Don’t Forget to Submit Invoices On Time, Says ASBCA

The government is a reliable customer that pays it bills on time. That is, if the contractor submits an invoice that is correct, on time and per the instructions in the contract. Understandably, government contractors tend to focus on the scope of work but paying attention to the administrative requirements in the contract is equally … 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

New Cybersecurity Certification Requirements Coming in 2020

The Department of Defense (DOD) Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is coming in 2020. What does that mean? While the FAR and DFARS already contain provisions requiring contractors to implement cybersecurity measures when dealing with unclassified information (FAR 52.204-21; DFARS 252.204-7012), this certification program will be a new level of enforcing those regulations. And while … Read more

New Year Resolutions for Government Contractors

MT PTAC Missoula  During the winter in Montana, business owners often take time to develop a plan for the coming year. Consider these resolutions as you strategize and grow your government sales plan for the New Year. Create or enhance your company’s Capability Statement. This important tool for communicating your core competencies is a great … 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

Wildfire Contracting 2020 – Things to Know

Every year the US Forest Service leases equipment, with operators, from private vendors through what are called Incident Blanket Purchase Agreements (I-BPA).  These are primarily multiple year, multiple award agreements, where owners of equipment, such as excavators and fire engines (called “resources”), agree to lease out their equipment for a set price before the fire … 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

FedBizOpps.Gov is changing in November-watch the GSA video and learn more!

Last Thursday, the Integrated Award Environment hosted its quarterly Stakeholder Forum for a record number of participants.  Nearly 600 attendees joined to learn about the upcoming retirement of FBO.gov and the transition of federal opportunity listings into beta.SAM.gov. As highlighted during the program, once complete the FBO.gov transition will mark the third IAE system to … Read more

Quarterly News from the Montana PTAC – September 2019

  If you missed our latest newsletter, you can view it here. Articles in this issue include: Tips for small business subcontracting Primer on all those authentication methods in login.gov Proposal writing tips for federal RFPs If you aren’t receiving our quarterly newsletter, but you want to, you can subscribe here.

Interview with Brent Owens, SBA Procurement Center Representative for Montana, Wyoming & Utah

Listen to “SBA Area 5 | Brent Owens | Episode 16” on Spreaker. Summary: Brent Owens discusses trends in purchasing on Air Force bases, regional training for small business and contracting officers, the role of DSBS in market research and the SBA’s All Small Business Mentor-Protégé program. Guest Bio: Based at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, Brent Owens … Read more