Skeptical Senate chairman asks SBA for list of every contractor it counted as a small business

A Senate chairman has asked the Small Business Administration to provide him with a list of every company that was counted toward the federal government’s small business contracting goal in 2014.

Last year, the SBA reported the government had met its goal of awarding small businesses 23 percent of all federal contracting dollars for the first time in eight years.

Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

“We’re expecting even better results when we release the 2014 scorecard in the coming weeks,” SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet said May 8, during a White House event honoring National Small Business Week award winners.

But a report by Public Citizen (see questioned the accuracy of the SBA’s procurement report for 2013. It found that contracts awarded to giant federal contractors such as Lockheed Martin were counted as small businesses in the SBA’s numbers. This is just the latest example of flaws in the SBA’s contracting data though the years.

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Multi-agency small business industry day to be held June 16 in Atlanta

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Southeast Sunbelt Region, in collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex (WRALC), U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council will host a Multi-Agency Small Business Industry Day on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center in Atlanta, GA.

This event will provide small businesses with an opportunity to hear from the participating agencies about upcoming contracting opportunities and tips for doing business with the participating agencies.

The day’s agenda can be seen by clicking here: June 16 Industry Day Agenda.

Pre-registration is required, and can be accomplished by going to:

SBA to include overseas contracts in rating agencies

The Small Business Administration will begin to include overseas contracts as part of the baseline used to rate agency performance against small business contracting goals.

SBA logoCurrently about $100 billion a year in federal contracts — including contracts that support overseas projects — aren’t considered when the agency calculates small businesses’ share of procurement dollars annually. It’s been a bone of contention among the small business community, which argues that all awarded contracts should factor into individual ratings, as well as the overall goal of federal government to allocate 23 percent of contracts to small businesses.

“Overseas contracts, we couldn’t find a justification to continue to exclude that,” said John Shoraka, associate administrator of government contracting and business development at the SBA, during a keynote session at a procurement conference hosted by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. “So coming into 2016, we’re working with the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Defense, USAID and State on including those contracts in the base.”

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GAO investigation into small business contracting fraud called for

This article was written by Lloyd Chapman, president of the American Small Business League. 

California Rep. Janice Hahn (D) has drafted an amendment to H.R. 1481 that would call for a new GAO investigation into fraud and abuses in federal small business contracting programs. In a March 25 hearing, Hahn Fraud Waste Abusequestioned whether the 23 percent of all federal contracts the SBA claimed were awarded to small businesses actually went to legitimate small businesses based on research done by my staff at the American Small Business League. She referenced firms such as Disney, Apple, Chevron, and Bank of America have been the actual recipients of federal contracts in FY2011 and FY2012 that the SBA claimed had been awarded to small businesses.

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Small business industry day to be held in Warner Robins in mid-July

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The Air Force Sustainment Center (AFSC) is pleased to announce a Small Business Industry Day (SBID) to be held in Warner Robins, GA, mid July 2015.  Please note the government will not reimburse participants for any expenses associated with their participation in this event.

The AFSC sustains Weapon System Readiness to generate Airpower for America.  The center provides war-winning expeditionary capabilities to the warfighter through world-class depot maintenance, supply chain management and installation support.The AFSC SBID event will provide a targeted forum for interested Small Business (SBs) to: 1) allow SBs to brief senior government representatives, major defense contractors, and other small businesses on their specific capabilities and 2) hear about potential prime contractor business opportunities within AFSC.  SBs are advised that this SBID opportunity is targeted to the Broad Areas of Interest (BAI) and the associated North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes identified in this announcement.  Briefing time limits may be required in order to accommodate all attendees and the number of attendees per company may be limited.  Furthermore, pending the level of response and building capacity issues, attendance may be limited to SBs that provide the most interesting white papers and/or a first come, first serve basis.  Companies will be notified in advance of their selection to provide briefings, the exact location of the event and of any briefing time and/or attendance limitations. 
To be considered for attendance, a SB must provide a white paper(s) (not to exceed 5 pages) describing their capabilities directly related to the BAI/NAICS codes in this announcement.  SBs may submit multiple papers but only one per BAI.  SBs that are selected for invitation will be expected to brief their capabilities during the SBID.  Papers for purely commercial-like services (including information technology, security, advisory and assistance services, & other management services) will not be considered for this targeted event.Submit questions about the event and BAI white papers to the points of contact listed below.  Questions received may be answered via amendment(s) to this announcement if deemed relevant to all parties unless a specific request for privacy is included.Send event venue questions to:  Ms. Camille M. Piazza at  Send white paper submissions & technical questions to: Col Lee Olyniec at updated information on this event, please consult FedBizOpps postings at: Air Force Sustainment Broad Areas of Interest:

Note: BAIs include multiple NAICS codes.  NAICS codes listed are not exclusive but were evaluated as a best fit.

Group 1 is intended to support a wide variety of items including Munitions Material Handling Equipment (MMHE), propulsion equipment, Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources (BEAR), life support systems, and a range of vehicles from common passenger vans to Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) special combat vehicle.

