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Procurement Updates

2020/08/13: DoD Implementation of the Section 889(a)(1)(B) Prohibition on Contracting with Entities Using Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment

Click here for a copy of DoD Implementation Memo.

Click here for full Federal Register FAR Ruling.

DoD (including DLA) contracting officers are expected to begin sending awards -and modifications - to existing awards today.

Two important pieces of information on Pages 9 and 10 of the DoD Implementation Memo are highlighted. 

List of providers of prohibited goods and services, listed below:

  • Huawei Technologies Company or
  • ZTE Corporation (or any subsidiary or affiliate of those entities) and
  • Certain video surveillance products or telecommunications equipment and services produced or provided by:
  • Hytera Communications Corporation
  • Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Company, or
  • Dahua Technology Company (or any subsidiary or affiliate of those entities).; 

Definition of “reasonable inquiry”. 

The reasonable inquiry is the standard to which DoD expects businesses to attempt to identify whether or not their products and service providers are among the five prohibited providers.

Reasonable inquiry means an inquiry designed to uncover any information in the entity’s possession about the identity of the producer or provider of covered telecommunications equipment or services used by the entity that excludes the need to include an internal or third party audit.

Please direct your attention, in particular, to “…information in the entity’s possession” and “..excludes the need for ….internal or third-party audit.”

Basically, look around your facilities, do you see or otherwise know if any of your or services are provided by the prohibited providers?  Do you receive invoices from service providers matching these.  If not, you may represent that a reasonable inquiry found no use of prohibited provider’s goods or services. 

The directions surrounding this topic are evolving. There will undoubtedly be more information released as time passes.  Until you get credible direction that conflicts or adds to what is provided here, or until DoD sends more updates, please use this as a guide.


Doing Business with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is the Department of Defense's (DOD) logistics combat support agency. DLA's mission is to provide best value integrated logistics solutions to America’s Armed Forces and its Interagency Customers in peace, during national disasters/emergencies and in war, around the clock, in the homeland, and around the world. DLA supplies its military and civilian agency customers with critical resources needed to accomplish worldwide missions.

The DLA Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) provides training, guidance, and strategies that maximize opportunities for small businesses so they can participate in DLA's acquisition program. OSBPs are located at each DLA procuring activity. They advise and assist contracting, program manager, and requirements personnel on matters affecting small firms.

 

VA CVE Certification - online training now available

CVE is hosting recurring training for interested Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses on different aspects of the verification process. At the conclusion of each webinar, CVE will host a Town Hall on the Verification Program to solicit feedback from participants. Discussion during this part of the session will not be limited to the topics of Re-verification, Pre-Application, or How to Stay Verified.

Selling to the Defense Logistics Agency

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Wants to Buy from Small Business!

DLA is looking for small business suppliers in all socio-economic categories, including Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB), Women-Owned Small Businesses, 8(A)s and Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zones.

NYS Launches NEW Procurement Website

About NYSPro

Procurement Services, a division of the Office of General Services, is the State’s central procurement office, responsible for establishing and managing contracts for goods and services needed by government entities across the State, including agencies, local governments, and other authorized users.  This State is comparable to a Fortune 500 business and as such, has remarkable purchasing power. The State works to harness this power using innovative, strategic methods to give customers timely, cost effective ways to buy the goods and services they need.

DCMA Packaging Webinar

06/18/2014

DCMA Packaging and Labeling Workshop

Presenter: Douglas Jokinen, Packaging Specialist, DCMAO-LSP

You can download the presentation in parts, click on each link below:

DFARs Final Rule re: Counterfeit Electronic equipment

DIBBS (DLA’s Internet Bid Board System) – The Way to Sell to DLA -  Free Webinars

Scam targets GSA schedule holders using spoofed federal email addresses

OFPP dispels 8 more agency, vendor communications myths

There are ".coms" charging $500+ to complete your SAM registration. This is a free registration. Call the PTAC for assistance.

HUBZones: Historically Underutilized Business Zone

Are you located in a HUBZone? Want to find out if qualify for HUBZone certification? Contact us, we can help.

HOW THE HUBZone PROGRAM WORKS

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) regulates and implements the program and

  • determines which businesses are eligible to receive HUBZone contracts,
  • maintains a listing of qualified HUBZone small businesses that Federal agencies can use to locate vendors,
  • adjudicates protests of eligibility to receive HUBZone contracts, and
  • reports to the Congress on the program's impact on employment and investment in HUBZone areas.

ELIGIBILITY

A small business must meet all of the following criteria to qualify for the HUBZone program:

  • it must be located in a "historically underutilized business zone" or HUBZone.
  • it must be owned and controlled by one or more US Citizens, and
  • at least 35% of its employees must reside in a HUBZone.
  • Click here to find out if you located in a HUBZone.