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David Rockwell

David is a writer and educational multimedia producer for government contractors around the world. Some of his favorite work, with the experts at USFCR, is telling success stories of businesses that win federal contracts.

Recent Posts

Verified Vendor Band of Brothers Restoration LLC Wins Their First Government Contract

Jan 31, 2018 4:03:13 PM / by David Rockwell posted in Veteran Owned Small Business (VETBIZ), Success Stories

 

Band of Brothers First Government Contract Band of Brother's government contract will be to tame waters such as this, West Fork of the Greenbrier River (Durbin, West Virginia, USA) Author: James St. John (flickr)
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A Big Advancement for Business in Federal Contract Acquisition

Jan 8, 2018 11:20:51 AM / by David Rockwell posted in Success Stories, USFCR Info

If you haven't been successful acquiring government contracts in the past, 2018 is going to be your year. Furthering our mission of simplifying the federal acquisition process with the latest technology, US Federal Contractor Registration has developed a major advancement which will help you acquire your first contract.
USFCR is no stranger to helping businesses break into the federal market. Check out some of the success stories from 2017 below. These successes represent a sliver of our very successful year. USFCR clients earned over $16.4 billion in government contract awards this year! That’s over $70 billion since the inception of the company.

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Roofing Contractors Needed for USDA Funded project

Dec 29, 2017 1:10:44 PM / by David Rockwell posted in News

The Weber Basin Job Corps Gymnasium needs a new protective coating on its roof in order for the facility to continue providing effective services to the Utah community. True to the Job Corps mission of expanding economic and social opportunities, especially for minorities and the poor, a small-disenfranchised roofing business will be given preference in the solicitation process. Businesses must submit a bid that meets all requirements by February 2, 2018.

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USFCR Client Skyhawk Drone Services Receives a Contract

Dec 19, 2017 10:10:45 AM / by David Rockwell posted in Success Stories

Steven Boodhoo of Skyhawk Drone Services (DUNS 080644275) has been very busy lately. Not only is he continuing to complete work on a USGS federal contract, funded by the Department of the Interior; but also, he is pursuing additional federal opportunities too.

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Finding Help with the System for Award Managment (SAM)

Nov 29, 2017 11:59:35 AM / by David Rockwell

What is SAM?

If you are interested in working as a contractor for the government, there’s no way around it: You must complete a SAM registration. SAM is the US government’s System for Award Management. SAM.gov centralizes all business and agency information so that contracting officers can get the most accurate idea of what your business does, how they do it, and where they do it.

SAM is free to complete, but due to the complexity of the form and the possibility of punishment for inputting incorrect information, it is highly recommended to use a third-party registration firm such as US Federal Contractor Registration (USFCR). In this post, case managers from USFCR share some helpful tips for undertaking the SAM registration on your own versus the benefits to working them at USFCR.

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OMB Launches Government-wide Data Center Optimization Initiative

Aug 23, 2016 9:00:54 AM / by David Rockwell posted in News

U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Denise Turner Roth in early August announced that GSA’s Office of Government-wide Policy (OGP) will serve as the Managing Partner for OMB’s Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI). The initiative requires federal agencies to develop and report on data center strategies to consolidate infrastructure, improve existing facilities, achieve cost savings, and transition to more efficient infrastructure, such as cloud and shared services.
“GSA welcomes the opportunity to support OMB in its efforts to achieve government-wide data center optimization,” said Roth. “To champion agency efforts to modernize and optimize their data centers, we're building a robust shared services marketplace. The marketplace will ensure an even playing field for customers to learn about and negotiate services with providers.”
To date, OGP has made significant progress to empower agencies in creating their own path to data center optimization:

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GSAP vs. GSA - Why the GSAP Is Right For You

Jul 20, 2016 8:30:05 AM / by David Rockwell posted in General Services Administration (GSA)

GSA Schedules, which are perfect vehicles for federal contractors interested in developing longterm relationships and contracts with purchasing officers and commercial firms, are a lot like a catalog -- a business approved to be on the schedule posts the products and services available, and then these products and services can be ordered, usually at volume discount pricing. Around $50 billion is spent each year through GSA MAS (Multiple Award Schedules) Schedules and 80% of the vendors on GSA Schedules are small businesses.

