SAVE THE DATE - Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Joint Industry Days and Federal Agency Forum (JIDFAF) - April 9th & 10th

Supporting Small Businesses in Construction, A/E, Environmental and Related Trades / Services ** Formerly known as the SAME Midwest Small Business EXPO - SAVE THE DATE for this unique opportunity! More information will be posted soon.


Growing You Business In Rusk County Wisconsin
Ladysmith, WI

Acquisition Hour: Selling to the State of Wisconsin & Local Governments
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Acquisition Hour: Growing Your Small Business with the DBE Program
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Opportunity for Wisconsin DBE Certified Firms to Receive Additional Certifications - Wisconsin Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Reciprocity with State of Wisconsin Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women Business Enterprise (WBE) Certifications:

Wisconsin businesses that have been certified through one the state's DBE certifying partners through the Unified Certification Program (UCP) may meet the requirements for the State of Wisconsin's Department of Administration's MBE and or WBE certifications. Executive Order #72, signed in 2012, requires the  State of Wisconsin Department of Administration to waive certain certification procedures for certifications that are "substantially equivalent" to those at the State of Wisconsin. DBE certified firms who are women owned may automatically qualify for the State's WBE certification and DBE certified firms who are minority owned may qualify for the State's MBE certification. Note DBE certified firms applying for MBE or WBE certification still need to fill out the online certification application through the Department of Administration and upload their DBE certificate. However, they need not upload the additional required documents required for MBE or WBE certification.  Note that the State of Wisconsin's DBE program does not have reciprocity for other states and this only applies to firms certified as DBE in the State of Wisconsin. For additional information contact Joseph Smetak or Benjamin Blanc or call 414-270-3600.

Memo from the Under Secretary of Defense
SUBJECT: Department of Defense Guidebook for Acquiring Commercial Items

This memorandum issues the new Department of Defense Guidebook for Acquiring Commercial Items and rescinds the guidebook issued in November 2001. This guide is written for anyone seeking additional understanding on Commercial Items - the definition, the determination,
and how to price them.

This guidebook is designed to amplify the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) final rule that was published in the Federal
Register today. The Defense Acquisition University staff has worked with us to incorporate the new rule and this guidance in their courses.
The Guidebook for Acquiring Commercial Items is posted at and is effective as of the date of this memo.

 The Pentagon's acquisition office is gone. Here's what the next 120 days bring.

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon's acquisition system has officially been split in two. Now comes the hard part.

On Feb. 1, workers who report to the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics (AT&L) have a new boss. Per Congressional requirements, the office has been split into two new groups - the undersecretaries of defense for research and engineering (R&E) and acquisition and sustainment (A&S).

But for the next three months, not much should really change, said final AT&L head, and first A&S head, Ellen Lord.

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SBIR/STTR Solicitations Closing in March

NASA SBIR 2018 Program Solicitation

NASA STTR 2018 Program Solicitation

FY18 DOT SBIR Solicitation

PPIRS-SR NG Name Change

Effective January 28, 2018, the Past Performance Information Retrieval System - Statistical Reporting Next Generation (PPIRS-SR NG) will be renamed the Supplier Performance Risk System (SPRS), pronounced "Spurs". The SPRS URL is The PPIRS-SR NG URL will redirect automatically to the SPRS URL. A list of additional PPIRS-SR NG/SPRS updates, effective on the 28th, may be accessed at Questions regarding these updates may be directed to the PPIRS Customer Support Desk at (207) 438-1690.

Section 809 Panel's Volume On

Section 809 Panel's Volume One came out in January 2018 - includes recommendations on topics such as marketplace framework, commercial buying, audit, defense business systems, EVM, services contracting, small business, statutory offices, and statutory reports - The Volume 2 Report will be released in June 2018, followed by Volume 3 (the final report) in January 2019. 

FAR Classes

Evening Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) training webinars begin February 13 2018.  If you are interested in participating, contact Joseph Smetak at