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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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GSA Schedule | Government Business Development | Government

Coronavirus Pandemic: How Does the Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) Prioritize Spending?

By: Haley Lawrie
March 18th, 2020

As the Coronavirus continues to surge, federal, state, and local governments are working to respond in a timely manner to reach those most susceptible to the disease and slow the spread. While social distancing is something that we all can do as individuals to respond to the crisis, it’s important to note how federal contractors come into the mix. We’ve mentioned how the General Services Administration can prepare for the pandemic and how contractors can best come to the aid of state and local governments through the Disaster Purchasing Program. Now that the military is starting to be called to contain the coronavirus, it’s crucial to consider how defense contracts will play the situation surrounding COVID-19. Enter DPAS. The Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) is used to prioritize national defense-related contracts/orders throughout the U.S. supply chain in order to support military, energy, homeland security, emergency preparedness, and critical infrastructure requirements. We’ve broken down DPAS to show you how it applies to you as a defense contractor.

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GSA Schedule | Government Business Development

Disaster Purchasing: How Does GSA function during a National Emergency like Coronavirus?

By: Haley Lawrie
March 13th, 2020

President Donald Trump will reportedly be signing a disaster or emergency declaration under the Stafford Act today in response to the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. With universities closing, the N.B.A. suspending its season, and flights being cancelled left and right, the Coronavirus outbreak is no laughing matter. However, the outbreak should be confronted with facts and figures rather than hysteria. With regards to your government contract, the world will continue to turn. The General Services Administration is designed to continue to function in times of national emergency or disaster. GSA's Disaster Purchasing Program allows federal, state, and local governments to buy services and supplies directly from GSA Schedules to assist with disaster preparation, response, or major disaster recovery. Purchases made in support of recovery must be in response to a Stafford Act Presidential declaration, like the one President Trump is likely to announce this afternoon. So let’s break down how the GSA Schedule Program can help in a national emergency or disaster.

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GSA Schedule | Government Business Development

8(a) STARS III: The 8a Opportunity You Won’t Want to Miss

By: Haley Lawrie
March 5th, 2020

If you’re a GSA Contractor, you may already know some of the benefits of a Small Business Set Aside. 8a certification is a certification given to specific Small Business contractors that allows contractors a wide breadth of opportunities for socially or economically disadvantaged businesses. A new opportunity — the 8(a) Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resource for Services (STARS) III Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) is on the horizon for your company. The 8(a) STARS III is coming soon with the Request for Proposal (RFP) expected sometime in March of 2020. Here is what you and your company should know if you want to pursue this huge 8(a) opportunity.

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GSA Schedule | Government Business Development

Ethics in Government Sales and Contracting

By: Haley Lawrie
February 26th, 2020

If you are a Federal Contractor, you’re required to comply with the laws and regulations set forth by the Federal Government and its Agencies. There are a lot of laws out there that were put in place to ensure that contractors are being ethical when dealing with U.S. taxpayer dollars. To make sure that you’re being compliant with Federal Acquisition law, check out this primer on Ethics in Government Sales and Contracting:

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Government Business Development | Technology

ASTRO: The Drone/UAV Opportunity You Don’t Want to Miss

By: Haley Lawrie
January 9th, 2020

It’s no secret that the U.S. Federal government has a great need for Drone and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in today’s day and age. If your company offers these products, then your 2020 resolution should be to get involved with the ASTRO program!

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5 FAQs About the GSA Professional Services Schedule

By: Haley Lawrie
March 7th, 2019

The Professional Services Schedule (PSS) is one of the top General Services Administration Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Contracts. With so many opportunities, potential contractors may have some questions before submitting their proposal. We’ve compiled 5 Frequently Asked Questions to help dispel some confusion surrounding this contract!

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