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ANC contract awards down;Subcontractor prompt payments;Is VMO a SB roadblock?;GovConnections 7/25

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[GovConReview] ANC contract awards down;Subcontractor prompt payments;Is VMO a SB roadblock?;GovConnections 7/25

Monday, July, 16, 2012

[GovConReview] ANC contract awards down;Subcontractor prompt payments;Is VMO a SB roadblock?;GovConnections 7/25

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

Issue Date: July 16, 2012

Volume 8 Issue No. 29

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


Prompt Payments Anyone?
Right before the end of FY11, the Administration issued memo "M-11-32" that effectively told agencies to speed up payment activities as it related to small government contractors. Can anyone tell me how they did?

A few days later (after having a chance to digest the contents of the memo) I published a blog OMBentitled "Accelerated Payments Are Nice Mr. President, But..." where I referred to the initiative as a nice gesture but one that was short of the mark needed to make a substantive difference. I also added that a way to make more of a difference would be to incorporate small government subcontractors into the mix since their numbers are presumably much larger than small businesses working under direct contract.

Imagine my surprise when they actually did it.

Yup! A new memo with the title "Providing Prompt Payment to Small Business Subcontractors" was just issued with language that does exactly what I suggested last year, except for one not so small problem, small contractors need to have to have work in order to get paid for it, right?

Check out my Chief Visionary Blog section below to find out what else I think is wrong with this new directive.

ANC Numbers Down - Bittersweet, But Still Sweet
There should not be too many folks reading this who don't know my thoughts on the debacle created by the late U.S. Senator Ted Stevens and the ridiculous government contracting latitudes imparted to a tiny segment of the government contracting community. I'm not saying benefits were not and are not due to Alaskan Natives, but certainly they are not as deserving as our men and women who wear the uniform of our Nation's Armed Forces, leave their loved one's behind to protect our freedoms, and come home (those lucky enough) with physical and mental scars that will never heal.

It seems time's are changing and it's about time.

numbers downSarah Chacko over at Federal Times reports the number of contracts awarded to Alaskan Native Corporations has apparently declined, sharply.

She states in her article that agencies awarded ANCs $4.4 billion in contracts in FY11, $2.5 billion of it through sole-source contracts valued at $20 million or more. For FY12, ANCs have only seen $1.8 billion to date, with only $587 million in sole source contracts ($20 million or more) so far.

If the delta of those awarded dollars have stayed in the small business community, I'm happy, but if they have somehow escaped and been tacked onto contracts with the usual suspects, then not so much.

I guess we'll find out in the coming months.
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Price of Diplomacy? About $500M 'Simplified (So Far!)'
What's involved in supporting the diplomacy mission of the United States and how much does it cost? If you are talking about smaller (and quicker to process) needs domestically and abroad, check in with the Simplified Acquisition Spotlight to learn how State Department has issued nearly $500 million in simplified acquisition purchases this fiscal year. Join us on July 23rd as we get into the details of how, what, who and where the U.S. Department of State spends it's simplified acquisition dollars (to include how much is awarded to small business and how much is paid by the GSA SmartPay purchase card)!

Members Only Town Hall Meeting w/Air Force Small Business Director

On August 2nd in Washington, DC, our Members will sit down with Air Force Senior Executive Joe McDade to discuss recent memos and policies that have direct impact on how (and how much) small businesses participate in Air Force Acquisition Programs.

AF SymbolMr. Joseph M. McDade Jr., a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director of the Air Force Office of Small Business Programs in Washington, D.C. Mr. McDade advises the Secretary of the Air Force and senior leaders on small business procurement issues. He is also responsible for implementing policies, programs and intitiatives designed to secure $8 billion in small business prime contract awards annually. For information about this members only activity, visit the Upcoming Events section below.
Simplified Acquisition Snapshot: Virginia
If quick turn federal agency buys valued between $3,000 and $150,000 per transaction happening in Virginiathis state are of interest to you, here are a few things you should know.
  • YTD simplified acquisition purchases exceed $745 million dollars
  • DoD, GSA, State, DHS and Justice are the top five spenders when it comes to simplified acquisitions YTD (where Virginia is the place of performance).
  • Small business awards (YTD) under this streamlined purchase method total $328,834,298
  • Payments via the GSA SmartPay/SmartPay2 Purchase Card were $11.6 million dollars YTD and represented purchases in 268 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:
  • OMB to expand vendor offices after initial successful tests;
  • ANCs get billions less in contracts;
  • 8(a) Contractor Fraudulently Evades 8(a) Sole Source Limit;
  • and other useful information to help keep you informed, brought to you by GovConChannel.
Enhance Your Information & Relationships
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Have a productively fantastic week!



Guy Timberlake, Co-Founder and Chief Visionary

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From The Chief

Chief Visionary Blog

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Prompt Payments to Small Subcontractors... Who's guarding the hen house?

The memo is entitled "Providing Prompt Payment to Small Business Subcontractors" and it appears to be the continuation of a "good gesture" started by the Administration last September, but still very short of the type of action needed to make a real difference.

Click here for the full blog article.


- The Chief Visionary


Acquisition Spotlight

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Simplified, the price of Diplomacy in FY12 is about $500M (YTD).

Don't believe us?

As of last week, U.S. State Department has spent a whopping $496,455,010 using simplified acquisition procedures.

Want to know more?

Join us via webinar on July 23rd 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 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

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