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Small Business Procurement Continues to Grow

Aug 21, 2020 2:03:07 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in 8(a) Business Development Program, Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), Veteran Owned Small Business (VETBIZ), Women Owned Small Business (WOSB/EDWOSB), News

The results are in. The Small Business Administration (SBA) released its FY2019 Small Business Procurement Scorecard. This scorecard serves as an annual report showing if federal agencies met their small business contracting requirements. Although things are looking dismal in the commercial sector, the federal sector is still going strong on small business spending. 

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Unique Entity Identifiers (UEI)

Apr 30, 2020 2:19:14 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in System for Award Management (SAM), News

In June 2020, the General Services Administration (GSA) will assign all entities in the System for Award Management (SAM) a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI). So what is a UEI and what should you expect? That's what this blog post is going to cover. 

Here, we'll go over: 

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Bid Protests: A Quick Rundown for Q1 2020

Oct 31, 2019 3:27:53 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in Contract Bidding, Guides, News

In the first quarter of the fiscal year, the Pentagon awarded its prestigious $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract to Microsoft. 

For now. 

That's because if you've been reading up on this contract, you would know it was riddled with disputes. One of which was a bid protest made by Oracle Corporation. Then, right after Microsoft was awarded, it was expected Amazon Web Services would file one as well. 

In this blog post, we're going to give you the rundown on bid protests.

We are going to answer:  

  • What is a bid protest? 
  • Why are bid protests filed?
  • Where do I file a bid protest? 
  • How should I approach bid protests? 

Let's begin. 

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The Top 3 Problems Contractors Face with New Gov Systems and Policies

Oct 23, 2019 2:34:16 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in Advanced Procurement Portal (APP), Guides, News

This November, FedBizOpps (FBO) is set to merge with beta.SAM

With that in mind, it's time to talk about past big changes in the federal marketplace. That's because with every major change comes major problems. How you handle these problems will determine your success or failure in government contracting. 

In this blog post, we're going to cover common issues that contractors face whenever the federal government implements a new policy or system. When you know about what issues to expect, you'll be better equipped to handle them. 

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FBO.gov is Moving to the SAM.gov Beta Site

Oct 9, 2019 2:39:00 PM / by USFCR posted in News

The GSA has announced that FedBizOpps.gov (FBO.gov) will begin to be decommissioned and its functionality transitioned into beta.SAM.gov starting on November 8, 2019.

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FBO & beta.SAM Merger Guide for Contractors

Oct 2, 2019 11:11:05 AM / by Hayden Johnson posted in System for Award Management (SAM), News

*Update for 11/8/19 at the bottom of the article*

If you've been keeping up with news in the federal marketplace, then you should know that FedBizOpps (aka FBO) is expected to be decommissioned in the first quarter of FY 2020 (the fourth quarter of 2019). Instead of a separate opportunity search website, it will be merged with beta.SAM.

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This MAJOR CHANGE in Federal Contracting WILL Affect Your Business

Mar 26, 2019 10:01:30 AM / by Hayden Johnson posted in News

Last week, a big change in federal contracting was announced.

How big?

It could...possibly...maybe...unhinge the federal marketplace as we know it (we're not sure yet).

So what's happening?

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Factors to Consider After the Shutdown

Jan 28, 2019 5:06:37 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in Guides, News

It's over. It's finally over. The 2018-2019 government shutdown was the longest one on record lasting for 35 days. To put it lightly, things were put to a halt at a bit. However, as a contractor, you're going to want to hit the ground running. Here are four main factors that you need to consider as you get back into the federal marketplace. Everyone's situation is going to be a bit different, so let this guide serve as just a general outline.

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What to Expect During a Government Shutdown

Jan 2, 2019 11:56:11 AM / by Hayden Johnson posted in Guides, News

"Government shutdown" is pretty much a fancy way of saying that the folks on Capitol Hill cannot agree on how to fund federal operations or agencies. It is not an automatic stop work order. Politicians rally, the media gets in a frenzy, and a hot potato of blame usually gets thrown around. Let's forget about the Poli Sci and opinions for a moment. Here, we're just going to focus on one thing:

As a government contractor, how do you handle shutdowns?

