What were your interests in government contracting in 2013? We know!

January 6, 2014 by

36,500 people visited the GTPAC web site in calendar year 2013, viewing individual pages 109,000 times.

An analysis shows that the following were the dozen most-read articles and resources of 2013.  Each headline is hyperlinked to the story:

  1. What is a Capabilities Statement and why should I have one?
  2. It’s a mistake to rush into the SAM vendor registration process
  3. What is a “Sources Sought”? Here’s the answer!  
  4. The 2 most important parts of a gov’t solicitation — and why you should pay attention to them 
  5. How to manage a Federal contract during the Government shutdown
  6. Who’s winning federal contracts in Georgia?
  7. What’s an “elevator speech”? And why you need one!
  8. Procurement Opportunities Guide now available at no cost
  9. New guidebook reveals how government and industry select small businesses
  10. 7 apps for government contractors  
  11. Small Business Specialists and how they can help you
  12. Subcontracting could be your starting point into the government market

And what topics did visitors to GTPAC’s web site search for most in 2013?  Below is a list of the top dozen and, again, each is hyperlinked:

  1. iSearch (GTPAC’s powerful government contracting opportunities search engine)
  2. GSA Schedule Resources
  3. Bid Proposal
  4. Minority Owned Business
  5. HUBZone
  6. Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB)
  7. Small Business
  8. Request for Proposal (RFP)
  9. System for Award Management (SAM)
  10. Davis-Bacon Act
  11. Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)
  12. NAICS Codes

Be sure to visit the GTPAC web site regularly for all the latest news and information about doing business with the government!

Here are the Georgia firms who won government contracts in 2013

January 2, 2014 by

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?

Each 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 the award winners for December 2013 right here: FEDERAL CONTRACT AWARDS IN GEORGIA – DEC. 2013

Copies of earlier monthly reports for 2013 are listed below:

Army announces cyber forces to be centralized at Georgia’s Ft. Gordon

December 20, 2013 by

The U.S. Army announced yesterday (Dec. 19, 2013)  that the Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) Headquarters will be located at Fort Gordon,  near Augusta, Georgia.  The move consolidates and coordinates Army cyber and network operations under one commander for the first time in its history.

“Cyber threats are real, sophisticated, growing, and evolving,” said ARCYBER’s commanding general, Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon.  “The Army’s decision demonstrates support for unity of command and the importance of cyber to our Army and our nation,” he explained.

The Army selected Fort Gordon as the permanent location for ARCYBER Headquarters for operational and cost reasons. Since its establishment in 2010, ARCYBER has been temporarily split-located in seven government buildings and leased space across the national capital region. The move to Fort Gordon will co-locate ARCYBER Headquarters with the Army’s Joint Forces Headquarters-Cyber and NSA-Georgia, placing the Army’s operational cyber headquarters with the majority its cyber mission forces.  It will require 150 fewer personnel than other potential sites, as well as reduce military construction requirements and costs by 23 percent less than other considered options.

Establishing the Army Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon will begin by aligning Army cyber proponency within the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, creating institutional unity and a focal point for cyber doctrine and capabilities development, training and innovation.

Before selecting Fort Gordon, the Army evaluated its ability to support U.S. Cyber Command-directed missions and other operational factors such as installation capacity, environmental impacts, and human resource considerations. Community input was also solicited and considered through an environmental assessment public comment period conducted in the fall.

ARCYBER will continue to have a command liaison element co-located with U.S. Cyber Command at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.

Additional information about ARCYBER is available at the command website: http://www.arcyber.army.mil/

VA must pay attorneys’ fees in SDVOSB ownership transfer case

December 5, 2013 by

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has ordered the VA to pay attorneys’ fees to Miles Construction, LLC stemming from the Court’s February decision that the company’s  ”right of first refusal” provision did not render it ineligible for the VA’s SDVOSB program.

In ordering the VA to pay attorneys’ fees, the Court held that the VA’s defense of its broad interpretation of “unconditional ownership” was not substantially justified–but also suggested that the Court might not reach the same result under the SBA’s SDVOSB rules.

The Court’s decision in Miles Construction, LLC v. United States, No. 12-597C (2013) involved Miles Construction’s request for reimbursement of its attorneys’ fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act.   Under EAJA, a qualifying small business may recover its attorneys’ fees for prevailing in litigation against the government, but only if  the government’s litigation position was not “substantially justified.”

Opposing the request for attorneys’ fees, the VA argued, in part, that it had been “substantially justified” in taking the position that the SDVOSB program’s “unconditional ownership” requirement prohibited right-of-first-refusal provisions.  The VA primarily relied upon SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals decisions holding that right-of-first-refusal provisions defeat “unconditional ownership” under the SBA’s SDVOSB regulations.

Keep reading this article at: http://smallgovcon.com/service-disabled-veteran-owned-small-businesses/sdvosb-program-va-must-pay-attorneys-fees-in-ownership-transfer-case/ 

Here are the Georgia firms who won federal contracts in November 2013

December 2, 2013 by

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?

Each 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 the award winners for November 2013 right here: FEDERAL CONTRACT AWARDS IN GEORGIA – NOV. 2013

Copies of earlier reports are listed below:

Why suppliers ‘No Bid’

November 13, 2013 by

The competitive bidding process is essential to ensure that products and services purchased by public procurement professionals on behalf of their agencies offer the best value and quality. But not all Requests for Proposal (RFPs) and/or Invitations for Bid (IFBs) are created equal. In theory, the bidding process is designed to result in responses from many potential suppliers. However, what if an RFP/IFB does not result in several qualified responses? If leading suppliers in the marketplace choose not to respond, what does that mean?

