Contractors soon will be able to rate transactions with agencies

March 24, 2015 by

Contractors will now be able to rate their transactions with federal agencies to help those agencies improve the procurement process, says OFPP Administrator Anne Rung in a March 18 memo.

OFPP will use a tool called Acquisition 360, which Rung says is the first ever transaction-based feedback tool that allows agencies to identify strengths and weaknesses in their acquisition processes, according to the memo.

The memo instructs agencies to use the Acquisition 360 platform to to seek feedback from vendors and internal stakeholders – such as contracting officers and program managers – on how well certain high-dollar acquisitions perform.

But the effort to rate the contracting experience isn’t about calling out individual federal employees, Rung says.

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FBI investigates TN road building giant for DBE fraud

March 23, 2015 by

The FBI raided the offices of a Williamson County, Tennessee construction company as part of an ongoing investigation into nine Tennessee Department of Transportation and two Metro Nashville Airport Authority contracts.

The agents seized payroll records, contract files, work orders and computer hard drives from the College Grove offices of G&M Associates. Jones Brothers, one of the largest road contractors in the Southeast, and two of its affiliate companies are implicated in the investigation, according to a search warrant.

Jones Brothers and the two affiliated companies, Mountain States Contractors and Hot Mix Asphalt, were allegedly involved in a scheme to fraudulently land government contracts intended for companies that promise to subcontract a certain percentage of the work to women- or minority-owned small businesses, the search warrant documents state.

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Army signs up for OASIS

March 20, 2015 by

The Army has signed on to use the General Service Administration’s governmentwide blanket contract for professional services, called OASIS, says a March 16 GSA statement.

GSA calls OASIS, which is short for One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services, a first-of-its kind contract vehicle for contracts that span multiple disciplines, such as management consulting, logistics and finance.

The Army is the second of the armed forces to sign on to OASIS. The Air Force agreed to use OASIS for its professional services contracts in January 2014.

In fiscal 2014, the Army’s procurement spend was nearly 17 percent, or $74.3 billion of the total federal contract spending, the statement says.

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Price realism evaluation: Only if solicitation says so

March 19, 2015 by

An agency awarding a fixed-price contract can only evaluate offerors’ proposals for price realism–that is, determine whether offerors’ proposed pricing is so low as to be unrealistic–if the solicitation calls for a price realism evaluation.

In a recent bid protest decision, the GAO confirmed that when a fixed-price solicitation does not advise offerors that a price realism evaluation will be conducted, the agency is not permitted to reject an offeror’s proposal because of unrealistically low pricing.

The GAO’s decision in ERIMAX, Inc., B-410682 (Jan. 22, 2015) involved a NOAA RFQ seeking the establishment of a BPA for acquisition and grant management services.  The RFQ called for vendors to submit fully-burdened hourly labor rates for labor categories provided by the agency.  Once labor rates were entered, the agency’s spreadsheet would automatically calculate total prices using the rates provided by the vendors.  The RFQ stated that proposed prices would be evaluated to determine whether they were fair and reasonable.

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Small business industry day to be held in Warner Robins in mid-July

March 18, 2015 by

The Air Force Sustainment Center (AFSC) is pleased to announce a Small Business Industry Day (SBID) to be held in Warner Robins, GA, mid July 2015.  Please note the government will not reimburse participants for any expenses associated with their participation in this event.

The AFSC sustains Weapon System Readiness to generate Airpower for America.  The center provides war-winning expeditionary capabilities to the warfighter through world-class depot maintenance, supply chain management and installation support.The AFSC SBID event will provide a targeted forum for interested Small Business (SBs) to: 1) allow SBs to brief senior government representatives, major defense contractors, and other small businesses on their specific capabilities and 2) hear about potential prime contractor business opportunities within AFSC.  SBs are advised that this SBID opportunity is targeted to the Broad Areas of Interest (BAI) and the associated North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes identified in this announcement.  Briefing time limits may be required in order to accommodate all attendees and the number of attendees per company may be limited.  Furthermore, pending the level of response and building capacity issues, attendance may be limited to SBs that provide the most interesting white papers and/or a first come, first serve basis.  Companies will be notified in advance of their selection to provide briefings, the exact location of the event and of any briefing time and/or attendance limitations. 
To be considered for attendance, a SB must provide a white paper(s) (not to exceed 5 pages) describing their capabilities directly related to the BAI/NAICS codes in this announcement.  SBs may submit multiple papers but only one per BAI.  SBs that are selected for invitation will be expected to brief their capabilities during the SBID.  Papers for purely commercial-like services (including information technology, security, advisory and assistance services, & other management services) will not be considered for this targeted event.

Submit questions about the event and BAI white papers to the points of contact listed below.  Questions received may be answered via amendment(s) to this announcement if deemed relevant to all parties unless a specific request for privacy is included.

Send event venue questions to:  Ms. Camille M. Piazza at moc.crtrbnull@dibsfa

Send white paper submissions & technical questions to: Col Lee Olyniec at lim.fa.sunull@ceinylo.eel

Air Force Sustainment Broad Areas of Interest:

Note: BAIs include multiple NAICS codes.  NAICS codes listed are not exclusive but were evaluated as a best fit.

Group 1 is intended to support a wide variety of items including Munitions Material Handling Equipment (MMHE), propulsion equipment, Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources (BEAR), life support systems, and a range of vehicles from common passenger vans to Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) special combat vehicle.

