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Vanessa (Payne) Wilson

Small Business Milestone: Federal Government Awards More than $120B in Contracts to Small Businesses in 2018

The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced in June 2019 that, for the sixth year in a row, federal agencies exceeded their mandatory goal of awarding at least 23% of prime contract dollars to qualified small businesses. In fiscal year 2018, agencies awarded 25.05% of contract dollars to small businesses, totaling $120.8 billion in obligations. This […]

Stay in the Game: Get Your Replacement GSA Schedule Contract Today!

As a contracting professional, you know rules are important—after all, they tell you how to play the game and avoid costly penalties. How can you keep winning if all the referees are playing by different rulebooks than the one you have been using? Don’t take unnecessary risks when your future sales are on the line. […]

Upcoming GSA Refreshes Incorporate Kaspersky Ban and Update OLM Limitations

In November 2018, GSA will refresh its schedule solicitations to incorporate the recent Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) prohibition on the use of products and services developed by Kaspersky Labs, as well as clarify the application of the 33.33% limitation for Order Level Materials (OLMs). The refreshes add and update clauses and provisions related to FAR […]

GSA Issues Mass Modification to Implement Order-Level Materials (OLMs) on Select Schedules

The General Services Administration (GSA) has begun a two-step process to incorporate Order-Level Materials (OLMs) into its Schedules program. GSA is implementing the OLM rule into seven Schedules through the solicitation refresh and mass modification process. Contractors must accept the Commercial Supplier Agreement (CSA) mandatory modification before they can process the OLM mod (#A653) to […]

Small Business Milestone: Federal Government Awards More Than $100B in Contracts to Small Businesses in 2017

The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced in May 2018 that federal agencies exceeded their mandatory goal of awarding 23% of their contracts to qualified small businesses for the fifth year in a row. In the fiscal year 2017, agencies awarded 23.88% in federal contract dollars to small businesses. While this is a slight drop from […]

The Next 20 Years Webinar – You Had Questions, We Have Answers

Thank you to everyone who participated in our recent webinar, The Next 20 Years: Strategic Considerations for GSA Schedule Holders. Due to the large number of attendees, we were not able to answer questions live during the event. As promised, we compiled the questions submitted into the online classroom and are publishing the responses below. […]

The Next 20 Years: Strategic Considerations for GSA Schedule Holders

Download: The Next 20 Years – GSA Slides Join Aronson’s government contracting experts Jennifer Aubel and Vanessa Payne for their webinar, “The Next 20 Years: Strategic Considerations for GSA Schedule Holders” where they will reveal key strategic considerations contractors must address to optimize their next 20 years on the GSA Schedules. As long-time GSA Schedule […]

GSA Whistleblower Vindicated, FAS and TTS Realignment, and Politics – Not as Usual?

Shakeups in the management of the General Services Administration (GSA) continue to cascade and make waves. In early July, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) announced that it reached a settlement with the GSA on behalf of recently-resigned Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) Commissioner Thomas Sharpe. In its letter to President Trump on July 5th, the […]

GSA Federal Acquisition Training Symposium – Getting FATS on What’s New at GSA

GSA held its 2nd annual Federal Acquisition Training Symposium (FATS) in Huntsville, Alabama. The event was designed to provide acquisition and training sessions tailored to federal, military, and civilian personnel, as well as GSA’s industry partners. FATS offered 66 training and educational sessions, had 104 registered exhibitors, and a combination of Government agencies and industry […]

First Big Award Under GSA’s Health IT

The first major award using the new Health IT Services Special Item Number (SIN) 132-56 on GSA IT Schedule 70, has been made by the Defense Health Agency (DHA). Planned Systems International, Inc. (PSI) was awarded a multi-year, $15.6 million task order to provide transfusion sustainment services for the Department of Defense (DoD)’s Enterprise Blood […]

GSA IG Recommends Pricing Review of over 300 Migrated Professional Services Schedule Contracts

The General Services Administration (GSA)’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a report on March 21, 2017, titled “Audit of Price Evaluations and Negotiations for the Professional Services Schedule Contracts.” According to the IG audit, GSA’s process to consolidate eight pre-existing schedules into the Professional Services Schedule (PSS) resulted in the award of new contracts without […]

Identity Protection Services (IPS) SIN Coming to GSA’s Professional Services Schedule (PSS) Soon

The General Services Administration (GSA) announced on GSA Interact on January 20, 2017 that it is proposing to redefine Special Item Number (SIN) 520-20 on the Professional Services Schedule (PSS) as its official Data Breach Response and Identity Protection Services (IPS) SIN. This will also mean minor modification to the existing language of SINs 520-16 […]