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News

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!

Coalition Statement on the FAS Reorganization

On June 7, the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) was reorganized. The FAS Commissioner was changed to a politically appointed position and Alan B. Thomas Jr. was selected to serve as the next Commissioner. Additionally, the Technology Transformation Service was moved under the purview of FAS. The Coalition has issued a statement in response to these changes. Read More!

 

Events

5th Annual Joseph P. Caggiano Memorial Golf Tournament

Please join us for The Coalition’s 5th Annual Joseph P. Caggiano Memorial Golf Tournament! This charity tournament is to honor our good friend and colleague, Joe Caggiano, who was not only a 23-year veteran of the federal contracting marketplace but a naval veteran as well. This will be an especially important tournament for everyone as it will not only mark five years since Joe’s passing, but the Coalition also hopes to fulfill our fundraising goal for our veteran scholarship with your help! As you may recall from previous years, the tournament proceeds will support the Coalition’s endowment for a qualified veteran concentrating their studies in the field of US Government procurement and pursuing the JD/LLM degree or the interdisciplinary Masters degree at The George Washington University. Joe would be so proud of this endowment as we encourage the next generation of skilled professionals to lead this critically important sector of the US economy. We have several exciting sponsorships available including title sponsors, beverage cart sponsors, hole sponsors, and many more with all budgets in mind.

Save The Date For These Events In 2017:

October 4, TBD: MAS Basic Training, TBD

October 5, TBD: In House Counsel Training, TBD

October 18th –  Training with Lohfeld Consulting Group: Winning Business for Federal Contract Project Managers taught by Brenda Crist @ Tower Club, Tysons, VA

October 19th – Training with Lohfeld Consulting Group: Winning GWACs, IDIQs and Task Orders for Federal Contractors taught by Lisa Pafe @ Tower Club, Tysons, VA

November 15th – Excellence in Partnership Awards @ Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church, VA from 6:00pm – 10:00pm

November 16th– Fall Training Conference @ Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church, VA from 7:00am – 6:00pm

ODCs: The Nexus Between Requirements and Execution

The Coalition has long advocated for the inclusion of “Other Direct Costs” (ODCs) otherwise known as “Order Level Materials” (OLMs) on MAS service contracts and task orders. If included on the Professional Services Schedule (PSS), this “low hanging fruit” reform would...

Golf and the Coalition’s Fall Agenda

Summer is in full swing which means that the Coalition’s 5th Annual Joseph P. Caggiano Memorial Golf Tournament is just around the corner! This year’s tournament will once again be taking place at the beautiful Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, MD on August 23rd....

Best in Class Contracts—Where is the Classroom?

On October 7, 2016, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) issued a draft Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular, Implementing Category Management for Common Goods and Services, (the circular).  The circular sought to establish “key principles, and...

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