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

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

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

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

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

Top Considerations and Proposal Writing Tips for a Federal RFP

Responding to a federal request for proposal (RFP) can be a time-consuming and difficult task, but being armed with some key information and tips can help you put together a succinct and responsive RFP. Federal RFPs are issued by an agency when the value of the contract is anticipated to be over the simplified acquisition … Read more

Register now for this free webinar about the upcoming decommissioning of FBO.gov

The following notice is from the GSA: Dear industry partners and stakeholders, FBO.gov is going to retire in November, 2019. Please register here for a virtual webinar about the upcoming decommissioning of FBO.gov.  The program will be held on Thursday, October 17 at 1:00 PM EDT.  You must pre-register to join the event. The Integrated … Read more