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- October 11, 2022 -

UPCOMING EVENTS

10/13/22

SAME LMP Technical Series Part 1: Clean Water

- In-Person

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10/13/22

DoD Supplier Roadmap Series: Pre-Bid Requirements

Virtual

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10/13/22

Sales Opportunities with Local Government Agencies – SE WI and the Milwaukee Area

Webinar

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10/18/22

NDIA Great Lakes Chapter 13th Annual Meeting

Webinar

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MYTH BUSTERS

From the US Department of Transportation


Strengthening Engagement with Industry:

Addressing Misconceptions to Improve Communication with Industry

During the Acquisition Process.


View the Top Myths And Misconceptions During the Acquisition Process.

NEWS & UPDATES

Small Business Size Standards: Adoption of 2022 North American Industry Classification System for Size Standards


The U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA” or “Agency”) amends its small business size regulations to incorporate the U.S. Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) revision for 2022, identified as NAICS 2022, into its table of small business size standards. The NAICS 2022 revision created 111 new industries by reclassifying, combining, or splitting 156 NAICS 2017 industries or their parts. SBA's size standards for these 111 new industries under NAICS 2022 have resulted in an increase to the size standards for 22 industries and 29 parts of two industries under NAICS 2017, a decrease to size standards for seven industries and 53 parts of two industries, a change in the size standard measure from average annual receipts to number of employees for one industry, a change in the size standard measure from number of employees to average annual receipts for a part of one industry, and no change in size standards for 117 industries and 19 parts of seven industries.

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Increasing the Share of Contract Dollars Awarded to Small Disadvantaged Businesses 


Last year, the President made a commitment to increase the share of contract dollars awarded to small disadvantaged businesses (SDBs) to 15 percent by 2025. This memorandum provides guidance to agencies on steps they are expected to take in Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. Increasing the share of contract dollars awarded to SDBs is designed to support a more dynamic and resilient supplier base and create opportunities for entities owned by underrepresented individuals. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum M-22- 03, Advancing Equity in Federal Procurement, directed agencies and the Small Business Administration (SBA) to negotiate interim SDB contracting goals for FY 2022 that demonstrated improvement at each agency and, taken together across the Government, resulted in the award of 11 percent of total eligible contract spending to SDBs. Agencies already have made important progress towards the President’s vision. According to SBA, agencies awarded a record $62.4 billion to SDBs in FY 2021, totaling 11.01 percent of all contracting dollars and meeting the 11 percent aspirational goal a year early. Agencies also awarded record spending to service-disabled veteran owned small businesses (SDVOSBs), certified Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) small businesses, and small businesses overall. 

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From the Congressional Research Service - The Buy American Act and Other Federal Procurement Domestic Content Restrictions Updated October 6, 2022 


Federal law imposes a number of restrictions requiring federal agencies to acquire items that are produced or manufactured in the United States. The Buy American Act of 1933 (BAA), the first of the major domestic content restriction laws, requires federal agencies to apply a price preference for “domestic end products” and use “domestic construction materials” for covered contracts performed in the United States. Whether an end product (i.e., an article, material, or supply to be acquired for public use) is considered domestic for BAA purposes depends, in part, upon whether it is unmanufactured or manufactured and whether it “consist[s] wholly or predominately of iron or steel.” Federal law establishes a number of “exceptions” or circumstances in which an agency may purchase foreign end products or permit the use of foreign construction materials without violating the BAA.

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Sales opportunities with State and Local government can be a great entry point to the government marketplace. Check out the below links for nationwide contact links.


Need help on navigating these opportunities, contact WPI at 414-270-3600 or info@wispro.org  


Suspension From GSA Advantage for Contracts Not Providing Order Status


Since December 2021, bi-weekly emails were sent to contractors who were non-compliant with the requirement to provide order status for their GSA Advantage orders before the order delivery due date passed. Beginning October 3, 2022, contractors with combined shipped/backordered scores of 50% or below with at least 11 line items on the bi-weekly report, will be suspended from GSA Advantage and GSA eBuy. Affected contractors will be notified today, September 28, 2022, via email; if you are not notified of suspension, you will not be suspended.

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FEATURED EVENTS

13th Annual Meeting

October 18, 2022

Noon - 7:00 pm


Sonesta Milwaukee West

10499 W Innovation Dr

Wauwatosa, WI 53226

Our Keynote Speaker this year is Brigadier General Geoffrey A. Norman, Director of Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross Functional Team – Army Futures Command (AFC), Detroit, MI.


Attendees will have the opportunity to engage directly with Army Futures Command leadership and likeminded peers from industry-both from large and small businesses. The Army is currently undertaking the largest modernization effort of armored vehicles in the past 40 years. The Next Generation Combat Vehicles (NGCV) Cross Functional Team (CFT) is driving this effort and is actively seeking new ideas from industry, academia, and beyond. NGCV CFT is looking for innovative solutions that will support the Army’s NGCV using contracting methods to include SBIRs (Small Business Innovation Research) and OTAs (other transaction authority).


Joining us also will be:

  • Speaker: Shari Stout, Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Department of Commerce: International Trade Administration - Washington, D.C.
  • Speaker: Rachel McCaffery, SVP of Membership & Chapters, NDIA Headquarters
  • Industry Panel: Supply Chain Risk with WS Darley, SupplyCore, & Oshkosh Defense
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Our Cyber Friday series returns! 

11:00 - Noon 

 

  • 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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October 6 - November 17, 2022

DoD Supplier Roadmap Series

 

This series is designed to help manufactures enter and compete in the DoD Marketplace. It is designed to help you understand the DoD market, the environment, and most of all the amazing variety of opportunities that are available. The series touches on the key elements of doing business with DoD which range from how to locate opportunities, identifying customers, the essential role of past performance and most importantly considerations related to developing a DoD Business Strategy. We hope that you find our DoD Supplier Roadmap series for manufacturers to be informative, useful and that one resource that can help kick-start your efforts to taking advantage of this market and its opportunities. 

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