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Simplified Acquisition Snapshot™ for week of March 4, 2013: New York

Sunday, March 03, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Guy Timberlake
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If your organization is trying to establish or increase its business with federal agencies, the Simplified Acquisition Snapshot™ report may provide the insight you need to understand how the U.S. Government uses streamlined purchasing methods to acquire goods and services they need, possibly right in your back yard.

Welcome to the latest edition of the Simplified Acquisition Snapshot™.

Simplified Acquisition Spending Background
From the start of FY2011 through January 2013, federal agencies issued more than $32 billion dollars in simplified acquisition buys, using more than 1000 NAICS Codes in the process.

By comparison, federal agencies issued $30.480 billion dollars in simplified acquisition contract actions during the ten-year period from FY2000 through FY2010.

When we pulled the YTD data for FY13 spending where The Empire State was the place of performance, we found that thirty-two (32) federal agencies, boards and commissions combined to spend $117 million dollars on goods and services purchases using the simplified acquisition procedures
. Based on the number of contracts/purchase orders/task orders issued, the average action was valued at $21,734.03.

NOTE: As of the date of publication, FPDS-NG reports action obligations of $127,676,414 million for FY13**. Action obligation totals for FY12 were $420,798,859.

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. Department of Veterans Affairs
  4. Department of Homeland Security
  5. Department of Justice

These organizations account for more than $108 million dollars of the total YTD spending for this place of performance and also account for 4,937 simplified acquisition contract actions* fiscal year-to-date.


  • Based on total offers received by the Government (14,072) an average of 3.89 offers were received for each reported contract action (competed and non-competed). The current average number of offers received in response to competed opportunities is 5.24 offers per contract action.

The top five (5) products/services account for nearly $40 million of this state's total simplified acquisition spending fiscal year-to-date. They are:

  • Dental Instruments, Equipment and Supplies
  • Transportation/Travel/Relocation-Transportation: Motor Freight
  • Medical and Surgical Instruments, Equipment, and Supplies
  • Airframe Structural Components
  • Medical - Other


  • Total dollars awarded YTD to small business: $81,027,655.60


  • $67,427,007 of the contract dollars spent fiscal year-to-date were competitive purchases


  • The top five (5) NAICS Codes by spending (of the 554 NAICS Codes used to-date) account for $40,914,550 of total state spending YTD. There are seventeen (17) NAICS Codes where YTD spending exceeds $1 million dollars YTD.
  • The top Contracting Office by YTD spending is the DHHS/Indian Health Service having posted seven (7) contract actions valued at $20,297,141.70 averaging 1.57 offers per contract action YTD.




  • Seventeen (17) contracting departments issued payments via GSA SmartPay/SmartPay2 Purchase Card for a YTD total of $27,113,343.37. HHS, VA and DoD lead in this area.


  • YTD purchase card spending is distributed among one hundred thirty (130) NAICS Codes.
  • The top NAICS Code for this report accounted for $20,130,130.00 in purchase card payments.
  • The top five NAICS Codes (for payments by SmartPay) account for $25,688,415.45 in spending YTD


If your company is located in: New York, Louisiana, New Jersey, Alabama or Illinois 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).

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 risk 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

Simplified Acquisition Snapshot™ is sponsored by:

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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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