New Security Update in SAM Means You’d Better Not Forget Your MPIN

Passwords. The bane of our existence. At least for those of us who use smart phones, tablets and computers. Our clients are no different. They forget their passwords with regularity. The good news is that resetting a password is usually fairly simple, and often something someone can do themselves. Due to a security update made … Read more

The Montana PTAC is Here to Help

3/30/2020 Yes, these are unprecedented times, but the Montana Procurement Technical Assistance Center remains open for business, ready to help Montana-based companies sell their goods and services to federal, state and local governments. Most of our government contracting advisors have been working remotely for the past two weeks to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19. … 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

How Does the National State of Emergency Affect Federal Contracting?

President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency due to COVID-19 creates some changes in the world of government contracting. While a lot of things are in flux these days, here are a few things you need to know about how federal contracts are impacted: The Presidential Emergency Declaration due to the global pandemic means that … Read more

REAL ID Enforcement Pushed Back to Fall of 2021

The Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, announced on March 26, 2020 that the deadline for enforcing REAL ID requirements has been pushed back from October 1, 2020 to October 1, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Restrictions and temporary closures at state licensing stations due to the pandemic led to the decision. … 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

11 New Product Service Codes added to Product Service Code Manual Last Week

The revised Product Service Code Manual was released on March 17 with ten new Product Service Codes (PSCs) in the M2 category series that describe Ship Husbanding Services and one new code that describes Aseptic Housekeeping Services. The most recent version of the PSC Manual and supporting documentation can be found at https://www.acquisition.gov/PSC_Manual. All questions … Read more

Expiring Entity Registrations in SAM.gov Given 60-Day Extension Due to COVID-19 National Emergency

The following announcement is from the GSA Integrated Award Environment: In support of the U.S. government’s response to the COVID-19 national emergency, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requested certain administrative relief for entities doing business with the government.  As part of that effort, GSA has initiated 60-day extensions to SAM.gov registrations that have … Read more

Tips for Federal Contractors Impacted by COVID-19

On March 11, 2020, the Office of Government Contracting at the Small Business Administration released a document providing guidance on the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak for small businesses performing on federal procurement contracts. You can download it here: FAQs For Coronavirus GCBD Guidance Koprince Law, LLC, a law firm that specializes in government contracting for small businesses, has … Read more