RI PTAC Newsletter | May 2020
Rhode Island Procurement Technical Assistance Center
We regret to inform you that due to the many factors beyond our control
Matchmaker 2020 event is CANCELLED

Refunds will be processed for all registrants and sponsors
Businesses nationwide are focused on the impact of Covid-19 and the future economic impact with thoughts of how to deliver their service and products. Below is some information about our plan to continue to deliver PTAC services to our clients. RIPTAC counselors have transitioned to remote work for the continued support of your government contracting needs.

  • Anything that can be done in our office is now done remotely, we hope to still provide seamless services to our clients.
  • Until further notice - in-person workshops and meetings have been canceled, postponed or transferred to virtual online formats.
  • RIPTAC currently has a subscription to Zoom for virtual meetings. For those businesses who would like to speak face to face with their counselor request a Zoom meeting.

Your PTAC counselors are available to assist you, just from a distance!


GSA was notified of a fraudulent website which is using the same look and feel of the real SAM.gov and the same look and feel of the real login. gov ( http://login.gov/ ) sign-in page.

The website at:   https://sam-gov.org   is  NOT  a legitimate web site. Do not enter any information on this website.
GSA is investigating this as a security risk!
NSF COVID Funding and How to Submit

Wednesday, April 29 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (EST)

This seminar hosted by Rhode Island Commerce, Rhode Island PTAC, STAC will review
essential information for crafting a competitive proposal to meet the mission, standards and requirements of the NSF SBIR/STTR program. Training will focus on the changes based on COVID-19 Training will include information and advice on:

• What COVID-19 funding is available
• Requirements for submitting COVID-19 proposals
• Preparing a pitch
• Review process

Presenter: Jerry Hollister, Principal Consultant, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting
Jerry Hollister is a BBCetc Principal Consultant, joining the company in 2017 with 30 years of leadership experience in government, higher education, non-profit and for-profit enterprises. After earning an engineering degree from the University of Michigan, he served as commissioned Naval Officer in the Civil Engineer Corps and a warranted Contracting Officer for the Dept. of Defense. Prior to joining BBCetc, Jerry was COO for Michigan-based start-up Niowave, a developer of superconducting electron accelerators. Jerry was instrumental in Niowave receiving $20 million in SBIR awards.

About BBCetc
BBCetc is nationally recognized for its success in helping emerging companies win SBIR/STTR fundingand use it strategically to propel growth. BBCetc’s Michigan clients have been awarded over $213 million in funding since 2002. www.bbcetc.com / 734.930.9741 / info@bbcetc.com / @BBC_etc

US Army Corps Small Business Opportunities
The Army Corps Small Business Office in Concord, MA has asked that we share the attached instructions with construction related firms who are ready, willing and able to help upgrade facilities in the very near future. They will be working on a number of projects throughout New England and they know that finding contractors is going to be a challenge. Bids will be posted at beta.sam.gov so if your bid match is active you will receive a notification. Additionally, you may get an email/call with details to provide a quote.

If you are a prime contractor, please make sure your SAM.gov registration is active, it will make the process much smoother. Subcontractors aren’t required to have an active SAM.gov registration yet we strongly recommend that you do. If you need help or have questions about doing an update or a new registration, please reach out to your PTAC Counselor. Click on the link below for more information.

Naval Underwater Warfare Center - Division Newport
Long Range Acquisition Forecast is available for review
please click on the link below:

Visit the NUWC Division Newport’s LinkedIn Page

Rhode Island Commerce Corporation
Resource Information for Small Business Assistance

  COVID-19 Info Line: (401) 521-HELP
  E-mail: info@commerceri.com

Please visit the Commerce website for information about programs and initiatives available for businesses
   Website : commerceri.com/covid-19/
Upcoming Events

2020 DLA Land and Maritime Supplier
Conference and Exhibition!


25-26 August, 2020

The conference will be held 25-26 August, 2020 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Additional details will be posted on DIBBS in the coming months. 

Upcoming Webinars
May 2020
RI PTAC subscribes to Govology , a government contracting training webinar service and our subscription benefits you!
Laying the Foundation of Government Contracting Accounting

May 5, 2020


This webinar will cover the basic principles and regulations for government contract accounting. You will understand why it is important to segregate direct and indirect costs, learn about cost pools, and know how to set up a basic govcon chart of accounts and more...

After taking this training, you will

  1. Know the basic principles and regulations for government contract accounting
  2. Understand why it is important to segregate direct and indirect costs
  3. Understand cost pools
  4. Be able to set up a basic govcon chart of account

E ssential Far Performance Clauses For Federal Construction Contractors

May 14, 2020

1:00-2:30 pm

In this webinar, experienced government contracting attorney Maria Panichelli of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel will discuss several issues commonly arising in construction contracts, and the FAR clauses that govern these issues. Using real-life examples, Maria will walk attendees through how to deal with issues such as Changes, Differing Site Conditions, Defective Specifications, Delays and Suspensions, while complying with the FAR, and avoiding conflict with the government.

In this webinar, attendees will learn how to:
  • Identify “constructive” or implied changes
  • Understand and comply with notice requirements
  • Distinguish between types of differing site conditions
  • Understand the difference between design and performance specifications
  • Differentiate between delay, disruption, and inefficiency, acceleration and suspension
Fundamentals of Indirect Rates

May 26, 2020

1:00-2:30 pm
This session will focus on the most common cost pools utilized by government contractors and a single rate approach to indirect rates. We’ll describe the composition of each cost pool, explain the acceptable allocation bases, and walk you through a few calculation examples. Every participant will receive access to an online indirect rate calculator and downloadable tool.
Putting the CMMC in Terms Everyone Can Understand

May 28, 2020

1:00 - 2:30pm
The CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification) is not optional - going forward, the government will require all government contractors to obtain their CMMC. This webinar will help you understand how you can obtain basic cyber hygiene through the CMMC verification mechanism to ensure appropriate levels of cybersecurity practices and processes are in place. ...

This 90-minute session includes discussion and examples of:
  • CMMC definition and overview 
  • Why CMMC is needed
  • How CMMC relates to your business
  • Defining Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)
  • How to Identify and control CUI
  • Introduction to CMMC levels and domains
  • Applying Controls, Capabilities, and Practices within your organization
  • Strategies to obtain certification
  • Deciding if certification is worth the effort
  • Preparing for CMMC on your own
  • Preparing for CMMC using vendors’ products and services
  • Ongoing strategy for the Maturity of your environment
If you are interested in viewing any of the
Govology Webinars contact your PTAC Counselor for login information.