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Virginia PTAC seeking new counselor

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We’re hiring!

If you know someone knowledgeable about Federal or State procurement who is may be interested in seeking a 32 hr per week (with benefits) employment as a Procurement Counselor at George Mason University, please share this job announcement:

Part Time Procurement Counselor serving Central Virginia based in our Fredericksburg office at UMW: https://jobs.gmu.edu/postings/52166

Responsibilities include:

Government Contracting Counseling

  • Ensure PTAC client’s SAM and Dynamic Small Business Search are thoroughly filled out to provide the best snapshot of the firms’ competencies;
  • Determine eligibility of firm’s ability to achieve socioeconomic certifications for HUBZone, 8(a) and WOSB/EDWOSB, Mentor Protégé and SDVOSB verification;
  • Advise PTAC clients about the advantages and disadvantages associated with teaming arrangements and the various regulations governing subcontracting and joint ventures;
  • Provide PTAC clients information about the government’s competition policies, contract types, procurement methods, and source selection processes;
  • Perform assessments of PTAC clients’ draft responses to government solicitations and provide recommendations to improve their chances of winning more government contracts and subcontracts;
  • Provide PTAC clients information about government procurement policies, rules, regulations and processes;
  • Provide PTAC clients recommended courses of action to resolve government solicitation, prime contract, subcontract, contract management, and/or performance issues; and
  • Maintain current, accurate and complete electronic records for all counseling sessions and administrative actions in support of the PTAC mission.

Business Training

  • Assist with the development of government contracting presentations, workshops and outreach events; and
  • Lead government contracting workshops and provide formal presentations to small businesses and external constituents within the PTAC’s service area.

Outreach

  • Establish and maintain relationships with government buyers and partners (incl. universities, economic development organizations, major prime contractors, State Procurement professionals, legislators, chambers of commerce, and other business groups).

Success Stories

  • Identify/write minimum of 1 success story per quarter drawing from counseling client’s contract awards or other achievements eligible as an official DLA reportable success story. Confirm content with Statewide Director, submit to client for their approval and signature on company letterhead per DLA requirements.

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Notice to all WOSB/EDWOSB firms with annual attestation due: Temporary Suspension of Annual Update Requirement

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To remain eligible as an EDWOSB or WOSB, program participants must submit an annual attestation to SBA each year, per 13 CFR Part 127.400. Currently, SBA is experiencing technical difficulties with the annual attestation process.

As an interim solution and to mitigate negative impact to firms, SBA is suspending annual attestation until 1 Mar 2022. SBA will notify firms when the issue has been resolved to allow participants to complete their annual attestation.

As a reminder, 13 CFR Part 127.401 states, “Once certified, a WOSB or EDWOSB must notify SBA of any material changes that could affect its eligibility within 30 calendar days of any such change. Material change includes, but is not limited to, a change in the ownership, business structure, or management.”

Currently, reporting material changes is fully available under beta.Certify.sba.gov and instructions are available within the beta.Certify Knowledgebase.

A participant’s failure to notify SBA of a material change may result in decertification and removal from SAM and DSBS (or any successor system) as a designated certified WOSB/EDWOSB concern. In addition, SBA may seek the imposition of penalties under §127.700.

Lastly, once we respond to a help ticket and move it to a closed status, we are unable to directly view any updated responses. If there is any follow-up question or concern, please create a new ticket and if needed please include the previous ticket’s Case Number for reference.


Best,  
Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program Office of Government Contracting & Business Development 
U.S. Small Business Administration 
https://beta.certify.sba.gov/help-csh/

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DLA NOTICE TO SUPPLIERS

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Topic: NOTICE TO SUPPLIERS NIST 800-171 ASSESSMENTS EXPORT-CONTROLLED TECH DATA

Notice to DLA Suppliers: Export-controlled technical information is Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)/Controlled Technical Information (CTI). DLA suppliers seeking export-controlled technical data for DLA procurement opportunities must have a current National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171 cybersecurity assessment (i.e., not more than 3 years old unless a lesser time is specified in the solicitation) posted to the DoD Supplier Performance Risk System (SPRS) to be considered for award. DLA Suppliers who currently have an approved Enhanced Joint Certification (JCP) but have not posted their NIST SP 800-171 assessment to SPRS will not be able to access export-controlled technical data in DLA’s technical data repository after 16 August 2021. Instructions for posting an assessment on SPRS can be found at https://www.sprs.csd.disa.mil/. For additional information on NIST SP 800-171 assessments and other DoD requirements for safeguarding covered defense information please see DFARS Clause 252.204-7020 NIST SP 800-171 DoD Assessment Requirements. If you have any questions, please e-mail DLAJ344DataCustodian@dla.mil.  

