New regulations will change business for Government contractors

The Administration has been active in promulgating Executive Orders (E.O.) that affect the stakeholders in the Government contracting process.  On July 31, 2014, the President signed Executive Order 13673, “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces.”  The E.O.states that it “improve[s] the federal contracting process.” But it will create a burden for prime contractors, subcontractors, and their agency customers. It will place increased importance on avoiding any type of adverse ruling involving an employment-related or safety-related claim.

Dept. of LaborAs all Government contractors are aware, a contract may be awarded only after a federal agency determines that the prospective contractor is “responsible” in accordance with Part 9 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Under this E.O., a company’s compliance with 14 federal labor statutes, as well as unnamed state labor statutes, will now be a factor that agencies and prime contractors must consider prior to awarding a contract or subcontract over $500,000.

The FAR Council issued a proposed rule (FAR Case 2014-025) on May 28, 2015, amending the FAR to implement E.O. 13673.  80 Fed. Reg. 30548. On that same day, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued extensive “guidance” on the E.O.  80 Fed. Reg. 30573.  Comments on the proposed regulations were originally requested by July 27, 2015, but that deadline has been extended twice and is now August 26, 2015. Your company, or an association representing your industry, may have already filed comments on the proposed regulation; regardless, it is very important that your company focus on the requirement and take immediate steps to prepare for its implementation.

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Prime contractors holding small business outreach event in Savannah on Aug. 19

Two large prime contractors are conducting an outreach event entitled “How To Do Business with a Large Prime Contractor” on August 19, 2015 in Savannah, GA.

Great Lakes

Tetra TechThe contractors sponsoring this event are Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC and Tetra Tech.  The event is being held at the Savannah Civic Center from 8:30 am until noon.

This event is free to attend, but requires advance registration.

If you are interested, you may see the program at: Savannah Small Business Program 2015Aug19

The Registration form is here: Savannah Small Business Outreach Registration Aug 19 2015

These are the Georgia companies who won federal contracts in April 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?

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 details on the award winners for April 2014 right here: FEDERAL CONTRACT AWARDS IN GEORGIA – APRIL 2014

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

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

Beltway firms dominate DHS services contracting

Familiar Beltway company names and places dominate an inventory of Homeland Security Department services contracts obligated during the last fiscal year.

Each year, DHS and other departments release data on their services contracting; the Office of Management and Budget in 2011 called on agencies to reduce services spending.

The newly released fiscal 2013 DHS inventory shows the department obligating $9.35 billion on services during that fiscal year with 16 percent of it dedicated to guard services.

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Fort Gordon post exchange construction begins next week

The Fort Gordon Post Exchange made possibly its strongest commitment Friday to its slogan, “You save. We give back.”

Using earnings from purchases made by a consumer base that includes 100,000 on- and off-post soldiers and retirees, the shopping complex broke ground on a $21 million project to renovate its nearly 20-year-old facility into a more spacious and modern retail center.

“Today is the realization of a plan that was initiated years ago, and we are finally seeing it come to fruition,” Maj. Gen. LaWarren V. Patterson, Fort Gordon’s commanding officer, said after digging the project’s ceremonial first clump of dirt.

Patterson said the project shows the faith and confidence that both the Department of Defense and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service have in the patronage of Fort Gordon’s Post Exchange.

At a time when U.S. military bases are using early retirement, natural attrition and hiring freezes to battle federal budget cuts and avoid layoffs at its trading posts and strip malls, Fort Gordon has been authorized to nearly double its facility in size from 98,000 to 177,000 square feet.

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Contractors brace for possible government shutdown

The threat of a federal government shutdown is even more bad news for a  defense industry struggling to weather sequestration.

Following a summer of Pentagon furloughs and with other sequestration cuts  starting to sink in, the government — caught between a gridlocked Congress and a  dug-in White House — is marching to the brink of a complete halt, which industry  sources say could do irreparable damage to defense firms.

“A shutdown means that there’s no additional funding that is  made available for contracts,” said Elizabeth Ferrell, a partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge who’s worked in government contracts law for more than 30 years.  “So with very limited exceptions, there are no new contract awards, no  additional funding obligated to existing contracts, contractors are faced with  performing when there are no government people around, government people will be  furloughed.”

Defense contractors would have to work in a vacuum, she said, when normally  they rely on give-and-take with government employees. “The government will cease  to function, except for a very limited number of essential people,” she  predicted.

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New guidebook reveals how government and industry select small businesses

There’s a brand new resource available to you — free of charge — courtesy of the national community of procurement technical assistance centers (PTACs).

Braddock’s The Winning Edge: How Government and Corporate Buyers Select a Small Business Supplier – 2014 Edition is a practical guide designed for small to medium sized businesses that provides important insights into the decision-making process within the government and large corporations, with an emphasis on the evaluation and selection stages.

Topics include:

  • Overview of the government procurement process
  • How government procurement officers evaluate a small business supplier
  • How small businesses can identify and win subcontracting opportunities
  • Characteristics that corporate buyers are really looking for in a small business supplier
  • Next step resources

A special electronic edition of Braddock’s The Winning Edge is available at no charge to PTAC clients thanks to the generous support of Microsoft Corporation.  Download your free copy today by clicking right here.

We hope you find this resource useful.   As always, we at the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC) stand ready to answer any questions you may have and help you take the next steps in your government contracting pursuits.

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

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 June 2013 right here: FEDERAL CONTRACT AWARDS IN GEORGIA – June 2013.

