March 24, 2015 by cs
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.
March 23, 2015 by cs
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.
March 20, 2015 by cs
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.
Keep reading this article at: http://www.fiercegovernment.com/story/army-signs-use-gsas-oasis-contracting-vehicle-professional-services/2015-03-17
March 19, 2015 by cs
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.
Keep reading this article at: http://smallgovcon.com/gaobidprotests/price-realism-evaluation-only-if-solicitation-says-so/
March 18, 2015 by cs
March 17, 2015 by cs
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.
Read their story at: http://facesofmanufacturing.com/portfolio/ken-gall-and-kurt-jacobus/
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Do you know someone you’d like to nominate? Faces of Manufacturing is taking nominations for this year’s featured stories through April 2. Submit your story online at http://facesofmanufacturing.com/call-for-nominations/
March 17, 2015 by cs
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.
Keep reading this article at: http://www.federalnewsradio.com/445/3816136/GSA-proposed-rule-raises-significant-concerns-over-competition
March 16, 2015 by cs
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.
Keep reading this article at: http://www.stripes.com/news/veterans/man-gets-probation-in-fraud-case-involving-federal-disabled-vets-program-1.334251
March 13, 2015 by cs
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.
The agenda for VETS2015 can be seen at: http://www.veterantrainingsymposium.com/2015-conference-agenda
To register, visit: http://www.veterantrainingsymposium.com/2015-conference-registration
March 12, 2015 by cs
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.
Keep reading this article at: http://about.bgov.com/5-steps-winning-federal-business-2015/