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Aging Government Legacy Systems Subject of New Report

Jun 1, 2016 9:15:28 AM / by David Rockwell posted in News

The federal government spent about 75 percent of the total amount budgeted for information technology (IT) for fiscal year 2015 on operations and maintenance (O&M) investments, according to a reported released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Wednesday, May 25. The report continued:  Such spending has increased over the past 7 fiscal years, which has resulted in a $7.3 billion decline from fiscal years 2010 to 2017 in development, modernization, and enhancement activities.
Specifically, 5,233 of the government's approximately 7,000 IT investments are spending all of their funds on O&M activities. Moreover, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has directed agencies to identify IT O&M expenditures known as non-provisioned services that do not use solutions often viewed as more efficient, such as cloud computing and shared services. Agencies reported planned spending of nearly $55 billion on such non-provisioned IT in fiscal year 2015. OMB has developed a metric for agencies to measure their spending on services such as cloud computing and shared services, but has not identified an associated goal. Thus, agencies may be limited in their ability to evaluate progress.
The GAO, during its review, identified many O&M investments as moderate- to high-risk by agency CIOs, and agencies did not consistently perform required analysis of these at-risk investments. Further, several of the at-risk investments did not have plans to be retired or modernized, the GAO found. Until agencies fully review their at-risk investments, the government's oversight of such investments will be limited and its spending could be wasteful, according to the GAO.
Federal legacy IT investments are becoming increasingly obsolete: many use outdated software languages and hardware parts that are unsupported. Agencies reported using several systems that have components that are, in some cases, at least 50 years old. For example, Department of Defense uses 8-inch floppy disks in a legacy system that coordinates the operational functions of the nation's nuclear forces. In addition, Department of the Treasury uses assembly language code—a computer language initially used in the 1950s and typically tied to the hardware for which it was developed. OMB recently began an initiative to modernize, retire, and replace the federal government's legacy IT systems. As part of this, OMB drafted guidance requiring agencies to identify, prioritize, and plan to modernize legacy systems, but the GAO is concerned that, until this policy is finalized and fully executed, the government runs the risk of maintaining systems that have outlived their effectiveness.
Why GAO Did This Study
The GAO undertook this study to assess federal agencies' IT O&M spending, to evaluate the oversight of at-risk legacy investments, and to assess the age and obsolescence of federal IT. The federal government invests more than $80 billion on IT annually, with much of this amount reportedly spent on operating and maintaining existing (legacy) IT systems. Because of the value of these investments, the GAO wanted to measure how effectively agencies manage their O&M.
To do so, GAO reviewed OMB and 26 agencies' IT O&M spending for fiscal years 2010 through 2017. GAO further reviewed the 12 agencies that reported the highest planned IT spending for fiscal year 2015 to provide specifics on agency spending and individual investments.
Recommendations
The GAO is making 16 recommendations, one of which is for OMB to develop a goal for its spending measure and finalize draft guidance to identify and prioritize legacy IT needing to be modernized or replaced. GAO is also recommending that selected agencies address at-risk and obsolete legacy O&M investments. Nine agencies agreed with GAO's recommendations, two agencies partially agreed, and two agencies stated they had no comment. The two agencies that partially agreed, Defense and Energy, outlined plans that were consistent with these recommendations.

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AP-NEXT, Inc. Wins $48,550 VA Contract

Apr 22, 2016 9:00:34 AM / by David Rockwell posted in Success Stories

US Federal Contractor Registration, the world's largest third-party government registration firm, is pleased to announce that AP-NEXT, Inc. has received a five- year, $48,550 contract from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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Programs Available for Women Veteran Entrepreneurs

Mar 29, 2016 1:18:22 PM / by David Rockwell posted in Veteran Owned Small Business (VETBIZ)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently presented a  report to Congress Download Adobe Reader to read this link content focusing on the Agency’s outreach to aspiring and established women veteran entrepreneurs.
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