13th Annual Wisconsin Government Opportunities Business Conference (GOBC) - New Registration Deadline

 Registration has been extended to July 23rd for the 13th Annual GOBC conference, held at Volk Field July 30 and 31s t. Businesses from the Midwest will have the opportunity to participate in two days of technical training with a focus on Infrastructure Opportunities, Federal, State and Local Government Opportunities, Information Security, Manufacturing and Teaming.

Small Business Size Standards: Adjustment of Monetary-Based Size Standards for Inflation
U.S. Small Business Administration.
Interim final rule with request for comments.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA or Agency) is adjusting the monetary-based industry size standards (i.e., receipts- and assets-based) for inflation that has occurred since the last adjustment in 2014. These size standards will be reviewed again as part of the ongoing second 5-year review of size standards, as mandated by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (Jobs Act). Also adjusted for inflation are receipts-based size standards that apply to sales or leases of Government property and stockpile purchases.
Effective Date: This rule is effective August 19, 2019.
Comment Date: Comments must be received on or before September 16, 2019.

The End of the Fiscal Year is Here: What is Hot & What is Not

Government Property Management for Federal Contractors & Subcontractors
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WPI Travels to Washington, D.C. by Aina Vilumsons, Chief Executive Officer, WPI   
I had the pleasure of hearing from the GSA Administrator, Emily Murphy, at the Women Impacting Public Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. in June.   Since her appointment in 2017, Ms. Murphy has initiated major changes at GSA including the phased consolidation of GSA schedules, the Phase III SBIR pilot program and the increasing support of education and industry engagement with the FAST 2020 Conference (April 2020 in GA  

Ms. Murphy also discussed topics including the eBuy Open Pilot, Category Management and other upcoming initiatives and changes in direction and policy.   I also had the opportunity to learn about shifts in contracting methods, mentoring strategies and cyber initiatives.
Attending and participating in industry / agency forums and conferences that provide your business the most current and intimate knowledge on government opportunities and priorities, process and regulatory changes, as well as interaction with successful and experienced contractors and seasoned resources is critical.   There are an increasing number of industry days, conferences, forums and other types of events that provide an opportunity for new and experienced contractors to meet with buyers, decision makers and policy makers and influencers.    Choose wisely.   Some have limited value while others are invaluable.  
WPI hosts several significant opportunities each year to meet with agency representatives, technical experts and policy makers.   Contact either Hilary DeBlois ( or me ( to discuss what opportunities are coming up locally, regionally and nationally.  

DOD Proposes to Accelerate Payments to Small Contractors and Subcontractors

The Department of Defense (DoD) is proposing a rule that would revise the Defense Federal Acquisition Supplement to implement section 852 of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (Public Law 115 - 232) which provides for accelerated payments to small business contractors and to small business subcontractors by accelerating payments to their prime contractors.
The proposed rule would:
  • Require DoD to establish, to the fullest extent permitted by law, an accelerated payment date for small business contractors, with a goal of 15 days after receipt of a proper invoice if a specific payment date is not established by contract;
  • Require DoD to establish an accelerated payment date for contractors that subcontract with small businesses, with a goal of 15 days after receipt of a proper invoice, if: (1) A specific payment date is not established by contract, and (2) the contractor agrees to make accelerated payments to the subcontractor without any further consideration from, or fees charged to, the subcontractor;
  • Prohibit contractors from requiring any further consideration from, or charging fees to, their small business subcontractors when making accelerated payments under this rule.
DoD estimates that 40,282 contractors (including 30,498 small businesses), or about 99 percent of the past average, will receive accelerated payments each year under the new rule.
  • The text of this proposed rule and related information is posted here.
  • Comments on this rule are due by July 30, 2019 and can be submitted here.
  • Advocacy contact: Major Clark.

The Government's Historic Spending Spree Continues

Driven largely by the Defense Department, the federal government's discretionary spending spiked to a seven-year high in fiscal 2018, with agencies obligating more than $554 billion for products and services, up $100 billion from 2015.

According to official spending data from the Government Accountability Office, the Defense Department accounted for $358 billion in contract obligations while civilian agencies, like the Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security departments, obligated $195 billion.

The government closed the 2018 fiscal year on a massive spending spree -due in part to funding increases after a delayed budget agreement-and early fiscal 2019 spending data indicates the government isn't slowing down its contract spending.

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FBI warning: Foreign spies using social media to target government contractors 
The US Federal Bureau of Investigations has sent a warning to private sector partners about foreign intelligence services using social media accounts to target and recruit employees with US government clearance.
"FIS [foreign intelligence services] officers will use popular US-based platforms and their respective countries' social media platforms for personal and intelligence gathering/operations purposes," the FBI said in a security alert the agency sent out in April.
The warning, authored by the FBI's Washington Field Office, in coordination with the FBI's Office of Private Sector (OPS), was sent to government contractors whose employees hold various levels of security clearances.
Report: Wisconsin's Small Businesses Received $780 Million in Prime Federal Contracts in FY 2018
MILWAUKEE - The U.S. Small Business Administration's release of the Fiscal Year 2018 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard shows a record-breaking $120.8 billion in prime federal contracts - 25.05% of the federal contracting dollars - were awarded to small businesses. The FY 18 numbers are an increase of nearly $15 billion over the previous fiscal year and mark the sixth consecutive year the federal government exceeded its small business contracting goal. Here in Wisconsin, $780 million in federal contracts went to area small businesses.
"These record-breaking national numbers are a win-win, as, along with supplying the government with the goods and services needed to operate, they support our nation's small businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as their employees and local communities," SBA's Great Lakes Regional Administrator Rob Scott said. "The accomplishments here in Wisconsin are a direct result of our continuous government-wide focus on increasing small business contracting opportunities. This focus starts at the top with the President's commitment to small businesses and funnels through to our field offices' outreach efforts focused on helping them start, grow and expand."
The value of a federal contract is illustrated by Wisconsin's Advancia Aeronautics' success in recent years. In 2018, it secured an $8.3 million federal contract with the Defense Health Agency. As a result of its work with the U.S. government, Advancia has built its capacity to expand resources for more growth and increased revenue.
"The $780 million in federal contracts that small businesses here in Wisconsin secured represents an incredible impact to our economy and supports job creation innovation, and growth," SBA's Wisconsin District Director Eric Ness said. "Many Badger State businesses grow and expand when they win federal contacts, which can generate a stable income stream even at smaller dollar levels."
InfoSec Bulletin - July 2019
The following InfoSec Bulletin touches on a family of online techniques used by cyber criminal to gain access to your computer or personal information.