Proposed contract bundling changes aim to increase small business contracting

As required by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, on June 3, 2015, the FAR Council introduced a proposed change to the FAR contract bundling requirements. 80 Fed. Reg. 31,561-01. The proposed rule aims to improve small business participation in federal contracting by clarifying existing FAR regulations that discourage agency utilization of contracting bundling. The proposed rule would require increased reporting, parses the definitions of “bundling” and “consolidating” of contracts, and requires agencies to publicly justify their decisions to bundle requirements or consolidate contract vehicles. This definitional distinction between bundling of requirements and consolidation of contracts is intended to discourage agencies from combining unrelated requirements or contracts into a single award.

Under the proposed rule, agencies that bundle contracts or requirements in excess of $2 million will face greater notification and reporting requirements. If an agency wants to bundle two existing contracts, it must first notify small businesses at least 30 days beforehand of its intent to bundle its contracts. Agencies will also be required to provide public notice of the agency’s bundling policy and a list of and rationale for any bundled requirements for which the agency solicited offers or issued an award. If adopted, the proposal’s enhanced notification requirements may afford small business contractors an opportunity to protest an agency’s improperly bundled contracts.

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Here are the 50 fastest growing small businesses in government contracting

Washington Technology has just issued its annual “Fast 50” rankings — the 50 fastest growing small businesses in the government market.  The listing is based on calculations of each businesses’ compound annual growth rate from 2010 to 2014.

The rankings include prime and subcontracting revenue at the federal, state and local levels.  Depending on the company, some international public sector work is factored in as well.

The companies submitted this information to Washington Technology during a call for nomination period earlier this summer. Click here to see the rankings, where you can view the Fast 50 and learn who are these companies with explosive growth.

Read our analysis of what the 2015 Fast 50 says about the current market, and where it is headed.

Washington Technology Senior Staff Writer Mark Hoover will be presenting a free webinar on the Fast 50 on August 19.  Click here for more information and to register.


Here are the Georgia businesses who won federal contracts in July 2015

Ever wonder who’s winning federal contracts in Georgia?

Wouldn’t this information be helpful if you are looking for subcontracting prospects?  Or when you’re trying to figure out who your competitors are?  Or when considering who might be a good partner on an upcoming bid proposal?

Federal Contract Award Winners in GeorgiaEach and every month, the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC) compiles and publishes a list of federal contracts awarded to Georgia businesses.  The list comes complete with point-of-contact information on the awardees, the name of the awarding agency, the dollar value of the contract, and much more.

Download details on Georgia federal contract award winners for July 2015 right here: FEDERAL CONTRACT AWARDS IN GEORGIA – JULY 2015

Georgia contract award winners who won federal contracts in the first three months of 2015 are listed below:

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Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals reaffirms only a CO can modify a contract

A construction contractor was unable to recover the costs of performing changed work allegedly ordered by the government’s project engineers because the engineers did not have authority to modify the contract.
asbca sealAs demonstrated in a recent Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) decision, only a contracting officer or the contracting officer’s designated representatives may modify a contract, and a contractor bears the risk of non-payment by performing changed work directed by an unauthorized government employee.

The ASBCA’s decision in Circle, LLC, ASBCA No. 58575 (July 1, 2015) involved a contract between Circle, LLC and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, pursuant to which Circle was to construct a concrete flume on the Two Mile Canal in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. As part of its scope of work, Circle was to erect a Temporary Retaining Structure to stabilize the site while the flume was constructed.

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Five tips from federal innovation entrepreneurs

Using “lightening round” presentations, nearly a dozen presenters shared their stories. Andy Feldman from the Department of Education, who coordinated the event, noted that the goal wasn’t innovation for innovation’s sake, but rather to use innovation as a tool to tackle mission-related performance challenges: “We’re here to focus innovation on our agencies’ biggest challenges and opportunities.” Delegated Deputy Secretary of Education John King also welcomed attendees, urging them to put ideas into action.

conceptAs if to reinforce these messages, the same morning at a meeting of the President’s Management Council, deputy secretaries discussed way to expand the use of evidence, evaluation, and innovation in their agencies.  Several White House policy councils participated in the meeting, asking agencies to “articulate their strategy to advance the use of evidence in decision making . . . as a part of their budget submissions, due to OMB on September 14, 2015.”

