Let me qualify my headline by saying "so far" since the books are still being closed for this fiscal year.
After all these years and the amount of information being pushed out by the Government, me and many others, folks still seem to forsake Simplified Acquisitions and I'm not sure why.
We live in an age where Continuing Resolution
is by far the norm rather than the exception, the impact of which is felt in new programs and discretionary spending for government. This results in a state (again) where companies may find it easier to try and squeeze water from a rock rather than make sense of their opportunity forecasts. Hence, we all sit back and wait for the other shoe to drop.
As I discussed with hundreds of industry participants who attended our Simplified Acquisitions
programs earlier this calendar year, these purchases have been less prone to the effects of the CR and in fact continue to increase as agencies conduct acquisitions in support of business and mission operations. There is still significant confusion about this type of purchase, what the buying thresholds are, how to find and compete for them, and how small businesses have the upper hand as written in the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).
Here are a few facts to give you an idea of the impact of FY11 streamlined purchasing:
- More than 640,000 contract actions were processed - an increase over FY10.
- Of the total actions, more than two-thirds were competitively awarded.
- Nearly two-thirds of the total actions were awarded to small businesses.
- Spending occurred in all fifty states, several U.S. Territories and Europe.
- Fifty (50) NAICS Codes were used in the course of more than $11B being spent.
- The fewest contract actions were under Landscaping Services - accounted for >$35M.
- Top 5 agencies (in order): GSA, DoD, VA, DOJ and State Department.
On October 11th in DC and October 20th in Tysons (and other dates yet to be scheduled) The ASBCs of Government Contracting
- How much was spent and by which agencies?
- What was purchased (Hint: Goods and Services)?
- How did small businesses do, and with who?
- How do agencies issue multi-million dollars contracts under these rules?
- How to find these opportunities?
In the meantime, Happy Fiscal New Year!