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The Top 2017 Contracts With Only One Bid

Jan 30, 2018 4:23:29 PM / by David Rockwell posted in Contract Bidding, News

In 2017, $170,205,689,253.41 was spent by the government on contracts which only received one bid. Only one business submitted the bid for the contract and it was granted to them.
There are a few factors on why it could have been a one-bid contract:

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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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Small Business Needed for Security Systems Upgrade at National Guard Facility

Nov 27, 2017 12:39:49 PM / by David Rockwell posted in News

Innovative Small Security Companies up for Consideration

The Department of the Army posted a solicitation for quotations from small businesses capable of installing new conduit and wiring around existing security doors. The contract is reserved for small businesses who are ready to meet the requirement at a National Guard Facility in Duluth, Minnesota. The deadline to respond to this solicitation is December 18, 2017.

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US Navy Solicits Information For Mobile Satellite Technology

Nov 22, 2017 11:43:06 AM / by David Rockwell posted in News

Naval Contracting Sources Sought Opportunity

The Department of the Navy posted a solicitation for information from manufacturers of Maritime SATCOM (Mobile Satellite Communication). The potential procurement will be for at least eight rugged, weather resistant radio systems, with the possibility of up to twenty-four.
To gage sources for the procurement, the Naval Station Weapons Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) will hold an Industry Day on January 9, 2018 at the La Quinta Inn on Coastal Palms Blvd in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Eligible federal contractors are asked to provide a static display of their proposed system. Acceptable SATCOM systems should demonstrate their ability operate under salt fog conditions, withstand dust penetration, be protected from snow and resist fungal growth. Further specifications can be found on this worksheet.

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USDA Forest Service Seeks Winter Stock Pasture Services

Oct 26, 2017 10:43:40 AM / by USFCR posted in News

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service, Intermountain Region, Ashley National Forest, Duchesne Ranger District, released on Thursday, October 26, a combined synopsis/solicitation in which it outlined plans to procure winter stock pasture services.
Interested and qualified contractors must be able to furnish all labor, supplies, and incidentals necessary to perform all required work. According to the combined synopsis/solicitation, the pasture must provide adequate forage and water for the winter. If, during the period of performance, the forage becomes depleted, the contractor who receives the contract must provide supplemental feed. The contractor also must maintain fences and access to water sources.
The USDA, according to the combined synopsis/solicitation, plans to enter into a one-year contract, with the option to renew the contract for up to four additional years.
Responses are due by no later than November 9, 2017 at 11 a.m. MT. Interested contractors must submit quotations to the Utah Acquisitions Support Center, 2222 West 2300 South, Salt Lake City, or, via fax at 801-975-3483. E-mail submissions can be sent to twenner@fs.fed.us.
According to the combined synopsis/solicitation, the USDA will issue the contract to the offeror who submits the lowest-priced technically acceptable offer. The USDA also will evaluate bids on the offeror’s technical capabilities as well as his or her past performance.
Businesses interested in bidding on and receiving contracts from the government must be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) database and have as part of the Registration all current Representations and Certifications.
US Federal Contractor Registration, the world’s largest third-party government registration firm, and a firm that not only helps companies survive but also thrive, completes the required Registrations on behalf of its clients. It also makes available information about opportunities like this, as well as training on how to locate, research, and respond to opportunities.
We also make available for our clients and for contracting officers our proprietary Advanced Federal Procurement Data Search (AFPDS). Our Advanced Federal Procurement Data Search (AFPDS) gives you in one place instant bid notifications, bid proposal prospecting, and information about government procurement officers. We make this search tool available to clients, as part of our commitment to helping each and every USFCR client succeed and thrive as a government contractor.
For contracting officers, the AFPDS gives them in one place access to a database of available contractors and also a place to post information about opportunities. Contracting officers get free access to AFPDS. We also provide interested contracting officers a list of contractors who may be able to provide a service and/or product that they need.
For more information, to get started with a SAM registration, to learn more about how US Federal Contractor Registration can help your business succeed, to find out how we can help you complete the processes necessary to become certified as one or more types of small business(es), earning HUBZone certification from the SBA, and/or to speak with our federal training specialists about how to craft a memorable proposal, call 877-252-2700, ext. 1.

