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Competitive Negotiation aka Formal Advertising

Sep 11, 2014 4:24:30 PM / by USFCR posted in Guides

Competitive Negotiation aka Formal Advertising

Formal Advertising is an invitation for a sealed bid that is publicly advertised and from-fixed price contract that is awarded to the properly registered contractors whose bid, conforming with all the material terms and conditions of the invitation for bids, is lowest, price and other factors considered.

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3 Factors to Expect as the Final Fiscal Quarter Comes to an End - US Federal Contractor Registration

Sep 3, 2014 2:27:12 PM / by USFCR posted in Guides

 

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12 Reasons to Use GSA Schedules

Jan 15, 2014 1:39:03 PM / by USFCR posted in General Services Administration (GSA), Guides


 

 

12 Reasons to Use GSA Schedules
 
 GSA Schedule

 

According to MAS Blogger on GSA Interact the following are 12 reasons why it is important to be on a GSA Schedule as  a registered government contractor.

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Understanding an Individual Subcontract Report (ISR)

Jul 25, 2013 1:38:11 PM / by USFCR posted in Guides

Understanding an Individual Subcontract Report (ISR)

This report collects subcontract award data for a specific federal government agency when a Prime/Subcontractor: (a) holds one or more contracts over $550,000 (over $1,000,000 for construction of a public facility); and (b) is required to report subcontracts awarded to Small Business (SB), Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), Women-Owned Small Business ( WOSB), HUBZone Small Business (HUBZone SB), Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), Alaskan Native Corporations (ANC) and Indian tribes concerns under a subcontracting plan, with the Federal Government

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What is an MPIN?

Jul 25, 2013 1:25:29 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in Information for New Vendors, Guides

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MPIN stands for “Marketing Partner ID Number.” It’s mandatory for all SAM registrants and it’s one code that you do not want to forget. Your MPIN is required to access FedBizOpps (FBO.gov), Grants.gov, and the Past Performance Retrieval System (PPIRS). Every MPIN is about nine characters long with at least one letter and one numeral. You should always keep your MPIN safeguarded.

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Creating an Automatic Email Alert for Bids on FedBizOpps

Jul 25, 2013 1:10:54 PM / by USFCR posted in Guides

Creating an Automatic Email Alert for Bids on FedBizOpps

Creating an Automatic Email Alert for Bids on FedBizOpps (FBO.gov)

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What is a FFATA Report in the Sub-Award Reporting System

Jul 19, 2013 4:15:40 PM / by USFCR posted in Guides

What is a FFATA Report in the Sub-Award Reporting System

According to the United States Government,  FFATA Sub-award Reporting System (FSRS) will collect data from the Federal prime awardees on sub-awards they make: a prime grant awardee will be required to report on its sub-grants and a prime contract awardee will be required to report on its sub-contracts.

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How to Find a Specific Set-Aside on FBO.gov

Jul 16, 2013 2:05:40 PM / by USFCR posted in Information for New Vendors, Guides

How to Find a Specific Set-Aside on FBO.gov

As you know by now, finding out which federal set-asides your business may qualify for is extremely important.  Making sure your business receives all the government benefits it deserves should be on the top of your priority list in government contracting.  Aside from being properly registered in System for Award Management, finding out which federal set-side contracts that are currently available to your business would be one of the most important aspects of government contracting to a small business.  It is time to find which set-aside contracts are available, make sure your business qualifies, and bid on the contract.

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What is the DOD MALL?

Jul 10, 2013 11:59:17 AM / by USFCR posted in Guides

What is the DOD MALL_

What is the DOD EMALL?

As stated directly by the the Department of Defense, The Electronic Mall or (DOD EMALL) is a web based online ordering platform meant to provide a full service e-Commerce site to find and acquire off the shelf, finished goods and services from the commercial marketplace and government sources for the Defense Department and other State and Federal agencies. DOD EMALL optimizes the effectiveness and efficiency of the DOD Supply Chain.

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How to Market Your Business to the Federal Government

Mar 15, 2013 10:26:03 AM / by USFCR posted in Information for New Vendors, Guides

 How to Market Your Business to the Federal Government
Government contracting has always been a David and Goliath story of the government versus small business. The prime vendors leading their fields continue to receive the majority of the contracts as a whole. Attracting the attention of the world’s largest customer takes specialized skills and strategies to become one of their contractors. Using the proper resources and knowing how to market to prime vendors as well as the federal government will set a part a business from their competition.

