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Simplified Acquisition Snapshot™: New Mexico

Posted By SAP Task Force, Sunday, July 01, 2012

When we pulled the data for FY12 spending in The Land of Enchantment, we found that twenty (20) federal agencies combined to spend just over $46 million dollars using simplified acquisition procedures where New Mexico is identified as the place of performance.

Want to see what is being purchased and by which agencies? Read on, and welcome to the the latest weekly edition of the Simplified Acquisition Snapshot™!

What is a Simplified Acquisition?
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.

Our Weekly Article Series
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.
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This Week's Simplified Acquisition Snapshot

The top five contracting departments by spending are: Department of Defense, Health and Human Services, Department of the Interior, Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Homeland Security. These organizations have processed 3,174 simplified acquisition contract actions* fiscal year-to-date.

The top five (5) products/services accounting for over $15 million of this state's total simplified acquisition spending fiscal year-to-date are:

  • Medical and Surgical Instruments, Equipment and Supplies
  • Housekeeping - Guard
  • Medical - Dentistry
  • Support - Professional: Other
  • Medical - General Health Care

Spending Highlights
Other factoids of interest as you pursue opportunities here include:

  • While $28 million was not set-aside, total dollars awarded YTD to small business are $34,520,227.71;
  • Just over $32 million of the contract dollars spent fiscal year-to-date were competitive purchases.
  • Of the 52 contracting agencies contributing to this year's streamlined purchase spending the top five account for nearly $37 million dollars of the total spending.
  • The top five (5) NAICS Codes by spending (of the 390 NAICS Codes used to-date) accounted for $12,066,607 of the total state spending, fiscal year-to-date.
  • Offices of Dentists is among the top five NAICS Codes for simplified acquisition purchases FY12 YTD.
  • 55 funding agencies have contributed to FY12 simplified acquisition spending YTD in this state.

GSA SmartPay/SmartPay 2 Purchase Card Payment Information

  • Ten (10) contracting departments issued nearly 400 payments using the GSA SmartPay/SmartPay2Purchase Card for a YTD total of $2,636,767.46.
  • Total purchase card spending YTD is distributed between 46 different NAICS Codes.
  • The top five (5) NAICS Codes account for $2,176,912.77 in purchase card payments YTD.
  • Non-Scheduled Chartered Passenger Air Transportation was one of the top five NAICS Codes for payments issued by purchase card.
  • Federal Prison System and the Public Buildings Service  are among the top contracting agencies issuing payments via the purchase card in FY12.

Here's some additional information.

If your company is located in: New Mexico, Georgia, Arizona, Texas or Virginia 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).

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 - In order from 1 to 5 (where one represents the most simplified acquisition spending FY12 YTD) name the top five (5) sub agencies doing business in New Mexico where New Mexico is the place of performance. (Hint: Where Department of Defense is a top level department, Department of the Navy would be a sub agency.)

#2 - Ten (10) federal agencies doing business in New Mexico issued payments via the GSA SmartPay/SmartPay2 Purchase Card in FY12. Name the two (2) agencies not represented on the President's Cabinet on this list.

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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