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GovCon One-Off(er) Report™ for April 22, 2013: Maryland

Posted By Guy Timberlake, The American Small Business Coalition, LLC, Sunday, April 21, 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!

When we pulled FY13 YTD data for total federal contract spending where The Old Line State was place of performance, we found that forty-five (45) federal agencies, boards and commissions have combined to spend just under $3 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 21,665 contract actions* during the report period.

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

  1. Department of Defense**
  2. Department of Health and Human Services
  3. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. General Services Administration
  5. Department of the Treasury

These organizations account for $2.4 billion of the total YTD spending for this place of performance.

The top five (5) competition types (of 9 used) for this place of performance account for $2.985 billion of the total YTD spending. (NOTE: There is a net of $3M awarded via delivery order that did not specify an extent competed.)

They are:

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

For this place of performance, federal agencies have awarded just over $1.4 billion in competitive one-offer awards. This number includes actions designated as (does not include follow-on's to competed actions):

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

Four (4) award or IDV (indefinite delivery vehicle) types for this location account for all spending $2.988 billion YTD. The top award types in order of most dollars awarded YTD are:

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

Of the total dollars awarded YTD, agencies have only awarded $764 million to small business.

Of the 602 NAICS Codes designated in these purchases YTD, the top five (5) NAICS Codes for this place of performance account for just over $1.2 billion of this location's total one-offer spending. 139 NAICS Codes had obligations totaling $1M or more for this period.

The top five NAICS (by description) are:

  • Engineering Services
  • Computer Systems Design Services
  • Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering and Life Sciences (Except Biotechnology)
  • Aircraft Manufacturing
  • HMO Medical Centers

"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 April 22, 2013: Maryland

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