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DIBBS New Password Requirements

 
Due to a change in DoD Security requirements, DIBBS will be implementing a new password requirement on or about August 29, 2019 .   The new rule involves how many characters have to be changed each time a new password is being created compared to the previous password.  Currently it requires 4 characters to be changed and the new requirement will be 8 characters.  For ease of transition, below are all the requirements, including this new change, for a DIBBS password:
 
DIBBS Password Format
 
At a minimum, your password must be at least 15 characters long and can be as long as 60 characters.

Your password must contain at least 2 characters from each of the following 4 classes listed in the chart below:

    1. English Upper Case Letters: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    2. English Lower Case Letters: abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
    3. Westernized Arabic Numerals: 0123456789
    4. Non-alphanumeric (special characters) @ # $ % ^ & + . = !

Password must have no more than 4 Upper and Lower Case letters in a row, or 4 numbers in a row. (i.e. aBcD, 5678, not aBcDf or 56783)
 
Password must have the first 3 characters be different (i.e. abc but not aab, abb, bab, etc.)
 
Password cannot have more than 1 special character in a row (i.e. @@)
 
Password cannot begin or end with a '!'.  An ampersand (&) cannot be the first special character used in any position.  It can be the second or sub sequential special character used.

New password must differ from your last 10 passwords.

New password characters must differ from previous password by at least 8 characters.  A change from an upper case letter to a lower case letter and vice versa does constitute a change in a character.  

Passwords are valid for 60 days.
 
Passwords should not contain words from any language, because numerous password-cracking programs exist that can run through millions of possible word combinations in seconds.

Passwords should be complex, but one you can easily remember. For example, Msi5%Y0ld%ni$8! (My Son is 5 years old and is great) or Ihl1Cf20#yNi$8! (I have lived in California for 20 years now and is great). These examples will not be allowed.

Passwords should not contain personal information such as names, telephone numbers, account names, birthdates, or dictionary words.
 
When a new password is established, log off, then log back on with your new password.  This not only tests your password but also logs your account activity in DIBBS.  (NOTE:  If your account was locked for inactivity, a password change by itself does not count as activity.) 
 
It is recommended to change passwords with Internet Explorer or Firefox to avoid possible issues.
 
 
 
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Responding to a Sources Sought Announcement and the Interested Vendor List
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Small Business Academy & USDOT Credit Tune-up
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9/19/19
Fourth Annual La Crosse Small Business Academy
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 13th Annual Government Opportunities Business Conference (GOBC) Lessons Learned  
 
WPI was proud to co-host the 13th Annual Government Opportunities Conference (GOBC) at Volk Field with Juneau County EDC, Ft. McCoy and Volk Field.    If you would like access to the event presentations, you can do so through our client portal at https://www.wispro.org/client-portal/   We will also be posting videos of some of the presentation soon - we will announce when ready.   BUT nothing replaces the face to face networking and sales meetings that an event such as this can support.    We thank our speakers and partners for their continuing support of this event.   We still have the website available - check it out at https://volkfieldsbconference.org/   AND congratulations to the Capability Statement Award winners listed on the main page!
A few post event comments:
  • I had the opportunity to talk to one of the agency representatives from the event.  He was working on his year-end buying.  He said he looks forward to the event as it gives him new contractors to talk to and reconnect with the old.  He also said he searches the DSBS [US SBA database] for sources - often by NAICS.  He commented that many of the registered businesses did not have a CAPABILITIES NARRATIVE completed.  Those companies were unfortunately passed up.  LESSON LEARNED - maintain a complete profile in DSBS
  • Follow up with the people you met - continue the relationships.
  • Remember that SMALL is GOOD - and teaming / partnering BUILDS CAPACITY. 
  • If WPI can be of any assistance on any of the topics presented, please contact us.
The next two major events that will focus on the government market will be:
  1.  The Contractor Academy (TCA) - a new initiative of WPI and WEDC.  TCA is an opportunity for businesses to grow their technical knowledge of contracting with the State of Wisconsin, Federal Government and Government Prime contractors.   The event is scheduled for the morning of October 23, 2019 in Milwaukee prior to the start of Marketplace Wisconsin. https://www.wispro.org/event/contracting-academy-milwaukee-wi/ 
  2.  Marketplace Wisconsin - Governor's Conference on Diverse Business Development.  WPI will again this year be working with the event organizers to coordinate educational opportunities and buyer meetings at the event.  Early registration is now open https://www.marketplacewisconsin.com/
 
 
   

No Longer Utilizing U Solicitations

Automated solicitations will no longer utilize a "U" in the ninth position starting with solicitations with an issue date of Tuesday, August 13. The "U" had designated an auto re-solicitation as unrestricted when the requirement previously had been a set-aside. These types of re-solicitations will now utilize a "T" in the ninth position, just like all other automated solicitations. The "U" is being reserved for future use. Any questions, please contact the DIBBS helpdesk at dibbsbsm@dla.mil.  