  • 333415-Air-Conditioning and Warm Air Heating Equipment and Commercial and Industrial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
  • 541512-Computer Systems Design Services
  • 334513-Instruments and Related Products Manufacturing for Measuring, Displaying, and Controlling Industrial Process Variables (Additional Application: Simplified method for Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) alignment verification in the field)
  • 333314-Optical Instrument and Lens Manufacturing
  • 334220-Radio and Television Broadcasting and Wireless Communications Equipment Manufacturing (Additional Application: Safe aircraft WI-FI that meets IA criteria)
  • 334511-Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical, and Nautical System and Instrument Manufacturing
  • 334514-Totalizing Fluid Meter and Counting Device Manufacturing

Group 2 is intended to support Logistics Systems, help monitor and manage energy consumption, monitor environmental compliance, and improve the efficiency of industrial operations

  • 541511-Applications software programming services
  • 541512-Network systems integration design services
  • 339114-Dental Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
  • 423450-Medical, Dental, and Hospital Equipment and Supplies
  • 221122-Electric Power Distribution
215 Page Rd.
Robins AFB, Georgia 31098-1611
United States
Camille Piazza
Col Lee Olyniec

Contractor ‘meet-and-greet’ scheduled May 7 for Chatham County courthouse complex

Meetings are being held in Savannah on May 7, 2015 for contractors, both large and small, to share information on bid opportunities related to the design, construction, financing and maintenance of a 165,000 square foot addition to the Chatham County Courthouse complex for the trial courts.

The Chatham County Trial Court Building project also includes the demolition of the existing structure(s) as required.

Chatham Courthouse Partners include: Archer Western, Meridiam, Pioneer Construction, Collins Construction Services, Hutson Plumbing Co., Dewberry, Barnard Architects, Johnson Controls.

The May 7th event is free and no pre-registration is required.

Small Subcontractors Meet & Greet is scheduled from 9:00 am to 10:30 am, and Large Subcontractors Meet & Greet is from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm,

The event will be held at: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street, Savannah, GA 31401.

Agencies gave SBA the wrong data for small business research contract spending

Most agencies submitted incorrect data about Small Business Innovation Research programs for fiscal 2013, so the Small Business Administration can’t fully determine compliance with spending requirements for the programs, says an April 15 Government Accountability Office report.

Agencies are required to submit the actual amount obligated for research and development, which is generally conducted by nonfederal employees outside of federal facilities. Those obligations are the basis for calculating the agencies’ spending requirements for small business programs, the report says.

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GSA issues RFP for new leasing support services contract

The General Services Administration (GSA) has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the third generation of its broker and leasing support services contract — formerly the National Broker Contract Program (NBC program), now GSA Leasing Support Services (GLS).  The new contract provides broker and leasing support services (i.e., market surveys, site visits, document preparation, negotiation) for GSA’s contracting officers, and is expected to generate approximately $100 million in rent credits to tenant agencies and significantly reduce lease cycle times by eliminating workload redundancy.

In November, GSA issued a draft solicitation for Leasing Support Services, which resulted in nearly 300 comments and questions from stakeholders. As a result of these comments, GSA revised the following components of the contract.

  • Strategic Planning Services: Revised strategic planning services language to give contractors more flexibility in reporting information about changes in market conditions, renegotiation opportunities, or changes in ownership rights within the shared portfolio.
  • Commission Agreements: Revised commission agreement language to make it more in line with normal broker industry practices.
  • Small Business: Added an additional evaluation factor so contractors who qualify as small businesses have more opportunities to compete.
  • Training: Clarified training language to specify who is required to take training, what type of training is required, and how the training will be offered.

“The stakeholder feedback we received on the draft solicitation was used to make GLS an even better contract for both the government and contractors,” comments GSA’s Assistant Commissioner for Leasing Chris Wisner.  “In addition to previous improvements made to GLS, contractors will now have even more flexibility when it comes to providing strategic planning services and commission agreements will be structured in accordance with normal broker industry practices. Small businesses will also have more opportunities to compete for prime awards.”

To submit a proposal, click here to find details.   The deadline for submitting proposals is Thursday, May 21, 2015. More information about previous improvements made to GLS can be found here.

Fort Gordon to host industry day on May 20

The Southern Regional Contracting Office – Fort Gordon Cell (SRCO-FGC) will host an Industry Day event May 20, 2015 from 8:00 am to 12 noon in order to provide interested parties with a forecast of SRCO-FGC requirements for the upcoming fiscal year.

The event will consist of program overviews including areas of current focus and emphasis for the coming year.  Presentations will be made by guest speakers from MEDCOM Small Business office, Fort Gordon Contracting Offices, and the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center.

The SRCO-FGC’s Industry Day specifically will focus on small business capabilities and opportunities, matching stakeholders with large and small business communities.  This event emphasizes business capabilities and promotes collaboration and integrates small businesses’ services, products, and technologies into the MEDCOM’s normal way of doing business.  SRCO-FGC’s Industry Day will provide a forum for contracting staff, government experts, small and large companies to ask questions, network and collaborate about forecasted opportunities in their respective areas of expertise.  The contracting forecast to be provided at this event is for planning purposes only and is not a commitment by the government to purchase the described products and services.

The Industry Day is a no-fee event.  Companies MUST pre-register to attend.

  • Event Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 8:00 am – 12 noon, with check-in beginning at 7:30 am.
  • Event Location: Alexander Hall, Signal Towers, Bldg. 29805, Chamberlain Ave., Fort Gordon, GA 30905

To register:

  1. Complete one registration form per company.   Download the registration form here: Industry_Day_Registration_Ft._Gordon_May_20_2015
  2. Create a capabilities statement on your firm using this template: InsertYourCompanyName_ArmySmallBusinessCapabilityBriefing
  3. Submit completed documents to Ms. Edwonia Gates at or Mr Frederick Kmiecik at using the subject line “SRCO-FGC INDUSTRY DAY REGISTRATION”.

An e-mail confirmation will be sent upon receipt, and at a later date, the final agenda.

All attendees must have a current photo ID (driver’s license, military ID, company ID or passport).  All attendees should enter Fort Gordon through Gate 1, Visitor Center.  Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to permit sufficient time for parking and check-in.