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Acquisition Hour: The Procurement Integrated Enterprise Environment (PIEE) Part 2 – Other Modules


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CONNECT! Green Bay Packers Mentor-Protégé Program Networking Event (In-Person)

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Cyber Friday – CMMC: DFARS 252.204-7012; Information Security – Similarities and Differences


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Cyber Matters! FREE Practical Cybersecurity Workshop for Diverse Companies

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The Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) is only for Federal prime contractors.



Although Federal prime contractors are required to have a current SAM registration with UEI, many large Federal prime contractors are now requiring that their subcontractors also obtain and keep ACTIVE their UEI .

If you are in need of assistance in obtaining your UEI or updating your SAM.GOV registration, please contact WPI at 414-270-3600 or


The Acquisition Regulation Comparator (ARC) is now live on!

The ARC provides users the ability to compare up to 3 regulations side by side. The results are displayed in a column layout, with regulations compared at the part/subpart level and lined up by the sections. 

  • Phase 1 release: This phase included the FAR, GSAR, and DOD acquisition regulations.
  • Phase 2 release: This phase will be released soon and will include all civilian agency acquisition regulations.

This project is a successful collaborative effort between DAU and GSA.

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SAVE the DATE for the Evening FAR series starting February 7, 2023 Register Now 

Feds Launch Website to Push Out Information on CHIPS Act Funding

The U.S. Commerce Department on Thursday launched a website that will provide information about funding opportunities under the $54.2 billion bipartisan CHIPS semiconductor bill President Biden signed into law earlier this month.

The site lists the administration’s implementation priorities that Biden also announced Thursday in an executive order.

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Federally Funded Research to be Free and Publicly Accessible Under New White House Guidance

A memo issued by the acting director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy requests federal agencies update and implement their public access policies by the end of 2025.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy directed federal agencies on Thursday to begin adopting policies that would make taxpayer-funded research free and accessible to the general public. 

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For the First Time, Government Asks Public for Input on Census Design

Recommendations from the public will help ensure that the Census Bureau is using the right tools and technology to reach all residents in the 2030 census.

The U.S. Census Bureau is asking the public for suggestions to help guide the planning and design of the 2030 census, with an eye toward soliciting recommendations on how to use new technologies, data sources and other tools to encourage more people to respond to the next census.

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On or about September 1, 2022, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) will reactivate robotic process automation (RPA) technology to provide suppliers a monthly advanced notification email for 1 contract awards created in the past 30 days and 2 contract deliveries due in the next 30 days. The email will include Excel attachments with applicable information. The attachments will not be all inclusive and are focused on contract actions supporting on-time delivery metrics. Suppliers are encouraged to review these files to verify awards have been received and shipments are scheduled to meet on-time delivery.

A single notification email will originate from the DLA activity having the majority of awards. See link for sample email.

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DLA will be changing the current 8-digit Purchase Requisition (PR) number range to a 10-digit number range that will initially start 7000000000. This change will become effective on or during the weekend after September 30th. Suppliers should make any necessary adjustments needed to internal systems to accommodate this change. This will have a minimal impact on many suppliers as 10 digit PR numbers are already in use for many basic long term contracts (these begin with a 1 followed by nine digits). 

If you need assistance, please contact Marc Violante at or call 920-456-9990

Pentagon planning new guidance to help contractors squeezed by inflation

The Defense Department is preparing new guidance that would give its contracting officers more flexibility to reimburse vendors whose costs have ballooned because of inflation, updating an earlier policy document that industry groups complained did too little to prevent contractors from bearing the full brunt of higher prices.

The update is in the final review stages and should be published within the next week, said Dr. Bill LaPlante, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition and sustainment. A key focus would be to offer relief to companies who signed firm fixed-price contracts with the government before inflation took hold.

“If you’re in an FFP contract that was signed in 2020, it’s gotta suck when it’s 2022 with an inflation rate of 10%. That’s what I’m worried about,” he said during a conference hosted by Defense News on Thursday. “We want to keep our industrial base whole, we want to keep them solvent. We need them. That’s what we’re after.”

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Our Cyber Friday series returns! 

11:00 - Noon 


  • September 23: CMMC: DFARS 252.204-7012 - Similarities and Differences
  • October 7: Four Key Building Blocks to Use in Developing and Implementing a Comprehensive System Security Plan
  • October 21: Vetting and Creating Agreements with Subcontractors and 3rd Party Service Providers
  • November 4: Developing and Implementing Essential Security Policies, Practices, and Procedures
  • November 18: Incident Identification, Reporting Requirements, and Recovery
  • December 2: Designing and Using Security Exercises to Test and Improve Security Programs

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 September 21, 2022
2:30 - 5:00 pm
The event will be in two parts.

Part 1 is the panel, “Roadmap to doing Business with Private Companies and Public Agency Partners.” The panel will have representatives from a government agency, industry representatives, and general contractors who will discuss how to do business with their organizations.

Part 2 is reserved for networking. The networking will give businesses an opportunity to network with corporate buyers, resource providers, government agencies, lenders, and more.
Additional information will be posted at this page closer to the event.
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 September 27, 2022

9:00 am - Noon


The Contracting Academy (TCA) is an opportunity for businesses to grow their technical knowledge of contracting with Federal Government, State/Local Government, and Government Prime contractors. The series of workshops will benefit established businesses looking to grow and develop their government sales.

The September 27, 2022 TCA sessions will cover these topics:

  • State of Wisconsin Goods & Services
  • State of Wisconsin Construction, A/E & Related Services
  • This event will include the opportunity to meet individually with State of Wisconsin buyers

TCA is presented by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI).

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 September 27, 2022

1:00 - 5:00 pm


You know that cybercrime is dangerous – it threatens your business and puts your customers at-risk. These criminals mass produce attacks that reach even the smallest companies, freezing operations and taking your attention away from running your business.

We know you’ve been bombarded by information. People sharing extreme examples of companies losing everything, customers’ private information disappearing, and victims unable to recover.

There are also service providers reaching out to help. Usually, the solutions seem either very complicated, too expensive, or both. The vendors seem more interested in selling you expensive solutions that are too hard to implement, rather than helping you.

All of this makes cybersecurity seem like an issue that big companies can handle with ease, but smaller organizations don’t have a prayer!

That’s about to change!

On September 27th, you can engage with some of the best cybersecurity resources in Wisconsin. These people understand smaller companies and in just a few hours with us, you will:

  • Understand the true threat
  • Come away with several immediate, practical actions that will make your operations more secure
  • Access professional resources to develop a practical plan
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