Robins Air Force Base to hold technology forum and expo on Oct. 20

The Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) A6, 78th Air Base Wing and the 78th Communication Directorate would like to invite vendors and other interested parties to participate in a technology forum and exposition on October 20, 2015 at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, GA on Tuesday, Oct. 20. 2015.

There is no cost to attend the sessions or the technology expo, however Forum registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis with a capacity of 400 participants.

In addition to the seminars, vendors will be demonstrating their latest products and services during a full day Technology Expo featuring innovative solutions in the areas of Risk Management, Network Architecture and Design, Certification and Accreditation and many more.

Registration details are at:

Are you interested in a speaking opportunity? Please visit the speaking opportunities page to submit an abstract.

Parsons to pay $3.8 million to settle False Claims Act allegations at Savannah River Site

Energy Dept.Parsons Government Services Inc. has agreed to pay the Government $3.8 million to settle allegations that the company knowingly mischarged the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for ineligible or inflated short-term and long-term employee relocation costs in connection with its contract on the DOE Salt Waste Processing Facility Project (SWPF) at the DOE Savannah River Site in Aiken, South Carolina.  Terms of the settlement were released  by the U.S. Department of Justice on September 2, 2015.

Justice Dept. seal“Those who expect to do business with the government must do so fairly and honestly,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division.  “[The] settlement demonstrates that the Department of Justice will pursue contractors that knowingly seek taxpayer funds to which they are not entitled.”

Since Sept. 1, 2002, Parsons has been the primary construction contractor on the DOE’s SWPF project at the Savannah River Site.  Pursuant to the terms of the SWPF contract, Parsons was entitled to be reimbursed for the payments it made to eligible employees for moving, meals, lodging and transportation expenses incurred when the employees were relocated or transferred by Parsons to work on the SWPF project in Aiken.  In order to be entitled to reimbursement by the DOE, however, Parsons was required to take steps to ensure that the employees met certain contractual requirements of eligibility, such as maintaining a permanent residence at the location from which they were transferred.  The Government alleged that Parsons sought and obtained reimbursement for these relocation expenses under the SWPF contract even for employees it knew did not qualify for these payments under the terms of the contract.

The settlement was the result of a coordinated effort by the Civil Division’s Commercial Litigation Branch, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of South Carolina, the DOE Savannah River Operations Office and the DOE Office of Inspector General.

The claims resolved by the settlement are allegations only, and there has been no determination of liability.


SBA’s 8(a) certification workshop is Oct. 15 in Atlanta

The Georgia District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is conducting a workshop entitled “8(a) Business Development Certification Step by Step” on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015.

The workshop will be held from 10 am until 1 pm at the SBA’s offices located at 233 Peachtree Street, Suite 1900, Peachtree Center – Harris Tower, Atlanta, GA, 30303.

The 8(a) Business Development program is a part of the SBA’s efforts to promote equal business access for socially and economically disadvantaged individuals including Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, subcontinent Asian Americans, and, in some cases, women business owners. Companies with an 8(a) Certification can benefit from the wide-range of services offered including government contracting opportunities, access to capital, management and technical assistance, and much more.

Pre-registration is required and can be accomplished at:

The event is co-sponsored by The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center, Office of Minority Business Development.

Pentagon unveils new rules requiring contractors to disclose data breaches

New sweeping defense contractor rules on hack notifications took effect August 26, 2015, adding to a flurry of Pentagon IT security policies issued in recent years.

ombThe Office of Management and Budget proposed guidelines to homogenize the way vendors secure data government-wide. The Defense Department had already released three other policies that dictate how military vendors are supposed to handle sensitive IT.

Now, industry, which is already concerned about overlapping and burdensome cyber rules, worries the Pentagon will go back and retroactively change contracts, after the White House draft is finalized.

pentagon-sealThe new Pentagon regulations for “Network Penetration Reporting and Contracting for Cloud Services” cover more types of incidents and more kinds of information than past policies. The guidelines also apply to a broader swath of the contracting community.

