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Simplified Acquisition Snapshot™: Ohio

Sunday, May 20, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: SAP Task Force
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So far in FY2012, twenty-seven federal agencies (includes commissions and boards) have spent a combined $74 million dollars in the Buckeye State using simplified acquisition procedures.

Want a glimpse of what is being purchased and by whom? Read on, and welcome to the weekly edition of the Simplified Acquisition Snapshot™!

By definition, a simplified acquisition is one of the easiest ways for federal agencies to purchase goods and services in support of business and mission operations, and each fiscal
year, hundreds of thousands of contract actions worth billions of dollars are issued to companies located around the world.

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) indicates this method is intended to reduce the administrative burden associated with these acquisitions for both Government and Industry, and are used to procure goods and services including research and development, construction and commercial items, that fall within the Simplified Acquisition Threshold.

Additionally, the Simplified Acquisition Procedures (SAP) were established to create additional business opportunities for small and disadvantaged business concerns in government contracting. Often, this presents a great opportunity for companies new to an agency (or new to government contracting) to get a "foot in the door" because of the lower level of associated with these purchases.

The Simplified Acquisition Snapshot™ is The American Small Business Coalition's weekly education and market intelligence brief about simplified acquisition spending based on the Place of Performance for each contract, task order or purchase order issued. For additional information and more state reviews, visit

This week's Simplified Acquisition Snapshot™ focuses on federal spending in the state of Ohio

Since the start of FY2012, 27 federal agencies, boards, commissions or other recognized forms of federal government, have issued 8.028 contract actions* for the purchase of goods and services where the place of performance is Ohio.

The top five departments by spending are: DoD, Veterans Affairs, NASA, Commerce and Justice.

The goods/services listed below represent just under $20 million in combined spending this fiscal year-to-date (by NAICS Description):

  • Facilities Support Services
  • Surgical Appliance and Supplies Manufacturing
  • Medical, Dental and Hospital Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers

Other factoids of interest as you pursue these opportunities in Ohio include:

  • The average number of offers received is 4.07 per contract action;
  • Total dollars awarded to small business: $43,094,491.00 fiscal YTD;
  • The Defense Logistics Agency has issued just over four hundred simplified acquisition actions valued at nearly $5 million dollars (fiscal YTD). That's an average of $12,200 per purchase.

Here's another piece of information.

If your company is located in:Ohio, California, Minnesota,Missouri or Indiana, then you are in one of the top five states for contractors winning these streamlined purchase opportunities (states listed in order according to spending fiscal YTD).

Weekly Trivia:
Each week we give you a chance to score free passes to an upcoming Simplified Acquisition Spotlight™ webinar, a deep-dive into where, how much and on what goods and services a specific agency is spending their simplified acquisition dollars. Here is this week's trivia.

#1 - What are the total simplified acquisition dollars spent by NASA this fiscal year-to-date (be within $3 million dollars of the total)?

The first five correct answers emailed to will receive one free pass.

Would your company like to sponsor the Simplified Acquisition Spotlight™ and garner great exposure to a targeted segment of the business community? Every week we feature useful (actionable) information targeted to small government contractors around the Nation. Click here for details.

* "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.


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