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Jan 6, 2010

Move Will Bring Company Leaders Closer to Federal Government, Key Customers. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced a decision to move its corporate office from Los Angeles to the Washington D.C. region by 2011. The company is engaged in a search to identify a specific location within the Washington, D.C. region, including the District, Maryland and Virginia. It plans to complete the search by spring 2010 and open the new corporate office by summer 2011.

"As a global security company with a large customer base in the Washington, D.C. region, this move will enable us to better serve our nation and customers," said Wes Bush, chief executive officer and president.

The new corporate office will include approximately 300 people. Although the company is moving some corporate staff from Los Angeles, the state of California remains a significant location for Northrop Grumman research, development and manufacturing. Approximately 30,000 employees, a quarter of Northrop Grumman's worldwide employment, work in California. Its Aerospace Systems sector is headquartered in Redondo Beach, and each of the company's other four sectors have major facilities in the state.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Full Article

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Jan 6, 2010

“How to effectively sell to the federal government”.

Dealing with the Federal Government can seem like a formidable task at times. However, with a little patience, persistence and perseverance on your part -- your efforts will be rewarded in the long run. To assist you, we developed a series of procedural steps essential for success. Good Luck!

1. Become familiar with the SBA/GC Internet Homepage.

The SBA offers a wide array of programs and “hands-on” assistance to small businesses considering the federal marketplace. Go to our website at and familiarize yourself with the programs and services we offer. From this site you can identify local SBA contracting experts who can be an invaluable resource to you, whether you are new to government contracting or are currently doing business with the Government and are seeking advice on how to deal with a particular issue. From the “Resources and Opportunities” section on our website, you will find links to additional procurement-related programs and assistance. In addition, this site provides information about other SBA resources including Small Business Development Centers, Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), and Women’s Business Development Centers. Log onto the SBA/GC website today and find out why we believe that it is truly the entrance ramp to the Government’s procurement Super-Highway.

2. Determine if your firm qualifies for one of SBA’s Certification Programs.

Formal certification by small business concerns is not required to bid on Federal contracts. Firms self-certify that they are small at the time of bid/proposal submission. The SBA currently has 3 contracts-related certification programs. Our 8(a) Business Development program assists eligible small businesses to compete through business development assistance. Although primarily a business development program, there are certain contracts restricted to certified 8(a) concerns. Certification in our Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) and Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) programs entitles qualified firms to special bidding benefits in the Federal-contracting arena.

The SBA offers an on-line application process that makes it easier, faster and less expensive for small firms to apply for 8(a) Business Development, Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) and HUBZone certification directly from SBA’s website, eliminating the need to download and complete a “paper” application. The applications are 100% Web-based, which incorporates context sensitive help, real-time validation, printer-ready versions and integrates with the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database.

To learn more about these programs and to determine if your firm qualifies for 8(a), SDB, or HUBZone certification go to the appropriate SBA website (;
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Although not a formal certification program, in May 2004, the SBA announced a new procurement program that will boost federal contract opportunities for service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) concerns. Under the new rule contracting officers may restrict contract awards to SDVOSBs where there is a reasonable expectation that two or more SDVOSB concerns will submit bids at a fair market price. If the anticipated contract price will not exceed $3 million (or $5 million for manufacturing contracts) the new rules allow for a sole-source award, if there is not a reasonable expectation of competitive bids/offers from 2 or more SDVOSB concerns. The rule allows SDVOSB concerns to self-certify. Any challenge to a concern’s status as a small business or as a SVOSB must be referred to the SBA for resolution. To view the new rule, go to

3. Obtain a DUNS Number, and register in the Centralized Contractor Registration (CCR) System.

If you do not already have a “DUNS Number,” contact Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) at to obtain one. Your DUNS Number is an important “identifier”, used for a multitude of purposes by the Government in the contracting arena.