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GAO report is a good reminder to bidders: Agencies don’t always follow the rules!

The United States government has awarded more than $280 billion in contracts so far this fiscal year — FY2015 ends September 30.  Last year, that number was just over $445 billion on September 30.  (Data available online at  While this year’s total contracts awarded will be less than last year, the disparity reveals that the rest of August and September is likely to set a blistering pace of federal contract awards.

GAO-GovernmentAccountabilityOffice-SealIn late July, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) — tasked with investigating how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars — released what many are calling a scathing report.  The report explains that many federal agencies fail to follow the procurement regulations found in the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).  The report is a good reminder for contractors who bid on federal procurements to be watchful of procurements that appear to deviate from the rules.  Data suggest not only that these agencies are breaking the rules, but also that protestors who call them on it are increasingly getting some relief.

The percentage of protesters obtaining relief—either through a protest being sustained or voluntary action taken by an agency—is called the effectiveness rate. From FY2001 to FY2014, the effectiveness rate of GAO protests grew from 33% to 43% (see Figure 2). Over the last five fiscal years the effectiveness rate has remained relatively stable, averaging 42%.
The percentage of protesters obtaining relief — either through a protest being sustained or voluntary action taken by an agency — is called the effectiveness rate. From FY2001 to FY2014, the effectiveness rate of GAO protests grew from 33% to 43% (see above). Over the last five fiscal years the effectiveness rate has remained relatively stable, averaging 42%.  Source: Congressional Research Service at


Congress typically funds federal agencies through annual appropriations.  An elementary principle of federal fiscal law is that if an agency’s appropriations are not obligated by the end of the fiscal year in which the appropriation was made, those funds expire and generally become unavailable to the agency.  Often, agencies spend their appropriated funds late in the year in an effort to save some “dry powder” early on in case an unforeseen need arises.

With Congress always looking for ways to cut spending, agencies do not want to end a fiscal year with unobligated funds.  In Washington it is hard for an agency to justify to lawmakers the need for more money if the money Congress appropriated last year — money the members of Congress had to explain to their constituents was needed then — was not used.  Accordingly, at the end of each fiscal year agencies resolve this dilemma by finding ways to close the gap between the portion of their appropriation obligated and the portion faced with becoming expired on September 30.  Too often that solution is a less than ideal procurement.

With only a little over $280 billion in federal contract awards to date, federal agencies look posed to make another year-end dash to spend our cash.

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GSA to test pre-competed IT products through AdvantageSelect portal

The General Services Administration (GSA) has announced its plans to test two types of pre-competed information technology products through the GSA AdvantageSelect online portal.

Erville Koehler, regional commissioner for the Federal Acquisition Service at GSA, wrote in a blog post published last Wednesday that GSA AdvantageSelect is a category management-based tool designed to help contracting officials place orders for IT products without the need to undergo competition.

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Relationships key to successful year-end spending

A mix of budget uncertainty and the use-it-or-lose-it nature of federal funding leads to a spending rush at the end of the fiscal year at many agencies. The realities of the contracting process and stipulations under the federal acquisition regulation can make this a daunting time for vendors and contracting shops, alike.

GSA logoDuring a panel discussion at the annual 930Gov end-of-year conference, Casey Kelley, director of the General Services Administration’s Alliant GWAC, said agencies should plan for this months before the fourth quarter arrives. When that’s not possible, it’s important to have strong relationships with internal contracting shops, as well as GWACs and other government buyers, he said.

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‘Leave No Veteran Behind’ expo is Sept. 14 at Georgia International Convention Center

An employment fair and small business expo for veterans is being held from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 at the Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, Atlanta, GA 30337 near the Atlanta airport.

The event is free and open to the public.

Registration for the event can be accomplished at:

Business attendees will have the opportunity to meet with Federal agencies, prime contractors, and other companies to discuss contracting opportunities set aside specifically for Veteran-owned small businesses.

For job-seekers, virtual and on-site interviews will be arranged with hiring managers.