  • 333415-Air-Conditioning and Warm Air Heating Equipment and Commercial and Industrial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
  • 541512-Computer Systems Design Services
  • 334513-Instruments and Related Products Manufacturing for Measuring, Displaying, and Controlling Industrial Process Variables (Additional Application: Simplified method for Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) alignment verification in the field)
  • 333314-Optical Instrument and Lens Manufacturing
  • 334220-Radio and Television Broadcasting and Wireless Communications Equipment Manufacturing (Additional Application: Safe aircraft WI-FI that meets IA criteria)
  • 334511-Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical, and Nautical System and Instrument Manufacturing
  • 334514-Totalizing Fluid Meter and Counting Device Manufacturing

Group 2 is intended to support Logistics Systems, help monitor and manage energy consumption, monitor environmental compliance, and improve the efficiency of industrial operations

  • 541511-Applications software programming services
  • 541512-Network systems integration design services
  • 339114-Dental Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
  • 423450-Medical, Dental, and Hospital Equipment and Supplies
  • 221122-Electric Power Distribution
215 Page Rd.
Robins AFB, Georgia 31098-1611
United States
Camille Piazza
Col Lee Olyniec

March’s ‘Face of Manufacturing’ announced

March 17, 2015 by

Meet Ken Gall and Kurt Jacobus – manufacturers that are changing surgical patients’ lives with the products they produce.

ongratulations to Ken and Kurt, of MedShape, a startup manufacturing company in Atlanta, for being selected as the March Faces of Manufacturing. Ken and Kurt met in college and through the Georgia Tech VentureLab program were able to take their research from lab to market to create a product that improves surgery success rates.

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GSA proposed rule raises ‘significant concerns’ over competition

March 17, 2015 by

On March 4, 2015, the General Services Administration (GSA) issued a proposed rule, GSAR Case 2013-G504, Transactional Data Reporting. The proposed rule would establish a new requirement for GSA contractors, (IT GWAC contractors, Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) Schedule contractors and other GSA contract programs, as applicable) to report transactional data at the order and Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) level to GSA. (Note: the VA Schedules are exempted.)

The proposed rule retains the Price Reduction Clause (PRC) but deletes the requirement to monitor a tracking customer for price reductions for FSS Schedule contractors required to report transaction data. The remainder of the PRC remains in effect. FSS Schedule contractors will still be required to submit Commercial Sales Practices (CSP) information — with the ongoing requirement to provide updates throughout the life of the contract. In addition the rule makes clear that GSA can ask for FSS Schedule contract price reductions at any time. Price reduction requests will likely be based on review of transactional data.

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Man gets probation in fraud case involving federal disabled vets program

March 16, 2015 by

A Nebraska businessman who pleaded guilty to setting up a company the government said fraudulently landed $25 million in federal contracts intended for companies owned by disabled veterans avoided prison time and major fines Thursday, getting probation instead.

Ram Hingorani, 50, of Omaha, was ordered to serve two years of probation at a sentencing hearing. He had earlier agreed with prosecutors to plead guilty to major program fraud.

Judge Stephanie Rose sentenced him to live at a halfway house in the Omaha area for six months but he will have work release privileges which will allow him to continue to run his construction company.

Rose ordered the government to keep $3.3 million seized from bank accounts held by Hingorani, his family and businesses. No additional restitution or fines were ordered.

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Veterans business training symposium planned for Virginia in June

March 13, 2015 by

The annual Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium (VETS) is being planned for June 11-15, 2015 in Norfolk, Virginia.  VETS brings together federal agencies, prime contractors, and veterans to network and discuss how to take full advantage of the federally-mandated contracting opportunities set aside for veteran owned small businesses (VOSBs).

VETS’ goal is to help build capacity in the veteran and service disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) community to help the federal government and large prime contractors meet and exceed the mandated goals. Sponsor of the event, the National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC), believes this can only happen with a strong and vibrant veteran small business community. The NVSBC is pleased to again join forces with AetherQuest Solutions, a Veteran-owned small business, to host VETS2015 in June of this year.

NVSBC plans to build on the success of previous VETS to host an intimate forum of Government and industry leaders as well as successful Veteran small business owners to shorten the learning curve and bring the next generation of Veteran small business owners success in the Federal marketplace. Each symposium has grown based on the success of the past and this year will be no different.

Attendance at VETS2015 will be limited to ensure the intimate atmosphere and ability to engage experts during the sessions and throughout the event.

For over 20 years various veteran small business groups have achieved success in advocating for veterans to be seen as a viable force in the Federal government acquisition landscape.

Beginning with the enactment of Public Law 106-50 in 1998, the nation began to understand the earned benefit of honorable military service and Veterans continuing to serve their nation through entrepreneurship and selling goods and services to the Federal government. Unfortunately, the federal government continues to fall short of the acquisition goals mandated by Congress. VETS provides a platform for all stakeholders to get closer to these goals and support our Veteran small businesses.

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5 steps for winning more federal business in 2015

March 12, 2015 by

Congress will increase discretionary spending beyond Budget Control Act caps in fiscal year 2016 but below the seven percent requested by President Barack Obama, Bloomberg Government (BGOV) analysts said at a symposium last month.

Also at the event, a panel of corporate executive officers said they see the federal procurement market stabilizing in FY 2016 after sharp declines in FY 2014 and 2015.

The remarks were made at a symposium on the outlook for federal contractors in FY 2016. The Fairfax County, Va., Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event.

Head of BGOV Don Baptiste said contractors are most concerned about the federal budget. “No one believes we will exceed the budget caps by seven percent in the 2016 budget, but we are optimistic on flat budgeting,” he said.

BGOV Senior Budget Analyst Cameron Leuthy agreed that Congress will not approve a seven percent rise in discretionary spending in FY 2016 as requested by President Obama.

“Republicans are unfriendly to tax increases” and “Democrats don’t want to cut entitlements,” he said. “That makes it tough to grow discretionary spending.”

Leuthy said the Ryan-Murray budget deal marginally increased spending. “We think that is most likely this year and next,” he said.

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