Getting an audience with senior IT professionals can be difficult. The Mid-Atlantic CIO&CTO eliminates the need for cold calls by bringing together IT purchasing leaders in the federal, commercial and non-profit marketplace. Live on November 10, 2009 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. Your seat purchase will give you an opportunity to spend an hour at the General Reception where you can network with the following IT leaders as well as over 100 of their peers, then have a seat at the Who’s Who of IT in the region.
Register today to have the unique opportunity to meet and network with the Mid-Atlantic’s IT purchasing leaders from the following agencies and companies: • Casey Coleman, CIO, General Services Administration • Peter Fonash, CIO, Department of Homeland Security and Director of the National Cyber Security Division • Jeffrey Johnson, Deputy CIO, Constellation Energy • Devon Bryan, Associate CIO, Internal Revenue Service • Victor Thompson, Deputy CIO, NASA • Douglas Norton, VP and CIO, Northrop Grumman.
September 15, 2009-GSA Schedules Training Webinar. The Office of Small Business Utilization conducts monthly training on the process of obtaining a GSA schedules contract. This free webinar is designed to encourage and support small businesses interested in obtaining a GSA Multiple Award Schedules contract. (Online)
September 24, 2009-Telework Exchange Town Hall Meeting. GSA sponsors this educational forum, along with the private sector, for federal government employees to learn about the latest technology and best practices used to implement telework programs. (Washington, DC)
October 22, 2009-Access to Success Small Business Conference. This powerful one-day conference features procurement and marketing workshops and provides an opportunity to meet and network with GSA program managers, building managers, leasing specialists, senior procurement employees, as well as small business advocates from DoD and other federal agencies. Attendees will also meet prime contractors seeking to partner with experienced small businesses to meet or exceed their company’s subcontracting goals. (Washington, DC)
December 1, 2009-Marketing to the Federal Government Webinar. This free webinar is designed for vendors who have already obtained a GSA Multiple Award Schedules contract and provides marketing tips and strategies for vendors with government contracts. Participants will learn techniques and resources to assist them in marketing to federal government agencies. (Online)
The State of Maryland is looking for tax revenues and thinks that misclassified independent contractors are ripe with opportunity. Maryland’s Governor Martin O’Malley (by executive order No. 2009.19) recently created a multi-agency Task Force that will coordinate investigations into, and enforcement of, work place fraudulent practice. The executive order defines work place fraud as a practice whereby employers improperly classify “employees” as “independent contractors”. The purpose of the task force is to assist in recouping tax revenue, such as unemployment insurance taxes, wage withholding, etc., lost because of this misclassification of employees as independent contractors.
The Task Force is an expansion of earlier legislative efforts to address this same issue specifically in the construction and landscaping industries (see Maryland’s Workplace Fraud Act of 2009). While the Workplace Fraud Act of 2009 was limited to a specific industry, the Governor’s Task Force will have jurisdiction over all employers in all sectors. The Task Force has also been directed to propose legislative changes that will enhance the investigation, enforcement and prevention of misclassification of employees as independent contractors. Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C. provide some updated Jan 2010 insight on regulatory and legislative actions at the federal and state level. Continue reading »
Get an overview of the US Army Corps of Engineers’ North Atlantic BRAC/MILCON program, and its opportunities for Small Businesses!
Jack Beecher (Small Business Programs, US Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District) will describe small business construction programs throughout this region and up the East Coast, as well as new assignments to assist VA hospitals in Virginia and dining hall construction throughout the US. The Norfolk District has succeeded in awarding an average of 48% of its obligations to small businesses. Norfolk District led the Corps in both SDV Dollars – $101M and Percentage – 13%.
Find out what’s happening now with plans for Service-Disabled Veterans and Woman-owned businesses, and what’s on the acquisition plan agenda for the rest of 2009 and into 2010. Here’s the place to check out what Jack will be talking about: Go to http://www.nao.usace.army.mil and click on the Business tab and then on “Small Business” in the drop-down box!
Learn how to position your firm for success. Ask your questions regarding upcoming opportunities, teaming opportunities and the ins and outs of agency contracts.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
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Federal Contracting Executive Forum
Fairview Park Marriott Hotel
3111 Fairview Park Drive
Falls Church VA 22042
(Just inside the beltway at Route 50)
7:00 – 7:30 am Registration
7:30 – 8:00 am Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15 am Welcome
8:15 – 9:00 am Speaker Presentation
9:00 – 9:30 am Q&A
9:30 – 10:00 am Networking
In an effort to help the Montgomery County business community find current federal stimulus and other federal contract and grant opportunities, the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development has launched the new FREE Stimulus Opportunity System (SOS). SOS is a searchable online tool to help local businesses learn about, and better compete for, the more than $787 billion worth of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) contracting and grant opportunities, as well as other federal contracting opportunities expected to exceed $500 billion in FY09.
