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Reverse auction troubles; 8(a) spending dips in 2011; $6.5M FAR exception; New bill for WOSBs

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For The Government Sector

The American Small Business Coalition's weekly e-newsletter providing

accurate, actionable information for novices and veterans of Government Contracting.

Issue Date: March 12, 2012

Volume 8 Issue No. 11

In This Week's Issue
The Chief Visionary Blog
Simplified Acquisition Spotlight
News You May Have Missed
New and Renewed Members Update
Upcoming Events by The ASBC


It is with great sadness I announce the passing of our advisor and friend, Bobwbc trans"Steakum" Salisbury, who died March 8th after a long battle with cancer. Bob will likely be best remembered as the founder of the Washington Breakfast Club which he transitioned to The American Small Business Coalition several years ago when he decided to spend more time developing patents for solutions that support our nation's homeland security, specifically at ports. Bob also served in the U.S. Navy where he is remembered for making great contributions to the security of defense-based communications.

Bob was also co-founder of a breakfast meeting still held at the Silver Diner in McLean, VA that started nearly twenty years ago. Today, it is known as our Business Over Breakfast program that channels the spirit of the original meeting started by Jack, Ted and Bob.

Yesterday I had the honor of fulfilling his family's request by saying a few words at his memorial.

His kindness and friendship will be sorely missed.
steakum at wbc april 23, 2009
Robert A. Salisbury (1934-2012)
Sailor, Entrepreneur, Mentor, Husband, Father...Friend.
Please take a moment to stop by the News You Missed section to learn about:
  • the Top 10 contract awards for February;
  • why VA officials have launched an investigation to review reverse auctions ;
  • new legislation that intends give WOSB's more of a fighting chance;
  • and other useful information to help keep you informed brought to you by GovConChannel.
It is said there is an exception to every rule and up until January 1, 2012 there was an exception to the Simplified Acquisition Threshold that allowed federal agencies to leverage the streamlined procedures to make awards valued up to $6.5 million dollars for goods and services. Want to know more? Check out the Simplified Acquisition Spotlight below.
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The ASBC offers a portfolio of useful resources primarily focused on helping small companies develop and leverage relevant and timely information and relationships to augment their government contracting efforts. Call us at 800-422-4960, email us, or stop by an event to learn how membership can help you succeed in 2012 and beyond!

Have a productively fantastic week!



Guy Timberlake, Co-Founder and Chief Visionary

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From The Chief

Chief Visionary Blog

found on the web at:


Agency Streamlined Purchases:

Simplified But Not Simple.

Three recent industry articles captured on the GovConChannel seem to signal the start of reviews and potential changes to how agency procurements are done under the simplified acquisition procedures and via reverse auctions.

Click here for the entire blog.


- The Chief Visionary


Acquisition Spotlight

Simplified Acquisition

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Lack of FAR Test Program Makes Capitol Hill and Agencies, Well...Testy.

The budget didn't pass until April last fiscal year, making for an interesting and compressed spending term. Even so, federal agencies managed to spend $4 billion dollars more in FY11 than in FY10 using streamlined purchase rules.

One of the ways they did this was through the use of an obscure FAR exception known as the Commercial Item Test Program.


In FY11, agencies spent nearly $2 billion dollars via 3,475 contract actions under this particular exception.

Authority for this program expired on January 1, 2012 but agencies still managed to process over 600 contract actions totaling $314,127,734.84 from 10/01/11 to 1/01/12 (according to FPDS-NG). DoD, DHS and VA led that particular charge.


For more information about this and other aspects of agency streamlined purchasing, register for this Wednesday's Business Over Breakfast in Tysons Corner, or join us for an in-person or webinar edition of The ASBCs of Government Contracting.

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