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This Week's Simplified Acquisition Snapshot™: Pennsylvania

Sunday, September 09, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: SAP Task Force
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When we pulled the YTD data for FY12 spending in the The Keystone State, we found that thirty-five (35) federal agencies combined to spend $207 million dollars using simplified acquisition procedures where Pennsylvania is identified as the place of performance (an average of $11,523.12 per contract action). NOTE: As of the date of publication, the FPDS-NG spending total for this state is still $207 million**.

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 Justice, Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State. These organizations have contributed to the processing of 19,850 simplified acquisition contract actions* fiscal year-to-date.

The top five (5) products/services that account for roughly $37 million of this state's total simplified acquisition spending fiscal year-to-date are:

  • Medical and Surgical Instruments, Equipment and Supplies
  • Food, Oils and Fats
  • Household Furniture
  • Laboratory Equipment and Supplies
  • Technical Assistance

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

  • Total dollars awarded YTD to small business: $123,475,242.18;
  • $162,832,258.00 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 $163 million dollars of the total YTD spending.
  • The top five (5) NAICS Codes by spending (of the 731 NAICS Codes used to-date) account for $33,290,551 of total state spending YTD. There are forty-four (44) NAICS Codes where YTD spending exceeds $1 million.
  • 118 funding agencies account for total FY12 simplified acquisition spending YTD in this state.
  • 1904 specified funding offices and 43 unspecified funding office have participated in YTD spending.

GSA SmartPay/SmartPay 2 Purchase Card Payment Information

  • Eighteen (18) contracting departments issued payments via GSA SmartPay/SmartPay2 Purchase Card for a YTD total of $17,627,765.51. VA, DoD and Justice are the top three.
  • YTD purchase card spending is distributed among 386 NAICS Codes.
  • The top NAICS Code accounts for $2,458,431 in purchase card payments YTD.
  • Three (3) of the top five NAICS Codes (for payments by SmartPay) are for Medical Supplies and Surgical and Medical Manufacturing.

Here's some additional information.

If your company is located in: Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland or Ohio 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 - Where payment was made via GSA SmartPay Purchase Card, name the top five (5) agencies that account for nearly $15 million in purchase card payments in Pennsylvania this fiscal year.VA, Army, Federal Prisons, Navy, OPM

#2 - What is the top NAICS Code (number or description) by total simplified acquisition spending in Pennsylvania this fiscal year.? 541511-Custom Computer Programming Services

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.

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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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