RI PTAC Newsletter | August 2020
Rhode Island Procurement Technical Assistance Center
Defense Logistics Agency

DLA has started a cancellation effort on purchase requisitions used to create contract actions that replenish inventory stock levels for depots (e.g. stock buys) related to Class IX consumable items. The cancellations will result in a lower regeneration of requirements destined for depots the remainder of FY20.

In addition, Suppliers will notice a reduction on the amount of solicitations for stock buys available for quoting on DIBBS. DLA staff anticipate it will take approximately a week to complete the cancellations, reassess inventory levels, and adjust stocking parameters before any new stock purchase requisitions are generated: https://www.dibbs.bsm.dla.mil//notices/msgdspl.aspx?msgid=1034
Cyber Hygiene is the Key to CMMC Compliance Preparedness
By Ralph Kahn,
Vice President of Federal.Tanium
July 21, 2020

As contractors work to address individual cybersecurity vulnerabilities, most have implemented a complex patchwork of point products that don’t integrate, are difficult to manage and keep patched, and can’t give the IT leadership team a full view of the threats.

The Defense Department’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, or CMMC, auditing process aims to create consistent cybersecurity practices for contractors that do business with the federal government—and protect the defense supply chain from security breaches.

The full story can be found at:
Energetics Technology Center

Building America's Digital Fortress -
DoD First 5G Tower

SoCal TechBridge announced the MCAS Miramar is the first U.S. military base with access to Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband service and will act as a 5G “living lab,” facilitating collaboration between the Department of Defense and commercial partners.

The network will expand to 12 towers over the next year. 5G technology is vital to maintaining America's military and economic advantages. Attend out webinar August 25, to see how you can assist as DoD continues to roll-out this capability across the country.
Tue, August 25, 2020 from 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT

WOSB and EDWOSB Certification Improvements

 On July 15, 2020, the certification process for Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) and Economically Disadvantaged WOSBs (EDWOSBs) changed as SBA implements Congress’ changes to the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program (WOSB Federal Contracting Program), as put forth in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

These new regulations make it easier for qualified small businesses to participate in the WOSB Federal Contracting Program by improving the customer experience. At the same time, the SBA is strengthening oversight and maintaining the integrity of the certification process.Once the new WOSB Federal Contracting Program regulations go into effect:
  • SBA will provide a new, free online certification process for WOSBs and EDWOSBs.
  • SBA will allow participation from firms certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Center of Verification and Evaluations, provided they meet all eligibility requirements.
  • SBA will allow continued participation from businesses that utilize approved ThirdParty Certifiers (TPC) to obtain WOSB or EDWOSB certification.
  • SBA will eliminate the current selfcertification option from certify.sba.gov, effective October 15, 2020.

Rhode Island PTAC
Staff contact information

Melody Weeks PTAC Program Manager
(401) 528-9619 email: melody.weeks@commerceri.com

Louis Francis PTAC Counselor
(401) 528-9114 email: louis.francis@commerceri.com

Kaileigh Carroll PTAC Counselor
(401) 528-9466 email: kaileigh.carroll@commerceri.com

Charlene Bouthillette, Program Coordinator
(401) 278-9129 email: charlene.bouthillette@commerceri.com
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Webinars
August 2020
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How To Give Your Federal Buyer What They Want At Fiscal Year-End

August 6, 2020


Join us and learn what your federal buyers want (including things they’re not telling you), and how to get through to them, a lot sooner than you ever imagined. You’ll learn how to uncover and avoid common missteps and will come away with the simple but powerful steps you can take right now to smooth your path to the win.

Each step includes critical concepts that successful companies master as they connect and win work with federal buyers who need what they have to offer.
Debunking SBIR Myths: How to Protect the Value of SBIR Program Authorities

August 11, 2020

1:00-2:30 pm

This webinar provides insight into the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program regulations, common SBIR myths, and how to develop effective strategies to protect and enhance your data rights, value and wealth under the SBIR program. 

Attendees will learn how SBIR policies differ from other government contracting regulations and, more importantly, how to address the government’s misinterpretations, reluctance to take advantage of SBIR program authorities, and/or deliberate attempts to reduce a small business’s SBIR data rights.
Cost Accounting Standards

August 20, 2020

1:00 - 2:30pm
The Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) are a unique set of requirements designed to achieve uniformity and consistency in the cost accounting principles followed by defense contractors and subcontractors.

During this webinar, we will provide an overview of CAS, how it affects your accounting system policies and procedures, and the importance of incorporating the standards regardless if a contract is CAS-covered. ...

August 27, 2020


In late 2019, the SBA issued a final rule, making several changes to the HUBZone program. In this course, government contract attorneys, Ian Patterson and John Mattox discuss these changes as well as SBA’s related guidance and provide an overview of the HUBZone program’s requirements, including:
  • Ownership, control, and other HUBZone eligibility criteria.
  • Benefits: HUBZone set-asides, sole-source contracts, and price preference.
  • The principal office rule and why it may not be your headquarters. 
  • The 35% employee rule and the “attempt to maintain” standard. 
  • And more......
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The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Office of Small Business Programs offers monthly webinars to educate small businesses and others about DLA's mission and opportunities to participate in our various military supply chains.

Hear directly from experts at the diverse buying commands as they discuss the DLA Small Business Program and requirements, which include procuring military spare parts, food, fuel, uniforms, medical supplies, and construction material for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, 10 combatant commands, other federal agencies, and partner and allied nations.

For more information and to register for a monthly session: https://tko.dla.mil/Public/Main.aspx
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