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Marketplace 2019 

Thank you to all who came together to make Marketplace 2019 a success!

Congratulations to the award winners:

Large business:
  • WBE: Coakley Brothers and Brothers Interiors - Milwaukee
  • MBE: Greenfire Management - Milwaukee
Small business:
  • MBE: PeroDigm Design Studio LLC - Cambridge
  • WBE: Red Shoes Inc. - Appleton
  • SDVB: Nagel Architects LLC - Elm Grove
Rising star:
  • MBE: LEDSENS LLC dba Safelumin - Oconomowoc
  • WBE: Genesis Health Consulting LLC - Milwaukee
  • SDVB: Saving Ourselves LLC - Milwaukee
     
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
11/5/19
Acquisition Hour: Service Contracts with Federal Agencies
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11/12/19
Acquisition Hour: Procurement Methods
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11/6/19 
Acquisition Hour: Key Ideas Associated With CUI Requirements and DFARS 252.204-7012
Webinar 
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11/19/19
Acquisition Hour: The Future of SAM.gov
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The Contacting Academy 
 
Last week WPI and WEDC hosted The Contracting Academy (TCA) on October 23rd as a pre-session to Marketplace.  TCA attracted over 135 attendees interested in receiving technical training on topics supporting State and Federal contracting.   Sessions were presented by representatives from DCMA, WI DOA, WisDOT, WPI, CTC, as well as industry partners - DRS Naval Power Systems, Aeroforce Logistics, Dakota Intertek and Complete Mobile Dentistry. If you are interested in joining the next TCA sessions, please watch the newsletter for dates and locations.   If you are interested in providing training or sharing topics of interest, please contact Hilary DeBlois at hilaryd@wispro.org.  
   

Important notice:  FBO is moving to beta.SAM.gov
   
Starting on November 8, 2019,  FBO is moving to beta.SAM.gov. To ensure vendors have no gaps in functionality or performance, read our 
Contractor Quick Start Guide . For more information, please read the  Federal User Transition Quick Start Guide .  If you need additional assistance, please contact Kim Garber at kimg@wispro.org or call 414-270-3600.  
 

Participants Sought for Survey on Cybersecurity Issues for Small & Mid-Sized Businesses
 

SUBJECT:  PROCESS FOR ACCESSING ITEM TECHNICAL DATA WITHIN CFOLDERS SUBJECT TO EXPORT CONTROL
 
On or about October 31, 2019, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) will institute a single process for accessing technical data within its Collaboration Folders (cFolders) that is subject to export-control under either the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  DLA will limit distribution of the export-controlled technical data to DLA suppliers that have an approved US/Canada Joint Certification Program (JCP) certification; completed the "Introduction to Proper Handling of DOD Export Controlled Technical Data Training"; the DLA "Export-Controlled Technical Data Questionnaire"; and have been approved by the DLA controlling authority to access the export-controlled data. Instructions for obtaining access to DLA export-controlled data can be found at:   https://www.dla.mil/HQ/LogisticsOperations/EnhancedValidation/.
 

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation RFI
 
The Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Acquisition & Sustainment) (OUSD(A&S)) in the Department of Defense is seeking information, from non-profit organizations, related to the establishment of an Accreditation Body for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program.  DOD contractors and subcontractors are encouraged to take a look at the document. The CMMC program will serve as a verification mechanism to ensure appropriate levels of cybersecurity controls and processes are adequate and in place to protect controlled unclassified information (CUI) that resides on the Department's industry partners' networks.  https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=4a4b539a0e347e540b30b3121916031c&tab=core&_cview=0
    

Department of Veterans Affairs Contract Clauses Revised
 
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has revised both 852.219-10 VA Notice of Total Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Set-Aside and 852-219-11 VA Notice of Total Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) Set-Aside through a deviation dated July, 2019.  The clause revisions add that the nonmanufacturer rule and the limitations on subcontracting apply to all SDVOSB and VOSB set-asides and sole source contracts.  
 
Contractors must be VA verified and VIP-listed at time of offer and at time of award.  Also, for compliance with the limitations on subcontracting, only VIP-listed firms shall be considered eligible and/or "similarly situated".  Eligible firms further agree to the following: 

Services - it will not pay more than 50% of the dollar amount paid by the government for contract performance  to firms that are not VIP-listed.  Supplies or products - it will not pay more than 50% of the dollar amount paid by the government for contract performance to firms that are not VIP-listed, for a contract for supplies from a nonmanufacturer it will supply the product of a domestic small business manufacturer or processor unless a waiver is granted.  General construction - it will not pay more than 85% of the dollar amount paid by the government for contract performance  to firms that are not VIP-listed.  Special trade construction - it will not pay more than 75% of the dollar amount paid by the government for contract performance  to firms that are not VIP-listed.  Subcontracting - any work that VIP-listed subcontractor further subcontracts will count towards the percent of subcontract amount that cannot be exceeded.  For supply or construction contracts, cost of materials is excluded and not considered to be subcontracted. Under SDVOSB set-asides, VIP-listed firms must be SDVOSB.  Under VOSB set-asides, VIP listed firms must be VOSB or SDVOSB.

