“Go-Live” Dates Announced for New Self-Status System for Wildland Fire Suppression Contractors

In December we told you that the Resource Ordering and Status System (ROSS) is being replaced by the Interagency Resource Ordering Capability (IROC). At the time, we had a lot of questions about the new system, the transition and how it would impact our clients. Well, we now know a little more about the transition: … Read more

State of Montana Procurement Forecast for Jan.-Mar. 2020 Released

The State of Montana has posted its procurement forecast for January- March 2020 at https://spb.mt.gov/Portals/221/Procurement%20Forecast/Final%20Report_1.2020.pdf?ver=2020-01-29-170955-970. This forecast includes anticipated state solicitations over $5,000. If you have any questions about how to read this forecast or how to position your company to supply these goods and services to the state, contact your local PTAC office.

How to Get Email Notifications for Saved “Contracting Opportunities” Searches in beta.SAM.gov

When the General Services Administration decommissioned FedBizOpps (www.fbo.gov) in November, one of its most-used features by federal contractors was not immediately available in the new system at beta.SAM.gov: Email notifications of search results from saved searches (known in FedBizOpps as search agents). This feature is now available for “contracting opportunities” searches in beta.SAM.gov. Here are … Read more

Quarterly News From the Montana PTAC – December 2019

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In case you missed our latest newsletter, you can view it here. Articles include: New Year Resolutions for Government Contractors Wildfire Contracting 2020 Great Falls based Action Plumbing Plus nominated for the 2020 U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Veteran Owned Business of the Year award. Obsolete System Used by Wildland Fire Suppression Contractors to be … Read more

Changes to the HUBZone Program Go Into Effect Today

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The final rule issued by the Small Business Administration (SBA) on November 26, 2019 that implement changes to the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program goes into effect today. If you’ve been unable to meet the requirements for HUBZone certification in the past, it’s not likely that this new rule will change that, but these changes should … Read more

Obsolete System Used by Wildland Fire Suppression Contractors to Be Replaced in March

Companies that have agreements with government agencies to provide support for wildland fire suppression or all-hazard incidents will have a new system to learn before the 2020 fire season. The Resource Ordering and Status System (ROSS), which has been in use since 2003, is being replaced by the Interagency Resource Ordering Capability (IROC). While ROSS … Read more

Receipts-Based Small Business Size Standards Adjusted for Inflation

Earlier this year, the Small Business Administration (SBA) increased the receipts-based business size standards for 518 industries. These adjustments were made to account for inflation that has occurred since the last adjustment in 2014. The SBA will continue to review size standards every five years, as mandated by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. … Read more

Small Business Size Calculations Changing January 6, 2020

If you maintain your company’s entity registration in the System for Award Management (SAM), you’ve seen the “Size Metrics” page that asks for your company’s average annual receipts and number of employees. Entering accurate information on this page is critical, as it determines whether your company qualifies as a small business in the industries you … Read more

Local governments, school districts and tribal governments can use state term contracts to purchase supplies and services

I was reviewing minutes from the September 10 meeting of the Board of Madison County Commissioners and saw that they had approved the Cooperative Purchasing Memorandum of Understanding with the Montana Department of Administration. It reminded me that in Montana, local governments, school districts, tribal governments other “local procurement units” are permitted by law to … Read more