It has come to our attention that some GSA schedule holders have been the victim of fraudulent transactions – mostly in regards to computer and toner sales – thanks to EZGSA. But now is the time for an important reminder for ALL businesses, GSA schedule holders or not, to make sure you have the proper safe-guards in place to protect yourself in not only governmental sales, but commercial sales as well. As a small business, many fraudsters see you as having a target sign on your back, so knowing the warning signs and ways to protect your business are vital. Read more
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) provides automated access to 85% of DLA’s solicitations, which support America’s combat logistics, including nearly 100 percent of consumable items (ie: food, fuel and energy, uniforms, medical supplies, construction and barrier equipment) and more than 85 percent of the military’s spare parts.
Free DIBBS Overview Webinar – Take advantage of a live 90 minute tutorial, hosted by APTAC and led by DLA Small Business Specialist Kevin Scoles. The Webinars will be offered on the following dates:
|Fraud Alert: Scam Seeks Contractor Bank Account Numbers
Posted: 05 Nov 2013 08:33 AM PST
Contractors and public agencies should be aware of a scam that asks contractors for their bank account information.
Contents of Letter: The scammers fax a letter to a contractor on U.S. Department of Transportation letterhead, that has the contractor’s name and address on the letter. Here’s the content of the letter:
Veteran-Owned (VOSB) and Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses(SDVOSB) can apply for the Veterans’ First Contracting Program to prove their eligibility for VOSB and SDVOSB set-asides when competing for contracts or subcontracts with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). Participation in this program gives the VA confidence that set-asides are being awarded to legitimate VOSB and SDVOSB firms. Read more
You will find here a fantastic guide to developing a successful proposal by our friend, Mike Purdy.
“What makes some proposals stand out while others fall to the bottom of the pile? Development of your overall strategy and message is just as important as careful production of the content, structure, writing, and layout of a proposal. Though there are no guarantees, these keys can make your proposals more competitive and increase your company’s chances of being awarded a contract.”
Small businesses that register in the System for Award Management (www.sam.gov) have the opportunity to automatically have an SBA Profile on the SBA’s Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS). This database is often used by government buyers and prime contractors seeking small business suppliers so it is important your profile is complete and accurate However, there is currently a challenge with information being transferred from SAM to the SBA Profile. If your firm has included one or more of the following NAICS Codes in its SAM registration, there is a high likelihood your DSBS profile is incomplete or not transferred and as a result, your firm is unable to be found by government buyers searching the DSBS! Firms applying for HUBZone and 8a certification are also impacted. Please contact your local PTAC for free support on how to fix this issue.
|115310||Support Activities for Forestry|
|115310_a||Except||Forest Fire Suppression17|
|115310_b||Except||Fuels Management Services17|
|237990||Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction|
|237990||Except||Dredging and Surface Cleanup Activities2|
|481211||Nonscheduled Chartered Passenger Air Transportation|
|481211||Except||Offshore Marine Air Transportation Services|
|481212||Nonscheduled Chartered Freight Air Transportation|
|481212||Except||Offshore Marine Air Transportation Services|
|488510||Freight Transportation Arrangement10|
|488510||Except||Non?Vessel Owning Common Carriers and Household Goods Forwarders|
|531190||Lessors of Other Real Estate Property|
|531190||Except||Leasing of Building Space to Federal Government by Owners9|
|541330_a||Except||Military and Aerospace Equipment and Military Weapons|
|541330_b||Except||Contracts and Subcontracts for Engineering Services Awarded Under the National Energy Policy Act of 1992|
|541330_c||Except||Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture|
|541519||Other Computer Related Services|
|541519||Except||Information Technology Value Added Resellers18|
|541712||Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology) 11|
|541712_b||Except||Aircraft Parts, and Auxiliary Equipment, and Aircraft Engine Parts|
|541712_c||Except||Space Vehicles and Guided Missiles, their Propulsion Units, their Propulsion Units Parts, and their Auxiliary Equipment and Parts|
|562910||Except||Environmental Remediation Services14|
|611519||Other Technical and Trade Schools|
|611519||Except||Job Corps Centers16|
Since 2012, Defense contractors have been experiencing faster payments through an initiative called Quick Pay. In an effort to ease Defense Contractor cash flow challenges, the government paid approved invoices as soon as the bill was verified rather than holding on to the payment for 30 days.
According to a recent article published by Federal Times, Pentagon officials are now more worried about their own cash flow. The looming sequestration and current continuing resolution have created a situation where DoD only has 2-4 days of cash available rather than the typical 7 days. Defense contractors impacted by the new payment policy will be contacted as soon as this week.
Read more stories about the impacts of sequestration and Defense budgets at www.federaltimes.com.