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Simplified Acquisition Snapshot™: Maryland

Posted By SAP Task Force, Saturday, June 02, 2012

As of the date of this posting, forty federal agencies (includes commissions and boards) have spent a combined $309 million dollars in the Old Line State using simplified acquisition procedures where Maryland is the place of performance.

Want a glimpse of what is being purchased and by whom? Read on, and welcome to the weekly edition of the Simplified Acquisition Snapshot™!

By definition, a simplified acquisition is one of the easiest ways for federal agencies to purchase goods and services in support of business and mission operations, and each fiscal
year, hundreds of thousands of contract actions worth billions of dollars are issued to companies located around the world.

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) indicates this method is intended to reduce the administrative burden associated with these acquisitions for both Government and Industry, and are used to procure goods and services including research and development, construction and commercial items, that fall within the Simplified Acquisition Threshold.

Additionally, the Simplified Acquisition Procedures (SAP) were established to create additional business opportunities for small and disadvantaged business concerns in government contracting. Often, this presents a great opportunity for companies new to an agency (or new to government contracting) to get a "foot in the door" because of the lower level of associated with these purchases.

The Simplified Acquisition Snapshot™ is The American Small Business Coalition's weekly education and market intelligence brief about simplified acquisition spending based on the Place of Performance for each contract, task order or purchase order issued. For additional information and more state reviews, visit

This week's Simplified Acquisition Snapshot™ focuses on federal spending in the state of Maryland.

Since the start of FY2012, 40 federal agencies have issued 13,388 contract actions* for the purchase of goods and services where the place of performance is Maryland.

The top five departments by spending are: Health and Human Services, Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Veterans Affairs.

Below are the top five (5) products/services that account for roughly $65 million of the total simplified acquisition spending in Maryland fiscal year-to-date:

  • Support - Professional: Other
  • Utilities - Electric
  • ADP Software
  • Support - Administrative: Other
  • Textile Fabrics

Other factoids of interest as you pursue these opportunities here include:

  • Total dollars awarded to small business: $172,037,925.00 fiscal YTD;
  • Of the 139 funding agencies contributing to this year's streamlined purchase spending, National Institutes of Health was the leader posting more than $88 million dollars fiscal year-to-date. Department of the Navy was a distant second with just over $24 million dollars contributed to the cause.
  • Forty-four (44) agencies used the GSA SmartPay/SmartPay2 purchase card as the payment mechanism for $6,403,230 of these purchases. The largest single purchase issued fiscal year-to-date was by the National Institutes of Health for $983,340.00 for Computer Facilities Management Services (NAICS 541513).

Here's another piece of information.

If your company is located in: Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia,Florida or New York, then you are in one of the top five states for contractors winning these streamlined purchase opportunities (states listed in order according to spending fiscal YTD).

Members Only - Bonus Information
Members of The American Small Business Coalition can click here to view a detailed list of purchase card spending by NAICS Code. To view a list of purchase card spending by federal agency, click here.

Weekly Trivia:
Each week we give you a chance to score free passes to an upcoming Simplified Acquisition Spotlight™ webinar, a deep-dive into where, how much and on what goods and services a specific agency is spending their simplified acquisition dollars. Here is this week's trivia.

#1 - Two (2) of the DoD services made the list of the top five (5) sub agencies for simplified acquisition awards where Maryland is the place of performance. Who are they and where do they rank in the list of the top five sub agencies for simplified acquisition awards in FY12?

#2 -  Several agencies used the GSA SmartPay/SmartPay2 Purchase Card to pay for some of these purchases. Two of these agencies have spent more than $1 million dollars this way fiscal year-to-date. Who are they?

The first five correct answers emailed to will receive one free pass for each question answered correctly.

Would your company like to sponsor the Simplified Acquisition Spotlight™ and garner great exposure to a targeted segment of the business community? Every week we feature useful (actionable) information targeted to small government contractors around the Nation. Click here for details.

* "Contract action” means any oral or written action that results in the purchase, rent, or lease of supplies or equipment, services, or construction using appropriated dollars over the micro-purchase threshold, or modifications to these actions regardless of dollar value. Contract action does not include grants, cooperative agreements, other transactions, real property leases, requisitions from Federal stock, training authorizations, or other non-FAR based transactions.


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