The unflappable television Army colonel John "Hannibal" Smith would puff away on his always present cigar and exclaim "I love it when a plan come's together!" at the end of a harrowing yet successful mission with his A-Team.
This popped in my head as I was reading Alice Lipowicz' FCW article Micropurchases can smooth path to mobile in which Chris Hamm, operations director for the General Services Administration’s Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (FEDSIM) discussed how federal agencies can leverage the Micropurchase Program and Simplified Acquisitions to acquire prototypes, proofs of concept, mobile applications and mobile websites from small developers.
Hamm is quoted in the FCW article as saying, "For acquisitions from $3,000 to $25,000, there could be a "sweet spot” for small business developers of mobile applications and websites because the acquisitions can be simplified and made at a more rapid pace than traditional acquisitions."
Why do I have a big grin on my face, you ask? For one reason, Mr. Hamm said "sweet spot" and for another reason he said "small business developers."
Need another reason? How about this?
Not only did I just deliver our flagship "Simplified Acquisitions: A Missed Opportunity for Small Government Contractors" presentation at the 2012 Veterans In Business Conference last Friday in Fairfax, I'm presenting it again tomorrow in Columbia, MD under our "The ASBCs of Government Contracting" industry education program.
We've been educating government contractors for the last few years about the benefits and opportunities associated with Simplified Acquisitions, and the trend of increased spending that resulted in $16 billion dollars in goods and services contract actions in FY11, up more than $12 billion from FY09 and a $4 billion increase in spending from FY10.
Want to know more about tapping into this area of federal spending, especially if you are a small business? Check out some of the upcoming in-person and web-based events we are hosting related to micropurchases and simplified acquisitions.
So, if you work for or lead a small business with expertise in this area, what do you think of Chris Hamm's comments?