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GovCon One-Off(er) Report™ for March 4, 2013: Alabama

Tuesday, March 05, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Guy Timberlake
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Ever wonder about those opportunities you missed? 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 with another federal agency?

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 Yellowhammer State, The Heart of Dixie or The Cotton State was place of performance, we found that twenty-four (24) federal agencies, boards and commissions have combined to spend just over $432 million dollars on 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 2,830 contract actions* during the report period.

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

  1. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. Department of Defense**
  3. Department of Veterans Affairs
  4. Department of Homeland Security
  5. Department of Justice

These organizations account for more than $421 million dollars of the total YTD spending for this place of performance.

The top five competition types YTD for this place of performance account for $425 million of the total YTD spending.

They are:

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

For this place of performance, federal agencies have awarded over $284 million dollars in competitive one-offer awards.

The top one-offer award or IDV (indefinite delivery vehicle) type for this location accounts for $260 million YTD. The top award types in order of most dollars awarded YTD are:

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

Of the total dollars awarded YTD, agencies have awarded only $81 million dollars to small business.

Of the three hundred thirty-three (333) NAICS Codes used in these purchases YTD, the top five (5) NAICS Codes for this place of performance account for over $304 million of this location's total one-offer spending. Additionally, obligations totaling $1,238,040 were presented without a NAICS assigned. Thirty-seven (37) NAICS Codes had obligations totaling $1M or more for this period.

The top five NAICS are:

  • 927110 - Space Research and Technology
  • 336992 - Military Armored Vehicle, Tank and Tank Component Manufacturing
  • 541330 - Engineering Services
  • 541712 - Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering and Life Sciences (Except Biotechnology)
  • 611512 - Flight Training


"Offer" Defined
According to the FAR "Offer” means a response to a solicitation that, if accepted, would bind the offeror to perform the resultant contract. Responses to invitations for bids (sealed bidding) are offers called "bids” or "sealed bids”; responses to requests for proposals (negotiation) are offers called "proposals”; however, responses to requests for quotations (simplified acquisition) are "quotations,” not offers.

* 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).


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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 4, 2013: Alabama

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