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Section 809 Panel: Streamlining and Codifying Acquisition Regulations

The Department of Defense spends nearly $300 billion annually acquiring systems, goods, and services in support of the nation’s defense. A successful acquisition system is critical to providing warfighting and defense capability.

Section 809 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (Public Law 114– 92), as amended by Section 863(d) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (Public Law 114–328), established an independent Advisory Panel on Streamlining and Codifying Acquisition Regulations—the Section 809 Panel. By statute, the panel was formed to

  • Review the acquisition regulations applicable to the Department of Defense with a view toward streamlining and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the Defense acquisition process and maintain defense technology advantage and
  • Make recommendations for the amendment or repeal of such regulations that the panel considers necessary to
    – establish and administer appropriate buyer and seller relationship in the procurement system,
    – improve the functioning of the acquisition system,
    – ensure the continuing financial and ethical integrity of defense procurement programs,
    – protect the best interests of the Department of Defense, and
    – eliminate any regulations that are unnecessary for the above purposes.

Read the May 2017 Interim Report on Streamlining and Codifying Acquisition Regulations.

DoD Contracting Goals for FY17

Did you know that goals are in place to ensure that small businesses have the maximum practicable opportunity to compete for contracts with the federal government? In fact, each federal agency must set annual goals for participation in its contracts by small businesses and specific groups of small businesses, including woman-owned small businesses (WOSBs) small-disadvantaged businesses (SDBs), HUBZone-certified small businesses and service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs).

Dr. James Galvin, the Acting Director of DoD’s Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), negotiates DoD-wide small business goals with the Small Business Administration (SBA). Dr. Galvin also assigns specific small business goals to DoD buying commands.

Government-wide Small Business Contracting Goals

The federal government has the following statutory goals for government-wide small business procurement:

  • 23 percent of prime contracts for small businesses
  • 5 percent of prime and subcontracts for WOSBs
  • 5 percent of prime and subcontracts for SDBs
  • 3 percent of prime and subcontracts for HUBZone-certified small businesses
  • 3 percent of prime and subcontracts for SDVOSBs

How Agency Goals are Negotiated and Established

Every year, SBA works with federal agencies to establish small business contracting goals. SBA ensures that the sum total of all of the individual agency goals exceeds the 23 percent target established by Congress.

Here is how the process works:

  1. SBA negotiates with agencies, including DoD, to establish individual agency goals that, in the aggregate, constitute government-wide goals. SBA also negotiates a small business subcontracting goal based on recent achievement levels. SBA establishes the government-wide and agency socio-economic category goals at their statutory levels.
  2. Before the beginning of the fiscal year, SBA reviews agency year-to-date performance and agencies submit their proposed goals to SBA.
  3. SBA’s Office of Government Contracting determines if these individual agency goals, in the aggregate, meet or exceed the government-wide statutorily mandated goals in each small business category.
  4. SBA notifies the agencies of their final agency goals.

DoD Small Business Prime Contracting Goals

DoD’s fiscal year 2017 small business prime contracting goal is 22 percent. In other words, we aim to award at least 22 percent of small-business-eligible prime-contract spending to small businesses in fiscal year 2017. We also have prime contracting goals for WOSBs (5 percent), SDBs (5 percent), HUBZone-certified small businesses (3 percent) and SDVOSBs (3 percent).

In fiscal year 2016, DoD spent more than 60 percent of the federal procurement budget eligible for small businesses.

DoD Small Business Subcontracting Goals

In addition to prime contracting goals, DoD has goals for awarding subcontracting spending to small businesses. Our fiscal year 2017 subcontracting goal is 34 percent. In addition to the overall subcontracting goal, we have subcontracting goals for WOSBs (5 percent), SDBs (5 percent), HUBZone-certified small businesses (3 percent) and SDVOSBs (3 percent).

Component and Agency Small Business Prime Contracting Goals

DoD’s overall fiscal year 2017 small business prime contracting goal is 22 percent, but the Army’s fiscal year 2017 small business prime contracting goal is 26 percent. Because the Army buys a lot of products and services provided by small businesses, e.g., construction, its goal is higher than DoD’s overall goal. The Navy and Air Force have goals that are lower than DoD’s overall goal because they buy a lot of aircraft and ships, which are typically supplied by large businesses.

The chart below identifies the fiscal year 2017 prime contracting goals for 22 DoD buying commands.

Calculation of Achievements

At the end of every fiscal year, SBA measures DoD’s achievements against our goals. SBA requests a report from the Federal Procurement Data Center calculating the prime and subcontract statistical achievements. If we fail to achieve any proposed prime or subcontracting goal, we are required to submit a justification-and-corrective-action plan to SBA.

Small Business Procurement Scorecard

SBA releases an annual scorecard to measure how well federal agencies reach their small business and socio-economic prime contracting and subcontracting goals.

DoD’s fiscal year 2017 grade will be based on the following four factors:

  • Prime contracting (50 percent)
  • Subcontracting (20 percent)
  • Compliance with the requirements of Section 15(k) of the Small Business Act (20 percent)
  • Comparison of the number of prime contracts awarded to small businesses in fiscal year 2017 versus fiscal year 2016 (10 percent)

DoD Fiscal Year 2016 Scorecard Grade

In fiscal year 2016, DoD exceeded its small business prime contracting goal of 21.26 percent, achieving 22.94 percent. The SBA’s fiscal year 2016 small business procurement scorecard awarded DoD an “A.”

In fiscal year 2016, DoD exceeded three out of five of its small business prime contracting goals.

Civilian Agency Goals

In addition to DoD, SBA negotiates small business procurement goals with 23 civilian agencies. Click here to see the fiscal year 2017 goals for civilian agencies.

Source: https://medium.com/@BusinessDefense/dod-fy-2017-small-business-goals-4fb1c1c61e61

SAM.gov drops support for Internet Explorer 7/8

Effective October 28, 2016, the System for Award Management (SAM) will no longer support Internet Explorer versions 7 & 8 (IE7 & IE8). 

Microsoft announced in January 2016 only the most current version of Internet Explorer (IE) will receive technical support and security updates.  

Following our quarterly release on October 28th, we will block users from accessing SAM if they are coming in from an IE7 or IE8 browser. Users will either need to upgrade to a Internet Explorer version of IE9 or higher, or access SAM with another supported browser type (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc).

WOSB Sole Source Contracts: One Step Closer

Women-Owned Small Business sole source contracts have moved one step closer to becoming a reality.

Today, the SBA issued a proposed rule implementing the WOSB sole source authority contained in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act.  The relative speed with which the proposed rule was issued suggests that WOSBs could begin receiving sole source awards later this year.
The proposed rule provides that EDWOSBs may receive sole source awards in industries designated by the SBA as “underrepresented” by women.  WOSBs may receive sole source awards in industries designated as “substantially underrepresented.”  The industry-by-industry limitations are the same as those applicable to competitive EDWOSB and WOSB set-asides.

Under the proposed rule, an agency may make a sole source award in an appropriate industry where: (1) the contracting officer does not have a reasonable expectation that two or more EDWOSBs/WOSBs will submit offers; (2) The anticipated award price (including options) will not exceed $6.5 million for manufacturing contracts and $4 million for other contracts; (3) the EDWOSB/WOSB is responsible; and (4) in the estimation of the contracting officer, the award can be made at a fair and reasonable price.

Read the full article at: http://smallgovcon.com/women-owned-small-business-program/wosb-sole-source-contracts-one-step-closer/
Source: SmallGovCon.com, Article written by Steven Koprince, May 1, 2015

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