Updated SBA Size Standards
 
Revised SBA Size Standards were released on August 19, 2019, by the Small Business Administration. Visit https://www.sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-guide/size-standards


Department of Energy SBIR and STTR Funding Opportunities Announcement

U.S. Department of Energy has published 35 topics under the FY20 Phase I Release 1 Funding Opportunities Announcement (FOA) for the current Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs.
 
A listing of the topics and the solicitation are located on the following DOE website: https://science.osti.gov/sbir/Funding-Opportunities 
 
The DOE is particularly interested in providing support to U.S. women-owned, and socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses located anywhere in the U.S. and its territories that work with advanced technologies. Also, to any U.S. small, advanced technology firms currently located in the following under represented states, districts, and territories which includes Wisconsin.
 
For interested individuals and businesses the following are two critical and key dates:
 
Letter of Intent Due Date: Tuesday, September 03, 2019 5:00pm ET
Application Due Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 11:59pm ET
 
Assistance with the process and application is available through DOE's Phase 0 program and the Wisconsin Procurement Institute.



DOD SBIR/STTR Release Announcement  
 
The DOD SBIR 19.3 and STTR 19.C Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) topics are now in pre-release! You can now view topics, ask questions through the SITIS Q&A system, and contact topic authors directly (contact information is listed with the topic).
 
This BAA will officially open for proposal submission on September 24, 2019!
 

 
FBO moving to beta.SAM.gov 
 
FBO is moving to - beta.SAM.gov - starting on November 8, 2019
Until then, FBO (https://www.fbo.gov) remains the authoritative source for Federal Business Opportunities. Once FBO has fully transitioned, you will be directed to beta.SAM.gov for contracting opportunities.
Visit https://beta.SAM.gov today to preview new features like saved searches and the ability to follow notices.
For more information, please visit the beta.SAM.gov learning center or read our fact sheet.
 
Beta.sam.gov
On Beta.sam.gov you can search for opportunities in SAM by entering a keyword, solicitation ID, or an agency name into the search field, and use filters to narrow your results. Visit and check out this new site, its functionality and get ready for the transition.
--- explore the various types of information that is available from the following databases. -
  • Assistance Listings
  • Contract Opportunities
  • Contract Data
  • Entity Information
  • Federal Hierarchy
  • Wage Determinations
While you don't need a user account to view contract opportunities , in future releases you will be able to access additional capabilities-such as
  • saving searches
  • adding yourself to an opportunity's Interested Vendors List
  • signing up to receive regular updates on opportunities
Steps to take to prepare for this move.
To access functionality beyond searching for and viewing public information, users will need to register for a https://beta.sam.gov account which requires the user to also create and use login.gov. To proceed there are a series of steps.
Step 0 - Have your email, associated with the email you will use, open it in a separate Tab
Step 1 - Select Sign-in at the top right.
Step 2 - On the login.gov page scroll to the bottom and select Create an account
Step 3 - Enter the email address which you want associated with this account and submit
Step 4 - The submission of the email address will trigger a confirmation email. Open it and respond as requested.
Step 5 - Create a Strong password which is defined as at least 12 characters - that's it!
Step 6 - login-gov uses two factor authentication. Enter a phone number and select how to be contacted. The options are by text message or phone call. Each method will provide a one time use code. If the contact method is text message and text message with a six digit code will be sent by text to the phone number entered. If the method of contact is voice, a call will be placed to the phone and the six digits will be spoken. Once the code is received enter it. These codes will expire after 10 minutes.
Step 7 - Select a second form of security - options are
 
    
 
 
 
Webinar Series for Information Management & Security 
 
WPI will be hosting an Acquisition Hour series: Information Management and Security for Federal Contractors. The schedule for the series as well as other webinars available can be found at https://www.wispro.org/faqs/what-is-wpis-webinar-schedule/. Questions or suggestions for new topics, please contact Benjamin Blanc at benjaminb@wispro.org or 414-270-3600. 
 
 
InfoSec Bulletin - August 2019
 
The following InfoSec Bulletin contains information on "the ubiquitous nature of digital data and what to do about it".