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 U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Industry Day - Construction and A/E Opportunities in Rural Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan - Green Bay  
 
This unique event will focus on opportunities for contractors and subcontractors with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in construction, Architectural/Engineering (AE), environmental and related trades for both veteran and non-veteran owned businesses.
Topics will include:
  • Current and future opportunities at the Iron Mountain/Tomah facilities in Construction and A/E
  • Basics of Federal Contracting
  • Responding to a Department of Veterans Affairs requirements
  • Joint Ventures, Mentor Protégé and other teaming agreements
  • The Department of Veterans Affair Verification Process for Veteran and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses
VA contracting personnel will be participating in this event and will be discussing actual and upcoming projects at these facilities. In addition, representatives from the, US Small Business Administration and Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI) will be available.
 
Networking opportunities will be available. Light lunch will be served.
In addition, site visits will be available on April 24th and 25th, 2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the Tomah VA Medical Center in Tomah, WI and the Oscar G Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, MI. 
 
There is no cost but advanced registration is REQUIRED to participate in the VA Industry Day and Site Visits. On-site registration will not be available.  If you have questions please contact Carol Murphy at carolm@wispro.org or  Cassie Hutzler at 414-270-3600.  


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Growing Your Small Business with the DBE Program
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4/30/19
Update on the Hour Wage Labor Law
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Doing Business with the UN
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5/8/19
6th Annual DOD Contract Management Update
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Notice 
 
SAM.gov will be down for scheduled maintenance Saturday, 03/16/2019, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EST).

 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Business Opportunities Open House

 
Chicago -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chicago District hosted a Business Opportunities Open House Feb. 20 for large and small firms, nonprofit agencies, higher education institutions, and partners to meet District leadership including Program Managers, Project Engineers, Contracting, Small Business, and other District personnel to discuss upcoming projects, solicitations, and business opportunities.  
 
"It's an honor to meet you and make some connections and talk about doing business," Col. Aaron Reisinger, commander, USACE Chicago District, greeted attendees with a call for a larger array of small businesses to partner with the Corps.  
 
Around 150 businesses were invited to the event at the Chicago District's headquarters on South La Salle St. The format was an open forum networking event, with various departments at exhibit tables around the room where businesses could meet the District's staff for construction, safety, civil, mechanical, electrical, structural, interagency and international services, public affairs, emergency management, contracting, and small business.
The purpose of the event was to provide direct access to leadership and to Corps officials most knowledgeable about the district's operations, missions, and future requirements. The Chicago District's mission focuses on flood risk management and storm damage reduction, navigation, environment, regulatory, emergency management, and interagency and international services. It's one of seven districts that comprise the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division. Its other districts include Buffalo, Detroit, Huntington, Louisville, Nashville, and Pittsburgh.
 
Michelle Williams, deputy for Small Business, encouraged everyone to continue to attend outreach events like this, and to monitor the district's (www.lrc.usace.army.mil) and Federal Business Opportunities websites ( www.fbo.gov).   
 
The Army Corps of Engineers Districts in Chicago as well as Rock Island frequently works with Wisconsin Procurement Institute events, such as the Annual Volk Field / Fort McCoy Small Business Conference.  
 
For more information and how to do business with the Army Corps of Engineers, visit  www.lrc.usace.army.mil/smallbusiness/.  
 
For a list of current contract opportunities, email  lrc.sbo@usace.army.mil.
You may also contact Mark Dennis at WPI, for information on USACE and other federal opportunities at markd@wispro.org .
   
 


Cyber gushes from 2019 spending bill, if you know where to drill

 
When you dive into the fiscal 2019 budget sometimes you need a miner's hat, and sometimes you need just to be an oil driller.
 
Where a miner must go underground and chip away at rock to find the IT "gold," a driller just has to know where to start.
 
That is the case with cybersecurity in the 2019 budget - hitting just the right spot brings a gusher of black cyber gold.
 
The best place for drilling is in the Department of Homeland Security's section where the Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) now lives.

