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Simplified Acquisition Snapshot™: Arizona

Sunday, July 22, 2012   (0 Comments)
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This Week's Simplified Acquisition Snapshot
When we pulled the data for FY12 spending in the The Grand Canyon State, we found that
twenty-eight (28) federal agencies combined to spend nearly $95 million dollars using simplified acquisition procedures where Arizona is identified as the place of performance.

Interested to know what is being purchased and by which agencies? Read on, and welcome to the latest edition of the Simplified Acquisition Snapshot™!

The top five contracting departments by spending are: Department of the Interior, Department of Defense, Health and Human Services, Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Homeland Security. These organizations have contributed to 7,389 simplified acquisition contract actions* fiscal year-to-date.

In FY11 Arizona was place of performance on a total of 12,791 simplified acquisition contract actions valued at $186,047,760 million dollars.

The top five (5) products/services that account for just under $18 million of this state's total simplified acquisition spending fiscal year-to-date are:

  • Medical and Surgical Instruments, Equipment and Supplies
  • Transportation/Travel/Relocation-Travel/Lodging/Recruitment:Passenger Air Charter
  • Medical - Other
  • Housekeeping - Guard
  • Laboratory Equipment and Supplies

Spending Highlights
Other factoids of interest as you pursue opportunities here include:

  • Total dollars awarded YTD to small business: $55,841,948.03;
  • $69,728,597.80 of the contract dollars spent fiscal year-to-date were competitive purchases.
  • The top five (5) contracting departments contributing to this year's streamlined purchase spending account for $83 million dollars of the total YTD spending.
  • The top five (5) NAICS Codes by spending (of the 535 NAICS Codes used to-date) account for $15,244,313 of total state spending YTD. There are twenty-one (21) NAICS Codes where YTD spending exceeds $1 million dollars.
  • The first "54" Industry Sector NAICS Code on the list (541380 Testing Laboratories) is number twenty-two (22).
  • 80 funding agencies and 968 funding offices account for FY12 simplified acquisition spending YTD in this state.

GSA SmartPay/SmartPay 2 Purchase Card Payment Information

  • Nine (9) contracting departments issued 904 payment actions via GSA SmartPay/SmartPay2Purchase Card for a YTD total of $7,478,441.87. Veterans Affairs, DoD and Agriculture are the top three.
  • YTD purchase card spending is distributed between 181 NAICS Codes.
  • The top five (5) NAICS Codes account for $4,537,267.94 in purchase card payments YTD.
  • 334510 Electromechanical and Electrotherapeutic Apparatus Manufacturing is the top NAICS Codes for purchase card payments.
  • VA, Army, Forest Service, Federal Prison System and Agricultural Research Service are the top five contracting agencies issuing simplified acquisition payments via the purchase card.
  • Small Businesses have received $3,177,616.16 in purchase card payments YTD.

Here's some additional information.

If your company is located in: Arizona, California, New Jersey, Florida or New Mexico then you are in one of the top five states for contractors being awarded 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. Hint: The answers are sometimes in the report you just read.

#1 - Several simplified acquisition "Major Program" references for Arizona specify purchasing activities for "canyons." Other than the Grand Canyon, name one (1) other "canyon" referenced in FY12 purchasing? Scotia and Madera.

#2 - Name two of the top five (5) NAICS Codes by total spending for simplified acquisitions YTD in Arizona. 621111, 336413, 481212, 517210 and 339112.

The first five correct answers emailed to will receive one free pass to the market intelligence webinar of their choice for each correctly answered question.

What is a Simplified Acquisition?
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.

Our Weekly Article Series
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 more state reviews, visit

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* "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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