$5 Billion in New Opportunities with the VA for SDVOSBs

$5 Billion in New Opportunities with the VA for SDVOSBs

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of General Counsel overturned the VA’s previous determination that VETS First and Rule of Two did not apply to purchases under the $10,000 micropurchase threshold.  The Office of the General Counsel in fact determined that VA micropurchases also fall under the Vets First and Rule of Two, which opens up an additional $5 billion in business to Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOSBs). This is especially good news for SDVOSBs that sell products, which are frequently purchased under the micropurchases program.

This follows on the case of PDS Consultants, Inc. v U.S. (Federal Circuit 2018), decided October 17, 2018.  The court determined that the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006, commonly called “VBA,” takes precedence over any other Federally established procurement requirements when applied to purchases by the VA.    

The VA Office of Legal Counsel made a determination that the court’s decision and the legislative requirements applies to all VA purchases, including those under the $10,000 micropurchase threshold.

Five weeks remain of the government’s fiscal year and during the final month many purchases using the Government Purchase Card are made. Therefore, if you haven’t already, now is time to make a final marketing push to VA customers and contracting officers.

As a Veteran-owned Small Business ourselves, Coley GCS takes great pride in our ability to assist other Veterans in selling to the VA.  Also, this legal determination opens new doors for Veteran-owned small businesses, let us know if you want our help. You can reach us via email at [email protected] or directly by phone at 210-402-6766.

Supreme Court Upholds Protection For Government Contractors In FOIA Requests

Supreme Court Upholds Protection For Government Contractors In FOIA Requests

Good news for companies receiving FOIA requests for release of information.  The Supreme Court carefully and narrowly defined what information can be deemed “confidential” and thus withheld or redacted from release.

On June 24, in a 6-2-1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court strongly upheld the protection of Government contractor’s propriety and confidential information with respect to Freedom of Information Act requests to release such information. Since FOIA requests for proposal information are becoming a standard business practice, this strengthens protections of the incumbent or winning proposal submitter against requests. (more…)

2018 Oasis on-Ramp IDIQ

2018 Oasis on-Ramp IDIQ

OASIS IDIQ Contract Unrestricted on Ramp for 2018 for Pools 2

UPDATE: Pool 6 has closed as of June 2018.

On May 9, 2018, GSA posted a pre-solicitation notice for an on-ramp for the OASIS indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Unrestricted (UNR) 5-year contract for Pools 2, with the final solicitation being published on or about May 31, 2018.   If past history is an indication, the solicitation responses will be due 60 to 90 days from the publication of the final solicitation, with awards following in late winter to spring 2019.

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Introduction to The SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Program

Introduction to The SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Program

A Path to Government Contracting

One of the Small Business Administration’s mission is to continuously expand Federal contracting opportunities for Small Business. In 2016, they established the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program (ASMPP) to extend SBA approved mentor-protégé relationships to every small business. The program was designed to enhance the capability of the protégé firms to win Federal business utilizing the mentor company’s business development capabilities and substantive project experience. (more…)

Leverage your GSA Schedule for State & Local Government Sales

Leverage your GSA Schedule for State & Local Government Sales

You may not have considered all the ways that you can maximize the value of your GSA Schedule. Use your GSA Schedule contract to win State and Local business.  There are direct and indirect means using your GSA Schedule as the contracting vehicle to sell to State and Local Governments. In the indirect route,  you may use your GSA Schedule contract as the basis to obtain a State or Local contracting vehicle.

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Government Contractors Preparing for the Looming Shutdown

Government Contractors Preparing for the Looming Shutdown

If Congress fails to pass an appropriations bill or a continuing resolution to fund the federal government by midnight January 19, 2018, Federal law mandates a partial government shutdown. Government Shutdowns are nothing new to contractors. As described before on our “What Government Contractors Can Expect During the Shutdown,” (more…)

What Products are Purchased Through BuyBoard?

What Products are Purchased Through BuyBoard?

Athletic, Physical Education Supplies and Equipment
Athletic clothing, shoes and uniforms, fitness equipment, gymnasium seating, scoreboards, washers and dryers

Auction Services (On-Line Only)
On-Line auction services for the disposal of surplus personal property and equipment (more…)

What is the Difference Between TXMAS and BuyBoard?

What is the Difference Between TXMAS and BuyBoard?

Many small businesses looking to grow their State and Local government sales have come to us asking, “Which is better for my business, TXMAS or BuyBoard?” The answer will vary depending on what you are offering, to whom you are trying to sell and when will you be ready to sell it. (more…)

Controversial Bill Aims to Simplify How The Pentagon Buys

Controversial Bill Aims to Simplify How The Pentagon Buys

House Armed Services Committee Proposes DOD “Direct Buy” from Online Commercial Sellers

Industry and government have long been at odds while trying to achieve the same thing—better pricing and faster access. The government increases compliance requirements to ensure best pricing practices and industry increases prices to pay for compliance systems. House Armed Services Committee (HSAC) Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) is addressing the DOD procurement process. (more…)

Responding to Sources Sought Notice or RFIs

Responding to Sources Sought Notice or RFIs

At Coley, we frequently receive questions from our clients on whether they should respond to Sources Sought or Request for Information (RFI) notices. But first, lets look at what each of these are.

Sources Sought Notices vs. Request for RFI

An RFI, or Request for Information, is a Government technique of conducting market research. They may be used when the Government does not presently intend to award a contract, but wants to obtain price, delivery, other market information, or capabilities for planning purposes. (more…)

How Will the Federal Hiring Freeze Affect Federal Contractors?

On January 22nd, President Trump signed a “Presidential Memorandum Regarding the Hiring Freeze,”  which prohibited all Federal agencies from filling any identified position vacancies existing as of noon on January 22, 2017 and narrowly limited the circumstances under which any new positions would be created or filled.  (more…)

Changes to Bring 738 X GSA Schedule Holders More Government Business

Changes to Bring 738 X GSA Schedule Holders More Government Business

Reminder to all schedule 738 X contract holder and potential schedule holders that the HR schedule will implement new SINS this month.  We wrote regarding GSA’s announcement to modernize GSA Schedule 738 X on a previous post.

Reflecting OPM/OMB government-wide Resources Category Management Strategy, GSA is reorganizing the SIN classification of 595-21 human resources services into 11 categories. GSA’s goal is to (more…)

Market Intelligence: FedBizOpps Beyond Current Government Opportunities

Market Intelligence: FedBizOpps Beyond Current Government Opportunities

FedBizOpps,  What is it For Anyway?

After all, many old Government contracting hands will tell you that if an opportunity is out for bid on FedbizOpps, or FBO, you’re too late.  But is that really true? Not always.  If that is true, what value is FBO to building Federal business?  Well, FedbizOpps is a goldmine and not just for current bids, but as a research, business planning, and competitor intelligence tool. (more…)

How to use Fedbiz Opps

How to use Fedbiz Opps

FedBizOpps, or FBO, is home to many useful tools that contractors have at their disposal.  Here, contractors can access more than 28,000 RFQ opportunities, as well as complete information on all GSA schedule solicitations.  This list also include possible future opportunities that contractors can get a head start on.

Searching the database efficiently can (more…)

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