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  Doing Business with the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Veteran Affairs

On July 13th, in Rhinelander, join WPI and Nicolet College Workforce and Economic Development for the opportunity to learn about 3 federal agencies with procurement portfolios of over $18.5 Billion in opportunities. Registration is free but required.  Learn more at www.wispro.org/events.

UPCOMING EVENTS
6/21/17
Acquisition Hour: Learning About Surety Bond Guarantee from the SBA

7/11/17

Defense Supplier Diversity
Sourcing Conference
Milwaukee
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7/5/17
Acquisition Hour: Invoicing DOD Using WAWF/IRAPT
Webinar
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7/12/17

Intro to Federal Procurement
W ater
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GSA Plans to Roll 10 Websites Into One

The General Services Administration (GSA) is testing an ambitious plan to fold 10 websites that amass contractor registration and award data into one site: a thoroughly revamped System for Award Management (SAM), two GSA officials told a Washington procurement conference April 19.

The updated test site, to be called beta.sam.gov, will launch between July 1 and September 30, Katherine Rollins and Christy Hermansen, GSA's project manager and design lead, respectively, said during a Discussion at the Government Procurement Conference, sponsored by the Federal Business Council.

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Number of multiple award contracts drop, can OMB's new requirements continue the trend?

Efforts to stop the proliferation of multiple award contracts have found limited success. Data from Bloomberg Government shows while the number of MACs governmentwide- Defense Department and civilian agencies- have dropped since 2012, but there are still more than 2,600.

The total number of MACs have dropped by 239 in the five years since the Office of Management and Budget implemented the requirement to submit a business case for any new multiple award contract that will be worth more than $50 million over the life of the vehicle.

Privacy Training Requirements for Federal Contractors  

Under a final rule issued by the Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), effective January 19, 2017, federal government contractors must now comply with new privacy training requirements regarding protection of personally identifiable information (PII). The new rule adds Subpart 24.3 (Privacy Training) to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and a new standard contract clause (FAR 52.224-3) implementing the new requirements. These changes reflect that security and privacy are crucial elements of a comprehensive, strategic, and continuous risk-based program in Federal agencies.

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The 59 OMB policies your agency no longer has to worry about

The Office of Management and Budget is cleaning out its policy closet and in its first sweep found 59 data reporting requirements that are no longer necessary.

Of those 59 requirements, 50 have been rescinded and nine have been modified or suspended for the near future.

"Our first phase release of what we've been calling reducing the burden. Reducing the burden means OMB has been looking at over 250 management directives that we've issued to see which ones are duplicative, obsolete, redundant or just low value," said Linda Springer, a senior adviser at OMB during a press briefing on June 15. "This is something we've required ourselves to do as part of the broader reorganization and assessment of what we are doing. OMB is not exempt. So this is really our first part."
 
 
 
 
NAICS Code Definitions

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by federal statistical agencies in classifying businesses for the purpose of collecting, analyzing and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. economy.  A NAICS code is required for SAM registration, small business programs and other requirements.  The US Census Bureau has posted a downloadable version of the updated NAICS code definitions at  
 
100 Years and Counting...

Oshkosh Corporation, Wisconsin's largest Federal contractor will be celebrating 100 years this year.