Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI) Annual Meeting and Wisconsin Federal Contractor Forum - January 30th

WPI is celebrating 32 years, but it is not about us.
It is about the businesses we serve and the services and products they provide to our country.

The WPI Board of Directors would like to invite you to join them, government contractors from around the state and government influencers for a discussion on the "State of Government Contracting in the State" and how to expand Wisconsin's Federal contracting power to truly increase businesses sales, profits and jobs.

Acquisition Hour: The SBA 8(a) Certification Program

Federal HUBZone Program: Obtaining Certification and Maximizing Opportunities
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Acquisition Hour: The HUBZone Program - Certification, Benefits & Regulations
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Acquisition Hour: Introduction to Certifications Available to Woman Owned Businesses
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SBA 'beats the odds' by finalizing several major contracting regulations 
In November 2018, Federal News Network and procurement expert Larry Allen set some odds about whether certain acquisition regulations would be completed sometime in 2019.
For the most part, the odds makers were not optimistic, given the fact that during 2017 and 2018, the  number of FAR rules that were either proposed or finalized were scarce.
So here we are a year later, and it's nice to be able to report that the Small Business Administration, at least, may just have beaten the odds on several important procurement provisions.
Over the last few weeks, SBA finalized rules to improve the HUBZone program, to change the way the government calculates small business sizes based on earnings and a half dozen other rules that have been in the works since the 2015.
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12th Annual End of Year Federal Contractor Update 
On January 23rd, join Wisconsin's Federal contractors for a series of briefings focusing on changes and challenges!
Topics this year will include:
  • Federal Case Law Update
  • Export Controls and Security Issues
  • 2019 Updates in Contract Management
  • 2019 FAR and DFAR Updates
  • 2019 Small Business Updates
  •  Impact of Mentor- Protégé, Joint Venture, and Affiliation regulations on Small Businesses 
  • End of Year Blog
Speakers include:  
  • William Hughes, Attorney,  Husch Blackwell LLP
  • Natalia Kruse, Attorneys, Husch Blackwell LLP 
  • Jason Rathsack, Group Lead, Business Operations, DCMA Milwaukee
  • Eric Ness, Wisconsin District Director, US SBA
  • Nathaniel Milsap, Director, Industrial Security & Technology, Fincantieri Marinette Marine
  • Daryl Zahn, CFCM, Manager, Contracts and Compliance, DRS Naval Power Systems, Inc.
  • Helen Henningsen, Government Contract Specialist, Wisconsin Procurement Institute
  • Aina Vilumsons, CEO, Wisconsin Procurement Institute
This year's event will be held in Oshkosh.  

SBA All Small Business Mentor Protégé Program Update
Are you a small business looking at the SBA All Small Business Mentor Protégé Program as a way to grow your business?  Here are the basics of what you need to know.  The SBA approves the Mentor Protégé agreement and is set up for three years.  The agreement can be extended for another three year period.  Once the six years are completed, then the agreement expires.  A small business may have two mentors over the life of the business, therefore, small businesses should select their mentors very carefully.  In order to bid on federal contracts, a joint venture must be formed after the Mentor Protégé agreement has been approved.  The joint venture is set up for two years and can only be awarded three contracts during those two years.  On November 8, 2019, the SBA has proposed a rule change that would remove the three contract maximum.  The joint venture would still be set up for two years, however, they would be able to be awarded more than three contracts.  Note that if the joint venture was awarded a one year base contract with 4 option years that the joint venture would need to remain in existence for five years to complete the contract obligation.  The SBA is also proposing to merge the 8(a) Mentor Protégé program with the All Small Business Mentor Protégé Program.  This would reduce the burden to have the joint venture 8(a) contract approved by the SBA prior to contract award.  Comments on the proposed rule must be received before January 17, 2020.  More information is available through the Federal Register at the following link:   
WPI is hosting a webinar presented by Shane Mahaffy from the SBA on The SBA 8(a) Certification Program on January 14, 2020.  More information and registration are located on WPI's website at the following link: 

House passes 'progressive' defense bill, 377-48  
WASHINGTON, In a strong bipartisan vote, the House passed a compromise defense policy bill that authorizes a new Space Force and $738 billion for the Pentagon. However, a small but vocal group of Democrats voted against it because of the absence of new war powers restrictions, arms control language and border wall mandates. The vote was 377-48.
Beyond the 3,488-page bill's role in authorizing the defense budget, lead House Democrats highlighted a number of reasons for their caucus to vote for the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. Paid parental leave for federal workers was at the top, with a new process to redress military medical malpractice cases, improvements to scandal-plagued military housing, the elimination of the military " widows tax" and prohibitions on the military's use of "PFAS" chemicals.
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How do I follow and respond to a solicitation or get added to the IVL (Interested Vendors List) now that FBO is no longer available?
A  user account is required in order to access additional functionality beyond the basic public search.  If you are interested in saving searches, following contract opportunities, requesting secure documents or signing up for an Interested Vendor List, you will need a account in
How do I sign up for an Interested Vendor List? At transition, current Interested Vendor Lists (IVL) will transfer to You do not need to take any action for IVLs in place at the time of transition to ● You will need an account tied to an entity to use the new IVL. Be sure to select an entity when creating your  account. ● If the notice has been set to allow entities to show interest in possible responses, you will then be able to click the 'Interested Vendors List' from the opportunity page. ● You can select to add or remove your entity. ● The contracting officer who manages the notice sets both the IVL use and viewing options. ● If your entity is added, the entity details from your registration will be visible to the Contracting Office. If the notice has been set to allow access to the list, everyone on the list will be able to see other entities who have expressed interest.     
You will need to have the role of Government POC in assigned to you by your entity's administrator in order to bid on the solicitation.  WPI is available to assist you if you have questions regarding creating your and your accounts. 

For additional information or assistance contact Kim Garber at 608-444-0047 or   

Happy Holidays from WPI