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…)

Can You Decline GSA Schedule Orders?

Can You Decline GSA Schedule Orders?

A new email pops into your Inbox. It’s an order off through your GSA schedule directly through GSAAdvantage. Your first thought is elation – the schedule program is working!

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Should You Pursue a GSA Schedule? E-Buy Open Can Help!

Should You Pursue a GSA Schedule? E-Buy Open Can Help!

A new GSA tool to see who wins GSA Schedule bids may help you decide.

The General Services Administration (GSA) has launched a new pilot program to make eBuy award public through the Federal Business Opportunities portal at www.FBO.gov. The program will be called e-Buy Open and will run for a one-year pilot period.  (more…)

Making it Easier for Federal Agencies to Buy from GSA Schedules

Making it Easier for Federal Agencies to Buy from GSA Schedules

All Federal agencies have to abide by a variety of rules. These determine who and how agency buyers should purchase from the various procurement vehicles available (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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Micro-Purchase Changes to Threshold Can Increase Your Government Sales

Micro-Purchase Changes to Threshold Can Increase Your Government Sales

Thanks to a recent change in the micro-purchase threshold if you sell products, training, or off-the-shelf solutions to any civilian agency (non-DoD), your competition was just significantly reduced!

Last month, as part of the  National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 for Fiscal Year 2018, the Micro-Purchase Threshold for Civilian agencies including GSA, purchases increased from $3,000 to $10,000.  (more…)

FAQs of GSA Advantage Order Cancellations

FAQs of GSA Advantage Order Cancellations

To be successful in the federal marketplace, you must effectively sell your company’s offerings in a highly competitive market and stand out among other contractors – just having a GSA Schedule does not guarantee sales.

Beyond sales, contractors must continue to manage the contract throughout the base period.  Successfully managing your GSA Schedules contract requires you to become knowledgeable of requirements to maintain compliance as well as be familiar with operational processes impacting your Schedule. In this post, we will discuss contractor responsibilities within GSAAdvantage! to help avoid you having to cancel orders and understand any adverse actions that your Contracting Officer may impose.

Three Reasons a Contractor Can Reject a GSA Advantage Order

Each contractor holds unique terms and conditions specific to their GSA Schedule Contract and the responsible parties must be very familiar with them.  The pricelist (I-FSS-600), items 1-26 contain pertinent information regarding a contractor’s options for cancelling an order. However, you may be able to cancel a GSAAdvantage order but only in very specific conditions.  Below are 3 Questions to ask if you meet the conditions that will allow you to cancel an order:

  • Does the order total fall outside your minimum order or above the maximum order threshold
    If a Schedule contractor is unwilling to accept an order above the maximum order threshold or from an agency or activity outside the executive branch, the order will be returned to the ordering activity within five workdays after receipt by the contractor.
  • What agency did the order come from?
    GSA Schedule contractors are obligated to accept orders placed by activities within the executive branch of the federal government. Is the customer outside the executive branch of the federal government? Then consider GSA Schedule contractors are not obligated, but are encouraged, to accept orders from agencies and activities outside the executive branch.
  • Has the order been accepted or rejected in a timely manner?
    The order is considered as “accepted” by the contractor and all provisions of the Schedule contract shall then apply if the Schedule contractor fails to return the order, or advise the ordering activity, within the specified timeframes.

If you’re outside of these conditions, you have 5 days to cancel the GSAAdvantage! order, otherwise the Purchase Order (PO) must be filled.  If you cannot sustain this order and you’re within the conditions above, you can cancel the Purchase Order (PO) with reason that these products are being removed from the GSA Schedule.