The Government’s Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database holds information relevant to procurement and financial transactions. CCR affords you the opportunity for fast electronic payment of your invoices. You must be registered in CCR to be awarded a Federal contract. To learn more about CCR log onto the website at On January 1, 2004, the SBA’s Procurement and Marketing Access Network (PRO-Net) was integrated into CCR to provide a single portal to assist small businesses with marketing their goods and services to the Federal government. The CCR-PRO-Net linkage is part of a comprehensive strategy to transfer PRO-Net’s functions to the E-Gov Business Partner Network (BPN) in order to simplify government-wide vendor registration. The BPN is part of the Integrated Acquisition Environment (IAE), one of the e-government initiatives to create integrated business processes for buyers and sellers in the federal marketplace. For more information about IAE, visit the website at

Effective April 17, 2005, CCR will make changes to firm’s Trading Partner Profile (TPP) to display a firm’s small business size status according to each NAICs code listed (CCR will use 2002 NAICs codes), based on the firm’s inputted revenue and/or employee size information. The SBA’s small business size logic will populate fields indicating if a firm is certified as an 8(a) Business Development, small disadvantaged business (SDB) or historically underutilized business zone (HUBZone) program participant Questions concerning your CCR registration should be directed to the CCR Assistance Center, at 888-227-2423.

The Government has implemented the Online Certifications and Representations Application (ORCA) initiative to replace the paper based representations and certifications (more commonly referred to as “reps and certs”) process required with the submission of each sealed bid (IFB) or request for proposal (RFP). Now using ORCA, a prospective contractor can enter their reps and certs information over the web once and will then be able to submit them electronically from the web. This is a mandatory requirement and firms must review/update their data at least once annually or as circumstances change. The ORCA website can be found by going to and clicking on “Online Reps and Certs” on the left side of the screen.

4. Identify your product or service.

It is helpful to know the Federal Supply Classification Code (FSC) and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code for your product or service. Many government product/service listings and future procurements are identified by FSC. To identify FSCs applicable to your company log onto Detailed information regarding NAICS can be found on the SBA website by clicking onto: NOTE: Small Business Size Standards for all Federal Government programs formerly associated with Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes were replaced by those that SBA has established for industries as described in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). SBA has established a new table of small business size standards based on NAICS

5. Identify current Federal procurement opportunities.

Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOps) – the designated government-wide point of entry- is the exclusive official source for public access to notices of Federal contracting actions over $25,000. (Agencies are encouraged to use FedBizOps to provide notices for actions of $25,000 or less). Notices of proposed procurements were formerly publicized in the Commerce Business Daily (CBD). However, with FedBizOps designation as the one-stop Internet gateway to procurement opportunities, the CBD has ceased publication. Once you identify those Agencies and buying offices that purchase your products and services, it’s a good idea to contact them directly to learn more about upcoming procurements (i.e., procurement forecasts) posted on websites or electronic bulletin boards.

6. Familiarize yourself with the Government’s contracting procedures

Be familiar with Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) ( and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) You can also get access to other Federal agency FAR supplements from their respective webpages.

7. Investigate Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contracts.

The General Services Administration (GSA) manages Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) contracts, also known as Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contracts. Under MAS/FSS, contracts are awarded to multiple companies supplying comparable products and services at pre-negotiated prices, terms and conditions. Once GSA awards the contracts, Federal contracting officers and other authorized users order directly from the Schedule contractor. Many Federal purchases are, in fact, orders on MAS/FSS contracts. Contact the General Services Administration (GSA) for information on how to obtain a MAS/FSS contract: (Be sure that your marketing information and CCR profile contains information on any MAS/FSS contracts held by your firm).

8. Seek additional assistance as needed in the Federal marketplace.
There are a number of important resources that are available to provide you with “hands-on” assistance in the Federal marketplace:

-SBA Procurement Center Representatives (PCRs) and Commercial Marketing Representatives (CMRs) SBA has a nationwide cadre of procurement professionals who are charged with assisting small businesses and acting as their advocates at both the prime and subcontracting levels. PCRs assist small firms interested in doing business, as prime contractors, directly with Federal agency buying offices. Our CMRs work with those small firms interested in identifying subcontracting opportunities with large businesses that have been awarded a Federal contract. To identify the PCR or CMR located nearest to you go to

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers ( are located in most States. Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, while funded by the Department of Defense, provide technical contracting and marketing assistance to small businesses wishing to do business with any federal agencies.
They provide training and counseling on marketing, financial, and contracting issues at minimal or no cost.