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USFCR Featured in Equipment World

Sep 29, 2017 10:50:34 AM / by USFCR posted in USFCR Info, News

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USFCR Team Back at Work After Hurricane Irma

Sep 12, 2017 7:58:40 AM / by USFCR posted in USFCR Info, News

US Federal Contractor Registration, the world's largest third-party government registration firm, weathered the passage of Hurricane Irma on Sunday with little damage to its corporate headquarters in St. Petersburg. Its team of case managers, acquisition specialist, and support staff similar weathered the storm fairly unscathed. We, like many of our neighbors across the state, are dealing with cleanup (primarily fallen trees, limbs, and branches), and down power lines, and, for some of us, not knowing when power in our homes will be restored.
"I'm grateful that the Tampa Bay area did not bear the brunt of the storm," said Eric Knellinger, president of US Federal Contractor Registration. "On and off all weekend, I wasn't sure that that would be the case, but I am glad that the storm did far less damage in our area that was predicted."

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DLA Seeks Information from Contractors Available to Help in Wake of Hurricane Harvey

Aug 30, 2017 1:58:32 PM / by USFCR posted in News

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey (now Tropical Storm Harvey), several government agencies have deployed teams to Texas and Louisiana, and, to bolster these teams, have released solicitations for contractors who can provide specific types of services.
Today, August 30, the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency released a sources sought notice for contractors who can potentially provide emergency roof repairs and damage assessments related to destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, at DLA Distribution in Corpus Christi.
The DLA, in its sources sought notice, invited interested and capable contractors to respond with a brief capability statement, contact information (i.e., name, phone number, and e-mail address of someone authorized to negotiate on behalf of the company), and an affirmative response that the company is willing and available to call upon for emergency service, as a result of the damage that Hurricane Harvey caused.
Interested and capable contractors must e-mail the above information to Contracting Officer Karen D. Ghani at karen.ghani@dla.mil and Contract Specialist Donna A. Kautz at donna.kautz@dla.mil by no later than Friday, September 1, 2017. The DLA, in its sources sought notice, said it will accept rolling responses past this date.
Businesses interested in bidding on and receiving contracts from the government must be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) database and have as part of the Registration all current Representations and Certifications.
US Federal Contractor Registration, the world’s largest third-party government registration firm, and a firm that not only helps companies survive but also thrive, completes the required Registrations on behalf of its clients. It also makes available information about opportunities like this, as well as training on how to locate, research, and respond to opportunities.
We also make available for our clients and for contracting officers our proprietary Advanced Federal Procurement Data Search (AFPDS). Our Advanced Federal Procurement Data Search (AFPDS) gives you in one place instant bid notifications, bid proposal prospecting, and information about government procurement officers. We make this search tool available to clients, as part of our commitment to helping each and every USFCR client succeed and thrive as a government contractor.
For contracting officers, the AFPDS gives them in one place access to a database of available contractors and also a place to post information about opportunities. Contracting officers get free access to AFPDS. We also provide interested contracting officers a list of contractors who may be able to provide a service and/or product that they need.
For more information, to get started with a SAM registration, to learn more about how US Federal Contractor Registration can help your business succeed, to find out how we can help you complete the processes necessary to become certified as one or more types of small business(es), and/or to speak with our federal training specialists about how to craft a memorable proposal, call 877-252-2700, ext. 1.

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USDA to Replace Floor Tiles at Parlier ARS

Aug 11, 2017 10:38:31 AM / by USFCR posted in News

The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), in Parlier, California released on Friday, August 11 a presolicitation notice in which it announced plans to seek a small business contractor to replace floor tiles.
The USDA, in this presolicitation notice, added that the contractor who receives the contract must furnish all tools, equipment, material, permits, labor, and supervision necessary to remove and replace the tiles, and that the contractor will have 30 calendar days after reviewing the Notice to Proceed to actually complete the project.
Prior to commencing work, the contractor who receives the contract must provide proof that an OSHA-certified "competent person" with 30-hour OSHA certification will maintain a presence at the work site when the general or subcontractors are present. All employees of general contractor or subcontractors on site also must have the 10-hour OSHA-certified Construction Safety course, according to the USDA’s presolicitation notice.
The North American Industry Classification Code (NAICS) for this procurement is 238330, Flooring Contractors, with a size standard of $15 million. The USDA anticipates the construction project value at between $25,000 and $100,000, and outlined plans to to award a firm fixed-price contract in September 2017.
Contractors interested in this opportunity, which the USDA will make available on fbo.gov, can e-mail Jeffery Ridenour at Jeffery.Ridenour@ars.usda.gov with questions.
Businesses interested in bidding on and receiving contracts from the government must be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) database and have as part of the Registration all current Representations and Certifications.
US Federal Contractor Registration, the world’s largest third-party government registration firm, and a firm that not only helps companies survive but also thrive, completes the required Registrations on behalf of its clients. It also makes available information about opportunities like this, as well as training on how to locate, research, and respond to opportunities.
We also make available for our clients and for contracting officers our proprietary Advanced Federal Procurement Data Search (AFPDS). Our Advanced Federal Procurement Data Search (AFPDS) gives you in one place instant bid notifications, bid proposal prospecting, and information about government procurement officers. We make this search tool available to clients, as part of our commitment to helping each and every USFCR client succeed and thrive as a government contractor.
For contracting officers, the AFPDS gives them in one place access to a database of available contractors and also a place to post information about opportunities. Contracting officers get free access to AFPDS. We also provide interested contracting officers a list of contractors who may be able to provide a service and/or product that they need.
For more information, to get started with a SAM registration, to learn more about how US Federal Contractor Registration can help your business succeed, to find out how we can help you complete the processes necessary to become certified as one or more types of small business(es), to determine if your business qualifies for SDVOSB certification, and/or to speak with our federal training specialists about how to craft a memorable proposal, call 877-252-2700, ext. 1.

