End of the Year Contractor Update   
Join Wisconsin's Federal contractors on January 17th for a series of briefings focusing on changes and challenges from 2017.
Confirmed Speakers:
  • William Hughes, Attorney and Shareholder, Husch Blackwell
  • Emily Constantine, Associate, Husch Blackwell
  • Jason Rathsack, Contracting Supervisor, DCMA Milwaukee
  • Daryl Zahn, CFCM, Manager, Contracts & Compliance, DRS Technologies and Past President NCMA Wisconsin Chapter
  • Nathaniel T. Millsap Jr., Director, Industrial Security & Technology, Fincantieri Marinette Marine
  • Aina Vilumson, Executive Director, Wisconsin Procurement Institute and Board Member NCMA Wisconsin Chapter.
Acquisition Hour: The Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR) Series part 4 of 4
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Acquisition Hour: The HUBZone Program- Certification Benefits & New Regulations
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Acquisition Hour: Compliance with New DOD Regulations on Safeguarding Covered Defense Information - A legal perspective by Husch Blackwell
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Acquisition Hour: Cyber Security for Current & Technology
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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1 Solicitations Now Open

SBIR Phase 1 Solicitations are now open for two federal agencies.

The EPA Solicitation is for small businesses to apply for up to $100,000 to demonstrate proof of concept in the following topic areas: air quality, manufacturing, clean and safe water, land revitalization, homeland security, and building construction materials.  
The Department of Energy Solicitation has 31 funding topics available.

Federal Register: Notice of Request for Public Comment


Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).


Notice of request for public comments regarding an extension to an existing OMB clearance.


Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Regulatory Secretariat Division (MVCB) will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for revision and an extension to existing OMB clearances regarding the Buy American statute, Trade Agreements, and duty-free entry. A notice was published in the Federal Register at 82 FR 35528 on July 31, 2017. No comments were received.


Submit comments on or before November 20, 2017.

No surprise: Agencies taking small, slow steps to improve reporting of spending data

The first details of the impact that the three-year-old Data Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act is having on agencies emerged Wednesday.

The Government Accountability Office released its first mandated report on data quality and use. GAO found an expected mixed bag of success and struggles when it comes to standardizing and reporting procurement and grants data.

"In the three years since enactment, the Office of Management and Budget, Treasury and federal agencies have made significant strides to address many of the policy and technical challenges presented by the act's requirements, including standardizing data elements across the federal government, linking data contained in agencies' financial and award systems, and expanding the type of data reported," GAO states in its report. "However, our audit of the initial data submitted by agencies and made available to the public on Treasury's website shows that much more needs to be done if the DATA Act's promise of improving the accuracy and transparency of federal spending data is to be fully realized."

Auditors say agencies continue to struggle with inconsistencies in their data on acquisition awards, reporting incomplete information and ensuring the data meets the need of the end users.

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NDAA Created Panel Requests Suggestions for Acquisition Improvements
The 18-person panel was created in section 809 of the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and amended by section 863(d) of the NDAA for FY 2017, and was tasked with finding ways to streamline and improve the defense acquisition process. They are looking for help from contractors to help identify the 50 WORST regulations, laws, & policies that "must go".  Suggestions can be submitted at   

NDAA busts budget caps with $626 billion for defense    
An authorization for a nearly $700 billion defense budget, a new commercial marketplace for the Pentagon to buy from and a bigger military end strength may become a reality as the House and Senate finished negotiations of the 2018 defense authorization bill this week.
The bill will now go to the House and Senate for amendments and passage before being signed into law by the president.
The bill includes $692.1 billion for defense; $8 billion from other committees will likely be added to that number, House and Senate Armed Services Committee aides said Nov. 8.

SBA request for comment

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is requesting comments on its draft Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2018 - 2022.  Comments must be received on or before Thursday, November 30, 2017 to be assured for consideration.  Details on submission and a copy of the Draft plan are available at 

A streamlined 8(a) application process will be launched on November 15th, 2017 in which incorporates many of the former forms into online questionnaires. The new system will walk users through which forms need to be uploaded.  Applicants will need to have registered in  Currently allows Women Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSB) to more easily manage eligibility documents for the WOSB certification program. The HUBZone certification process is scheduled to be added in 2018. Contact Joseph Smetak at for assistance on this new portal.
DLA Land and Martime Supplier Conference   
DLA Land and Maritime Supplier Conference & Exposition to take place in Columbus, Ohio June 18 - 21 2018.
It's the place to be for defense industry suppliers and vendors wanting to support the DoD. It's an opportunity to meet, to make contacts with federal buyers, and to find out about upcoming opportunities.  Information at   [Note that UPI Manufacturing, a Wisconsin business, is included in the video]