February 23, 2021
The Importance of Being Familiar with FAR 9.103 and 9.104
Marc Violante, WPI

All companies both primes and subcontractors need to be familiar with FAR 9.103 and 9.104. Success in the federal marketplace in part depends upon awareness of these requirements and being able to put forth information that provides the necessary documentation needed for a contracting officer to make a determination.

If you have questions on this topic, please contact Marc Violante at MarcV@wispro.org or call (414) 456-9990 
Changes Coming for SAM.gov and BETA.SAM.gov Spring 2021
Kim Garber, WPI

The General Services Administration launched beta.SAM.gov in 2017 as the modernized environment where the 10 Integrated Award Environment (IAE) systems will become one. To date, three IAE systems have migrated into beta.SAM.gov completely and some functionality from a fourth system has also merged into the new environment.  Next up is SAM.gov, where users register to do business with the federal government, find exclusion records, and perform other tasks. After the merger, the system will be known only as SAM.gov (no more “beta”). 

If you have questions on this topic, please contact Kim Garber at KimG@wispro.org or call (608)444-0047
Forecast of Contracting Opportunities Tool

The goal of this tool is to provide a nationwide dashboard of upcoming federal contracting opportunities. All projected procurements are subject to revision or cancellation. Final decisions on the extent of competition, small business participation, estimated value, or any aspect of the procurement are made if/when a solicitation is posted to beta.SAM.gov. Forecast data is for planning purposes only and is not a commitment by the Government to purchase the described products and/or services.   
DLA Land and Maritime Procurement Initiatives - Request for Information

DLA Land and Maritime uses Requests for Information (RFI) as a standard business process with the purpose of collecting written information about the capabilities of various suppliers. A list of L&M RFIs can be found below (note this list may not be all inclusive). Per FAR 15.201(e), “RFIs may be used when the Government does not presently intend to award a contract, but wants to obtain price, delivery, other market information, or capabilities for planning purposes. Responses to these notices are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract. There is no required format for RFIs.”
L&M RFIs - Land Supply Chain RFI for Surplus, Manufacturer’s Overruns and Residual Inventory
  • The Land Supply Chain has identified this list of items as urgently needed and is posting this Request for Information to inquire about the availability of Surplus, Manufacturer’s Overruns and Residual Inventory. Click on links for detailed information.
  • Vendors may respond to this RFI at FL.AvailMat@dla.mil

If you have questions on this topic, please contact Marc Violante at marcv@wispro.org or call (920) 456-9990
Increasing Opportunities for Americans with Disabilities

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) has asked all Federal agencies to enter into a pledge with the AbilityOne Commission to increase dollars going to the AbilityOne Program. This memorandum establishes the GSA pledge at 2% of dollars for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, and designates GSA’s AbilityOne Representative (ABOR). 
GSA Leadership Talks Priorities and Future of Trump-Era Initiatives

The General Services Administration’s acting administrator and commissioner of the acquisition division discuss its technology programs, the beta.SAM migration, D-U-N-S transition, SolarWinds and more.
GSA Winter 2021 Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Quarterly Newsletter Is Available Now!

Every quarter, the Multiple Award Schedule Program Management Office (MAS PMO) publishes a newsletter full of all the latest updates and information for our industry partners. 
Federal Acquisition Regulation: Lowest Price Technically Acceptable Source Selection Process

DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement a section of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 that applies criteria for and limitations on the use of the lowest price technically acceptable source selection criteria in solicitations. 
2021 FAR Evening Study Sessions
Presented by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA Wisconsin) and WPI
  • February 23, 2021 - FAR Parts 13-18
  • March 2, 2021 - FAR Parts 19-29
  • March 9, 2021 - FAR Parts 30-33
  • March 16, 2021 - FAR Parts 34-41
  • March 23, 2021 - FAR Parts 42-53
FAR Up Close Series
  • March 3, 2021 - FAR Regulations and Clauses in Commercial Items
  • March 10, 2021 - FAR and DFARS Regulations and Clauses in Manufacturing Contracts
  • March 17, 2021 - FAR Regulations and Clauses in Federal Service Contracts
  • April 7, 2021 - FAR Clauses in Federal Construction Services
  • April 14, 2021 - FAR Regulations for Procurement of Architect Engineer Services
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