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As of January 9, 2023, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has begun accepting applications for Veteran Small Business Certification. This certification process used to be done through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), but as part of the federal government’s commitment to strengthen interagency collaboration, it has been moved over to the SBA since they handle all the other socioeconomic contracting programs for small businesses. Whether you are looking to get certified, or are certified already through the VA, here’s what you need to know.
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Past performance is a crucial component for evaluating and awarding contracts. If a contractor does not have a satisfactory record, they may not be able to perform to the expected level to complete the work type and scope. As a GSA Schedule contractor, what do you need to do to prepare for the past performance requirements? Let’s review what past performance is, why it’s important to government agencies, and how you can be ready for your next solicitation.
Do you know what the real benefits of being on the GSA Schedule are? Learn the top 10 reasons (and advantages) why you should consider it.
As of April 4th, 2022, the DUNS number is no longer used in government contracting. The UEI or Unique Entity Identifier has officially taken its place in SAM.gov or the System for Award Management. Whether you are new to the entity registration process or are getting ready to update your registration and related documents, it will help to understand a bit more about how this new system works.
GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contracts have many compliance requirements to ensure that contractors provide products and services that align with federal procurement regulations. This fall, GSA renewed efforts to take action to remove non-compliant products from GSA contracts and GSA Advantage!. In the coming months, GSA will be removing items from a contractor’s Schedule if they are not in compliance with Trade Agreements Act (TAA) regulations, include prohibited hardware and telecommunications, as well as non-authorized refurbished items. Compliance with the terms and conditions of your Multiple Award Schedule is critical to the success of your contract, so let’s cover what you need to know about these non-compliant products.
As a federal contractor, you may think you are well acquainted with the System for Award Management (SAM) platform. After all, contractors must keep an active registration in SAM.gov to be eligible for contracting opportunities from federal customers. To keep an active registration, you need to regularly, at least annually, update and renew your company’s SAM registration. However, since many contractors only login to SAM.gov once a year to complete this, you may be shocked by the number of changes to SAM.gov over the past year. As such, I will be going over some of these changes so that you are prepared the next time you log in to SAM.gov.
In the past few years, change has been a constant in the GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program. From the consolidation to aligning North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes with Special Item Numbers (SINs), government contractors have needed to be very alert and flexible to change. As of October 27, 2022, we have more to add to that—the NAICS Association has released changes to NAICS Codes, which could affect your business. Here’s what you need to know about the NAICS Code changes and how you may be impacted.