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This Week's Simplified Acquisition Snapshot™: Washington

Posted By SAP Task Force, Sunday, August 19, 2012

When we pulled the YTD data for FY12 spending in the The Evergreen State, we found that twenty-nine (29) federal agencies combined to spend $119 million dollars using simplified acquisition procedures where Washington is identified as the place of performance (an average of $12,839.91 per acquisition). NOTE: As of the date of publication, the FPDS-NG spending total for this state has increased to $139,482,290.00**.

Interested in knowing 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**, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State and the Department of Interior. These organizations have contributed to the processing more than 11,491 simplified acquisition contract actions* fiscal year-to-date.

4th Quarter Alert! For a historical perspective, according to FPDS-NG, federal agencies doing business here issued $110,345,546.55 in simplified acquisitions during Q4 FY11 (for a total of $268,239,263 during FY11).

The top five (5) products/services that account for roughly $2 million of this state's total simplified acquisition spending fiscal year-to-date are:

  • ADP Software
  • IT and Telecom - Data Conversion
  • Non-Nuclear Ship Repair (East)
  • Medical and Surgical Instruments, Equipment and Supplies
  • Blood

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

  • Total dollars awarded YTD to small business: $69,592,724.97;
  • $93,160,402.30 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 $93.1 million dollars of the total YTD spending.
  • The top five (5) NAICS Codes by spending (of the 660 NAICS Codes used to-date) account for $28,965,738 of total state spending YTD. There are twenty-three (23) NAICS Codes where YTD spending exceeds $1 million.
  • 96 funding agencies account for total FY12 simplified acquisition spending YTD in this state.
  • 992 specified funding offices and 32 unspecified funding offices have participated in YTD spending.

GSA SmartPay/SmartPay 2 Purchase Card Payment Information

  • Fifteen (15) contracting departments issued payments via GSA SmartPay/SmartPay2 Purchase Card for a YTD total of $4,877,656.82. DoD, DHS and VA are the top three.
  • YTD purchase card spending is distributed among 257 NAICS Codes.
  • The top  NAICS Code accounts for $402,894 in purchase card payments YTD.
  • Total Small Business Set Aside's account for $1,263,467.63 in purchase card payments YTD.
  • Department of the Navy, Defense Logistics Agency, Department of the Army, Department of Veterans Affairs and Transportation Security Admnistration 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: Washington, California, Oregon, New Jersey or Texas 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 - What three (3) defense agencies ranked in the top five for FY12 simplified acquisition spending where Washington is place of performance. Army, Navy and DLA

#2 - In addition to Army, Navy and DLA, two other defense activities have issued simplified acquisition payments via the GSA SmartPay Purchase Card. Name one (1). Defense Commissary Agency and US Special Operations Command

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.

** For public users, Department of Defense contract actions are delayed 90 days due to operational security (OPSEC).


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