Featuring the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS-NG)

You’ve been told that market research is critical to success in the government contracting arena. The information is out “there” but how to find the needed data? Where do look to determine which agencies are buying what you’re selling? How do you find past procurement data on a current solicitation? One of the answers is on the FPDS website. The Federal Procurement Data System – Next Generation (FPDS or FPDS-NG) is a great (and free) tool to use for conducting market research. The FPDS contains a tremendous volume of data on past federal procurement activities.

Government Certifications as Marketing Tools

Often businesses feel that they need to have every and all socio-economic certifications before contracts will fall at their feet. Unfortunately that’s not at all how it works. Granted, government certifications, such as 8(a), HUBZone, WOSB or CVE, do provide the opportunity to bid on restricted or set-aside solicitations. Mostly, these certifications are simply value-added marketing tools, and like most tools, their value is dependent upon correct usage. This video will provide a brief introduction and the eligibility requirements for each socio-economic certification and how to determine which certification if right for your business. The video will also discuss how and when to market your certifications to enhance your business.

The Debrief Processing Flow

The Debrief is a critical part of the government contracting proposal process. It provides a “post-game” opportunity to discuss the proposal strengths and weakness as evaluated by the contracting officer and/or the proposal evaluation team.

In a contract management context, a debriefing is “an explanation given by buyer personnel to an offeror detailing the reasons its offer was unsuccessful.”

This video discusses the four phases of the debrief process: 1. Decision, 2. Notification, 3. Request and 4. Debriefing. This webinar is structured from the NCMA Article “The Debriefing Process Flow” by James N Phillips Jr. June 2018

Cybersecurity Compliance: A Step-by-Step Guide

This video provides a step-by-step guide on how government contractors can achieve compliance with the cybersecurity requirements established by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), specifically Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) clause 252.204-7012, entitled “Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting.”

20 minutes.

Gain Access to Federal Contracts with HUBZone

Learn best practices and step-by-step instructions for certifying your business as a HUBZone business, from our Procurement Specialist.

This video was produced by the NorCal PTAC. 54 minutes.

Connecting Business To Government

The Procurement Technical Assistance Program is powerful because it connects small business with federal government. The Defense Logistics Agency, part of the Department of Defense, funds the Procurement Technical Assistance Program to increase the number of vendors capable of performing on government contracts. For more information visit: www.dla.mil/HQ/SmallBusiness/PTAP.aspx.

5 minutes.