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Nancy Alvarez manages the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Dallas-Fort Wort District's 8(a) Business Development program and offers her insights on opening doors to contracts with federal agencies nationwide. “But you have to be ready,” she says. Due to estimated budget increases, now is the time to expand business and seek federal contact opportunities with agencies such as the Department of Defense, Veterans Administration and Homeland Security. Because when you are certified, your eligibility to receive set-aside contracts only lasts nine years, Alvarez stresses the key to benefiting from the 8(a) program is to be contract-ready. Full Story: ...
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A recent protest decision from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) provides several important lessons for procurement professionals who are buying cloud-enabled services as well as vendors hoping to sell them. Let's dive in! Red River Computing Company protested the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) request for quotations (RFQ) for agency-wide enterprise computing services and cloud computing services. Red River challenged both the technical and price evaluation, asserting that DHS's best-value determination was flawed. GAO denied Red River's challenge of the technical evaluation but sustained its challenge of the price evaluation. Each decision ...
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The General Services Administration (GSA) may be revamping FedBizOpps.gov, the website where agencies publish solicitations, which many have said is long overdue for an overhaul. GSA issued the RFQ through the Alliant Small Business government-wide acquisition contract back in December, with bids due earlier this year. GSA says it's currently evaluating bids. The company that runs the website, Symplicity, was suspended from federal contracting from September to January. Full Story: Federal News Radio Download This Summary Image Courtesy of P
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A year after Britain voted to leave the European Union, it is still unclear how trade deals will impact public procurement. The European Parliament published a paper,  Consequences of Brexit in the Area of Public Procurement , that outlines four possible relationship models for British companies participating in the EU market. Take a closer look at the proposed models to see how they work and how they could be used. Full Story: BIP Solutions Download This Summary Image Courtesy of
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The Department of Energy (DOE) awarded grants to six companies to further its Exascale Computing Project, an initiative to build a supercomputer that would run 50 times faster than current supercomputers. A total of $258 million in research and development grants will be divided amongst each company to fund their work on a discrete aspect of the supercomputer. An exascale computer is intended to "realistically simulate the complex processes and relationships behind many of the fundamental forces of the universe." Full Report: FedScoop Download This Summary Image Courtesy of
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The latest survey of government procurement professionals from intelligence firm Onvia show that state and local governments are struggling with insufficient time to prepare solicitations, short staffing, and difficulties with collaboration. According to  Route Fifty,  "Response agility, customer service and reputation all factor into the index and all fell over the last year, response time the farthest at 6.2." The report found that the most successful procurement organizations were ones in which government invested in them. Full Story: Route Fifty Download This Summary Image Courtesy of 401(
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A five-year, $1 billion cybersecurity contract from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is moving forward after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has denied a protest brought by Northrop. The contract to run its DOMino program was awarded to Raytheon, whose CEO Tom Kennedy told reporters at the recent Paris Air Show that the win means Raytheon has world-class cybersecurity tools. Full Story: Fifth Domain Download This Summary Image Courtesy of
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Yesterday marked the inaugural meeting of the Trump administration's American Technology Council, as executives from some of America's leading tech companies convened in the West Wing to "transform and modernize" federal IT and advise the president on tech policy. "We're embracing big change, bold thinking, and outsider perspectives to transform government and make it the way it should be, and at far less cost," said the president. In all, the meeting included four hours of working sessions focused on cloud computing, analytics, cybersecurity, and purchasing and contract reform, among others. In addition to 17 private sector leaders, the council includes ...
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