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USGS Industry Day for Procurement Technical Support Services for Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center

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An Industry Day to discuss the Government's requirement of Technical Support Services for Solicitation #G14PS00153 at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center will be conducted on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 10:00am EST through 2:00pm EST at: 

United States Geological Survey
National Center
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20192

All businesses planning to attend the conference should notify the Contracting Officers at least two work days in advance of the conference. If the offeror has questions regarding the solicitation, it is requested that they be submitted in writing in advance so that answers can be prepared and provided at the conference. Notification of intent to attend the industry day must be submitted via email to the Contracting Officer no later than 2:00 PM EST Tuesday, November 18, 2014. The name of all participants and their contact information must be included in this email. The number of participants is limited to three (3) representatives per company. The Government does not intend and shall not pay for any travel or other costs associated with offerors attending the industry day.Participants must present one form of Government issued identification with a picture to gain access to the USGS National Center. When entering the USGS campus, please follow the signs to visitor parking and enter the facility at the USGS Visitor Entrance. Proceed through security to the auditorium, where the industry day will begin. Additional information about visiting USGS can be found at http://www.usgs.gov/. All questions and concerns may be submitted to Robin Doyle, Contracting Officer via email only at rsdoyle@usgs.gov. This announcement is also posted in FedBizOpps.

A Site Visit, will be conducted on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CST at the below location to discuss the Government's requirement about this solicitation.

United States Geological Survey
Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
47914 252nd St,Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57198

Notification of intent to attend the tour must be submitted via email to the Contracting Officer no later than 2:00 PM EST Wednesday, November 26, 2014. The name of all participants and their contact information must be included in this email. The number of participants is limited to three (3) representatives per company. The Government does not intend and shall not pay for any travel or other costs associated with offerors attending the site tour.Participants must present one form of Government issued identification (e.g., Federal ID, passport, visa, military, State Driver’s License) with a picture to gain access to the USGS EROS Data Center. Please note that only State Driver’s Licenses conforming to REAL ID standards are allowed (Not Allowed: American Samoa, Arizona, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma, and Washington). Visitor vehicles will be safety/security screened at the EROS gate. Visitors will be directed to the visitor parking area and will be processed through the magnetometer. The site tour will last 1-2 hours. Representatives may be asked to arrive at specific hours depending on the number of participants. The provision FAR 52.237-1, Site Visit, provides that the contractor will not be entitled
to an increase in the contract price for conditions affecting performance which were ascertainable from a reasonably thorough inspection of the site.
All questions and concerns may be submitted to Robin Doyle, Contracting Officer via email only at rsdoyle@usgs.gov.


Small Business Administration Awards DOI and "A+" in Annual FY 2013 Small Business Scorecard 

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The annual scorecard is an assessment tool that measures how well federal agencies reach their goals for small business and socio-economic prime contracting and subcontracting, provide accurate and transparent contracting data, and report agency-specific progress. Each agency's small business procurement performance was assessed along several quantitative measures, with the most prominent being prime contracting, subcontracting and progress achievement against prescribed success factors. The prime and subcontracting component goals include goals for small businesses, women owned small businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, service disabled veteran-owned small businesses, and small businesses located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones.

Performance in four out of five of the small business prime contracting categories showed significant improvement government-wide, with increases in performance against statutory goals. While contract dollars have gone down in all categories as a result of overall reduced federal spending, small businesses still secured a greater percentage of the contracting dollars. The commitment and hard work of the Department's program managers, acquisition professionals, and senior officials, DOI excelled in meeting its procurement goals with small business. The Scorecard is just one indicator of the Department's commitment to improving small business contracting and promoting the many rewards realized through capitalizing on the Nation's entrepreneurial spirit. The individual agency scorecards released by SBA, as well as a detailed explanation of the scorecard methodology, is available online: http://go.usa.gov/Nxxd

 

House Small Business Committee Approves Bill to increase Agencies Small Business Contracting Goals

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The House Small Business Committee has marked up and approved a six-pack of contracting reform bills, including legislation that would raise the current agency goals for steering work to small businesses.

The package approved Wednesday would particularly affect the construction industry, women, and disabled veterans. It includes a plan to raise agencies’ small-business prime contracting goal from 23 percent to 25 percent and establish a 40 percent goal for small-business subcontractors.

“Greater small business involvement in federal contracting benefits companies and taxpayers alike,” said panel Chairman Sam Graves, R-Mo., who sponsored the bill outlining the new contracting goals. “Small firms are innovative, and increased competition often leads to savings for the taxpayers.”

A second Grave bill would “improve transparency and accountability” by discouraging bundling of contracts to give an advantage to large companies over small businesses. Bills sponsored by Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., would restrict the government’s use of reverse auctions in awarding construction contracts and increase construction companies’ access to surety bonds for use in federal procurement work.

A bill sponsored by Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., would transfer responsibility for verifying the status of disabled veteran-owned small businesses from the Veterans Affairs Department to the Small Business Administration. And two bills sponsored by Ranking Member Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., would boost the training and education services delivered by Small Business Development Centers and promote parity for women-owned small businesses by standardizing sole-source authorities in SBA’s procurement operations.

Article from Government Executive - March 2014