Doing Business with Uncle Sam in GSA’s Southeast Sunbelt Region (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN)?
Then you may want to pay attention to the activities of federal agencies when they indicate the states (and sometimes territories) in the region as the ‘primary place of performance.’ That is, when they leverage the Simplified Acquisition Procedures to purchase goods and services, and especially if you’re a small federal contractor.
Not familiar with this purchasing method?
A ‘Simplified Acquisition’ is one of the easiest ways for civilian, defense and intelligence agencies to procure products and services as it reduces the administrative burden associated with the procurement process for both agencies and vendors. For industry, there is an inherent preference for agencies to engage small business concerns when these buys fall in the range of $3,000 to $150,000 dollars per action. That’s the ‘Simplified Acquisition Threshold.’ But these buys can and do well exceed that threshold as you’ll learn by reading this article that will also provide you a substantive update as to the state of Simplified Acquisitions.
Did I mention the dollars obligated this way have increased an average of one billion dollars each fiscal year since FY2010 (through Fy2014) while government contract spending as a whole fell by $100 billion in the same period?
But don’t just take my word for it. Here’s a response to one of my more recent articles about simplified acquisitions from someone who knows a thing or two about these purchases.
About This Region’s Simplified Spending
Each ‘Getting A Slice of Uncle Sam’s Pie’ report is based on year-to-date simplified acquisition obligations in one region of the eleven designated GSA regions. Based on information collected from FPDS-NG, each report will summarize:
- total obligations
- what was purchased (products versus services and top PSCs)
- participating agencies
- contracting offices
- obligations by state/territory within the region
- use of the Federal Business Opportunities portal
- small business set-asides
- total obligations to small business (incl. set-asides and buys not set-aside)
- use of indefinite delivery vehicles versus standalone contracts
The Southeast Sunbelt Region consists of the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. As of this report, competitive and non-competitive simplified acquisition obligations total $295 million. (This report produced February 2, 2015)
Here’s the first of the ‘Getting A Slice of Uncle Sam’s Pie’ segments:
- Blog: The Neverending Search for Low-Hanging Fruit in Government Contracting
- Article:DPAP Issues Permanent Authority for Use of Simplified Acquisition Procedures Exception for Certain Commercial Items (FAR Subpart 13.5)
- Blog: Congress Can Help By Keeping It ‘Simplified!’
- Video: 15 Reasons Why We Call These Opportunities Low-Hanging Fruit!
About Guy Timberlake
Guy is Co-Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of The American Small Business Coalition , a growth-oriented membership organization for government contractors established by Guy and his wife Margaret in 2004.
Guy has been hands-on in government contracting since 1988 when he first supported the manufacture of TEMPEST data processing systems supporting collection and analysis activities of the U.S. Intelligence Community during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
He spends his working hours doing extensive market research and networking to support members of The American Small Business Coalition, and his non-working hours spending time with his wife and their daughter. Guy is also a member of the Board of Directors for American Freedom Foundation, a 501(c) 3 charity co-founded by the 12th Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army, Jack Tilley, in support of active military members, Veterans, Wounded Warriors and military families.