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The Coalition for Government Procurement is the single most effective voice for commercial service and product companies selling in the federal market. For more than 35 years, the Coalition has brought together public and private sector procurement leaders to work towards the mutual goal of common sense acquisition. Members have access to the latest federal compliance and policy information, which serves as the foundation of a successful government business.

News

e-Commerce Pilot Recommendations

Senate staffers invited industry to participate in a Roundtable meeting on October 4, 2017 to discuss the online marketplace proposal in Section 801 of the FY2018 NDAA.  The Coalition for Government Procurement accepted the invitation and out of that meeting industry was asked to provide their thoughts on a pilot for the online marketplace proposal.  The Coalition’s response is posted here.

Coalition Delivers Recommendations to the Section 809 Panel

On September 29, the Coalition delivered 29 “Common Sense” Recommendations for improving Federal procurement to the Section 809 Panel. The recommendations cover specific areas for reform, such as methods for reducing contract duplication, implementation of Order Level Materials under the Schedules program, and improvements to LPTA source selection processes, debriefings, and more. In addition, the Coalition’s statement to the Section 809 Panel can be accessed here.

Emily Murphy Nominated as Next GSA Administrator

On September 2, the President Trump nominated Ms. Emily Murphy as the next Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA). Ms. Murphy is an expert in Federal procurement policy and execution. The Coalition supports Ms. Murphy’s nomination – she will be a strong advocate for common sense in government procurement and will work tirelessly to craft best value procurement solutions that will ultimately lead to savings for the American taxpayer.

VA Secretary Offers Support with Resolving Late Payments

On August 7, David Shulkin, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), sent a letter to Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN-3) offering the VA’s support in reconciling outstanding payments for medical devices. The number of outstanding invoices has increased because of a change in the VA’s procurement process for prosthetics – according to members, these outstanding invoices account for more than $20 million. Additionally, the Secretary committed to continuing meeting with the Coalition in order to resolve this issue.

Letter to Air Force Seating II Program RFI

On August 4, The Coalition recommended that SIN 71-1 be removed because the BPA, as described in the RFI, does not meet the criteria for GSA’s Packaged Office SIN. The removal of SIN 71-1 would be a non-complex change to the solicitation consistent with the
terms and conditions of Schedule 71 that would not significantly impact competition under the seating BPA.

Joint Industry Response on DOD Online Marketplace Proposal

On June 13, the Coalition submitted comments to Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) regarding Section 101 of H.R. 2511, the Defense Acquisition Streamlining and Transparency Act. The comments raise the following concerns related to the proposed legislation:

  • The risks creating a government-sponsored monopoly/duopoly
  • Compliance exemptions, if necessary, should be extended to government marketplaces
  • Lack of clarity related to compliance with existing statute
  • Inadequately addressing of risks associated with data security
  • Unaddressed authorizations or limitations on fee constructs that would be acceptable and fit Congressional intent Read More!

 

Events

October 18th –  Training with Lohfeld Consulting Group: Winning Business for Federal Contract Project Managers

On October 18th, the Coalition for Government Procurement will be partnering with Lohfeld Consulting Group to help project and program managers discover how to grow their contracts and win more revenue by learning how to support business development (BD) and proposal efforts. Even if BD and proposals aren’t in your job description, winning contracts is essential to the growth of the company and everyone should be prepared to support that mission. In this course, you’ll learn what the business acquisition lifecycle is and how you can contribute to expanding current contracts and winning new work.

October 19th – Training with Lohfeld Consulting Group: Winning GWACs, IDIQs and Task Orders for Federal Contractors

On October 19th, the Coalition for Government Procurement will be partnering with Lohfeld Consulting Group to help target and win the best government-wide acquisition contract (GWAC) and indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract (IDIQ) vehicles and avoid empty vehicles with effective task order (TO) bids. In this class, students will learn about the different types of MACs and how to perform targeted capture and proposal activities to win MACs and TOs that are the best fit for your company.

November 15th – Excellence in Partnership Awards Celebration – Dinner And Dialogue With GSA Leadership @ Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church, VA from 6:00pm – 10:00pm

The Coalition is pleased to announce its upcoming Excellence in Partnership Awards Celebration – Dinner & Dialogue With GSA Leadership.  We are honored to have Chief of Staff for GSA, Jack St. John, and newly appointed Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) Commissioner, Alan Thomas, join us for this important evening where we will honor organizations, individuals, and officials from across the procurement community who have made significant contributions in promoting common sense, as well as best value acquisition strategies and outcomes that support the evolving mission needs of government.

November 16th–2018 Market MRI: Modernization, Reorganization & Innovation – What It Means For Your Business @ Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church, VA from 7:00am – 6:00pm

We cordially invite you to join the Coalition for Government Procurement at our Fall Training Conference titled: Market MRI: Modernization, Reorganization &Innovation– The Procurement Prognosis for Government and Industry. This all-day event will be taking place at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, VA on November 16th and will include a keynote, numerous in-depth government led panel discussions, smaller MRI sessions in the afternoon with a variety of government agencies participating, and of course plenty of time for networking. To access the draft agenda for the Fall Conference, please click here.

E-commerce and the Federal Government: How to Make It Work?

The Coalition for Government Procurement (the Coalition) has long supported efforts to streamline Federal procurement processes, modernize procurement policies, and utilize commercial practices to the maximum extent practicable.  Common sense procurement policies and...

The Federal Market: Is Competition in the Eye of the Beholder?

Last week, the Coalition for Government Procurement was privileged to participate in the Section 809 Panel’s September Stakeholder Meeting, an opportunity, for which, the Coalition is grateful, as it provided for a wide-ranging conversation on current challenges and...

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