-Small Business Specialists are located at each Federal buying office and can provide assistance on how to market to that Agency. An addendum to this document contains a listing of Small Business Specialists (sometimes referred to as SADBUS) in your state. A complete listing of Small Business Specialists can be obtained from each Agency’s website. For example, links to the homepages of every DOD activity can be found on the DefenseLink website: This information can be invaluable in researching the Federal marketplace and identifying your target market. Links to Agency Procurement Forecasts ( and other program information are available on their individual websites.

9. Explore subcontracting opportunities

Regardless of your product or service it is important that you do not neglect our very large secondary market, Subcontracting Opportunities with Federal Prime Contractors. Be sure to check out our website at The SBA/GC Subcontracting Opportunities Directory lists, by State, large business Federal prime contractors along with the name and telephone number of each firm’s Small Business Liaison Officer (SBLO). We encourage you to investigate potential opportunities with these firms. Many of these firms also have websites that may be useful and we encourage you to contact their respective SBLO for subcontracting and teaming opportunities. The SBA’s SUB-Net ( is a valuable source for obtaining information on subcontracting opportunities.

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10. Investigate other Federal programs.

There are several other programs that may be of interest to you, such as individual Agency Mentor-Protégé Programs, the SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research Program, etc. Information on these and other programs is available on Agency websites, and “click on” miscellaneous links to other Federal Government Acquisition sites.

11. Accept credit cards

More than 250,000 Federal employees are using the GSA Smartpay cards. As a vendor you can maximize your ability to capture government sales by accepting credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and Voyager). If you already accept these cards, you have no additional work to do. If you do not accept these cards contact a bank to establish a merchant account. For more information, visit GSA’s website at

12. Market, Market, Market!

The 3 most important words to remember in order to be successful in the Federal Procurement Arena is market, market, market. Hopefully, this guide will have given you some good ideas on how to market your firm. After you have identified your customers, researched their requirements, and familiarized yourself with the Government’s procurement regulations and strategies, it is time to market your product or service. Present your capabilities directly to those buying offices that purchase your products or services. Realize that, like you, their time is valuable and if the match is a good one and you can provide them with a cost-effective, quality solution to their requirements the contract could be yours. Good luck and remember – you’re not alone.

For additional assistance, contact the following SBA Procurement Center Representatives

Jose Martinez, Colorado –
John Bagaason, Montana -
Tracie Brown, Wyoming and Utah -
David Turner, North Dakota, South Dakota -

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Jan 6, 2010

As we enter a new year, we find ourselves cleaning out our file drawers getting ready for a brand new year. It is also an excellent time to start preparing marketing strategies for those markets will allow your company added growth and prosperity for the coming year.

GovPartners, LLC is excited about the company’s growth in 2009, and expects to be even busier in the coming year as the government market continues to explode with new opportunities. Government business is an excellent vehicle to expand your market share, even in tough economic times.

For those of you who are uncomfortable flying solo, GovPartners may be your answer. Our team is experienced with the government procurement processes (FARS and DFARS), and can be your champion in either beginning business with the government, or expanding your company’s role as a government sub-contractor. We are experienced in completing required registrations, adding companies to GSA supply schedules, FOIA requests, gathering custom market intelligence and locating business opportunities through state and federal procurement portals. Once an opportunity is located that makes sense for your company to bid, our proposal writing team can prepare your bid proposal for you, and will assist you through the entire process from start to finish.

For more information on all federal government agencies, opportunities and 2010 forecasts, visit .

