Haley Lawrie

Haley Lawrie is a consultant in Winvale’s Government Contract Services Department. She is originally from Lynchburg, VA and graduated from James Madison University with a degree in International Affairs and Spanish.
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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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Resources to Grow your Government Contracting Knowledge

Posted by Haley Lawrie on Apr 11, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Government contracting can be hard to get into—there’s so much to learn! However, like any field, you need to nurture it and let your knowledge grow.

To help with that process, we’ve gathered some resources to help in three key areas: Instructional, Compliance, and Market Research.

 

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Top 10 Government Abbreviations you Need to Know

Posted by Haley Lawrie on Jan 24, 2018 12:00:00 PM

So many acronyms, so little time! Early in my government contracting career, I had to learn a new language as new acronyms filled every page I read! To help you better understand the federal government’s world, here are the top 10 need-to-know abbreviations this year:

1. NAICS Code- North American Industry Classification System codeYour NAICS codes help determine if you qualify as a small business. Through the Small Business Act, the Small Business Administration (SBA) established size standards for NAICS codes so businesses can understand their designation and see relevant opportunities for which they qualify. Learn more about NAICS codes and see if you qualify as a small business  here.
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Topics: GSA Contract Consulting, Government Contracting, GSA

What you need to know about GSA Schedule 70’s newest cybersecurity SIN

Posted by Haley Lawrie on Nov 29, 2017 10:54:37 AM

Strengthening the security of federal networks, systems, and data is one of the most important challenges federal agencies face. Therefore, the General Services Administration (GSA) is changing how it provides access to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s cybersecurity program through the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program. GSA's newest Schedule 70 Special Item Number (SIN) 132-44, Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Tools, is a dynamic approach to strengthening the cybersecurity of government networks and systems. The jointly administered program by DHS and the GSA currently operates under a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) which will expire in August, 2018. The GSA began the BPA-to-GSA transition process by adding the SIN 132-44 to IT Schedule 70.

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Topics: GSA Contract Consulting, GSA Schedule, cyber security, IT Schedule 70, cyber

PSS Refresh 28: More than Meets the Eye

Posted by Haley Lawrie on Oct 30, 2017 11:24:20 AM

This update will affect SINS 520-16 through 520-20.

The General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) is planning to release Refresh 28 of the 00CORP Professional Services Schedule (PSS) in Mid-November 2017. This update will implement a variety of changes to the scope of Special Item Numbers (SINs) 520-16, 520-17, and 520-20. It will also delete SINs 520-18 and 520-19 in order to redefine Data Breach Response and Identity Protection Services under PSS. These changes help to embrace the transition seen in data breach response and help create a proactive solution for identity protection.

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Topics: GSA Schedule, Professional Services Schedule, PSS, Business to Government, B2G, GSA Maintanance, Contracts, streamline proposal, SINs, BIS, FAR, GSA, General Services Administration

Back to Basics: Fair and Reasonable Pricing

Posted by Haley Lawrie on Aug 3, 2017 10:57:13 AM

How the GSA determines fair and reasonable pricing. 

When establishing a GSA schedule contract, it is important to note that the Federal Government intends to obtain equal or better pricing than the offeror’s Most Favored Customer (MFC). The reason being, is that the GSA has determined the prices under the GSA schedule to be fair and reasonable. During GSA contract negotiations, if the proposed prices are not deemed “Fair and Reasonable” the offer can be either denied or negotiated further to meet the standards of the GSA. So, who determines fair and reasonable pricing? Let’s discuss the highlights so that your offer can be successful during the contract review process.

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Topics: GSA Schedule, Business to Government, B2G, GSA Maintanance, Contracts, Service disabled veterans, streamline proposal, DoD, Schedule84, SIN list, Special Item Number, TAA, Trade Agreements Act, fair and reasonable

What Government Contractors need to know about the TAA

Posted by Haley Lawrie on Jul 27, 2017 8:09:00 AM

Maintain compliance by keeping up to date with TAA policies! 

The 2016 Presidential election was filled with a lot of “America first” rhetoric. Within the Trump Administration, that language is continued and there will very likely be an increased importance of American made products purchased through the GSA. With that in mind, reviewing the Trade Agreements Act (TAA) and what it means for GSA spending is important for contractors and buyers alike. The Trade Agreements Act (19 U.S.C. & 2501-2581) of 1979 was enacted to foster fair and open international trade, but more importantly, it implemented the requirement that the U.S. Government may acquire only U.S. – made or designated – end products.

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Topics: GSA Schedule, Business to Government, B2G, GSA Maintanance, Contracts, Service disabled veterans, streamline proposal, DoD, Schedule84, SIN list, Special Item Number, TAA, Trade Agreements Act

FedMall is Here!

Posted by Haley Lawrie on Jul 6, 2017 10:48:08 AM

FedMall will change the way government agencies procure their goods! 

Federal Mall (FedMall) has gone live, as of June 19th! The idea behind FedMall is to improve upon EMALL, which was created by the Department of Defense (DoD). It will sell Commercial Off-The-Shelf items (COTS) and will replace the DOD EMALL. Here are some things to be aware of as you’re transitioning from DoD EMALL to FedMall.

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Topics: GSA Schedule, Business to Government, B2G, GSA Maintanance, Contracts, Service disabled veterans, streamline proposal, Schedule 70, SIN 132-56, FedMall, DoD

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