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GSA to close some contracts to new vendors

Posted by Abraham Xiong on June 9, 2012 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

By Matthew Weigelt 

A senior General Services Administration official told policy-makers June 7 that the agency will identify "oversaturated" Multiple Award Schedules markets as means to help agencies find contractors and save GSA’s resources.

 

“The MAS program is perpetually open to qualified new offers, and, while vibrant markets exist in some of the Schedules, we have reached the point of saturation in others,” Steve Kempf, commissioner of GSA...

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SAM.gov to replace CCR, ORCA, FBO and 6 other systems

Posted by Abraham Xiong on May 31, 2012 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

SAM.gov implementation

SAM will reduce the burden on those seeking to do business with the government. Vendors will be able to log into one system to manage their entity information in one record, with one expiration date, through one streamlined business process. Federal agencies will be able to look in one place for entity pre-award information. Everyone will have fewer passwords to remember and see the benefits of data reuse as information is entered into SAM once and reused througho...

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SBA issues proposed rules for small-biz participation in multiple-award contracts (MAC)

Posted by Abraham Xiong on May 31, 2012 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Article by Jack Moore

The Small Business Administration has published proposed regulations in the Federal Register, clarifying how agencies should include small-business contractors in multiple-award contracts.

MACs have proliferated across government in recent years, but small contractors contend they are frequently left out of the process. The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 sought to rectify that by allowing agency contracting officers to set aside parts of a multiple-award sch...

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JOBS Act: Raising Capital is About to Become Easier.

Posted by Abraham Xiong on March 24, 2012 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (1)

Great news for small businesses.  Raising capital is about to get a lot more easier as the new JOBS Act Bill is being consider into law.

Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) was passed this week by the Senate, which fundamentally alters the securities laws for small businesses. One of the major benefit of the Bill will remove restrictions on capital raising that many of the detractors of the Act believe are important for investor protection.

Another significant comp...

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Bill strips contractor reviews from past-performance evaluations

Posted by Abraham Xiong on March 8, 2012 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

About the Author: Matthew Weigelt is a senior writer covering acquisition and procurement for Federal Computer Week.

This article was published on Mar. 1, 2012 at http://washingtontechnology.com/articles/2012/03/01/no-review-past-performance-evaluation.aspx?s=wtdaily_020312.


Companies would lose the opportunity to respond to performance reviews written by government officials under a new contracting bill. The reviews often play a major role in winning future contracts...

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Government Agencies to Increase Small Business Set-Asides

Posted by Abraham Xiong on November 17, 2011 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Government Agencies to Increase Small Business Set-Asides

On November 2nd, officials released an interim rule based on the FAR revisions. The rule took effect the same day.

 

Small businesses should be excited about the new regulation which will allow more set-aside opportunities for the 99.7% of businesses in the USA. Last year, only 22% of all Federal contracting dollars were awarded to small businesses. This new rule will encourage agencies to ...

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New Rule Changes for 8(a) Joint Venture Partnerships

Posted by Abraham Xiong on March 19, 2011 at 12:36 PM Comments comments (0)

New Rule Changes for 8(a) Joint Venture Partnerships

 

8a companies can enjoy some new rule changes for Joint Venture partnerships. On February 11th, 2011 the SBA made significant rule changes to the 8a Mentor-Protégé Joint Venture Program.

 

Joint Ventures are partnerships formed by two companies, an 8a company and a non-8a company, coming together to pursue contract opportunities. Both companies bring different strengths to the table to help the...

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GCA Supports Important Bill: Fairness in Women-Owned Small Business Contracting Act of 2010

Posted by Abraham Xiong on June 7, 2010 at 11:43 AM Comments comments (0)

 

On May 24th, 2010, Senators Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced an important bill that will strengthen the ability of women-owned businesses to secure federal contracts.

 

Government Contractors Association (GCA) strongly supports this legislation and urges the Congress to enact this legislation as soon as possible.

 

There are approximately 10 million women-owned companies or about 32% of all US companies. Yet, le...

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Federal Agencies attempt at insourcing showing difficulties ahead!

Posted by Quan Whitaker on May 21, 2010 at 4:53 PM Comments comments (0)

By TOM SPOTH | Last Updated: May 21, 2010

 

Restoring federal positions that have been contracted out will be a long and difficult task, legislators and federal officials said at a congressional hearing Thursday.

 

"It took a long time for us to get into this hole, and we will not get out of this hole overnight," said Dan Gordon, director of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP). "But I believe we are on the right path."


Gordon's o...

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New Association Aims to Increase Business Participation in Government Contracting

Posted by Abraham Xiong on May 17, 2010 at 10:37 AM Comments comments (1)


Atlanta, GA. – May 11, 2010 – Government contracting has been around for more than 200 years. Yet, less than 1% of businesses in the US are actively winning government contracts. With the federal government being the largest consumer in the world, spending over $523 billion in 2009 and with a recession lingering; why are so few companies doing business with the federal government.


Mr. Abraham Xiong, President of Government Contracto...

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Government Contracts a Lesson in Patience

Posted by Abraham Xiong on May 7, 2010 at 4:41 PM Comments comments (0)

 

- Katie Orlinsky for The Wall Street Journal – 4/21/2010


Like many business owners who have suffered during the downturn, Randy Lebolo decided the most reliable client for his small construction firm would be Uncle Sam.

 

Thumbtack Technology’s Ben Engber, shown in Brooklyn, N.Y., Monday, says he has decided to hold off pushing for a federal government contract.

 

When the real-estate market was in free fall nearly t...

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White House establishes small business contracting task forces

Posted by Abraham Xiong on April 29, 2010 at 10:23 AM Comments comments (2)

Article by: Robert Brodsky


The White House on Monday established a pair of interagency task forces to help federal agencies award more contracts to small businesses.

 

The first task force will focus on improving procurement opportunities for all small businesses and helping agencies meet statutory contracting goals. The second group will focus exclusively on improving contracting opportunities for small businesses owned by veterans and servi...

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Small Business Parity Act of 2010

Posted by Abraham Xiong on April 18, 2010 at 8:56 AM Comments comments (0)

WASHINGTON – United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chair Mary Landrieu, D-La., along with Senator Richard Durbin, D-Ill., introduced the Small Business Parity Programs Act, which would place three small business government contracting programs – Hubzone, 8(a) and service-disabled veterans – on an equal playing field when competing for government work.

 

A recent court decision – which followed two Government Accountabili...

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New 8(m) Certification for Women Owned Small Businesses?

Posted by Abraham Xiong on April 8, 2010 at 10:13 PM Comments comments (0)

 

New 8(m) Certification for Women Owned Small Businesses?


Women-owned small businesses ("WOSB's") are reported to be the fastest growing segment of this country's business community. Unfortunately, WOSB's have not seen a proportionate increase in the number of federal contracting dollars sent their way. In fact, the federal government has repeatedly failed to meet its own women-owned small business contracting goal (which was s...

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