 
In addition, on July 12, 2019, the Department of Veterans Affairs issued a class deviation that impacts numerous small business-related clauses in FAR part 52.   
 
In solicitations for total and partial Small Business Set-Asides, the VA will include FAR 52.219-6 Notice of Total Small Business Set Aside (DEVIATION 019-01) and 52.219-7 Notice of Partial Small Business Set-Aside (DEVIATION 2019-01) respectively.  These clauses have been revised to make the nonmanufacturer rule only applicable to Small Business Set-Aside Contracts that Exceed the Simplified Acquisition Threshold (SAT).   The clauses also indicate that, when the nonmanufacturer rule applies and the contractor is providing an item that it did not manufacture, the entity must (1) provide an item that another small business has manufactured in the United States, (2) be primarily engaged in retail or wholesale trade and normally sell the type of item being supplied, and (3) take ownership or possession of the item it will be providing with its personnel, equipment or facilities in a manner consistent with industry practice.     
 
In solicitations for contracts expected to exceed the SAT, and that are set-aside for small businesses, 8(a) participants, HUBZone small business concerns, EDWOSB, or WOSB, the VA will include 52.219-14 Limitations on Subcontracting (DEVIATION 2019-01).  The subcontracting limitations have changed under this deviation and are as follows:
  • Services - it will not pay more than 50% of the dollar amount paid by government for contract performance to firms that are not similarly situated entities.
  • Supplies (other than acquisition from a nonmanufacturer) - it will not pay more than 50% of the dollar amount paid by government for contract performance (excluding materials) to firms that are not similarly situated entities.
  • General construction - it will not pay more than 85% of the dollar amount paid by the government for contract performance (excluding materials) to firms that are not similarly situated entities.
  • Special trade construction - it will not pay more than 75% of the dollar amount paid by the government for contract performance (excluding materials) to firms that are not similarly situated entities.
  • Subcontracting - any work that a similarly situated subcontractor further subcontracts will count towards the percent of subcontract amount that cannot be exceeded.
In solicitations for HUBZone set-asides, Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) set-asides, and Economically Disadvantages Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) set-asides,  the  VA will include 52.219-3 Notice of HUBZone Set-Aside or Sole Source Award (DEVIATION 2019-01), 52.219-30 Notice of Set-Aside for, or Sole Source Award to, Women-Owned Small Business Concerns (Deviation 2019-01) and 52.219-29 Notice of Set-Aside for, or Sole Source Award to, Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business Concerns (Deviation 2019-01) respectively.  Also, in solicitations using full and open competition the VA will include 52.219-4 Notice of Price Evaluation Preference for HUBZone Small Business Concerns (DEVIATION 2019-01).  All of these revised clauses reiterate the same subcontracting limitations specified in 52.219-14 Limitations on Subcontracting (DEVIATION 2019-01).  Note, however, these clauses will be found in the applicable set-aside contracts - even those estimated to be under SAT.  These clauses also include the following requirement regarding the nonmanufacturing rule:  
  • Nonmanufaturer - Unless the Nonmanufacturer rule is waived, when the contractor is providing an item that it did not manufacture, the entity must (1) provide an item that another small business has manufactured in the United States, (2) be primarily engaged in the retail or wholesale trade and normally sell the type of item being supplied, and (3) take ownership or possession of the item it will be providing with its personnel, equipment or facilities in a manner consistent with industry practice.     
 
Please use the following links to read the actual VAAR and FAR clauses https://www.va.gov/oal/library/vaar/vaar852.asp#85221910   and  https://www.va.gov/oal/docs/business/pps/deviationFar20190718.pdf These revised clauses should be in VA solicitations issued after July, 2019.
 
Please contact Carol Murphy at carolm@wispro.org  -  414-270-3600 or Helen Henningsen at helenh@wispro.org  -  414-270-3600 if you have any questions.
 
  

The DOD SBIR 20.1 Announcement  
  • SBIR Pre-Release Begins on December 10, 2019
  • Announcement Opens on January 14, 2020
  • Announcement Closes on February 12, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. ET
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