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USDA Announces Apple Products Purchase Program

Feb 3, 2017 9:56:17 AM / by USFCR posted in News

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Friday, February 3 plans to purchase apple products and issue a solicitation.
The USDA invites all interested and capable contractors to submit an offer electronically through the Web-Based Supply Chain Management (WBSCM) at http://www.usda.gov.
The applicable NAICS Codes is 311 – Food Manufacturing and 311421 – Fruit and Vegetable Canning.
For more information contact David Cottrell at David.Cottrell@ams.usda.gov or by phone at 202-260-9183, or Kim Polk at Kimberly.Polk@ams.usda.gov or by phone at 202-720-4153.
To receive the contract contractors 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, 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.
For more information, to get started with a SAM registration, or to learn more about how US Federal Contractor Registration can help your business succeed, call 877-252-2700, ext. 1.
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.
To learn more about how we can help you succeed as a government contractor, call 877-252-2700, ext. 1.
 

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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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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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Contractors Must Complete SCR Requirement for FY15

Jan 5, 2016 9:52:48 AM / by David Rockwell posted in News

usfcrlowFederal contractors must report their service contracts, known as SCRs, through the System for Award Management. By law, executive agencies must prepare an annual inventory of their SCRs, in accordance with Section 743(a) of Division C of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117).
Contractors subject to the SCR requirement must provide the following information:

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Incubators and Accelerators Subject of Upcoming SBA Study

Dec 1, 2015 9:31:45 AM / by David Rockwell posted in News

logoThe Small Business Administration (SBA) Acquisition Division and the National Woman's Business Council (NWBC), intends to procure a Purchase Order for Research on Women's Participation in Incubators and Accelerators.
This solicitation is a request for quotation (RFQ). The period of performance for services is for a one-year period of performance. The NAICS classification is 541990 All Other Professional, Scientific and Technical Services. The small business size standard is $15M.
This is a combined synopsis/solicitation prepared in accordance with the format in Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This procurement is being conducted under Simplified Acquisition procedures pursuant to the authority in FAR Part 13, and FAR Part 12, Acquisition of Commercial Items (Title VII of the Federal Acquisition Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-355)).
According to the solicitation, the SBA and NWBC hopes to identify the types of entrepreneurs who are selected to participate in Incubators and Accelerators, to make sure that these programs are not missing women entrepreneurs with business models that would provide a strong return on investment; to find out if women are participating as effectively or at the same rates as their male peers; and if they are experiencing higher rates of attrition.
When completing research on Women’s Participation in Incubators and Accelerators, the contractor shall be responsible for all aspects of collecting survey data, conducting interviews, and analyzing results, and then also must present a clear and complete view of this topic in a comprehensive written report and a PowerPoint deck.
The contractor shall complete the data collection for three Office of Management and Budget (OMB)-approved surveys: One survey that focuses specifically on women’s experiences as business owners; a second survey geared toward female incubator and accelerator graduates; and a third survey targeting the program managers of business incubator and accelerator programs. The contractor will need to survey additional women graduates and program managers from incubator and accelerator programs to meet the participation requirements of these surveys.
The contractor almost must conduct two in-depth interviews, using questions that the NWBC prepares, and also must arrange and conduct expert panels. Participants in the expert panels shall include representatives of incubators, accelerators, entrepreneurs, economic development agencies, non-profits, and other experts.
Contractors will perform work off-site (not at SBA headquarters) for a base period of three months from date of award. The SBA and NWBC may extend the contract by an additional four months, which will begin the day after the base period of three months ends.
Responses must include a section on technical approach, which should define the scope of work and resources necessary to execute the work; past performance, including documentation and references for projects completed within the previous three years; and a price quote.
The SBA and the NWBC will evaluate offers for award purposes by adding the total price for all options to the total price of the basic requirement. Evaluation of options will not obligate the Government to exercise the option(s).
Responses are due by no later than 8:30 a.m. Mountain Time on December 4, 2015 via email to Contract Specialist John Babcock, john.babcock@sba.gov. The solicitation number (SBAHQ-16-Q-006) and subject title (Research on Women’s Participation in Incubators and Accelerators) must be included in the subject line of the email submission.
To respond to this solicitation, or to any other government contracting opportunity, you must have a valid and current System for Award Management (SAM) Registration. US Federal Contractor Registration, the world’s largest third-party government registration firms, helps businesses complete and maintain SAM Registration. For more information, call 877-252-2700 or visit uscontractorregistration.com.

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