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UNICOR preferences criticized;SDVOSB trumps SB;Army of $1B;New Mexico's $46M spending spotlight

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[GovConReview] UNICOR preferences criticized;SDVOSB trumps SB;Army of $1B;New Mexico's $46M spending spotlight;Happy 4th!

Monday, July 2, 2012

[GovConReview] UNICOR preferences criticized;SDVOSB trumps SB;Army of $1B;New Mexico's $46M spending spotlight;Happy 4th!

The Government Contracting Review
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A weekly e-newsletter delivering useful news and information to Government Contractors.

Issue Date: July 2, 2012

Volume 8 Issue No. 27

In This Week's Issue of the GovConReview
An Update From The Chief Visionary
Simplified Acquisition Spotlight by the SAP Task Force
News You Missed presented by @GovConChannel
A Snapshot of Streamlined Purchase Activity by U.S. State
New and Renewed Members Update
Upcoming Events by The ASBC


First, I want to wish everyone a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday! Remember what this is all about (not just the fireworks and great chow on the grill) and more important, send up a few kind thoughts for our men and women (and their families) who are away from home serving in defense of our Nation.
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Although it's a holiday week, there's no slowing down over here!

Be sure to check out the News You Missed for updates related to SDVOSB Set-Asides, Reverse Auctions, FedBizOpps and the FBI and the Federal Prison Industries Contracting Preferences.

Any of these could have an impact on how you do business, for better or for worse.
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An Army of One (One Billion Dollars, that is!)
You've heard the slogan 'Army Strong' right? Check in with the Simplified Acquisition Spotlight below to learn another meaning for it that relates to over $1 billion in spending via the simplified acquisition procedures. On July 9th we'll get into the details of how, what, who and where the Army spends it's simplified acquisition dollars (and how much is awarded to small business and how much is paid by purchase card)!

Don't forget about the OFPP/SBA memo earlier this month giving agencies guidance on maximizing small business participation in Simplified Acquisitions! We'll discuss the memo and more about simplified acquisitions on July 5th in Columbia, MD during The ASBCs of Government Contracting.

Is Uncle Sam Forgetting About Small Business?

It seems we have forgotten
businessman questionabout the plain, no check-box to speak of, hardworking American 'Small Business' and are satisfied to see it fade into history.

If we are not there already, how long will it be before 'ordinary' small businesses are shut out of federal contracting for simply not having a socioeconomic designation?

More of my thoughts on this subject in the Chief Visionary Blog located at

Simplified Acquisition Snapshot: New Mexico
If quick turn federal agency buys valued between $3,000 and $150,000 per transaction happening in new mexicothis state are of interest to you, here are a few things you should know.
  • DoD, HHS, Interior, VA and SSA are the top five spenders when it comes to simplified acquisitions YTD (where New Mexico is the place of performance).
  • Small business awards under this streamlined purchase method total $34,520,227
  • Payments via the GSA SmartPay/SmartPay2 Purchase Card were $2.6 million dollars YTD and represented purchases in 46 different NAICS Codes.
Want to know more about spending in every state in the nation? Check out Simplified Acquisition Snapshot below!


Catch Up On News You Missed
Please take a moment to stop by the News You Missed section for industryreading the paper headlines like these:
  • Critics target Federal Prison Industries' contracting preferences;
  • Agencies must consider SDVOSB Set-Asides Before Issuing Small Business Set-Aside RFPs;
  • contractor under FBI investigation;
  • and other useful information to help keep you informed, brought to you by GovConChannel.
Enhance Your Information & Relationships
networkingThe American Small Business Coalition provides a portfolio of essential resources focused on helping small companies to find and win qualified business opportunities with government agencies and their contractors. To learn how Individual, Associate or the CORE Small Business membership can help you achieve your federal sector goals, call us at 800-422-4960 or email us so we can help you succeed in 2012 and beyond!

Have a productively fantastic week!



Guy Timberlake, Co-Founder and Chief Visionary

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"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it."

From The Chief

Chief Visionary Blog

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How much does it cost to register as a federal contractor?

I got a call the other day from a guy I know who has been in this business for a while, as an employee. He decided to start his own company and called me for a gut check about the registration process. "Why does it cost $599 to get registered as a government contractor?" he asked.

Click here for the full blog article.


- The Chief Visionary


Acquisition Spotlight

Simplified Acquisition

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Army is also 'strong' in FY12 streamlined purchasing!

Don't believe us?

As of today, our United States Army has spent a whopping $1,081,066.951 using simplified acquisition procedures.

Want to know more?

Join us via webinar on July 9th and we'll tell you what they bought, which contracting office purchased it, who paid for it, how they paid for it (can you say purchase card?) and more in under an hour!

Don't miss it!

Here's our complete Spotlight schedule for the rest of FY2012.

  • July 9 Army
  • July 23 State Department
  • August 13 DLA
  • August 27 VA
  • September 10 Navy/Marine Corps
  • September 24 HHS
  • October 8 DHS (TSA/ICE)
  • October 22 DOT
  • November 12 GSA/FAS
  • November 26 NASA
  • December 10 Army

See you online!


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Spending Snapshot

Simplified Acquisition

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Weekly State-by-State Review of Federal Agency Streamlined Purchasing

Want to know which federal agencies are using Simplified Acquisition Procedures (SAP) to get the goods and services they need to support business and mission operations?

What if we added how much they were spending and what they purchased?

This week we review:
New Mexico
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Member Update

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Corporate Members

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Individual Members

  • Mr Joey Hutchins*, RightDirection Technology Solutions, LLC
  • Mr. Leon Murphey*, MasterPeace Solutions, Ltd.
  • Mr. Jim Soos Jr, MacAulay-Brown, Inc
  • Mr. David Sullivan II, The Fearthainne Group

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Upcoming Events

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This Week's Events

Tuesday, July 3rd
NO Business Over Breakfast - Columbia

Happy Fourth of July!


Wednesday, July 4th

NO Business Over Breakfast - Tysons

Happy Fourth of July!

Thursday, July 5th

Simplified Acquisitions: A Missed Opportunity for Small Contractors

1:00PM in Columbia, MD

Upcoming Events


Monday, July 9th

Simplified Acquisition Spotlight: Army

2:00PM Webinar


Tuesday, July 17th

Business Over Breakfast - Columbia

7:30AM in Columbia, MD

Monday, July 23rd

Simplified Acquisition Spotlight: State Department

2:00PM Webinar

Wednesday, July 25th

Federal Contractors Roundtable: Industry Headlines

11:30AM in McLean, VA

Wednesday, July 25th

GovConnections Tysons - Network Mixer

5:00PM in McLean, VA


Thursday, July 26th

Business Over Breakfast - Reston

7:30AM in Reston, VA

Thursday, July 26th

Simplified Acquisitions: A Missed Opportunity for Small Government Contractors

2:00PM Webinar


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