How to Avoid Having to Cancel a GSA Advantage Order:

  • Know your Contract – Read the terms and conditions of your GSA Contract and understand everything you are responsible for.
  • Stay Compliant – Make sure your modifications are up-to-date. Adding, Deleting, Economic Price Adjustments (EPA) or any administrative modifications to your schedule, should be maintained efficiently. In addition to products, make sure your point of contact and email address on GSA ebuy are accurate so you are receiving all required communications regarding orders you receive.
  • Be Proactive – Always stay in touch with your supply chain to ensure you are able to deliver on all your future orders at the price awaded. If you are offering products, make sure your vendor has not changed manufacture to a non TAA compliant country. Ensure your costs have not exceeded your list price so you can modify price or remove those items before orders come in.
  • Be Effective – If you are using a GSA Schedule management service that provides you with eCatalog support including GSAAdvantage or you have an internal team, ensure they keep your eCatalog current with new prices, deleted items or new offerings. The speed on how your team can effectively complete these tasks will keep you flexible, competitive and contribute to your success.

 

 

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…)

How to Sell on FedMall

How to Sell on FedMall

Become a Supplier on DLA’s eCommerce Platform.

FedMall is the redesigned successor of the DLA eMall program; a successful 20-year purchasing program. FedMall is an eCommerce platform which hosts millions of products that are available for purchase by authorized entities. It includes tools to assist both customers and suppliers with functions that allow for product catalog management, tracking purchases, and more.  FedMall is comparable to popular commercial and government eCommerce shopping sites, such as Amazon.com and GSAAdvantage.gov respectively, this online shopping center is made available to Government customers from Federal, State, and local agencies. (more…)

Rule of Two Takes Precedence over Ability One – A Win for VOSBs

Rule of Two Takes Precedence over Ability One – A Win for VOSBs

A ruling of the US Court of Federal Claims in PDS Consultants, Inc. v. United States announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (“VA”) cannot buy products or services using the Ability One list without first applying the “rule of two” analysis and determining whether qualified veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB) or Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSBs) are available to bid.

The ruling resolves confusion regarding precedence between the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act ( JWOD) and the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006 (VBA) that existed following the Kingdomware case. It also means that there continues to be an excellent opportunity for Veteran Owned Small Businesses success. (more…)

Insights to SBA Small Business Scorecards Performance in 2016

The Small Business Administration has released its 2016 Small Business Scorecards, SBA’s Government-wide and agency-specific review of small business utilization, transparency, and agency progress.

The SBA negotiates the goals with every agency once every 2 years to ensure that prime and subcontracting goals exceed 23 percent of total contract spending.

Overall, SBA scored Government-wide small business use as an “A.” Government-wide small business contracting exceeded the established goals in every small business category other than HUBZones, which achieved only 1.67%, falling short of the 3.00% goal. (more…)

New IT Schedule SIN to Be Added

General Services Administration (GSA) announced on Interact that IT 70 schedule would be adding new Special Item Number (SIN) 132-41 Earth Observation Solutions (EOS) in June 2017.

SIN 132 41 EOS is designed to:

  • Address the federal government’s growing need for earth observation services which unite multiple technologies including satellite imagery/communication, distribution and content management, analytics and data products.
  • Enhance IT GSA Schedule 70 offerings for increased visibility and rapid access to commercially available solutions.
  • Provide industry partners the opportunity to differentiate their Earth Observation Solutions.
  • Meet the needs of government agencies to make strategic decisions and bring the full value and benefits of category management to government.
  • Deliver customer agencies the tools and expertise needed through IT Schedule 70 to shorten procurement cycles, ensure compliance, and obtain the best value.

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Transition from DOD EMALL To FEDMALL

Transition from DOD EMALL To FEDMALL

DOD Emall to FEDMALLDOD EMALL announced the transition from DOD EMALL to the new Federal Mall (FedMall) application through it’s solicitation last year, but there has not been a specific timeframe or process, until now.

The effort comes after the DLA found an opportunity to modernize many outdated aspects of DOD EMALL’s current state.

DOD EMALL teamed with IBM to rollout FedMall late this year. DLA hopes to provide a commercial look and feel, as well as a streamlined registration, ordering, and research process. FedMall will operate just like your everyday eCommerce website, while being fully compliant with policies and regulations. (more…)

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