To download the event flyer and see participating agencies, please click on this link: Leave No Vet Behind Expo 09.14.2015

Sponsors include:
Leave No Vet Sponsors



Here are the Georgia businesses who won federal contracts in August 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 August 2015 right here: FEDERAL CONTRACT AWARDS IN GEORGIA – AUGUST 2015

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

To see award winners in Calendar Year 2014, see: 

Defense Contract Audit Agency training seminar to be held in Warner Robins on Sept. 16

DCAA_EmblemAll clients of the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC) are invited to attend a free training seminar being conducted by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA).

This training event is being held at Central Georgia Technical College, Warner Robins Campus, Auditorium, Building A, 80 Cohen Walker Drive, Warner Robins, GA 31088.

The training will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC).

Cost:  There is no fee to attend. but you must register in advance to reserve a seat.

Registration: Please visit and click on the SIGN UP button to register for this event.

8:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Training Part 1 – Introduction & DCAA Overview (30 Mins)  This training presentation will provide an overview of the Defense Contract Audit Agency including its responsibilities and duties.  The types of DCAA audits that can be performed throughout the various phases of a contract will be discussed.  Finally, participants will learn about DCAA Internet resources and available presentations.
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Training Part 2 – Accounting System Requirements (2 Hrs)  This training presentation will provide an overview of the pre-award accounting system design review process.  Participants will learn what occurs prior to the award of a cost-type contract, what is contained in the SF 1408, and what the applicable DFARS regulations say with regard to what comprises an acceptable accounting system.  Total contract costs, including direct costs and indirect costs will be discussed.  Examples of typically seen indirect rates will be provided along with a discussion of selecting a proper allocation base.  Participants will learn about the FAR Part 31 clauses that cover allowability, allocability, and reasonableness as well as concepts such as Contract Terms, Accounting for Contract Costs, Labor System, Timekeeping, Unallowable Costs, Cost by Contract Line Item, Billings, Cost Accounting Information, and Management Reviews/Internal Audits along with the applicable DFARS clauses.  Finally, some common deficiencies will be discussed
11:00 to 11:15 a.m.
Break (15 minutes)
11:15 to 11:45 a.m.
Training Part 3 – Provisional Billing (30 minutes)  This training presentation will provide an overview of provisional billing rates (PBR).  The purpose of PBR’s will be discussed along with the procedures for establishing the rates.  Participants will learn when PBR’s should be submitted and the types of information that should be included in the PBR proposal.  The importance of billing rate monitoring will be emphasized along with common deficiencies that can occur when utilizing provisional rates.  The presentation will also cover example procedures that DCAA may perform when reviewing the rates.
11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Training Part 4- Public Vouchers (30 minutes)  This training presentation will provide an overview of Public Vouchers.  Contractor responsibilities for voucher preparation will be discussed along with the criteria for an adequate billing system.  Participants will learn about the Department of Defense’s Wide Area Workflow (WAWF) electronic payment system and resources that are available to assist with utilizing the system.  Additionally, common deficiencies found during DCAA voucher reviews will be discussed.
12:15 to 12:30 p.m.
Closing, Q & A (15 minutes)

Speakers include Ms. Jonnette Porter, DCAA Financial Liaison Advisor, Mr. David Van Dingenen, DCAA Supervisory Auditor.

  • Ms. Jonnette Porter is a Financial Liaison Advisor (FLA) under the Audit Liaison Division (OAL) with the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and is located at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, GA. She is one of six FLAs on the Air Force Team.  Ms. Porter advises Robins’ procurement personnel on accounting and financial matters in areas of DCAA responsibility.  This includes advising procurement personnel on types of DCAA audit services and facilitating audit services with cognizant Field Audit Offices (FAOs).
  • Mr. David Van Dingenen is a FAO Supervisory Auditor under the DCAA Atlanta Branch Office, located in Smyrna, Georgia.  In this capacity, he serves as the supervisory auditor responsible for the supervision of a team of professional auditors and the audit cognizance of multiple contractors in the State of Georgia in order to meet agency mission requirements.