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Four ways to prep for fourth-quarter contracting

As of July 15, there were 55 shopping days left in fiscal 2015, Bill Gormley, president of the Gormley Group, reminded the audience at BGOV’s July 15 Next/Edge event, The Race to the Finish. The Coalition for Government Procurement cosponsored the session.

The fourth quarter is the busiest season of the year for federal contractors. Here are four ways companies can prepare to maximize business in the fourth quarter, gleaned from the event.

  1. Identify Your Closing Strategy
  2. Look for Set-Aside and Sole-Source Work
  3. Have a ‘Black Friday’ Plan
  4. Dot Your I’s and Cross Your T’s

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VA conducts monthly verification webinars for veteran-owned small businesses

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) is now hosting Verification Program webinars and virtual town halls to provide information to potential new applicants, firms re-verifying, and those who have achieved verification.

vets first“Verification” is the process veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs) must go through to prove their businesses meet the appropriate ownership and control standards set by the VA for Veterans First contract set-asides.

The schedule of webinars includes:

  • 1st Tuesday of each month – Preparing for Re-verification Webinar & Town Hall
    • This training is designed for firms whose verification will expire in 5 months or thirty days.
  • 3rd Tuesday of each month – Pre-Application Webinar & Town Hall
    • This training is designed for firms interested in submitted their first CVE Verification application. Also, firms who have been inactive in the program for some time and now desire to submit an application can also benefit from this session.
  • 4th Tuesday of each month – How to stay Verified Webinar & Town Hall
    • This training is designed for firms who have been verified in the last six months.

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Queue set up for SBA 7(a) loans until more money is found

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has instituted a waiting list for its flagship 7(a) loans because the program hit its annual lending cap of $18.75 billion on Thursday (July 23, 2015).

SBA logo smallSBA officials, lenders and small business groups are urging Congress to raise the program’s authorization to $23.5 billion in order to free up loans for small businesses. Demand for the program is high because the government-guaranteed loans are the primary source of long-term loans, which feature lower monthly payments, for small businesses.

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Fort Stewart to hold contract forecast forum on Aug. 27

Fort Stewart invites businesses to attend a “Forecast Forum” with representatives from Fort Stewart Units and Mission Installation Contracting Command (MICC) where they will be providing their anticipated contract opportunities for 2015-16.

Fort Stewart GAThis event is being held on Thursday, August 27, 2015.  On-site, event check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.  To see the agenda, click on this link: MICC Fort Stewart Forecast Forum Agenda FPLA-08272015

The location is 100 Knowledge Dr., SFC Paul R. Smith Education Center, Ft. Stewart, GA 31314-5018.

There is no fee to attend, but advance registration is required!  To register, visit and hit the “Sign Up” button.

This event is located outside Gate 1 (No gate access required). Make a right onto General Stewart Way and a left onto Knowledge Drive. If you have Military/Federal Civilian ID or CAC Card, you can gain access to Fort Stewart through any gate. If you do not, you will only gain access through Gate 1 and will need to show a current Driver’s License, Auto Registration, and Auto Insurance. Also, allow extra time in case they need to inspect your vehicle. Do not speed on this installation. Use of (non-hands free) cell phones while driving on Fort Stewart is illegal and you could be fined.


Actions foreshadow uniform cybersecurity regulations for federal contractors

Two recent Executive Agency actions lay the groundwork for a FAR cybersecurity clause in 2016.

  • Government contractors should expect an amendment to the Federal Acquisition Regulation in 2016 that mandates cybersecurity clauses and standards.
  • Companies can prepare now by comparing new government standards to their existing system protections.
  • As part of this process, companies should not just be reviewing the capabilities of their information systems, but also their written information assurance policies, training materials, and employment and third-party agreements.

cyber securityFederal government contractors handling Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) should take notice of two recent executive agency actions. Combined, they lay the groundwork for a new cybersecurity clause to be added to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) in 2016.

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