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Two bills look to give small business an edge in contracting

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Two bills look to give small business an edge in contracting

Via fcw.com by Adam Mazmanian

House Small Business Committee, is introducing a pair of bills Feb. 26 designed to increase small firms’ participation in federal contracting and improve the quality of contracting data. The Greater Opportunities for Small Business Act would raise the percentage of small businesses among prime federal contract recipients from 23 percent to 25 percent, and the percentage of subcontract recipients to not less than 40 percent of the total.

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How to Protest Proof your Evaluations

How to Protest Proof your Evaluations

Contract protests are on the rise—with sustained protests more than doubling over the past 5 years.  From anecdotal evidence, it appears that over the past 1-2 years, they have gone up even more.  Among the agencies we meet with, we are hearing stories of up to half of acquisitions being protested when the dollar amounts are high and especially in IT.  It seems what was once taboo is now just a normal cost of doing business.

If this is the new normal in government acquisitions, then agencies would be wise to plan for this also.  I propose that you build ‘protest planning’ into your evaluations as well.

What does this look like?

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Government Owning the Cloud, Big Contract to Adobe: Procurement News Round-Up « Public Spend Forum Public Spend Forum

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Government Owning the Cloud, Big Contract to Adobe: Procurement News Round-Up « Public Spend Forum Public Spend Forum

Via publicspendforum.org by Jonathan Messinger

In a good example of shared services, more and more agencies are choosing to use other federal agencies’ private clouds instead of building their own or relying on a commercial provider to host. The Agriculture Department’s National IT Center (NITC) became the first federal cloud provider to be certified last summer and today, NITC’s cloud customers include nearly every USDA agency and office, plus a growing list of federal agencies, including the Homeland Security and Labor departments, as well as the Federal Aviation Administration. The Defense Department has also used the NITC cloud for several one-off applications.

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What Motivates Fed Buyers to use GSA Contracts?

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Via GovLoop by Joshua Ladick

Unless you fully grasp your buyer , and their motivations, then you may struggle to sale to them. This holds true in the federal market. Contracting Officers and Procurement Specialists follow the greatest rulebook ever when it comes to procurement guidelines. There is seriously so much “Red Tape” that I am now amazed that the government even spends money as fast as they do. This is done because of clever pass-throughs like GSA Contracts and other Multiple Award Schedule options.

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Rep. Graves tries again to increase small business contracting goals

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Rep. Graves tries again to increase small business contracting goals

Via FederalNewsRadio.com

Despite that, Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo. ), chairman of the Small Business Committee, believes it’s time to raise the goal. Graves plans to introduce legislation today to increase the percentage of contracts that are mandated to go to small firms to 25 percent, which equates to about $10 billion more a year for these companies.

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Why aren’t we meeting small business goals?

Why aren’t we meeting small business goals?

Agencies are required to meet small business contracting goals but every year, it is only a small percentage that actually comes close.   Why is this?  One very simple reason is that information on qualified small businesses does not flow to the CORs who are conducting market research.

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Agencies Report Slight Progress in Meeting Small Business Contracting Goals

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Agencies Report Slight Progress in Meeting Small Business Contracting Goals

Governmentwide 23 percent goal just missed; House chairman calls progress ‘unacceptable.’

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GSA Makes the Grade on Small Business Efforts

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GSA Makes the Grade on Small Business Efforts

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Defense Logistics Agency Helps Small Business Navigate Government Contracts

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Defense Logistics Agency Helps Small Business Navigate Government Contracts

Centers provide technical assistance, usually free of charge, to businesses by C. Daniel Baker Posted: June 28, 2013 A- A A+ BLACK MILITARY WOMAN When small businesses struggle to navigate the world of government contracts or a government buyer seeks out responsible vendors, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) work to bring the parties together. As a Departmen

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GSA Saves $200 Million While Providing Opportunities for Small Businesses

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News Release 6/21/2012 GSA Saves $200 Million While Providing Opportunities for Small Businesses

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