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Simplified Acquisition Snapshot™: California

Sunday, June 10, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: SAP Task Force
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Based on FY12 spending year-to-date, The Golden State has seen thirty-eight (38) federal agencies combine to spend just over $340 million dollars using simplified acquisition procedures where California is identified as the place of performance.

Want to see what is being purchased and by which agencies? Read on, and welcome to the the latest 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 California.

The top five contracting departments by spending are: Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security and Department of the Interior. These organizations have processed 33,043 simplified acquisition contract actions* fiscal year-to-date.

The top five (5) products/services accounting for roughly $57 million of this state's total simplified acquisition spending fiscal year-to-date are:

  • Medical and Surgical Instruments, Equipments and Supplies
  • Laboratory Equipment and Supplies
  • Housekeeping - Guard
  • ADP Software
  • Medical - Other

Other factoids of interest as you pursue these opportunities here include:

  • Total dollars awarded to small business: $203,765,367.19 fiscal YTD;
  • Nearly $250 million of the contract dollars spent fiscal year-to-date were competitive purchases.
  • Of the 141 funding agencies contributing to this year's streamlined purchase spending, Department of the Navy and Department of Veteran Affairs combined to account for just over $110 million dollars in spending.
  • The top five (5) NAICS Codesby spending accounted for $42,009,504 of the total state spending, fiscal year-to-date.
  • Agencies used the GSA SmartPay/SmartPay2 Purchase Card to remit payment for $17,942,037in orders that accounted for three hundred twenty six (326) different NAICS Codes.
  • The following NAICS Code and Description accounted for the most purchase card spending fiscal year-to-date: 423450 MEDICAL, DENTAL, AND HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES MERCHANT WHOLESALERS for a total of $3,295,040.32 in purchase card spending.
  • Small Businesses realized $10,642,171 in purchase card payments.

Here's another piece of information.

If your company is located in: California, Florida, New Jersey, Texas or Virgina 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 - Name one (1) NAICS Code (Number and/or Description) that made the top five for simplified acquisition spending in California for FY12 (other than the one referenced in this week's Snapshot!).

The first five correct answers emailed to will receive one free pass for each question answered correctly.

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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