It’s unlikely suppliers didn’t know about the RFP/IFB or that they were “too busy” to respond. There’s a possibility some small local suppliers may not have the resources to know about potential bidding opportunities, but most regional, national and international companies monitor these opportunities closely.

Let’s look at some potential reasons why a supplier might opt to “No Bid.” The insights can help an agency strengthen its RFP/IFB practices and realize true best-value solutions.

Avoiding the Pitfalls

Here are some potential pitfalls of the RFP/IFB process that can cause a supplier to decide not to bid:

Keep reading this article at: http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/why-suppliers-no-bid?

SAM.gov registration is free, and help with SAM is free, too

November 11, 2013 by

Businesses interested in Federal contracting must, as an initial step, register in the Government’s vendor database known as System for Award Management (SAM).   Registration at the official SAM web site — www.sam.gov – is free.

The good news is that SAM registration is something that any vendor can take care of by themselves.  And if any vendor needs instruction, help is readily available at no charge.

Here are three important tips:

    1. Don’t be confused by look-alike web sites.  There is only one SAM database, and it’s a secure web site operated by the Federal Government.  It’s located at https://www.sam.gov.  You also can navigate to SAM by simply typing sam.gov or www.sam.gov in your web browser.  Either of these variations will redirect to SAM’s secure web site.  The key thing to know is that the official Federal SAM website is a “.gov” website, not a commercial website, so SAM.com is not an option if you’re trying to navigate to a Government web site.
    2. There are helpful videos now available on-line to help you with the SAM registration process.  If your business previously had a file set-up in Central Contractor Registration (CCR), you’ll need to migrate your old vendor record over to SAM; for instruction on how to do this, view the instructional video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuFGM9H0gPI&feature=c4-overview&list=UUGYKiouhiBpijT51CplQZ-w.    If your business was never registered in CCR, then your starting point is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VPGVYPvch4&list=UUGYKiouhiBpijT51CplQZ-w.
    3. If you need advice on how to organize your records in order to register in SAM — or you need help with the SAM registration process itself – expert assistance is available free of charge to all vendors, small and large.  Just contact the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) nearest you.  PTACs have produced a SAM instructional video, too, and it’s available here:  https://netforum.avectra.com/eWeb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=APTAC&WebCode=SAM.  A complete list of all PTACs across the nation is available at http://www.aptac-us.org/new/Govt_Contracting/find.php.    In Georgia, you can contact any of the nine PTAC offices located across the state — all contact information can be found at: http://gtpac.org/team-directory.

Remember, SAM registration is necessary if you want to do business with Federal agencies.  Remember, too, SAM registration is something you can tackle yourself.  There is never a charge to register at sam.gov, and help with the SAM registration process is readily available, at no charge, from your nearest PTAC.

New reports reveal top federal contracts and small business set-asides

November 6, 2013 by

At the beginning of each federal fiscal year, Deltek, Inc. identifies and assesses the top federal contract opportunities for the coming year as well as the top contracts slated to be set-aside for small businesses.  Deltek is an enterprise software and information solutions provider for professional services firms, government contractors, and government agencies.

Deltek’s latest analysis reveals 20 high profile procurements with the following characteristics:

  • Defense Department contracts account for 73% of the total dollar value of the top 20 contracts.
  • New opportunities (six new programs) account for 19% of total contract value.
  • Professional Services contracts make-up $73.2 billion in contract value, but IT opportunities are larger, on average.

In addition, Deltek’s FY14 Top 10 Set-Aside Opportunities list exceeds $6.9 billion in total ceiling value available as prime contracting opportunities for small businesses.  Findings include:

  • Defense opportunities dominate the set-aside list with 71% of the total contract value, with Navy contract value the highest at $3.5 billion.
  • Contracts for professional services are the focus of almost half of the top FY 2014 set-asides, followed by IT, architecture, engineering and construction.

Download the complete reports by clicking on the following links:

Top 20 Federal Opportunities for FY 2014

Top 10 Federal Set-Aside Opportunities for FY 2014

Also, see this related report from the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/capitalbusiness/deltek-new-small-business-contracts-expected-in-early-2014/2013/10/18/5e7986b4-3285-11e3-9c68-1cf643210300_story.html

 

Here are the Georgia firms who won federal contracts in October 2013

November 4, 2013 by

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?

Each 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 the award winners for October 2013 right here: FEDERAL CONTRACT AWARDS IN GEORGIA – OCT. 2013

Copies of earlier reports are listed below:

VA sole decider in SDVOSB status protest decisions, rule says

October 21, 2013 by

The Veterans Affairs Department will decide status protests for all  service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses and veteran-owned small  businesses and not cede that authority to the Small Business Administration, a  Sept. 31 interim rule says.

The rule doesn’t change the fact of self-certification for SDVOSB status by  companies bidding on contracts at agencies other than the VA.

The VA’s director of the Center for Veterans Enterprise will initially  adjudicate all SDVOSB and VOSB status protests, but those businesses can appeal  to the VA’s executive director of small and disadvantaged business utilization,  the rule says.

The VA says it considered reaching an interagency agreement with the SBA for it  to review and decide status protests, but determined that SDVOSB and VOSB status  protest adjudication should remain within VA.

Keep reading this article at: http://www.fiercegovernment.com/story/va-sole-decider-sdvosb-status-protest-decisions-rule-says/2013-10-16

See the new interim rule at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-30/html/2013-23759.htm