RI PTAC Newsletter | May 2021
Rhode Island Procurement Technical Assistance Center
Missle Defense Agency
Virtual Conference
May 11-13th
This year the MDA Office of Small Business Programs Virtual Conference is sponsored by The Catalyst and the HUBZone Council. The virtual conference is designed to assist Small Businesses in doing business with MDA by providing information about opportunities to support the Missile Defense System requirements in upcoming procurements and provide matchmaking with MDA Prime Contractors, Government representatives, and networking with other Small Businesses.

To register visit: MDA Registration & Info

For companies trying to break into the government market for the first time, past performance can seem a bit like the old chicken-and-egg conundrum. Sometimes it can appear like a company can’t win a government contract without a strong record of past performance–but can’t build a past performance record without contracts! And with the government’s continued movement away from lowest-price, technically acceptable evaluations, past performance seems increasingly important.

But that doesn’t mean the government always has to consider past performance as an evaluation factor. Instead, as a recent GAO bid protest decision confirms, procuring agencies have broad discretion to omit past performance in appropriate cases....

Continue Reading: Past Performance

GSA Region 1 - Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)

Marketing your GSA Schedule webinar

May 20, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

The purpose of the Marketing your GSA Schedule webinar is for GSA Schedules contractors to provide an overview of GSA, the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU); Discuss the importance of market research, Tools to conduct market research, Key Components for your Strategy, Advantages of Being a GSA Schedule Contract Holder, Tips for Success and points of contact for assistance.
GSA Providing Automatic 180-Day Extension of Expiring Entity Registrations in SAM.gov

The U.S. General Services Administration is working to support implementation of many aspects of the American Rescue Plan Act. GSA’s Integrated Award Environment specifically is working to administer relief for certain entities already registered in SAM.gov in order to do business with the government.

To help reduce burden, there will be a 180-day extension for SAM.gov registrations that have expiration dates ranging between April 1, 2021, and September 30, 2021. This effort is intended as relief for those otherwise required to re-register during that time frame. This does not impact entities registering for the first time during this time period. No action is required on the part of registrants. 

How Does Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Affect Small Businesses?

The first step to learning about the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is to understand DoD’s mission. The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body, also known as the CMMC-AB, "establishes and oversees a qualified, trained, and high-fidelity community of assessors. CMMC-AB also manages the ecosystem and oversee all the entities that can deliver consistent and informative assessments to participating organizations against a defined set of controls/best practices within the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Program."

The CMMC Model is both created and managed by the Department of Defense (DoD). The CMMC-AB reviews and combines various trusted cybersecurity standards and best practices and uses them across several knowledge levels that range from basic cyber hygiene to advanced. continue at: CMMC

The New Design of beta.SAM.gov is Here

The wait is over! After much hard work, user feedback and helpful suggestions from stakeholders, the new design of beta.SAM.gov has arrived! GSA’s Integrated Award Environment (IAE) unveiled the new look-and-feel of beta.SAM.gov on April 26, 2021, a design offering an enhanced search experience, new landing pages for each domain, as well as a centralized space for help and training resources.  

The new design sets the stage for the full integration of SAM.gov into the beta.SAM.gov environment on May 24, 2021. Current users of beta.SAM.gov have roughly a month to become familiar with the new look-and-feel of beta.SAM.gov before the two systems merge.

To review the site: Beta.SAM Conversion

SeaPort-NxG and Contracts Council Meeting

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division Newport (NUWCDIVNPT) will be hosting a “SeaPort-NxG and Contracts Council” Meeting, Tuesday, 1 June 2021 virtually via MSTeams.
These meetings are held approximately every six (6) months as a means of facilitating and encouraging communications between the NUWDIVNPT Contracts Department and Industry.

Points of Contact
Registration: All interested attendees must register by providing your Name, Company, CAGE Code, Size Status, Phone Number and E-mail address, to Ms. Sarah Heard at sarah.heard@navy.mil, by Wednesday, 26 May 2021.

