RI PTAC Newsletter | November 2020
Rhode Island Procurement Technical Assistance Center
Doing Business with the VA
Virtual Workshop
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm
RI PTAC and the Rhode Island District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration will host a virtual outreach event with a Small Business Procurement Specialist from the Veterans Administration Regional Procurement Office. Attend this online presentation and learn about how to become a successful small business vendor with the VA. Q & A session after the presentation.

To register please send your name and company name to: ptac@riptac.org
Prior to the session all registrants will receive a link to participate. 
Advanced Technology International
OTA Webinar
November 5, 2020

With the current and on-going OTA cycle, ATI (Advanced Technology International) is offering an OTA101 Webinar on 5 Nov 2020 from 2-3PM EST. ATI is the Consortium Management Partner for the Undersea Technology Innovation Consortium UTIC) and the NUWC’s undersea and maritime Other Transaction Agreement )OTA). You are welcome to register for this 60-min event to learn how your organization can benefit from Other Transaction Agreement-based collaborations.  
OTAs are legally binding agreements that invite creative partnerships and collaboration between industry, academia and government. 

For more information and registration: https://www.ati.org/ota-101-webinar
DoD CMMC Requirements Begin Rollout November 30

Posted on October 8, 2020 by Shane McCall

Recently, the DoD issued an interim rule that will update the DFARS to implement the assessment methodology and CMMC framework for DoD procurements as well as add a new requirement for cybersecurity assessment under the NIST SP 800-171 framework. Here are some of the key points.

The interim rule will be effective November 30, 2020, which is also the date that comments are due. I suspect there will be a lot of comments for this rule, so it’s interesting that the effective date and the deadline for comments are the same. I would suggest getting comments in early to have a better chance of DoD reviewing them.

NIST SP 800-171 Rule
This rule will implement both the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171 DoD Assessment Methodology and the CMMC Framework. But DoD asserts that the two “assessments will not duplicate efforts from each assessment.”

Continue reading full article: smallgov.con

Regulation Updates

SBA Issues Sweeping Regulatory Changes in Response to Presidential Initiative
Bradley Procurement Law News
By Ryan T. Kinder & Nathan V. Graham on October 26, 2020

The Small Business Administration (SBA) recently published a much-anticipated final rule on a series of important regulatory amendments, including the:

  • Consolidation of the 8(a) Business Development (BD) Mentor-Protégé Program and the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program;
  • Elimination of the requirement that 8(a) participants seeking to be awarded an 8(a) contract as a joint venture (JV) submit the JV agreement to the SBA for review and approval prior to contract award;
  • Elimination of the so-called “three in two rule;” and
  • Requirement that a business concern recertify its size and/or socioeconomic status for all set-aside orders under unrestricted multiple award contracts.
Additional regulatory changes from the final rule are listed below....

Continue reading at: SBA Regulatory Changes
National Veterans Small Business Week
November 2-6, 2020

Each year the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) celebrates, connects, and empowers service members, veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses during National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW). This year marks the seventh annual NVSBW.

Join SBA RI district office, resource partners, and other organizations as we celebrate the veteran- and military-owned small business community.

Resources To Help Your Small Business Start, Grow, Pivot, and Recover
Mon, November 2, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where to Find Financing and What Lenders Look for In A Borrower
Tue, November 3, 2020
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Understanding Your Ideal Customers and Tips on How To Find Them
Thu, November 5, 2020
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
State of Rhode Island
Division of Purchases

Ocean State Procures
Ocean State ProcuresTM (“OSP”) is the State of Rhode Island’s new eProcurement system that provides an intuitive, statewide, web-based system that delivers a full “procure-to-pay” process for statewide use. OSP will deliver procurement process efficiencies, creates savings in improved agency/vendor interfaces, offer increased transparency and enhances the overall procurement process. Visit the website at;

Learn how to bid in OSP
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
October 2020
RI PTAC subscribes to Govology, a government contracting training webinar service and our subscription benefits you!
How To Engage and Position During Government Prospect Meetings

November 4, 2020


This webinar will realign your expectations on what to focus on during an initial prospect meeting because it’s NOT about making a sale or discussing your socio-economic status. This training will boost your confidence and your ability to position with new prospects. ...

We will discuss pre-meeting activities, including:
  • research and planning
  • how to facilitate the onsite meeting with your prospect
  • how to control the direction of the meeting, prioritizing your meeting objectives
  • and how to successfully follow-up
Winning Federal Construction Contracts

November 12, 2020

In this webinar, you will learn about the billions of dollars spent by the federal government on construction projects each year, how to assess the size of the market in your state, and things you should understand when stepping into this lucrative but sometimes complex and challenging marketplace. ...
Strategic Pricing

November 17, 2020

1:00-2:30 pm

While numbers and math are critical to accurate pricing, the art of strategy used in developing prices can result in winning (or losing) contracts. Companies need to know the market, their competitors, and current economic conditions (top-down) as well as their costs to perform the work (bottom-up). In this webinar, you will learn how to price for profitability using a hybrid approach to pricing. ...
Job Costing for Improved Profitability

November 19, 2020

1:00 - 2:30pm
Job costing, a direct requirement for the SF 1408, involves the gathering of the costs of materials, labor, and overhead associated with a particular job. This webinar will identify the requirements of job costing, review the advantages, and show you how to use job costing to improve your company’s profitability. ...
Federal Contractors’ Evolving Cybersecurity Requirements

December 3, 2020


We know that the CMMC is going to be a mandatory element for anyone who wants to work with the Department of Defense. Knowing what is required and needed for your company is as important as knowing your proprietary and confidential information is safe from unscrupulous hackers or inadvertent mishaps. In this course, you will learn about the different cybersecurity requirements for DoD contractors, what they mean, and much more. 
If you are interested in viewing any of the above
Govology Webinars contact your PTAC Counselor or email: PTAC@RIPTAC.org for
log-in information.
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
Rhode Island Commerce Corporation
Resource Information for Small Business Assistance

 COVID-19 Info Line: (401) 521-HELP

Please visit the Commerce website for information about programs and initiatives available for businesses
Restore RI
The Restore RI grant program provides grants up $30,000 for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

For more information visit: https://commerceri.com/about-us/restore-ri/
Business Adaptation Grants

The Business Adaptation Grant Program is targeted at companies with business models (products and/or services) that have been dramatically constrained and significantly impacted by the public health emergency resulting from the COVID 19 pandemic. The program is designed to support affected businesses in adapting their business models and/or operations in substantial ways.