Congratulations Mom and Pop, whoever you are. March 29 is Mom and Pop Business Owners Day but just because they may be small, that doesn’t mean they have to take a back seat to anyone. See this article on the Small Business Administration Blog for “4 Ways Mom and Pop Businesses Can Outshine Their Bigger Competitors.” Where… Continue reading Congratulations Mom and Pop
Springboard to a schedule: Did you know that you don’t need two years of experience to go after a Multiple Award Schedule anymore? According to the General Services Administration (GSA) Blog, the new IT Schedule 70 Startup Springboard(link)) program allows small and startup companies to use the professional and project experience of executives and key… Continue reading GSA Shortcut for Startups!
By the Numbers: According a recent Rand Report, DoD and non-DoD protest activity approximately doubled between 2008 and 2016. All is not lost, however, as the portion of contracts protested is still less than .3 percent. The congressionally-mandated report was ordered as part of the 2017 Defense authorization bill to prevent restraints on a company’s… Continue reading What’s Protests Got to do With It?
TRANSACTIONAL DATA REPORTING: Many of you may already be familiar with the Transactional Data Reporting (TDR) Pilot Program. The TDR rule, published in June 2016 allows GSA to collect transactional-level data on purchases made through a GSA contract vehicle. Under this rule, vendors electronically report the price the federal government paid for an item or… Continue reading GSA News and Programs
Latvian Connection, LLC, a contractor headquartered in Healdsburg, California, and Kuwait City, Kuwai has been suspended from the ability to protest for two years by the Government Accounting Office (GAO). The unusual action was taken in the aftermath of 150 bid protests filed in fiscal year 2016 which led to a one-year suspension that expired in… Continue reading RAMBLINGS AND OTHER NEWS
1. WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW? Take advantage of Training. The General Services Administration (GSA) offers free onsite and web-based courses to help you obtain and use schedules. 2. WHAT ALTERNATIVES ARE THERE? Evaluate alternatives such as GSA Global Supply, Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWACS), and subcontracting/teaming. 3. WHO BUYS WHAT I SELL? See this… Continue reading 10 QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE TRYING TO GET A GSA SCHEDULE (and where to find the answers).
IS THE DUNS DONE FOR? According to a post on Federal News Radio in February of this year, the General Services Administration (GSA) is in line to pay more than $131 million for access and use of the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS). The contract also includes software and data products for using the DUNS… Continue reading DUNS, OASIS, and Other Acronyms.