEP was selected by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (DOL/ETA) as one of five Blanket Purchase Agreement for Technical Assistance (TA) and Education/Outreach Services (BPA) awardees. 


ETA administers the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 and supports the publicly funded workforce system. ETA services include training, policy guidance, technical assistance for managers and practitioners within the public workforce system, and services to support workforce system customers, such as job seekers and employers.


BPA contractors will assist ETA in using new, innovative, and/or improved evidence-based techniques to develop and deliver high-quality technical assistance to ETA grantees and workforce system operators. BPA services will include technical assistance, training, and communication for workforce investment activities.


PEP has supported DOL/ETA and the workforce system since 1999, establishing itself as a trusted partner in both the public and private sectors. Workforce development TA services, delivered through 144 contracts, including 53 prime DOL contracts, have:

  • Increased the capacity of workforce development grantees through targeted training, coaching, and high-quality TA products.
  • Expanded grantee knowledge of available resources.
  • Increased grantee performance reporting capabilities and understanding of the reporting system.
  • Maximized the effectiveness of, and participant satisfaction with, conferences and round tables by effectively coordinating logistics.
  • Improved collaboration across federal agencies.

PEP’s TA approach – integrated into the planning, management, and delivery of all TA –guarantees that services are targeted to meet the needs of TA recipients, the DOL/ETA Program Offices, and other workforce system stakeholders and partners, resulting in better outcomes for job seekers and businesses. 

PEP welcomes this opportunity to work with partners Mathematica Policy Research and High Impact Partners in competing for task orders and providing essential services to the front-line members of the workforce system as they help Americans find jobs, gain skills, and embark on careers.

Other Federal agencies served by PEP include the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) and Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR); Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Cyber Security and Communications; and the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Family Assistance (HHS/OFA).



September 2018:

PEP is proud to announce that we are now ISO 9001:2015 certified, reflecting our commitment to high quality and continuous improvement now and for years to come.

ISO 9001 is a quality management system standard that was developed by the International Organization for Standardization, which is an association of governmental and nongovernmental organizations from many countries. The ISO 9001 standard is utilized to certify quality management systems that focus on continuous improvement, customer satisfaction and the active involvement of both management and employees in a process based approach.  

To achieve this certification, we demonstrated the management and operational practices to ensure that what we deliver to our customers adheres to the highest standards. Our quality management system emphasizes service and support because our customers’ satisfaction is important to our business.

To us, ISO 9001:2015 certification is much more than just checking a box. Certification represents our commitment to continuously improving our performance for our customers. 

November 2016:

Performance Excellence Partners (PEP) is pleased to announce our selection as one of the new GSA Human Capital and Training Solutions Small Business (HCaTS SB) Pool 2 awardees. The HCaTS SB announcement by GSA can be found at GSA HCaTS announcement.  

HCaTS SB is a small business set-aside contract developed as a result of a partnership between the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the General Services Administration (GSA) designed to provide all Federal agencies the ability to procure customized human capital management and training services through a streamlined, strategically sourced contract vehicle. This government-wide, indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) allows agencies to “buy as one” through Category Management which leverages the purchasing power of the entire Federal government, reducing costs and allowing better service. 

The HCaTS SB contract has three Key Service Areas (KSAs):

  • Customized Training and Development Services
  • Customized Human Capital Strategy Services
  • Customized Organizational Performance Improvement 

Through the deployment of customized solutions in the KSAs, HCaTS SB will be able to assist Federal agencies in accomplishing the following six objectives:

  1. Improving the management of human capital in accordance with the HCAAF and OPM governing doctrines and accomplishing their assigned critical missions, and
  2. Increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of critical business processes, and
  3. Providing optimal professional development opportunities to the Federal workforce, and
  4. Undertaking effective change management initiatives, and
  5. Developing effective metrics to assess progress in carrying out human capital strategies, and
  6. Maximizing the return on investment in training and development, human capital, and organizational performance improvements. 

This new strategic contract vehicle provides Federal agencies with a reliable, flexible, fast and efficient way to obtain best value solutions for their complex human capital and training service requirements. It allows for use of all contract types and pricing at the task order level. Additionally, task orders may include incentives, performance based measures, multi-year or option periods, and commercial or non-commercial items.