Questions: Registered attendees should submit questions (for Industry Q&A) to Ms. Sarah Heard at sarah.heard@navy.mil, by Friday, 14 May 2021. 

Tentative Agenda:
• 0900 - SeaPort-NxG Council Meeting
- Welcome and Introductions
- Contracts Department (Code 02) Leadership presentations
- Small Business (Code 00K) presentation
- Industry Q&A
• 1130 - Event Concludes

Representatives from Code 02 Contracts and representatives from NUWCDIVNPT Departments will be in attendance.

Question & Answers will be published to the NUWCDIVNPT’s "Business" Website following the event.  

Wed, June 9, 2021
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM 
DLA Distribution invites you to attend the DLA Distribution Virtual Industry Day on June 9, 2021. The purpose of this forum is to provide industry partners an avenue to learn about the mission of DLA Distribution and to encourage an open dialogue and exchange of information and ideas with industry partners.

Industry will hear from the organization’s staff and gain insight into DLA Distribution’s strategic and operational objectives and how to do business with us.

For more information and to register: DLA Virtual Industry Day
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
May 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.

Doing Business with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

May 6, 2021
FEMA supports disaster relief efforts throughout the United States. In this presentation, you will learn about FEMA’s procurement process and the most commonly procured products and services; Which federal agencies support FEMA during an emergency declaration or major disaster declaration; and much more. ...
Presenting Accounting Information to Non-Accountants

May 11, 2021
1:00-2:30 pm
As an accountant presenting financial information to non-accountants, it's important to take the approach that some of the accounting jargon you typically use around your peers may not be easily received by a non-accountant audience. In this webinar, Mr. Jones will discuss what should be shared with non-accountants in your organization and how to adjust your accounting presentation to fit this unique audience. ...
The Supreme Court’s Kingdomware SDVOSB Decision: Five Years Later

May 13, 2021
1:00 - 2:30pm
For service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses and veteran-owned small businesses, the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2016 Kingdomware decision was a game-changer. But five years later, where does the VA stand with implementing Kingdomware’s “veterans first” mandate, and how have the lower courts interpreted and applied the decision? Government contracts attorney Steven Koprince wrote a brief in Kingdomware’s favor and was in the courtroom when the case was argued.  
Financial Freedom Comes at a Price! It’s Your Wrap Rate

May 18, 2021
1:00 - 2:30pm
Do you worry about how to price your services? Do you wonder if all of your costs are covered?
Growing companies in federal contracting face this question all the time. A wrap rate is like a magic formula – unique to your company – that allows you to price low enough to win the contract and yet high enough to be profitable. It’s a magic formula because it may change with every bid, depending on the type of work you are going after, how competitive the market is, and how badly you want to win. Once you learn how the math works, the next challenge is determining your actual wrap rate, now and in future forecasting.
A Primer on Service Contract Labor Standards
– McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA)

May 19, 2021
1:00 - 2:30pm
Contractors performing service contracts for the federal government must comply with a set of labor standards dictated by statute and regulations. Principal among these is the requirement to pay employees the certain minimum prevailing wages and fringe benefits dictated by DOL wage determinations or collective bargaining agreements. In this webinar, Mr Mattox will highlight and discuss the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) standards and how contractors must comply.
 This training includes 
  • How to set up your account; 
  • How to search for opportunities; 
  • How to search by your manufacturer’s CAGE codes, established National Stock Numbers, and keywords.
  • How to perform/complete the online bidding process; 
Whether you already use DIBBS or need to learn the basics, this webinar will accelerate your understanding and expertise.
In this webinar, you will learn how to make bid-no bid decisions in ways that will end your sleepless nights and save you thousands of dollars as well as months in time. You’ll learn the steps and some of the secrets Judy Bradt teaches her clients to easily notice 12 signs that the buyer probably has someone else in mind and know just what to do next. Each step includes critical concepts that successful companies master as they launch and grow their government contract business. 
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