Copies of earlier months are posted in an article here:


Who are the top federal contractors?

Each year, Washington Technology magazine ranks the top 100 federal contractors based on sales of IT, systems integration, communications, engineering and other high-tech products and services.  They analyze and profile these firms by factors such as industry sector, those who are newcomers, those who are publicly traded or privately held, small business status, participation in Defense Department and civilian agency contracts, and many other factors.   To access this list click here:

Washington Technology also ranks the 50 fastest growing small businesses in the government contracting market, based on their compound annual growth rate from 2007 through 2011.  You can view the “Fast 50” list at:

The fastest growing 8(a) firms are ranked at:

Who won March’s biggest contracts?

March’s contract countdown includes a pair of major wins by one company, a $1.5 billion contract that cleared the protest hurdle and only two multiple award contracts.

For the month, Washington Technology covered 28 contract awards, compared to 21 in February and 40 in January.

The total value of the contracts awarded in March was just over $7 billion. Of course, that is the ceiling value of the contracts. Only time will tell how closely they get to those kinds of numbers.

So starting at No. 10, the March contract countdown begins with….

10. CACI wins $78M pact to update Air Force IT
CACI International Inc. won a $78 million contract to help update aging systems within the Air Force’s NextGen IT program with new technologies. The award covers integration, sustainment and deployment services for the Air Force Civil Engineer’s Office, which ensures that all Air Force buildings, structures and utilities are maintained and combat ready.

9. Harris wins delayed VA contract for $80.3M
Harris Corp. will be taking over the Veterans Affairs Department contract to create software for the agency’s integrated-electronic health records system, known as iEHR. The contract is worth $80.3 million

The original software contract awarded to ASM Research in January was canceled on Feb. 28 after a conflict of interest, and was reopened to the original bidders.

8. 8 bid on $93M Navy education-training contract
The Navy has selected eight contractors to provide education training products and services for the Naval Education Training Command under a cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price multiple-award contract with a maximum value of $97.3 million.
The winning contractors will compete to provide support and services to the Naval Education Training and Professional Development and Technology Center, which works to educate Navy sailors in a variety of ways.

The eight contractors are:

URS Federal Inc.
Raytheon Technical Services Co.
Technical Software Services
Camber Corp.
General Dynamics Information Technology
Northrop Grumman Corp.
Logistics Services International Inc.
Sonalysts Inc.

7. Northrop nabs $189M DISA cyber task
Northrop Grumman Corp. has won a $189 million contract to support the Defense Information Systems Agency’s cybersecurity efforts. The company will be implementing the host-based security system across the Defense Department and intelligence agencies. The HBSS is part of DOD’s Information Assurance and Computer Network Defense contract. Northrop will provide software license management support, training, help desk and architectural infrastructure support personnel.

6. CSC wins $297M Maryland Medicaid upgrade
Computer Sciences Corp. will completely revamp Maryland’s Medicaid information system under an eight-year contract that has an estimated total value to $297 million. The contract from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene calls for CSC to replace the state’s Medicaid Management Information System and to provide fiscal agent services for selected DHMH programs.

5. 14 vie for $500M Navy purchases
Fourteen government contractors, including nine small businesses, will share a potential $500 million Navy supply contract for IT equipment and services.

Each company has been awarded an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price supply contract for the procurement of commercial-off-the-shelf, network and communications equipment, and related incidental support services.

The contract winners are:

ACG Systems Inc., Annapolis, Md.
Atlantic Diving Supply Inc., Virginia Beach, Va.
Blue Tech Inc., San Diego.
CDW Government LLC, Vernon Hills, Ill.
Global Technology Resources Inc., Denver.
Iron Bow Technologies LLC, Chantilly, Va.
Marshall Communications Corp., Ashburn, Va.
Mercom Inc., Pawleys Island, S.C.
Mutual Telecom Services Inc., Needham, Mass.
Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va.
Scientific Research Corp., Atlanta.
Strategic Communications LLC, Louisville, Ky.
Tribalco LLC, Bethesda, Md.
World Wide Technology Inc., St. Louis.

4. Northrop wins $504M Air Force job
Northrop Grumman Corp. will modernize the Air Force’s Air and Space Operations Center as the result of an eight-year contract that has a potential value of $504 million if all options are exercised. The Air and Space Operations Center Weapon System in Newport News, Va., is the command and control center for planning, executing and assessing joint air operations during contingency operations or conflict.

3. Xerox captures $848M cloud project
Xerox has won a nine-year, $848 million contract from the state of Texas to create secure cloud-based services by modernizing and consolidating its data centers. The upgrade will be one of the largest projects of its kind in the country.

2. Protest denial clears $1.5B contract for VSE
VSE Corp. can now begin work on a $1.5 billion contract to help the Navy transfer U.S. vessels to foreign buyers. The contract was protested by Booz Allen Hamilton but the Government Accountability Office denied the protest. VSE services will include design, configuration management, spare parts support, training and depot-level repair.

And the biggiest contract award for the month of March goes to…

1. Xerox takes over $1.6B Medi-Cal contract
Xerox wins a $1.6 billion contract to manage the processing of Medicaid claims in the state of California, which serves more than 7.5 million people. Xerox got into the Medicaid processing business with its acquisition of Affiliated Computer Services. It now processes claims in 12 states and the District of Columbia.

About the Author: Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. This article appeared on Apr. 9, 2012 at