The Stimulus Opportunity System (SOS), located at at www.smartmontgomery.org, provides essential information including department, agency, solicitation number, contract or grant name, online link and post date as well as useful links including:
• FedBizStat – track federal contract awards and related data
• Teaming contacts – complete company name, address and contact information
• Stimulus funded programs – sorted by agency, sub-agency, category and amount
For more information on this and other targeted programs and resources of the Department of Economic Development, visit www.smartmontgomery.com.
The three day event in Washington, D.C. will be full of awards, networking opportunities and different forums covering subjects from “Growing your Small Business: Lending, Government Procurement and International Trade” to “Hot Topics Effecting Small Businesses”
- Keynote by Karen G. Mills, Administrator of the SBA: The Future of Small Businesses and Vision of the SBA
- Financial Forum: Rebuilding Our Economy: How the Recovery Act Effects Your Business (also webcast!)
- Town Hall Meeting: Successful Business Strategies in a Down Economy
- Innovation Forum: Technology – Our Competitive Edge (also webcast!)
- Social Media Forum: Social Media, Transforming the Way You Do Business (also webcast!)
- Award Presentations (also webcast!)
- Networking receptions
- Cyber Cafe
Location Continue reading »
The U.S. Government is one of the largest purchasers of products and services in the world. In FY2008, the government issued over $435B in contracts, so clearly this is a lucrative and highly competitive market. In this post, we’ll take a look at federal contract awards from two perspectives: geographic distribution and market segment.
Geographic Distribution - The DC Metro area is a hotbed for government contracting activity. Although it is comparatively small in square mileage, Maryland is a giant when it comes to federal contracting, receiving over $25B in contract awards in FY2008.
Federal Market Segment – Of all federal market segments, NAICS Sector 541 for Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is perhaps one of the largest in government contracting, accounting for over 20% of federal contract dollars in FY2008.
So how does Maryland stack up against the rest of the country in both overall contracts and those in Sector 541? Here are some interesting facts and figures: Continue reading »
As we approach the mid-way point of the fiscal year, some indicators throw light on where the brisk activity may be headed across all socio economic indicators. It is too early to tell what the year end numbers will look like given that they will almost certainly be skewed from the unleashing of stimulus money, but the numbers speak for themselves.
The reports posted below are for select socio economic categories aggregated by State, and sorted in descending order for FY 2009. The usual suspects namely; Maryland, DC, Virginia, Texas and California not surprisingly are at the top of most rankings. All reports include percentage comparison columns for each year:
Federal Contract Actions By State for Small Business
Federal Contract Actions by State for Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses
Federal Contract Actions By State for Veteran Owned Businesses
Federal Contract Actions By State for Small Disadvantage Businesses
Federal Contract Actions By State for Women Owned Businesses
Federal Contract Actions By State for HUBZONE Businesses
Federal Contract Actions By State for Native American Owned Firms
Federal Contract Actions By State for SBA 8A Certified Firms
The recently passed Stimulus package will significantly benefit businesses operating in Maryland. Maryland is expected to receive $3.75 billion in direct funds over the next three years. $904 million are dedicated to infrastructure projects such as highways, transit, housing, and drinking water. $1.3 billion are dedicated to medicaid and other health care projects. Over $100 million will be used for energy projects. Last but not least $1.5 billion are target for various Education projects.
The above figures represent only the direct funding, which is many cases will be spent at the local government level. Maryland will also benefit indirectly from Federal spending in Maryland on such projects as the expansion of the Bethesda Naval Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health.
Maryland retains the # 1 spot for federal contracts to Black Owned Small business concerns across the country at $ 1,433,678,555 from a grand total of $ 5,439,476,563 contracts awards last year, the same ranking Maryland held in FY 2007. This data comes from Fedmine’s FY 2008 Federal Contracts By State to Small Businesses concerns for three main socio economic categories – now available for our readers.
What We Are Writing
- A Marriage of Inconvenience: GSA Schedule Contracts & The Contractor Code of Business Ethics & Conduct Clause
- Emerging Small Businesses: To Grow Your Business, You Must Plan For Growth
- Government Contracting: Look Before You Leap!
- GSA Schedules – Strategies for Success
- New Employee vs. Independent Contractor Considerations
- Pay on Display – Understanding the Executive Compensation and Subcontractor Data Reporting Requirements & Ramifications
- The GSA Schedule: Your Ticket to the Federal Market (May 2010)
- The New FAR Codes of Conduct and Compliance Program Provisions
- The Seven Deadly Sins (of contract compliance)