 Continue reading at FEDERALNEWSRADIO.COM 
 

Addressing Cybersecurity Oversight as Part of a Contractor's Purchasing System Review 
 
On January 21, 2019, Under Secretary for Defense Ellen M. Lord  issued a memo  to defense acquisition leaders her intent to audit the DoD supply chain for  DFARS compliance  . The memo states that she has called upon the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) to audit all prime contractors for compliance and assess their processes for compliance with the primes' tier one suppliers.
 

ENHANCED JOINT CERTIFICATION PROGRAM PROCEDURES

DLA has enhanced its Joint Certification Program (JCP) registration and validation procedures. Selected National Stock Numbers (NSNs) will require additional permissions to access the associated technical data. In the event a vendor cannot access the technical data for a NSN in DLA cFolders, the vendor must submit a onetime request to jcpvalidation@dla.mil for technical data access consideration. If a vendor has inquiries after having submitted required information to the JCP office, these inquiries are to be directed to DLAJ344DataCustodian@dla.mil.

DLA processes the vendor's technical data request on a first come, first served basis. Failure to comply timely with required information may result in lack of consideration for DLA solicitations. It is vitally important that vendors provide correct company official name(s) and contact information in all correspondence. DLA will wor k diligently on validating vendor requests. Vendors will be notified within 3 business days of when their requests were approved. However, DLA cannot guarantee that it can complete all validation requests by the due date for any solicitation responses.
 


19 Minutes to Escalation: Russian Hackers Move the Fastest
 
New data from CrowdStrike's incident investigations in 2018 uncover just how quickly nation-state hackers from Russia, North Korea, China, and Iran pivot from patient zero in a target organization.

It takes Russian nation-state hackers just shy of 19 minutes to spread beyond their initial victims in an organization's network - yet another sign of how brazen Russia's nation-state hacking machine has become.
 
CrowdStrike gleaned this attack-escalation rate from some 30,0000-plus cyberattack incidents it investigated in 2018. North Korea followed Russia at a distant second, at around two hours and 20 minutes, to move laterally; followed by China, around four hours; and Iran, at around five hours and nine minutes.
 

 
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The purpose of this bulletin is to be an information resource for individual involved with developing, managing or integrating requirements of programs such a CUI, ITAR, EAR and JCP. It is also our hope that our readers will share information, their thoughts and experiences/suggestions. We realize the power and value of a network and would like to tap into the knowledge and resources of our readers. Our goal is simple - to benefit all. We encourage questions and have established the following email address for this purpose - infosec@wispro.org or call Marc Violante at 920-456-9990. 
 
 

NCMA Solicits Public Review Comments on the Draft Contract Management Standard Publication (Closes March 12, 2019)
 
The National Contract Management Association is soliciting public review comments from interested parties on the draft Contract Management StandardTM (CMS) Publication. This requirement is being done to develop a new American National Standard (ANS) through the accreditation processes of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).  
 
The CMS reflects the combined knowledge of government and commercial buyers and sellers, as well as academicians, regulatory authorities, and consultants. The CMS is intended to be applied by contract managers using the judgment required to adapt to any unique circumstances of the reader. Consequently, the CMS provides guidance to the contract management profession without restricting technological advancement or freedom to operate. The CMS describes the nature of contract management in terms of the contract manage­ment processes created through the integration and interaction of job tasks and competencies, and the purposes they serve.
 
 
 
Open SBIR /STTR Solicitations
 
Visit SBIR.gov  for a listing of open solicitations from federal agencies in a one-stop place. Solicitations are open from NASA, Department of Transportation and Department of Education to name a few.  
 
 

 EEO-1 Report  

NOTE to all Federal contractors required to complete the EEO-1 - Notice posted to EEOC website - Due to the recent partial lapse in appropriations, the opening of the EEO-1 has been postponed until early March 2019. The deadline to submit EEO-1 data will be extended to May 31, 2019. Details and instructions for the 2018 EEO-1 Report filers will be forthcoming. Please continue to visit the EEO-1 website in the coming weeks for schedule updates.  If you have any questions or need assistance please contact Ben Blanc at benjaminb@wispro.org.