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GovCon One-Off(er) Report™ for March 18, 2013: Virginia

Posted By Guy Timberlake, The American Small Business Coalition, LLC, Sunday, March 17, 2013
Updated: Sunday, March 17, 2013

Ever wonder about missed opportunities? Do you regularly see award notifications for agency buys where the winning price is one you would easily have beaten, had you known about it ahead of time? Would you change your approach if you knew competition for what you sell was significantly lower than what you had anticipated or been told?

The GovCon One-Off(er) Report summarizes recent purchases for the agencies, the goods and services and types of awards that most often result in a purchase being made where only "one offer was received."

This report will present total awards dollars for agencies issuing contracts in a specific place of performance (PoP) to include competed and non-competed contract actions*. We'll include the total number of agencies making one-offer awards, top agencies, top award types and top NAICS Codes and descriptions for the specified location.

We look forward to receiving your feedback as to the value of this report!


PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Virginia
When we pulled FY13 YTD data for total federal contract spending where The Old Dominion was place of performance, we found that forty-four (44) federal agencies, boards and commissions have combined to spend just over $4.9 billion in goods and services buys where only one offer was received
. The total dollars referenced is based on competitive and non-competitive purchases as of the date of this report.

FPDS-NG indicates there were 24,950 contract actions* during the report period.

TOP CONTRACTING DEPARTMENTS
The top five contracting departments by spending at the time of the report were:

  1. Department of Defense**
  2. Department of Energy
  3. Department of Homeland Security
  4. General Services Administration
  5. Department of Veterans Affairs

These organizations account for more than $3.77 billion of the total YTD spending for this place of performance.

EXTENT COMPETED
The top five (5) competition types for this place of performance account for $4.7 billion of the total YTD spending.

They are:

  • Not Competed
  • Full and Open Competition
  • Not Available for Competition
  • Full and Open Competition After Exclusion of Sources
  • Not Competed Under SAP (Simplified Acquisition Procedures)

COMPETITIVE DOLLARS
For this place of performance, federal agencies have awarded over $2.1 billion in competitive one-offer awards. This number includes actions designated as:

  • Full and Open Competition
  • Full and Open Competition After Exclusion of Sources
  • Competed Under SAP (Simplified Acquisition Procedures)
  • Competitive Delivery Order

TOP AWARD or IDV TYPE
The top one-offer award or IDV (indefinite delivery vehicle) type for this location accounts for $2.6 billion YTD. The top award types in order of most dollars awarded YTD are:

  • Delivery Order
  • Definitive Contract
  • BPA Call
  • Purchase Order

ONE-OFF(ER) DOLLARS AWARDED TO SMALL BUSINESS
Of the total dollars awarded YTD, agencies have awarded only $867 million to small business.

TOP SMALL BUSINESS AWARD or IDV TYPE
For small business, the top one-offer award or IDV (indefinite delivery vehicle) type for this location accounts for $421 million YTD. The top award types in order of most dollars awarded YTD are:

  • Delivery Order
  • Definitive Contract
  • BPA Call
  • Purchase Order

TOP NAICS CODES
Of the six hundred forty-five (645) NAICS Codes designated in these purchases YTD, the top five (5) NAICS Codes for this place of performance account for over $2.1 billion of this location's total one-offer spending. Additionally, obligations totaling $4 million were presented without a NAICS assigned. One hundred thirty-nine (139) NAICS Codes had obligations totaling $1M or more for this period.

The top five NAICS (by description) are:

  • Other Computer Related Services
  • Engineering Services
  • Plate Work Manufacturing
  • Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services
  • Computer Systems Design Services

TOP SMALL BUSINESS NAICS CODES
Of the five hundred and ten (510) NAICS Codes designated in purchases from small businesses YTD, the top five (5) NAICS Codes for this place of performance account for just under $322 million of this location's total one-offer spending. Additionally, obligations totaling $4.6 million were presented without a NAICS assigned. Seventy-eight (78) NAICS Codes had obligations totaling $1M or more for this period.

The top five NAICS (by description) are:

  • Other Computer Related Services
  • Computer Systems Design Services
  • Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services
  • Electronic Computer Manufacturing
  • Custom Computer Programming Services
 

"Offer" Defined
The term "offer" appears to have dual meaning's based on context as related to FPDS-NG. According to the FAR "Offer” means a response to a solicitation that, if accepted, would bind the offeror to perform the resultant contract. The FAR also specifies that responses to requests for quotations (simplified acquisition) are considered "quotations” and not offers. Generally, within FPDS-NG and where reporting for this data element is required, an offer is any response to an RFP or RFQ.

* Contract Actions
"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.

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

Our Article Series
The GovCon One-Off(er) Report™ is presented as part of The American Small Business Coalition's education and market intelligence initiative to help support decision-making for small government contractors.

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GovCon One-Off(er) Report™ for March 18, 2013: Virginia

Tags:  competitive  government contracting  low competition  non-competitive  one-offer  single offer 

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