Here are the Georgia companies who won federal contracts in November 2014

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 month, the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC) 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 the award winners for November 2014 right here: FEDERAL CONTRACT AWARDS IN GEORGIA – NOV. 2014

Winners of federal contracts earlier this year may be found at the links below:

For information on Georgia businesses who won federal contracts in 2013, click here.

Extreme weather doesn’t excuse a late proposal

With winter weather descending on much of the country, it is all the more important for contractors to ensure that their proposals are submitted with time to spare.

In a recent bid protest decision, the Court of Federal Claims held that extreme weather at an offeror’s location did not excuse the offeror’s failure to deliver a timely proposal because there was no interruption of “normal government processes” at the government location designated to receive proposals.

The Court’s decision in Global Military Marketing, Inc. v. The United States, No. 14-622C (Sept. 29, 2014), involved a DeCA solicitation for the supply of fresh pork products. The solicitation instructed that proposals deemed untimely would not be considered and that “[d]elays caused by commercial means such as airlines, express carriers such as Federal Express, United Parcel Service, etc or municipal difficulties such as black-outs, are not excusable.” Offerors were expressly instructed to “[e]nsure enough time is allowed for the proposal to arrive on time.”After a series of amendments, the proposal deadline was extended to April 30, 2014, at 3:00 p.m.

Global tendered its proposal to Federal Express on April 29, 2014. However, “extreme weather” hit Pensacola, Florida involving “intense rain of over 20 inches in 24 hours, widespread and damaging floods destroyed numerous major roads and bridges in the area.”  This extreme weather caused severe “damage to infrastructure and residential and commercial buildings, and temporary closure of the Pensacola International Airport.”

Keep reading this article at: http://smallgovcon.com/u-s-court-of-federal-claims/extreme-weather-didnt-excuse-late-proposal/

Army seeks sources for advertising contract, to hold industry day

Army contracting officials are seeking responses to a sources sought synopsis for evaluation of capabilities by advertising and marketing agencies to provide a full range of advertising services for the Army.  In addition, an industry day forum is planned for Dec. 3, 2014, in San Antonio, TX.

Officials from the Mission and Installation Contracting Command posted a sources sought synopsis for Solicitation W9124J-15-R-0001 on Nov. 4 on the Federal Business Opportunities website seeking responses from interested large and small business representatives through Dec. 19.  This may be viewed at: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=e1981aa070b37a75c069f6fbe3ac07f2&_cview=0

In conjunction with the sources sought period, contracting officials are holding an industry day forum for the Army advertising and marketing program Dec. 3 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fort Sam Houston Golf Course located at 1050 Harry Wurzbach Road in San Antonio. The forum serves as a market research tool for assessing capabilities and provides an opportunity for interested industry representatives to network, according to LaTischa Castro, a contracting officer with the MICC-Fort Sam Houston contracting office.  Registration instructions for the industry day appear at: http://usarmy.vo.llnwd.net/e2/c/images/2014/11/13/372014/original.jpg

The industry day forum will allow industry partners a chance to meet with MICC contracting professionals during one-on-one sessions as well as learn about the Army Marketing and Research Group mission. AMRG is a field operating agency of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs in Alexandria, Virginia.

MICC officials plan to award a contract to a full-service advertising agency by March 2016. Those services include planning, designing, creating, producing, placing and executing marketing, special events and advertising campaigns.

All inquiries regarding the market research for this contract should be directed to the MICC via email at usarmy.jbsa.acc-micc.mbx.micc-fsh-amp@mail.mil or by calling (210) 466-2147.

Add these federal IT influencers to your call list

Technology leaders Steve VanRoekel and Todd Park have left the White House, but an important structure they helped devise and set in place remains.

usds logoThe U.S. Digital Service headed by Mikey Dickerson, leader of the well-documented HealthCare.gov turnaround, is the latest attempt to tackle perennial problems of over-budget, late, and under-functioning government IT projects. A sister effort, the Defense Department’s Better Buying Power 3.0, shares those aims, but with an acquisition process oriented approach.

