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.

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Band of Brothers Restoration Wins 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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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.
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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Turn Key Services of Louisiana Wins $18k Contract

Mar 17, 2016 10:46:50 AM / by David Rockwell posted in Success Stories

Turn Key Services of Louisiana, LLC -- a minority-owned small business based in Donaldsonville, Louisiana -- announced this week that it received a contract worth $18,240 from the Louisiana Department of Corrections.
The contract calls for the company to supply limestone to the Louisiana State Penitentiary through June 30, 2016.
The award comes just about three months after the company completed its System for Award Management (SAM) Registration with US Federal Contractor Registration, the world’s largest third-party government contracting firm.
Andrew Brewer, president of Turn Key Services of Louisiana, LLC, says that having the opportunity to bid on government contracts set-aside for minority-owned small businesses is something he never would have thought possible had he not hired US Federal Contractor Registration to help him become eligible to bid on government contracts.
“We didn’t know what we were doing until I started working with Marianne Swager of US Federal Contractor Registration,” Brewer said during a recent telephone interview. “She taught me how to put together an aggressive bid, and also reviewed my bid before I submitted it.”
Turn Key Services of Louisiana, LLC, which Brewer opened in 2009, hauls debris for commercial and residential customers. Turn Key has experience hauling sand, debris, gravel, asphalt, millen, and non-hazardous waste.
Several of its clients, contacted separately, sing the company’s praises, with Mariet Allen of Mariel Holdings, LLC calling the company “dependable, trustworthy, and customer-oriented.”
Brewer said he has submitted two other bids for projects, and continues to look for other opportunities for which he is qualified. His advice for other businesses interested in bidding on and receiving government contracts?
“Hire US Federal Contractor Registration to help you complete your SAM Registration,” said Brewer. “That’s really the first and best step you can take to become a successful government contractor.”
Eric Knellinger, president of US Federal Contractor Registration, credits Marianne Swager, the case manager who works with Turn Key Services of Louisiana, LLC, with helping to make this award possible. Swager, says Knellinger, demonstrated just what helps US Federal Contractor Registration stand out — it not only helps companies survive, but it also helps them thrive.
“We don’t just take a client’s money, help set them up, and turn them loose,” says Knellinger. “We walk them through every step of the contracting process, make sure they have the tools they need to succeed, and, in some cases, introduce them to procurement officers looking for the services or products that the company provides.”
Swager separately said that Turn Key’s contracting success demonstrates what a company can achieve, once it is qualified to bid on and receive government contracts.
“Helping a business complete its SAM Registration is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Swager, when asked about the services she provides her clients. “We don’t stop when we’ve qualified a company to contract with the government – we make sure they have the tools they need to actually win one.”
For more information about Turn Key Services of Louisiana, LLC, visit
For more information about US Federal Contractor Registration, or to find out how it can help your business start winning federal contracts, call 877-252-2700 ext. 1.

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