RI PTAC Newsletter | March 2021
Rhode Island Procurement Technical Assistance Center
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Phase 2 SBIR/STTR Proposal Workshop

Federal agencies make SBIR/STTR awards as contracts or grants. Contracting agencies look to procure service or technology that will benefit the government. Learn how granting agencies support R & D and accept investigator-initiated research projects that align with their mission. The second of this two-part series will outline the granting agencies and it will emphasize the difference of Phase II proposals. You’ll learn:
      How to report on Phase I progress
     The importance of keeping your program officer informed
     The key elements of commercial plans
 The difference in emphasis from Phase I vs Phase II proposals
     Making sure your team is more mature and complete for Phase II

March 11, 2021
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Phase II SBIR/STTR with Granting Agencies
This webinar will discuss the essential information needed for crafting a Phase II proposal that meets the mission and requirements of granting agencies. Learn the key elements for Phase II funding and what it takes to work with NIH, NSF, DoE, USDA and NOAA.

Although it was already apparent, recent events have made it even clearer that cybersecurity is an essential concern for government contractors. The coming year is poised to include many cybersecurity-related changes and developments. Below we highlight just a few:

Continued Rollout of Department of Defense’s CMMC Program
The Department of Defense (DoD) interim rule for its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Program went into effect November 30, 2020. Although full CMMC implementation will not be achieved until 2025, a number of steps must be taken by contractors in the coming year. First, registration and reporting of assessment scores in accordance with the DoD Assessment Methodology (based on National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171) in the Supplier Performance Risk System (SPRS) are now required of all DoD contractors and subcontractors that handle controlled unclassified information (CUI)... Continue reading: cyber considerations 2021
Government Contracting
and RI's Small Manufacturers

March 10, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm

Polaris MEP Center Director Kathie Mahoney discusses government contracting with RI PTAC Program Manager Melody Weeks.

Together, they’ll bust myths about government contracts holding smaller RI manufacturers back from pursuing these sales.

Learn about the overall benefits of government contracts to manufacturing companies and what resources can help you win valuable business.

For more information and to register: Polaris registration
To make it easier for idea generators to CONNECT with our Air Force and Space Force science and technology experts and opportunities: go to this new website https://airforcetechconnect.org/

Today, more than ever, the Air Force is looking for ideas to keep them on the cutting-edge of new and innovative technologies.

The Tech Connect team, comprised of AFRL personnel, connects quality, relevant ideas/technologies with DAF Subject Matter Experts. The team will review ideas/inquiries, provide feedback on innovative ideas, and establish a dialogue with potentially interested Air Force and Space Force programs.

Buy American Act
Domestic Component Threshold Gets A Raise

A new FAR final rule recently went into effect that has increased the percentage for the domestic component requirement under the Buy American Act, a percentage that had been in place for nearly 70 years before this recent change.

Originally passed in 1933, in simple terms, the Buy American Act (BAA) encourages Federal agencies to procure domestic materials and products which are intended for domestic use, so long as the procured items or the materials thereof are present in sufficient and reasonably available commercial quantities and of a satisfactory quality, with some waivers that may apply.

Continue reading full article: Buy American Act
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 supply chains.

Hear directly from experts at our diverse buying commands as they discuss the DLA Small Business Program and our 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: https://tko.dla.mil/Public/Main.aspx
NASPO Exchange Virtual Conference
April 13 – 15, 2021
The NASPO Exchange is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for businesses to meet state government purchasers from across the nation. This event provides businesses with information about the procurement process and the opportunity to meet directly with state procurement staff. Please share this message with any business in your network that you feel would benefit from attending.
NASPO Exchange brings states and businesses together to learn more about state government needs, how to participate in bids for their business, and more!
click for more details about the NASPO event: NASPO 2021
Rhode Island PTAC
Staff contact information

Melody Weeks PTAC Program Manager
(401) 528-9619 email: melody.weeks@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 Webinars
March 2021
RI PTAC subscribes to Govology, a government contracting training webinar service and our subscription benefits PTAC clients!
If you are a PTAC client and interested in viewing any of the below Govology Webinars, contact your PTAC Counselor or email: PTAC@RIPTAC.org for log-in information.
What does the Department of State buy? Who are the people in the State Department as well as its bureaus and missions? What opportunities can you procure? These are just a few of the questions we will answer. This webinar will help small businesses understand the contracting process, opportunities, requirements, and market research practices to succeed in capturing business at the US Department of State. ...
Federal Proposals require a team effort. Part of the process is color team reviews. The color team reviews are proposal development milestones at which subject matter experts and team members work to improve the pursuits' win potential. You will learn how to apply color team reviews to your process.
Detailed Preparation of the Incurred Cost Proposal Part I: General & Job Cost Ledger Related Schedules

March 9, 2021

1:00-2:30 pm
Government contractors subject to the Allowable Cost and Payment contract clause (FAR 52.216-7) must submit to the government an adequate incurred cost proposal (ICP) within six months after the end of the fiscal year. A completed ICP provides the contractor with their claimed rates, which, when approved, become final indirect rates for the period in question. For an adequate submission, contractors must know all the components of the incurred cost proposal and understand the proper treatment of costs to accurately calculate indirect rates. 
You will learn about various federal small business certification programs, including Small Business Self Certification, Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) & 8(a), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone), Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB), and Economic Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB).
Communicating with Government Contracting Officials: What Can (and Should) Contractors Really Say and Do?

March 11, 2021

1:00 - 2:30pm
In this webinar, government contracts attorneys Shane McCall and Steven Koprince debunk some of the most common myths and misunderstandings held by contractors, including when and how you can communicate one-on-one with a contracting officer, who has authority to modify your contract, what to do when an unauthorized official gives you instructions, how the government gratuities rules differ from standard commercial practice, and much more.

Five Federal Lead Sources You Need To Know

March 16, 2021
1:00 - 2:30pm
Do you keep seeing a ton of “opportunities” but not enough work your company can win? Or does all the set-aside work keep going to someone else? Help is here. Join us to discover how successful GovCons figure out who their players are at all layers and start to get in front of them long before the requirements are written with someone else in mind. ...
How To Take Advantage of Your Socio-Economic Status Effectively – It’s Not What You Think

March 18, 2021
1:00 - 2:30pm
 In this webinar, you will learn real-world tactics, strategies, and examples of how to “softly” communicate your status, differentiate from the competition and facilitate a perception of corporate maturity. You will learn methods to communicate quantifiable and qualifiable metrics that focus on the value of your solutions. You will also receive a step-by-step process on introducing yourself and your company at conferences, with partners and government decision-makers, what to do during government meetings, and how and when to properly communicate your socio-economic status. ...
Defending Bid Protests: A Primer on Intervention

March 30, 2021
1:00 - 2:30pm

In today’s increasingly competitive federal market, bid protests are an inevitable feature of many procurements. Contractors may receive an award notice, only to be told several days later that the contract is on hold, all because of a bid protest filed by a disgruntled competitor. If you have ever found yourself in this position, you may know how hard it can be to find answers and how quickly you can miss an important deadline in the meantime.  
Rhode Island Commerce Corporation
Resource Information for Small Business Assistance

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