VanRoekel’s Digital Government Strategy called for a group like Digital Service a couple of years ago, but HealthCare.gov has given USDS the strategic purpose of helping other government agencies get up to speed on how to develop and deploy digital services the way Silicon Valley does. Its advent should be no surprise; besides, the idea is not even original to the United States.

My advice to vendors regarding the U.S. Digital Services office is to understand it and make sure its couple dozen members understand the domains where your technology offers the best value.

Keep reading this article at: http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/fedbiz_daily/2014/10/add-these-federal-it-influencers-to-your-call-list.html?page=all

Here are the Georgia companies who won federal contracts in October 2014

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 month, the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC) 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 the award winners for October 2014 right here: FEDERAL CONTRACT AWARDS IN GEORGIA – OCT. 2014

Winners of federal contracts earlier this year may be found at the links below:

For information on Georgia businesses who won federal contracts in 2013, click here.

A cautionary tale: Claims must be submitted to the CO first

As a contractor on a federal project, how often do you interact with the agency’s contracting officer?

Given the state of today’s understaffed acquisition workforce, the answer is probably not very often, if at all. Instead, you more often find yourself dealing with a varied cast of characters during contract performance – including CORs, COTRs, and resident engineers. While these government representatives can act with the authority of the CO under many circumstances, there are certain times when only the CO will do.

One example of a communication that must go directly to the CO is a written claim for time or money under the Contract Disputes Act.

Keep reading this article at: http://www.mondaq.com/article.asp?articleid=343048

A new way to find federal contracting information

When I started writing up a post about a new alternative to FedBizOpps — the intimidatingly clumsy government website for contracting notices — I actually got distracted by it.

The new site was created by GovTribe, a four-man team of former federal contractors that aims to make it easier to track “projects, competitors, agencies, contracting officers and much more.”

(These are the guys who brought us a popular but infuriating list of “annoying” Department of Homeland Security contracting officers and a ranking of agencies whose contract awards are most often protested.)

Keep reading this article at: http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/emerging-tech-blog/2014/10/new-way-find-federal-contracting-information/96584

 

Comments invited on proposal to require government contractors to report on employee compensation

On August 8, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) of the Department of Labor released a proposed rule to require certain contractors to submit reports on employee compensation.

The rule would apply to employers who file Employer Information Reports (EEO-1 Report), have more than 100 employees, and a contract, subcontract or purchase orders amounting to $50,000 or more.

The rule requires them to submit a new Equal Pay report.  This report would include summary data on employee compensation by sex, race, ethnicity, specified job categories, and other relevant data points such as hours worked and the number of employees.

Submit comments here by November 6, 2014.

8(a) subcontracting limitations: Compliance oversight lacking

Compliance with the limitations on subcontracting are not adequately being monitored by the contracting officers responsible for 8(a) contracts, according to a recent GAO report.

After reviewing a representative sample of ten 8(a) contracts, the GAO determined that contracting officers effectively monitored subcontracting limit compliance on two of those contracts.  In other cases, agency contracting officers failed to effectively monitor compliance, even in situations presenting a heightened risk of potential violations–such as where ineligible incumbents were serving as subcontractors.

The GAO report documents “confusion” among contracting officers regarding their obligations to ensure compliance with subcontracting limits.  Some contracting officers were confused about what sba-logothe FAR, Small Business Act, and SBA partnership agreements require.  Other contracting officers seemed to assume that their CORs were primarily responsible for ensuring compliance with the subcontracting limits – although all 10 of the CORs in question “stated that contracting officers have not delegated this responsibility to them and they do not take steps to monitor the amount of subcontracted work.”

Keep reading this article at: http://smallgovcon.com/statutes-and-regulations/8a-subcontracting-limitations-compliance-oversight-lacking/

What does GTPAC do?

Last week, Government Product News, an on-line publication of American City & County magazine, published an interview with Georgia Tech’s Chuck Schadl.  The interview is helpful in outlining the services offered by the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC) as well as other procurement technical assistance centers (PTACs) across the country.

You can read the full article by clicking here: Procurement Technical Assistance Centers Are a Useful Resource