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Department of Homeland Security Presents at WBC Norfolk Series on February 14th

Tuesday, January 31, 2006   (0 Comments)
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Department of Homeland Security Official to Provide Small Business Update at February 14th Washington Breakfast Club

Companies interested in learning about current activities related to the recently awarded EAGLE and EAGLE Small Business contracts will be presented by the agency’s OSDBU Director

Columbia, MD, January 31, 2007 – Established in 1985, the Washington Breakfast Club (WBC) has a legacy of facilitating productive collaborations that result in the exchange of strategic information and the development of teaming opportunities for small and large government contractors. It serves as one of many tools leveraged by The American Small Business Coalition in assisting our members as they do business in the federal sector.

For the February 2007 Tidewater/Hampton Roads Washington Breakfast Club, Mr. Kevin Boshears, Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be welcomed as the first presenter of 2007 for the Norfolk series of the WBC.

Mr. Boshears has been asked to provide an update of DHS' acquisition activities to include:

  • an overview of the DHS Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge Solutions (EAGLE and EAGLE SB) awarded in June and August 2006 and how DHS is currently leveraging the EAGLE contracts;
  • an update regarding the DHS First Source IT Commodity Products contract and DHS's plans for it to include First Source supporting the EAGLE contracts;
  • Information about upcoming Vendor Outreach Sessions and Industry Days at DHS;
  • Accessing and using the DHS acquisition forecast.

Awards were made in 2006 to twenty-five companies for EAGLE Full and Open and to twenty-eight small businesses for EAGLE Small Business.

DHS FirstSource will provide access to a wide variety of commercial catalogs for IT commodity products from multiple Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), producers, and suppliers. The resulting contracts will include, but not be limited to:

  • IT equipment and software
  • Networking equipment
  • Wireless technology
  • Imaging products
  • Voice recognition technology
  • On-line data reporting services for order, delivery, warranty, asset, and spend tracking; and associated product maintenance, installation, and support.

Washington Breakfast Club is a monthly information exchange featuring legislators, agency executives and officials from all branches of federal government presenting on relevant and timely information to interested industry participants. To register for an upcoming Washington Breakfast Club, visit http://events.theasbc.org.

About The American Small Business Coalition

The American Small Business Coalition (www.theasbc.org) is a private membership organization providing education and business support to companies doing business with federal agencies and federal contractors. The membership consists of small, medium and large businesses from multiple industries, as well as like-minded associations that support the small business community. The ASBC also supports government agencies with market research activities and industry outreach designed to facilitate an ongoing exchange of information. More information can be found on their website at www.theasbc.org.

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