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Procurement Updates

DLA set to expire CAGE codes

The Defense Logistics Agency is changing the way it manages Commercial and Government Entity codes by assigning an expiration date to all new or updated codes after Aug. 25.

This is the first time in the 44 years since CAGE codes have been assigned that DLA will expire CAGE codes, and it will be accomplished in a phased approach, said Wyoma Smith, CAGE program manager in DLA Information Operations.

“Taking action to expire CAGE codes is a step in the right direction for data quality,” Smith said. “Requiring customers to renew their business information through an update to their CAGE record on a regular basis is good business for all.  Ultimately, the goal is to provide current and correct information to everyone using this data.” 

In the first phase, expiration dates will only be applied to domestic U.S. CAGE codes that are new or updated after Aug. 25, Smith said. Records used in verification transactions will have an expiration date set if the record is saved. Records that are associated with System for Award Management registration will have their expiration dates reset based on the date of an update or assignment of a CAGE code, Smith said. For example, if a customer renews their registration every year, their expiration date will reset every year. Or, if a customer renews an expired SAM registration, CAGE will pick up that data and reset the expiration date.

CAGE code expiration dates will be displayed in CAGE Search & Inquiry, the new search tool that launched in February as part of the new CAGE Public website. Downstream systems will receive the updated CAGE status code just like the systems do today.

Existing CAGE records will not be assigned an expiration date until a way forward is determined for Phase 2, Smith said. Phase 2 will require auto-generated email notifications to customers whose codes will have an expiration date assigned; these notifications will be modeled after the SAM notifications and customers will receive four separate notifications to take action. After Phase 1 is complete, a test set of old CAGE records will be expired to determine the effect on the system and plan how to handle the rest of the records, she said.

Doing Business with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is the Department of Defense's (DOD) logistics combat support agency. DLA's mission is to provide best value integrated logistics solutions to America’s Armed Forces and its Interagency Customers in peace, during national disasters/emergencies and in war, around the clock, in the homeland, and around the world. DLA supplies its military and civilian agency customers with critical resources needed to accomplish worldwide missions.

The DLA Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) provides training, guidance, and strategies that maximize opportunities for small businesses so they can participate in DLA's acquisition program. OSBPs are located at each DLA procuring activity. They advise and assist contracting, program manager, and requirements personnel on matters affecting small firms.

WOSB repository to be replaced with new SBA portal

On Wednesday, March 23, 2016, the U.S. Small  Business Administration (SBA) posted a notice on its website indicating that the on-line repository where women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) upload ownership and control documentation has been inactivated.  SBA’s notice indicates that the WOSB repository will be replaced within “several weeks” by a new portal in support of the WOSB certification program.

The new portal is located at https://certify.sba.gov however, as of March 25, the site is labeled as follows: “This site is a work in progress.”   SBA says that documents previously uploaded to the repository are to be migrated to the new site.

Small businesses that are interested in submitting an offer on a solicitation that has been set aside for WOSBs under the WOSB Program must submit a checklist of certification documentation prior to responding to a federal bid or proposal solicitation.   Before SBA’s new portal is functional, it is unknown what options WOSBs have for submitting their documents.  Once certification uploads are complete, agency Contracting Officers are responsible for checking the repository to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

SBA says that it has notified Contracting Officers (COs) that the WOSB system may be unavailable for several weeks and has instructed COs to contact the SBA with individual requests to verify self-certification compliance for specific WOSBs.

More information on the WOSB program and the features of the new portal can be found at: https://www.sba.gov/content/women-owned-small-business-program.

Top 20 federal contract opportunities for FY16 are identified

Bloomberg Government has published what it calls a “cheat sheet” showing the top 20 federal contract opportunities for fiscal year 2016.

Each opportunity is worth more than $1 billion in lifetime value – and each opportunity’s RFP is expected to be released this fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2015 – Sept. 30, 2016).   Thirteen of the opportunities are Defense Department related, and seven are related to other federal agencies, worth a combined total value of $253 billion.

Registration with Bloomberg Government is necessary to download this report.  The download is available at: http://goo.gl/7wxpaH.

SBA to Allow Sole Sourcing Under WOSB Federal Contract Program

Effective October 14, 2015, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issues final rule authorizing federal agencies to award sole-source contracts to women-owned small businesses
eligible for the Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program.

VA CVE Certification - online training now available

CVE is hosting recurring training for interested Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses on different aspects of the verification process. At the conclusion of each webinar, CVE will host a Town Hall on the Verification Program to solicit feedback from participants. Discussion during this part of the session will not be limited to the topics of Re-verification, Pre-Application, or How to Stay Verified.

Selling to the Defense Logistics Agency

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Wants to Buy from Small Business!

DLA is looking for small business suppliers in all socio-economic categories, including Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB), Women-Owned Small Businesses, 8(A)s and Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zones.

NYS Launches NEW Procurement Website

About NYSPro

Procurement Services, a division of the Office of General Services, is the State’s central procurement office, responsible for establishing and managing contracts for goods and services needed by government entities across the State, including agencies, local governments, and other authorized users.  This State is comparable to a Fortune 500 business and as such, has remarkable purchasing power. The State works to harness this power using innovative, strategic methods to give customers timely, cost effective ways to buy the goods and services they need.

DCMA Packaging Webinar

06/18/2014

DCMA Packaging and Labeling Workshop

Presenter: Douglas Jokinen, Packaging Specialist, DCMAO-LSP

You can download the presentation in parts, click on each link below:

DFARs Final Rule re: Counterfeit Electronic equipment

DIBBS (DLA’s Internet Bid Board System) – The Way to Sell to DLA -  Free Webinars

Scam targets GSA schedule holders using spoofed federal email addresses

OFPP dispels 8 more agency, vendor communications myths

There are ".coms" charging $500+ to complete your SAM registration. This is a free registration. Call the PTAC for assistance.

HUBZones: Historically Underutilized Business Zone

Are you located in a HUBZone? Want to find out if qualify for HUBZone certification? Contact us, we can help.

HOW THE HUBZone PROGRAM WORKS

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) regulates and implements the program and

  • determines which businesses are eligible to receive HUBZone contracts,
  • maintains a listing of qualified HUBZone small businesses that Federal agencies can use to locate vendors,
  • adjudicates protests of eligibility to receive HUBZone contracts, and
  • reports to the Congress on the program's impact on employment and investment in HUBZone areas.

ELIGIBILITY

A small business must meet all of the following criteria to qualify for the HUBZone program:

  • it must be located in a "historically underutilized business zone" or HUBZone.
  • it must be owned and controlled by one or more US Citizens, and
  • at least 35% of its employees must reside in a HUBZone.
  • Click here to find out if you located in a HUBZone.