2020 Changes to the Northern Rockies Coordinating Group Source List Process

Most equipment used for wildland fire suppression in the Northern Rockies are on three-year incident support agreements that are competed and awarded preseason. Solicitations are staggered so that roughly a third of the equipment categories are solicited each year. Equipment that is solicited and awarded preseason by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, … Read more

U.S. Air Force SBIR Opportunity COVID-19 Focus Area Interests

The U.S. Air Force (AF) invites small business firms to submit proposals under this Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO) for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.  Firms with the capability to conduct research and development (R&D) in the AF-related topics described in Section 10.1 and to commercialize the results of that R&D are encouraged to … Read more

How Companies Can Help With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

The following is from the “How To Help – Private Sector” section of https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help, which was last updated on March 27, 2020. Please check that website for the latest, as the following bullet points have been updated several times over the past week. To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please submit a price quote … Read more

State of Montana Procurement Forecast for Apr.-Jun. 2020 Released

The procurement forecast for the upcoming quarter has already been posted by the State Procurement Bureau at https://spb.mt.gov/Vendor-Resources/Procurement-Forecast. You may want to check back a few times in the coming days and weeks, as some agencies are slow in reporting and the forecast will be updated as those new forecasts come in.    The forecast provides … Read more

Did you know that Region 1 of the Forest Service posts small contracting opportunities on their website?

Many of you know that what drives where federal contracting opportunities are posted is the dollar amount.  If opportunities are over $25,000 in value then they are required to be posted on beta.SAM.gov under “contracting opportunities.”  But what about opportunities that are less than $25,000? In many/most cases a business would need to contact the … 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

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

Top Tips for Small Business Subcontracting

Your company may perform many commercial contracts that involve collaborating or subcontracting with another company. However, for your government contracts, the rules may be different. Once you enter the government marketplace, getting the job done may take some new strategies. What is subcontracting? When we hear the term “subcontract” or “subcontractor,” most of us think … Read more