Ashley Marculescu

Ashley Marculescu is a consultant in Winvale’s Government Contract Services Department. Prior to joining Winvale, she served as part of an international team developing a customized satellite system for a major Middle-Eastern oil company. Ashley is a member of the National Honors Society of Geography, Gamma Theta Upsilon. In 2012 she received her Bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a European Area Studies Certificate from Frostburg State University where she served as Design Chair for the Global Business Club.

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IT Startups: Spring into Success on GSA’s $15 Billion Schedule 70

Posted by Ashley Marculescu on Apr 11, 2017 11:14:57 AM

GSA’s Springboard Program helps with the U.S. Government’s high demand for emerging technology solutions

For years the GSA Schedules Program required companies to have a minimum of two years’ corporate experience before applying for a GSA Schedule Contract. Now, with the U.S. government having a higher demand for emerging technology solutions than ever before, new Information Technology (IT) companies don’t have to wait to become a GSA IT Schedule 70 contract holder.  Thanks to GSA’s Springboard Program, innovative companies with less than two years’ experience can become a GSA IT Schedule 70 contractor and can now have access to over $15 billion in annual federal, state, and local IT opportunities.

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Women in Business: It’s Worth Being a WOSB

Posted by Ashley Marculescu on Mar 8, 2017 8:45:54 AM

If women’s history in labor and business is any example of past entrepreneurial challenges that have been overcome, then 2017 should expect nothing less than great advances by women-owned businesses creating more opportunities for themselves. Government contractors recognize the benefits of having a small business designation and while we are only in the third month of the year, we are already seeing a spike in interest for companies to become registered as WOSB.

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Topics: WSOB, Women in business

GSA’s New Cybersecurity SINs are Now Open for Offers

Posted by Ashley Marculescu on Sep 8, 2016 7:30:00 AM

GSA adds new Highly Adaptive Cybersecurity Services (HACS) SINs to its Schedule 70 Solicitation in September 2016 and will immediately begin review of modifications and new offers submitted for any of these four SINs.

The HACS SINs support President Obama’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) and the Cybersecurity Strategy and Implementation Plan (CSIP) to strategize long-term solutions to cybersecurity awareness and protection. Until now, it has been difficult for federal agencies to find a marketplace that has streamlined cybersecurity services that are both trusted and reliable. Eligible Schedule 70 contractors can now offer services under the four new HACS SINs:

 

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Topics: GSA Schedule, GSA Sale

One Change Women-Owned Small Businesses Can Make to Boost Federal Opportunities

Posted by Ashley Marculescu on Sep 6, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Last month, our contract support experts represented the Winvale team at the Small Business Administration (SBA) Baltimore District Office’s workshop: Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contracting Program. Workshops hosted by the SBA are extremely beneficial for all small business owners looking to acquire the right tools to succeed in the federal marketplace.

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Topics: GSA Sale

A Beginner's Guide To GSA's FPT (Formatted Product Tool)

Posted by Ashley Marculescu on Sep 1, 2016 7:00:00 AM


The Formatted Product Tool (FPT) is one of GSA’s most recent developments in its Competitive Pricing Initiative and as of July 2016, FPT has been implemented to select product Schedules as part of its Phase I rollout. Below is a Beginner’s Guide for what contractors need to know once they’ve decided to implement FPT.  If you’re interested in learning more about FPT and the implementation schedule, check our previous blog An Executive Overview to GSA's FPT.  

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Topics: GSA Schedule, GSA Maintanance

An Executive Overview of GSA's FPT (Formatted Product Tool)

Posted by Ashley Marculescu on Aug 29, 2016 10:22:09 AM


Just after its 67th anniversary, GSA began Phase I rollout of its Formatted Product Tool (FPT) in an effort to facilitate the standardization of similar parts offered by different contractors and increase the efficiency in which contractor’s pricelists are updated and made available on GSAAdvantage!. FPT is a systems upgrade within the existing eOffer and eMod platforms for certain Schedules and is an enhancement for GSA Schedule contractors as it eliminates the need for the Schedule Input Program (SIP) and Contracting Officer Review System (CORS) processes.

For those not familiar with SIP, this is one of the most common methods for uploading your GSA Pricelist, so that your products/services are visible on GSA eLibrary and GSAAdvantage!. This process can be quite lengthy because it is a multi-stage process requiring 1) a pricelist to be awarded through a new offer award or existing contract modification; 2) the pricelist to be uploaded by the contractor through SIP; and 3) the price ist to be approved by GSA which would result in the pricelist being posted online. Typically, contractors expect no less than 48 hours for their pricelist to be updated. The program can have glitches as well so, combined with the length of time to complete the process, it has been a source of frustration for contractors since its inception.  FPT is meant to eliminate the lag between award and acceptance of their new pricelist.  

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Topics: Contracts

Big Changes Coming for the Service Contract Act and GSA Schedules

Posted by Ashley Marculescu on May 26, 2016 2:46:01 PM

In an effort to better align GSA Schedule labor regulations with the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Service Contract Labor Standards (SCLS), formerly known as the Service Contract Act, the GSA Federal Acquisition Service plans to update all GSA Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) to comply with SCLS. This update will ensure most recent wages are incorporated into individual task orders.

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Topics: GSA Contract Consulting

GSA GovHacks Part I: How to Create a GSA Proposal That Succeeds

Posted by Ashley Marculescu on Apr 22, 2016 10:39:18 AM

Preparing a GSA Schedule proposal for submission is a tedious and sometimes frustrating process for applicants. In a previous blog post, we’ve given you our ten tips for writing a public sector proposal, but there are so many components when it comes to creating a successful RFP that we decided to delve deeper. Having a GSA schedule contract is helpful for contractors who want to sell to federal agencies, but getting one awarded to your organization isn’t always easy, or fast.

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Topics: GSA Proposal

GSA Announces New Developments at 2016 OSBU Spring Conference

Posted by Ashley Marculescu on Mar 18, 2016 9:31:37 AM

Last week, our contract support experts represented the Winvale team at the GSA’s 2016 Office of Small Business Utilization (OSBU) Spring Conference: Making it Easier to do Business with the GSA. This event is extremely beneficial for small business owners looking to acquire the right tools to succeed in the federal marketplace. It served as a great opportunity to network with contracting professionals, learn new skills and even take advantage of one-on-one counseling.

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Topics: GSA Schedule, GSA Maintanance, Contracts

Are You Ready for Major GSA Contract Changes?

Posted by Ashley Marculescu on Mar 8, 2016 1:01:56 PM

February 2016 was a month full of changes for GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contract holders. Most schedule holders received notifications that schedule-wide solicitation refreshes were ready to be reviewed and accepted in GSA’s Mass Mod portal.

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Topics: Professional Services Schedule, GSA Maintanance

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