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Notice to 8(a) Clients

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For 8(a) Participants that received the 1-year 8(a) program extension, their new program dates may not yet be reflected or updated in DSBS and SAM.gov.   

The SBA is aware of system issues transmitting updates between SBA and these systems.

If OSDBU’s or Contracting Officers are concerned about the 8(a) Participant’s program status, they should contact their SBA District Office to confirm the 8(a) Participant’s program status.

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WOSB Alert!

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Does your EIN Number begin with a 0?   When beginning your WOSB Application, you are asked to “Claim Your Business.”  You are asked to enter your EIN number; however, if your number begins with a zero, the system does not recognize your number and rejects it.  Please resubmit by omitting the zero, and you will be able to Claim your business and continue your application.

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Government-wide SDVOSB Certification

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With the passage of the FY21 NDAA, government-wide SDVOSB verification is coming. Check out the Koprince Law, LLC article on what to expect: https://smallgovcon.com/service-disabled-veteran-owned-small-businesses/congress-approves-government-wide-sdvosb-certification-requirement-transfers-cve-to-sba/

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8(a) certification extended

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8(a) certification extended to 10 years for companies admitted before 9/9/2020

From page 400 of the FY2021 NDAA (Public Law No: 116-283):

“SEC. 889. EXTENSION OF PARTICIPATION IN 8(A) PROGRAM.

(a) IN GENERAL.—The Administrator of the Small Business Administration shall ensure that a small business concern participating in the program established under section 8(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637) on or before September 9, 2020, may elect to extend such participation by a period of 1 year, regardless of whether the small business concern previously elected to suspend participation in the program pursuant to guidance of the Administrator.

(b) EMERGENCY RULEMAKING AUTHORITY.—Not later than 15 days after the date of enactment of this section, the Administrator shall issue regulations to carry out this section without regard to the notice requirements under section 553(b) of title 5, United States Code.

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Changes to SBA WOSB/EDWOSB Certification

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It’s important to be aware of the SBA’s new certification process for WOSB/EDWOSB. As of October 15, 2020, all new WOSB/EDWOSB set asides posted in this socio-economic category will only be awarded to firms who have officially applied for, and were approved by, the SBA on their new site, https://beta.certify.sba.gov/. If you are only self-certified in the old site, certify.sba.gov, you will not be qualified to bid on new set asides and still need to apply through the new site. If you are third party certified, you still need to apply on the new site and need to upload your 3rd party certifier certificate.  

As a PTAC client, assistance in the certification process is part of the service we provide free of charge.  We have already assisted dozens of firms to successfully navigate the application process so please allow us to go through the process with you. If you want to know more about how we may assist with this process please reach out to your counselor or email us directly at ptac@gmu.edu. Not yet a client? Learn more: https://virginiaptac.org/services/counseling/  

Lisa Wood

Statewide Director of the Virginia PTAC

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Virginia PTAC seeking new counselors

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We’re hiring!

If you know someone knowledgeable about Federal or State procurement who is may be interested in seeking a full or part-time employment as a Procurement Counselor at George Mason University, please share these job announcements:

Full Time Procurement Counselor serving Central Virginia including the area from Roanoke through Harrisonburg, Charlottesville through Fredericksburg and all the areas in between: https://jobs.gmu.edu/postings/48335

Part Time Procurement Counselor (with benefits) serving Northern Virginia from our Fairfax office: https://jobs.gmu.edu/postings/48332

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Beware GovCon Predators

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This real looking website is actually a fake.

Please don’t be duped into giving away your login.gov password by a fraudulent website using phishing and website spoofing to make you believe you landed on the correct page. This one will be taken down but more will take its place so practice safe and sensible precautions such as:

  • Avoid clicking on links sent by someone you don’t know and/or weren’t expecting a message from;
  • Look for typos in emails and website addresses. sam-gov is NOT the same as sam.gov;
  • Don’t rely on a browser or search engine to give you the right website. Ads and clever page rank strategies can often push the illegitimate websites into the first search results you see;
  • Teach yourself about cybersecurity and attend our upcoming CMMC training to become savvy and recognize the tricks employed by these predators. Find the latest training by searching our events calendar: https://virginiaptac.ecenterdirect.com/events and use the key word CMMC in your search

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