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This Week's Simplified Acquisition Snapshot™: Hawaii

Posted By SAP Task Force, Monday, July 30, 2012
Updated: Sunday, July 29, 2012

When we pulled the data for FY12 spending in the The Aloha State, we found that nineteen (19) federal agencies combined to spend just over $58 million dollars using simplified acquisition procedures where Hawaii is identified as the place of performance.

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

The top five contracting departments by spending are: Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of the Interior. These organizations have contributed to 2,459 simplified acquisition contract actions* fiscal year-to-date.

For all of FY11, Hawaii was place of performance on a total of 3,714 simplified acquisition contract actions valued at $118,452,031 million dollars.

The top five (5) products/services that account for just under $18 million of this state's total simplified acquisition spending fiscal year-to-date are:

  • IT and Telecom - Other IT and Telecommunications
  • Medical and Surgical Instruments, Equipment and Supplies
  • Architect and Engineering - Other
  • Support - Professional: Engineering/Technical
  • Maintenance of Other Administrative Facilities and Service Buildings

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

  • Total dollars awarded YTD to small business: $47,300,144.28;
  • $36,234,406.91 of the contract dollars spent fiscal year-to-date were competitive purchases.
  • The top five (5) contracting departments contributing to this year's streamlined purchase spending account for $55.9 million dollars of the total YTD spending.
  • The top five (5) NAICS Codes by spending (of the 373 NAICS Codes used to-date) account for $21,596,620 of total state spending YTD. There are fourteen (14) NAICS Codes where YTD spending exceeds $1 million.
  • 45 funding agencies account for FY12 simplified acquisition spending YTD in this state.

GSA SmartPay/SmartPay 2 Purchase Card Payment Information

  • Eight (8) contracting departments issued payments via GSA SmartPay/SmartPay2Purchase Card for a YTD total of $5,247,195.69. DoD, DHS and Veterans Affairs are the top three.
  • YTD purchase card spending is distributed between 169 NAICS Codes.
  • The top five (5) NAICS Codes account for $1,835,502.24 in purchase card payments YTD.
  • 562111 Solid Waste Collection is the top NAICS Codes for purchase card payments.
  • Navy, Coast Guard, Defense Logistics Agency, Veterans Affairs and Defense Information Systems Agency are the top five contracting agencies issuing simplified acquisition payments via the purchase card.

Here's some additional information.

If your company is located in: Hawaii, Alaska, Florida, New Hampshire or California then you are in one of the top five states for contractors being awarded 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. Hint: The answers are sometimes in the report you just read.

#1 - For this report, how many of the top ten (10) Contracting Agencies are defense agencies (by Department affiliation)? 5

#2 - How may Industry Sectors (first two digits of a NAICS Code) are represented in the top ten NAICS by simplified acquisition spending for Hawaii? 5

The first five correct answers emailed to will receive one free pass to the market intelligence webinar of their choice for each correctly answered question.

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. For more state reviews, visit


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* "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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