The Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Small Business

Posted by Carter Bowman on Jul 25, 2018 10:00:00 AM

The Qualification

The Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) certification is very similar to the Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) program; however, it does have a few distinctions.

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Create and Maintain a Code of Ethics

Posted by Carter Bowman on Jul 18, 2018 11:36:55 AM

Why Ethics Exist in Business:

When dealing with the government, or really any industry, people should be very conscious of ethics codes. The United States Office of Government Ethics (OGE), which is primarily concerned with the executive branch of government, clearly identifies what private companies are and are not allowed to do for government workers. For example, there are specific restrictions on paid travel, bribery, gifts, and payments.

Likewise, there are repercussions that follow violations of any of these rules. The reason behind such strict regulations is the government attempts to protect the integrity of our companies and government officials.

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Procurement Through e-Commerce Portals

Posted by Carter Bowman on Jul 11, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Background:

On Thursday, June 21st, 2018 my colleague Andrew Wahlgren and I attended a GSA Industry Day at GSA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. to discuss “Procurement through commercial e-Commerce portals.”

The talks were very informational, with unique perspectives from the General Services Administration (GSA) representatives, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) representatives, and high-stake company executives.

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Topics: Procurement Process

Transitioning to beta.SAM.gov

Posted by Andrew Wahlgren on Jun 27, 2018 10:00:00 AM

For nearly a year, GSA has been working on their vision for an updated System for Award Management (SAM.gov) website by directing beta testing and conducting focus-group testing with industry stakeholders on the website's functionality. In October of 2017, the Integrated Award Environment for GSA launched beta.SAM.gov as a test site.

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A Deeper Look into Best-In-Class (BIC) Contract Vehicles

Posted by Carter Bowman on Jun 20, 2018 5:31:29 PM

What Best-In-Class Actually Means

Government contract vehicles labelled “Best-In-Class” (BIC) are deemed the highest preforming contracts by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

There are currently over 30 BIC contracts, which help individual buyers to narrow their scope when looking to onboard or subcontract.

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GSA Double Verification VSC Password

Posted by David Baldino on Jun 13, 2018 9:00:00 AM

GSA recently identified security vulnerabilities in its Vendor Support Center (VSC) system, in which contractor usernames and passwords were compromised.

As an immediate course of action against this threat, GSA has now implemented a Multi-Factor Authentication to protect information and make it more secure. The enhanced security applies to multiple GSA portals, which include: eBuy, the Advantage Spend Analysis Program (ASAP), the Schedules Input Program (SIP), Reverse Auctions, and the 72A Quarterly Reporting System.

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Making Things Quicker and Easier: IT Schedule 70 Startup Springboard

Posted by Haley Lawrie on Jun 4, 2018 10:00:00 AM

We’re halfway through 2018, and technology remains king over at the General Services Administration (GSA).

GSA wants to get state of the art technologies to federal agencies faster, so GSA now allows IT companies with fewer than two years of experience onto IT Schedule 70 through the Startup Springboard program.

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How to Understand GSA Order Level Materials (OLMs) Final Rule in 5 Easy Steps

Posted by Carina Linder on May 30, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Big news coming to the schedules program! The US General Services Administration (GSA) has issued a final rule that opens up for procurement of Order-Level Materials on FSS contracts or BPAs.

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GSA Contractors: How to Consolidate SINs in 4 Easy Steps

Posted by Ashley Marculescu on May 23, 2018 1:13:09 PM

Recently, the General Service Administration (GSA) has issued multiple Solicitation Refreshes for nearly all of the GSA Schedules Programs, resulting in a high number of Schedule-wide Mass Modifications that contractors must accept in order to remain current and compliant with the terms and conditions of their contract.

For some Schedules, recent changes in the GSA’s Solicitations included updates to Special Item Number (SIN) descriptions, adding new SINs, and/or deleting and consolidating old SINs.

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5 Important Tips That May Make You Better at Using SIP

Posted by David Baldino on May 16, 2018 9:00:00 AM

The Schedules Input Program (SIP) is a very old and outdated software tool that GSA uses to review and accept contractors’ GSA Advantage Pricelists. To a SIP first time user, the program can seem overwhelming, so this blog is intended to help those who want to become better at using SIP.

There are 5 important tips which will guide you on how to navigate, submit, and work around issues within the program.

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