PEP is one of 36 small businesses to receive an award under HCaTS SB Pool 2. For more information on PEP’s HCaTS SB award, please contact:

  • Jaime Ramirez, Corporate HCaTS Program Manager, 714-374-1140,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Diane Mentzer, Corporate HCaTS Contract Manager, 714-374-1140, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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HCaTS Program Office & Overview

Overview of HCaTS SB and PEP 

PEP’s HCaTS SB Pool 2 Contract

PEP’s Capabilities for HCaTS SB Pool 2 

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PEP currently delivers project and program management service to the U.S. Departments of Energy and Homeland Security to support these agencies in achieving operational excellence.

June 2014: 


Performance Excellence Partners has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as the recipient for the agency’s fiscal year (FY) 2013 Women-Owned Small Business of the Year Award. “We are pleased and honored to receive this prestigious recognition from the DOE for our part in helping the agency reach its goals and achieve positive outcomes,” said Rachel E. Ramirez, PEP’s founder, President and CEO. “We have a long-standing relationship with the DOE, who was one of the first Federal agencies to offer PEP the opportunity to provide our services.”


“Small businesses generate innovation and technical solutions that contribute towards the fulfilment of our national security and energy missions,” says John Hale III, Director of the DOE’s Office of Small and Disadvantages Business Utilization. “This award recognizes the efforts and commitment of DOE’s small business advocates who take every opportunity to utilize small business concerns to meets its requirements. I congratulate Performance Excellence Partners for being selected as DOE’s FY 2013 Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year award recipient.”


PEP credits much of its success to the DOE’s Mentor-Protégé program, which connected the small business to mentorship of guidance of large companies such as IBM. PEP is now returning the favor by mentoring other emerging women- and minority-owned small businesses.

“It’s vitally important for women-owned and minority-own small businesses to have access to the support, resources and mentorship they need to open doors and build a strong foundation for success,” explains Ramirez. “This award from the DOE is a reflection of the support the agency extends to small business owners who have the capabilities to provide a high level of service and expertise, but who don’t always have access to opportunities.”


PEP recently worked with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Family Assistance (OFA), to help this organization and its community of 32 grantee organizations move in a new direction to embrace technology as a means of doing business.

The project consisted of several major elements including:

  • Development and implementation of a new community website,
  • Implementation of a password-protected social media site,
  • Management of a multi-phased IT implementation rollout,
  • Implementation of change readiness plans to facilitate user adoption of new website and social media tools, and
  • Implementation of progressive a virtual meeting technology.

The result was increased virtual communication, collaboration, and knowledge sharing among staff, coaches and stakeholders within this grantee community!

Click on each of the two infographics to the right for more information on social media tools and virtual meetings.  Click on the HPOG Community Website image to the right to visit the website.


PEP establishes mentor relationships with talented 8(a), EDWOSB firms High Impact Partners, Inc. and Lista Design Studios, Inc.  PEP is a graduate of the 8(a) program and is pleased to share development expertise with these firms.

Not only does PEP value strategic alliances and partnerships in doing business, but it also believes in giving back to newer, growing firms.  Not too long ago, PEP participated in the Small Business Administration's 8(a) Business Development Program where it gained valuable opportunities to work on 8(a) contracts, receive mentorship from larger firms like IBM, and develop as a company.  PEP also received the 2011 Protégé of the Year Award under this program!  Now, PEP is making an effort to develop two talented 8(a), EDWOSB firms to help them establish significant federal contracting opportunities and develop competitive and optimized internal operations.

To learn more about High Impact Partners (HIP), Inc. and Lista Design Studios, Inc., click on the links to view their Capability Statements:

HIP Capability Statement

Lista Capability Statement



PEP received the Small Business Administration's 2011 "Protégé of the Year" Award for its work with U.S. Department of Energy, Nuclear Energy and IBM. 

Thanks to PEP's participation in the Small Business Administration's 8(a) Business Development Program, mentorship provided by IBM, and the opportunity to provide services the the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy, PEP was able to achieve this honorable award!  We are very thankful to our partners in this effort.  View our award video to the right for more information.

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