So, as you are cleaning out those old, obsolete files, start your new year off by getting acquainted with GovPartners, LLC. If you would like more information on any of our programs or have questions about our services, email us at We promise to respond within 24 hours.
Have a safe and healthy new year from all of us at GovPartners, LLC.

Arthur: Sabrina Ford, VP Government Affairs

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Jan 8, 2010

The contracting memo influenced much of the procurement policy guidance in 2009, but experts say its effects will be subtle this year. What a difference a year makes, even if in a wholly unexpected way.

On March 4, 2009, President Barack Obama delivered what had the makings to be a game-changing speech for the federal information technology community. The president outlined his agenda for overhauling federal procurement, promising to end wasteful contracting practices and wean agencies off their reliance on government contractors.

The federal market was soon buzzing about fixed-priced contracts, reinvigorated competition, and a pronounced shift from the outsourcing of government work to the insourcing of contractor work.

“The way government agencies acquire the goods and services needed to carry out their responsibilities will take an abrupt 180-degree turn if President Barack Obama gets his way,” Federal Computer Week reported at the time.

However, the buzz generated by that speech and its accompanying memo has grown quiet, and the market is back to business as usual, or nearly so. What seemed like the start a major reform initiative 10 months ago now appears to have been a new president putting his stamp on issues that previous administrations have also tackled.

Contracting policies “have been fairly consistent throughout the years. It’s just good public policy,” said Robert Burton, former deputy administrator at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy and now a partner at Venable law firm.

That’s not to say the speech was empty rhetoric. The administration followed the March 4 memo with additional guidance and initiatives in the areas of cost-reimbursement and sole-source contracting, the acquisition workforce, and workforce management.

Administration officials also have prodded agencies to identify opportunities for saving money through improved procurement practices. Obama predicted that the memo and the governmentwide guidance could save the government as much as $40 billion. On Dec. 21, Jeffrey Zients, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, said the administration was nearly halfway there, having identified $19 billion in potential savings. Read Full Article


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Jan 20, 2010

10-year blanket purchase agreement calls for systems integration and other IT work.

CGI Federal Inc. will provide systems integration and other information technology services to the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development under a 10-year blanket purchase agreement that could be worth as much as $395 million.

Under its General Services Administration’s IT Schedule contract, CGI also will provide consulting services and operational support for more than 5,000 of the agencies’ users of the Joint Financial Management System (JFMS) at more than 300 posts and missions around the world.

JFMS is a global platform based on CGI’s Momentum software, which is used by State and USAID to conduct domestic and overseas financial management activities.

CGI Federal is a wholly owned U.S. operating subsidiary of CGI Group Inc.  Reference Article:


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Jan 27, 2010

Purchase expands company's worldwide offerings. DynCorp International LLC has acquired Casals & Associates Inc., an international development company, through the purchase of 100 percent of the company’s stock. Precise financial terms were not disclosed.

Casals, a private company in Alexandria, Va., helps to achieve U.S. foreign policy and international development priorities by assisting in the development of stable and democratic governments, implementing anti-corruption initiatives and aiding the growth of democratic public and civil institutions, according to a DynCorp statement today.

With more than two decades of experience supporting the initiatives and programs of the U.S. Agency for International Development and international organization, Casals has developed significant expertise in the areas of democracy and governance, conflict management and recovery, rule of law and access to justice, strengthening civil society and public outreach.

The acquisition brings together the complementary skills, experience and capacity of Casals and DynCorp International to strengthen the strategic expansion of DynCorp International into the international development field, the statement said.

Casals will be integrated within DynCorp International’s Global Stabilization and Development Solutions division.

“This acquisition addresses our goal of creating value through continued growth and business diversification, and furthers our alignment with the Obama administration’s emphasis on the application of ‘smart power’ to global challenges,” DynCorp International President and CEO William Ballhaus said in the company statement.
In October (20) DynCorp International , a wholly owned subsidiary of DynCorp International Inc., acquired Phoenix Consulting Group Inc., expanding the company’s services to the intelligence community and national security clients. Full Article

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