- October 12, 2021 -
Acquisition Hour: Is a GSA Schedule Right for Your Business?
15th Annual Wisconsin Government Opportunities Business Conference (GOBC) – Day 2
10/26 - 10/27/21
Wisconsin Lt. Governor’s Small Business Academy

Sales Opportunities in the City of Madison, Waukesha County and Walworth County Government Markets – Webinar Plus Buyer Meetings
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Marc Violante, Marc Violante, Director, Federal Market Strategies, WPI

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and after all the cyber activity that made the recent headlines, this the perfect time to refocus on your business' cybersecurity posture and to ask all of the important questions about your cybersecurity program.
It is unfortunate but true that in one way of looking at it, cybersecurity has become the heartbeat of business. If the heartbeat stops, so does the business. In some instances, a cybersecurity issue can be resolved and business resumes. In other instances, the jolt may be too big for any level of effort to change the outcome.

For more information on this topic, please contact Marc Violante at MarcV@wispro.org or
Notice of Request for Public Comments on Risks in the Semiconductor Supply Chain

The Department of Commerce (“Department”) (Bureau of Industry (“BIS”)) led the 100-Day Supply Chain Review of semiconductors and advanced packaging that was mandated by Presidential Executive Order. On February 24, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order on “America's Supply Chains,” which directs several federal agency actions to secure and strengthen America's supply chains. This review, included in the White House Report “Building Resilient Supply Chains, Revitalizing American Manufacturing, and Fostering Broad-Based Growth”, identified numerous areas of supply chain vulnerabilities. The ongoing shortages in the semiconductor product supply chain are having an adverse impact on a wide range of industry sectors. 
Federal Register Notice of Request for Written Comments in Support of the Department of Defense's One-Year Response to Executive Order 14017, “America's Supply Chains”

On February 24, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order (E.O.) titled America's Supply Chains, which directs six Federal agencies to conduct a review of their respective industrial bases, with the objective to use this assessment to secure and strengthen America's supply chains. One of these directives is for the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the heads of appropriate agencies, to submit a report on supply chains for the defense industrial base, including key vulnerabilities and potential courses of action to strengthen the defense industrial base. 
Class Deviation—Ensuring Adequate COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Department of Defense Contractors  

Effective immediately, contracting officers shall insert the clause 252.223-7999, Ensuring Adequate COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors (Deviation 2021-O0009), in the following solicitations, contracts, task orders, delivery orders, and modifications thereof that are for services (including construction) performed in whole or in part within the United States or its outlying areas...
Class Deviation From the Federal Acquisition Regulation Regarding Implementation of Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors

Executive Order (E.O.) 14042 was signed by the President on September 9, 2021, and published in the Federal Register at 86 FR 50985 on September 14, 2021.
SOURCES SOUGHT NOTICE for National Governmentwide Multiple-Award Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contract(s) for General Construction with Design/Build Capabilities to Support the Installation of Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE)

Executive Order 14008 - Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad issued on January 27, 2021, outlines the importance of and places significant emphasis on climate change initiatives being launched across the government. GSA has an important and active role to play in many areas including greening Federal buildings and electrifying the Federal Fleet.

GSA’s Public Buildings Service (PBS) is issuing this Sources Sought Notice to request industry feedback on the best way to structure the IDIQ contracts described in this Sources Sought Notice to prepare Governmentwide real estate to support an influx of electric vehicles to the Federal Fleet.
OMB's Made in America Website Showcases What Agencies Aren’t Buying Here

The site showcases all waivers reviewed by the Made in America Office, allowing U.S. businesses to identify opportunities that might otherwise go to foreign competitors.

The Office of Management and Budget’s Made in American Office launched a website Friday that fulfills a key aspect of a January executive order from President Joe Biden ordering federal agencies to buy more American-made products.
DOJ to Hit Government Contractors with ‘Very Hefty Fines’ If They Fail to Disclose Data Breaches

Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco promised to use an existing law to go after contractors that don't follow required cybersecurity standards.

The Department of Justice today launched a “civil cyber fraud initiative” that will punish government contractors and other firms that receive federal funding with severe fines if they fail to disclose data breaches.

“For too long, companies have chosen silence under the mistaken belief that it’s less risky to hide a breach than to bring it forward and report it,” Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said during the Aspen Institute Cyber Summit. “Well, that changes today.”
Pentagon Begins ‘Continuous Vetting’ of All Troops for Insider Threats, Extremism; Social Media May Come Next

All Defense Department personnel are now subject to “continuous vetting” designed to spot extremists and other insider threats, with surveillance of their public social-media postings likely coming soon, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.

The announcement follows years of effort to comply with a 2011 executive order to improve on the current security-clearance process, which features an initial investigation but generally no followup for five or more years. The new system will raise flags when new information arrives, such as when a DOD employee is arrested. 
Federal Acquisition Regulation: Certification of Women-Owned Small Businesses

DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement the final rule published by the Small Business Administration implementing a section of the Carl Levin and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015.
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October 21, 2021

Day 2 of the 15th Annual Government Opportunities Business Conference (GOBC) will be a full-day event.

** UPDATE – GOBC Day 2 was originally planned to be an in-person event at Volk Field. Due to the recent arrival of Afghan refugees at Ft. McCoy, Volk Field, hotels, food service and other area resources have directed their focus and priorities on those arriving at the base. We are therefore transitioning to a virtual format for this year.**

Day 2 Schedule
  • 9:00AM Welcome and Introductions
  • 9:05AM Presentations by Government Representatives
  • 10:00AM Panel Discussion with Government Agency Representatives
  • 11:00AM Panel Discussion with Government Prime Contractors
  • Noon Lunch
  • 1:00 – 4:00PM One-on-One Meetings with Buyers and Networking Lobby

Stay connected at wigobc.org for all conference updates including agendas and confirmed speakers. 
October 26-27, 2021

FREE two day business academy for:
    -Existing small businesses
    -Individuals thinking of starting a business
    -Entrepreneurs looking for funding and resources
Workshops covering small business lending topics, free business assistance resources, and ways to plan, start and grow a profitable business are offered.

These sessions will provide an opportunity to discuss specific topics on a variety of topics ranging from: childcare, personal care, construction, hospitality, food services, agriculture, retail, transportation, janitorial and online business. An expert will share their knowledge and experience, and then facilitate peer-to-peer sharing to help participants learn new ways to overcome startup and growth challenges.
December 7, 2021
1:00 - 4:00 pm

No cost registration is being done in conjunction with Marketplace. While registering for TCA, please note there are options to register for additional Marketplace 2021 session and events.

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 series of workshops will benefit established businesses looking to grow and develop their government sales.
December 8-9, 2021
Marketplace, the Governor’s Conference on Diverse Business Development connects business owners from across Wisconsin seeking to do business with state, federal and local governments as well as the private sector. At the conference, minority, woman, veteran, small and LGBTQ-owned businesses can learn from and connect with resource providers, government representatives, corporate buyers and business professionals to lay the framework to develop new partnerships and new contracts.
Marketplace runs a competitive awards program to recognize Wisconsin companies that exemplify business excellence, with dedicated award categories for larger and smaller, newer and more established businesses. In addition, the conference honors individuals and organizations that are providing leadership in the business communities served by Marketplace.
  • November 15-19; SAME Federal Small Business Conference  Read more
  • December 2-3; NCMA Government Contract Management Symposium  Read more
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