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 40 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

Coalition Submits Comments on GSA ANPR on Single-Use Plastics and Packaging

On September 6, the Coalition submitted comments in response to the General Services Administration’s ANPR regarding single-use plastics and packaging. The Coalition provided six recommendations to GSA as it pursues the reduction of unnecessary single-use plastic in Federal procurement. The full comments can be accessed here.

Coalition Sends Letter to FAS Commissioner on Inflation

The Coalition has published a letter to Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) Commissioner Sonny Hashmi on the ongoing challenges with inflation and the processing of Economic Price Adjustments. The letter can been accessed here.

VA Posts MSPV Gen-Z V1 Distribution and Supply Management Draft RFP

On September 1, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued the MSPV Gen-Z V1 Distribution and Supply Management Draft Request for Proposals (RFP). The VA is seeking feedback on content of the solicitation, the scope of work that will affect the solicitation process, and material issues with the Statement of Work. Responses to the RFP are due no later than 5 pm ET on September 14, 2022.

Coalition Submits Comments on CMMC Assessment Process (CAP)

The CMMC Advisory Board (AB) released a pre-decisional draft of the CMMC Assessment Process (CAP) for Level 2 for public comment. The CAP is designed to be used by CMMC Third Party Assessment Organizations (C3PAOs) and organizations seeking certification (OSCs). On August 25, the Coalition submitted comments in response to the AB’s pre-decisional draft. The Coalition’s comments can be viewed here.

VA OIG Finds that Flaws in the EHR Rollout Led to 149 Cases of Patient Harm

The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (VA OIG) published a review of the new Electronic Health Record (EHR) system to assess concerns over patient safety. In the report, the VA OIG detailed the mystery queue, an unknown location that approximately 10,000 records were mistakenly sent to.

GSA Renames OASIS Follow-on Contract “OASIS+”

At the Coalition’s Spring Training Conference, Deputy FAS Commissioner Tom Howder announced that GSA has rebranded its OASIS follow-on Government-wide contract vehicle as OASIS Plus (OASIS+). More details on the contract can be found here in a blog post by Tiffany Hixson, Assistant Commissioner of GSA’s Office of Professional Services and Human Capital Categories.

VA Releases “Pathfinder” Website  

In early May, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released a new website for companies interested in doing business with them. The new site, called “Pathfinder,” will help companies find opportunities with the VA and submit their innovative ideas to the VA for possible co-development. To visit Pathfinder, visit http://veteransaffairsnavigator.com/v2/.

Recommendations for GSA’s Next Iteration Commercial Platforms Initiative

On April 15, the Coalition submitted comments in response to GSA’s Commercial Platforms Initiative (CPI) RFI.  We recommend testing the three e-commerce models identified by GSA, consistent with Section 853 of the FY22 NDAA, in order to meet the agency’s goal to increase industry participation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events & Meetings

 

September 29: Navigating the Entity Validation Process in SAM.gov

Want to learn more about the steps of the entity validation process in SAM.gov? Join the Coalition on September 29 for an hour-long webinar from 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT with the General Services Administration (GSA)’s Katherine Rollins, Lead Program Manager for SAM.gov.

During the webinar, Rollins will provide high-level training on how to best validate an entity in SAM.gov as well as answer questions on the validation process itself. Entity validation plays a key role in preventing procurement fraud and upholding the integrity of federal contracting processes. This training will equip the contracting community with useful tips and the latest information to successfully complete the SAM.gov entity registration.

Submit your questions in advance: Please send any questions on the entity validation process you would like addressed during the webinar to MHanafin@thecgp.org.

To register for this webinar, click here.

 

October 6: The IT Category: Creating Opportunities for Small Business

Mark your calendars for October 6 and join the Coalition for a brand-new event, The IT Category: Creating Opportunities for Small Business. This forum brings together acquisition experts from both government and industry to share the latest on programs and key policies impacting small businesses in the IT sector. The day begins with opening remarks from Laura Stanton, Governmentwide IT Category Manager and Assistant Commissioner of GSA’s IT Category.  Laura brings her unique perspective to the governmentwide and GSA focused efforts to support small businesses in the federal IT market.  Laura will discuss the overarching strategy for the IT Category in creating additional opportunities for small businesses.

Following Stanton’s remarks will be a 60-minute panel made up of program managers from NASA SEWP, NIH CIO-SP, and GSA’s MAS and AAS programs who will discuss contracting opportunities and how their respective programs engage with and support small businesses. We will then move to a second panel which focuses on crucial policies and legal issues that affect IT small businesses. In addition to these sessions, the event also provides a great networking opportunity for IT professionals. Both in-person and virtual attendance are offered.

Registration for the event is available here.

November 16-17: Fall Training Conference

The Coalition is pleased to announce that registration for the 2022 Fall Training Conference – Expectations for Government Fiscal Year 2023 is now open. The conference will be held on November 16-17 at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, VA, with both in-person and virtual attendance options available for participants. The overarching theme of this year’s conference is the expectations for Federal procurement policies and programs across the government in the new fiscal year.

To see information about pricing and register, please click here.

 

 

 

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