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Possible New SIN For IT Schedule 70

The General Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have partnered to provide federal agencies with a Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Program (CDM) in order to safeguard, secure, and strengthen cyberspace and security of federal agency networks.  With this partnership a possible new Special Item Number (SIN) could be issued under GSA's schedule 70. As described in the sources sought, "The CDM Program is a federal funded program designed to provide a new approach to protecting the cyber infrastructure of the civilian .gov network environment.  The CDM Program moves away from historical compliance reporting toward combating threats to our nations networks on a real-time basis, where tools are gathering system attributes to determine the current state of the network. Phase 1: "What is on the network?" Phase 2: "Who is on the network?" Bound:    "How is the network protected?" Phase 3:  "What is happening on the network?" A sources sought was issued via GSA in federal business opportunities (FBO) on March 22, 2017 and to close on April 5, 2017.  To participate you may view the sources sought here. Ilene Giles is a GSA schedules expert that has helped thousands of businesses increase their bottom line with a GSA schedule.  Get her FREE CD, “What You Need To Know Before Applying For A GSA schedule” or contact her today for a FREE consultation at GSAProposalMaven.com/meet-Ilene. Want more news like this? Sign up for my weekly newsletter click here

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3 Myths In Federal Contracting

According to the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) there were over $425 billion dollars of requirements procured in 2012.  Even though over four hundred and twenty five billion dollars of procurements were processed some federal agencies were still not able to achieve their goals.  The reason why is because many small businesses fail to get in the federal game believing there is no work available for them.  This is not true, the federal government is looking for you, there is a need for your product or service but business owners shy away from federal contracts based on false information or ideas about working with the government.  If you’re new and you want to start out on a smaller platform try subcontracting.  Subcontracting is when a business signs on with a prime contractor to perform a portion of the government task order for a nominal fee.  Luckily, the Small Business Administration has made final ruling on the *Small Business jobs Act that looks out for the subcontractor when it comes to performing task for the prime.  So this can eliminate some of the concerns that you may have teaming with a larger more experienced vendor.   Another myth vendors use in working with the feds is not pursuing opportunities because federal language is too confusing.  If this is the only problem you have then you’re doing pretty well.  Understanding government rules, regulations, and protocol is not something that can be learned overnight, but you will definitely be able to learn it.  There are so [...]

Understanding GSA Schedules

Have you ever wanted to apply for a GSA contract and didn't know where to begin?  Well you are not alone, in order to get a GSA contract there is a process that every vendor must go through, but first you need to know what that process is.  This tele-class is a great session for any vendor wanting to apply for the GSA contract, it answers: What a GSA schedule is. http://www.xiangyatastudent.com/ How the program works. How to qualify. Teaming with other contract holders. The rules of the government contract game. How to build revenue. The pitfalls in preparing a submission yourself. How to choose a good consultant to assist you with the process. And loads of other useful content to get you on the right track.  Once we're finish you will receive an Mp3 download of the class to listen to as many times as you want, a government contractor workbook  that will show you the step by step process, and a GSA contractor checklist. You will leave having a better understanding of the program, its processes, what is needed of the vendor, and if it is a good fit for your business. The class last for one hour October 29, 2013 1pm - 2pm eastern standard time.  So register now and join me by clicking the link  https://gsacontract.eventbrite.com/   Can't wait to hear from you

How To Find Government Opportunities?

Government contracts are a surefire way to grow your business in the federal market, but the process is not an easy one.  One of the questions that I am regularly asked by businesses are, "How do you find government opportunities?".  There are lots of resources in locating opportunities if you are familiar with working in the neighborhood of federal contracts. Each federal agency has their own individual portal to solicit opportunities, but a portal that is used more frequently is Federal Business Opportunities or FBO.  FBO is used by all federal agencies to list many things such as, solicitations, agency events, or sources sought.  Any solicitation in excess of twenty-five thousand dollars will be advertised here.  The site can be found at www.fbo.gov and it is free to register.  Registration is not necessary but it is recommended if you are serious in locating opportunities. Once you have completed your registration you have a choice of how you want to create your search agents.  If you are not able to locate any opportunities that are currently available you can create a saved search that will alert you when any opportunities appear at a later date. As I mentioned earlier FBO is also great for finding small business events and sources sought.  Sources sought's are when federal agencies are conducting market research in creating a possible solicitation.  A sources sought is nothing to smirk at, this is also considered a government opportunity for your business, but you have to know how to work it to your advantage. For more information [...]

4 Tips To Become A Government Contractor

Climbing the ladder to becoming a government contractor is scary especially if you don't know what you are doing. All of the thick documents, regulations and government acronyms can confuse anybody. What I will tell you is if you are really wanting to become a federal contractor conquer that fear and complete the process anyway. Now I won't deceive you, you are able to complete the process on your own, but you don't want to run the risk of making a mistake and suffer in the long run so it is always a good idea to get a helping hand wherever you can from a knowledgeable source. Most times the more difficult contracts to handle are service contracts so stop convincing yourself that it can't be done and get moving. There are four phases to becoming a contractor; market research, registrations, apply for opportunities, marketing your business. Market Research- Before you even jump into applying for opportunities you want to be sure that the government can use what you sell. Although the government buys just about every commodity there are some commodities that either don't bring in a large amount of sales or are just not needed by the federal government. To do this you should register with Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS). FPDS provides an up to date research of commodities procured by federal agencies. It is available to the public and the registration is free. In FPDS you can create reports of your commodity and find out which [...]