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Law Protects Government Contractors from Damage of Sequestration

Mar 11, 2013 12:03:56 PM / by USFCR posted in Guides

Law Protects Government Contractors from Damage of Sequestration

The sequestration is now going to take full affect resulting in massive budget cuts, eventual government lay-offs, and a number of other hurdles that require an immediate leap. The Fiscal Cliff comprise was proven to be not a compromise at all, but a screeching, sliding fall before the truth of the hard ground hit. This sequestration was only pushed back two short months before Congress announced its unavoidable impact. Now that it is here, funding will be trimmed and jobs will be loss. However, there is a shinning star in this shade of darkness. President Obama signed a bill that would not only continue but increase government contracting incentives for small business. This new provision included in the military spending budget was a designed to help small businesses compete for government contracts. In the past 11 years, the federal government has failed to meet its small business government contracting goal of 23% for all overall procurement. Government purchasing officers will not only continue but are highly encouraged through their departments to contract more small business.

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Government Contracting Tips - What are Suspension and Debarment?

Mar 7, 2013 8:37:09 PM / by Ashby Green posted in Guides

Government Contracting Tips – What are Suspension and Debarment_

While most federal contractors run an honest business, the news is saturated with stories about unscrupulous firms defrauding the government in order to win government contracts and grants. While there are many ways for contracting officers to respond to issues with vendors, including civil and criminal prosecution, a major tool at their disposal is Suspension and Debarment.

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FedBid: A Procurement Marketplace

Feb 14, 2013 10:52:30 AM / by USFCR posted in Information for New Vendors, Guides

FedBid_ A Procurement Marketplace

FedBid.com provides an online procurement service that includes reverse E-auction and associated support services through the Buyer-Driven Online Marketplace located at www.fedbid.com. It helps federal, state, and local government agencies connect with prime and small business federal contractors. Predominately, buyers who use FedBid.com buy computer hardware and software, security supplies, industrial, laboratory, facilities and automative equipment, office supplies, furniture, and miscellaneous supplies. This is not a hard and fast rule, though. You can find many products through FedBid, and contractors may want to look at the service to see how much certain products are selling for.

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Understanding No Bid Contracting

Oct 31, 2012 12:06:34 PM / by USFCR posted in Guides

Understanding No Bid Contracting

In recovery after the massive damage done to New York City, the Jersey Shore, and other parts of the northeast, federal contractors are on the lookout for businesses registered and available for federal government work.  The beauty of no bid contracts with the federal government acts on an honor code of first come first service. Hypothetically, the contract style reinforces how any business registered for federal government employment can show up being the first to a site and receive the contract.  Government agencies such as FEMA usually use this type of contracting for emergency projects that require urgent or immediate assistance such as Hurricane Sandy or other natural disasters.

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Grants.gov for NonProfit, Government, Educational, and Other Organizations

Sep 20, 2012 4:20:44 PM / by USFCR posted in Guides, Grants

Grants.gov for NonProfit, Government, Educational, and Other Organizations

Last year, the federal government awarded over $566 Billion in grants to hundreds of thousands of recipients, including non-profit, educational, and government organizations.  These grants fund projects ranging from Agriculture to Transportation.  Many organizations and businesses rely on these grants to operate and provide much needed services to their community and customers.

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Three System for Award Management Tips for Government Procurement Officers

Aug 17, 2012 3:37:49 PM / by USFCR posted in System for Award Management (SAM), Guides

Three System for Award Management Tips for Government Procurement Officers

Still having trouble using the new System for Award Management?  Try these three tips to find what you're looking for.

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SAM Registration – How to Find Answers

Jul 31, 2012 1:41:24 PM / by USFCR posted in System for Award Management (SAM), Guides

SAM Registration – How to Find Answers

Chances are you’ll have questions while you try to complete your SAM Registration.  Whether you're stumped by unfamiliar terminology or question why certain information is required, it’s important that you understand what is being requested of you and how it will be used by the System for Award Management and its users.  Luckily, there are several resources that can help guide you through your registration.

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What is SAM and How Will it Change Federal Contracting Procedures?

Mar 23, 2012 4:40:28 PM / by USFCR posted in System for Award Management (SAM), Guides

What is SAM and How Will it Change Federal Contracting Procedures_

Coming in May 2012, the System for Award Management, or SAM for short, will begin being deployed in phases, beginning with the “Entity Management” capability and the EPLS portion of the “Performance Information” capability.

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Government Contracting Tips - Do I Have to Register Multiple Locations in CCR?

Mar 23, 2012 1:05:51 PM / by USFCR posted in Guides

Government Contracting Tips – Do I Have to Register Multiple Locations in CCR_

While many small businesses will only need to register in CCR once, there are a handful of circumstances in which a vendor must obtain multiple CAGE codes for their business.

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Do You Need to Have a Website to be a Successful Government Contractor?

Mar 22, 2012 3:35:46 PM / by USFCR posted in Guides

Do You Need to Have a Website to be a Successful Government Contractor_

Despite how ubiquitous the internet has become in our society, many small businesses still do not have websites.  This can stifle growth in any business, but having a website is of particular importance for government contractors.

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