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USACE to Undertake Melton Hill Lock Project

Jul 28, 2017 9:43:20 AM / by USFCR posted in News

The Nashville District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), on Friday, July 28, released a presolicitation notice in which it announced plans to issue an Invitation for Bid (IFB) solicitation for a firm fixed-price construction contract for a certified small business contractor to complete work at Melton Hill Lock.
According to the USACE, the contractor who receives the contract must return the raw water system at Melton Hill Lock to operational service by replacing waterlines, relocating pumps onto a new pump platform structure, and rehabilitating the electrical systems. When removing and replacing existing waterlines, the contractor, according to the presolicitation notice, must remove and replace associated valves, nozzles, strainers, and pumps; provide new electrical power and control circuits; and replace damaged conduits.
The contractor who receives the contract must provide all plant, labor, and materials required to replace existing Melton Hill Lock washdown and gate spray pumps, according to the USACE.
The anticipated NAICS code is 237110, Water and Sewer Line and Related Structures Construction, with a small business size standard of $36.5 million. The USACE in its presolicitation notice also estimates the project value at between $500,000 and $1 million.
The contractor who receives the contract must complete the project within 456 calendar days of receiving a notice to proceed, according to the notice, and the USACE anticipates releasing a full solicitation on or around August 17, 2017.
For more information, e-mail USACE Contract Specialist Ray Kendrick at ray.kendrick@usace.army.mil.
The contractor who receives this contract must be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) database and have as part of the Registration all current Representations and Certifications.
US Federal Contractor Registration, the world’s largest third-party government registration firm, and a firm that not only helps companies survive but also thrive, completes the required Registrations on behalf of its clients. It also makes available information about opportunities like this, as well as training on how to locate, research, and respond to opportunities.
We also make available for our clients and for contracting officers our proprietary Advanced Federal Procurement Data Search (AFPDS). Our Advanced Federal Procurement Data Search (AFPDS) gives you in one place instant bid notifications, bid proposal prospecting, and information about government procurement officers. We make this search tool available to clients, as part of our commitment to helping each and every USFCR client succeed and thrive as a government contractor.
For contracting officers, the AFPDS gives them in one place access to a database of available contractors and also a place to post information about opportunities. Contracting officers get free access to AFPDS. We also provide interested contracting officers a list of contractors who may be able to provide a service and/or product that they need.
For more information, to get started with a SAM registration, to learn more about how US Federal Contractor Registration can help your business succeed, to find out how we can help you complete the processes necessary to become certified as one or more types of small business(es), and/or to speak with our federal training specialists about how to craft a memorable proposal, call 877-252-2700, ext. 1.

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USDA Seeks Contractor to Provide Tents

Feb 10, 2017 9:00:16 AM / by USFCR posted in News

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5 - California), released on February 8 a request for quotes (RFQ) for tents for use during local, regional, and nationwide fire suppression and all-hazard incidents.
Interested contractors must be able to provide all equipment, materials, supplies, transportation, lodging, personnel, and supervision and management of those personnel, necessary to meet or exceed the agreement specifications.
The USDA intends to award agreements within Region 5 on or about June 1, 2017. The government anticipates awarding multiple Incident Blanket Purchase Agreements (I-BPAs) using set-asides for: Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs), HUBZone Small Businesses, and standard Small Businesses as defined under NAICS 532299.
The Small Business size standard is $7.5 million.
Interested and capable contractors must meet the following criteria:

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