News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

Acquisition Today: News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

November 14, 2018

smart guide

How to Use the Contracting Professionals Smart Guide

The Contracting Professionals Smart Guide is organized into two sections: Contract Formation and Contract Administration. Contract Formation consists of 29 Activities that range from acquisition planning to contract development to contract award. Contract Administration consists of 22 Activities that range from contract execution to modifications to contract close out. Check it out on FAI website.


Professional Services Category Spotlight: Discovery Market Research Tool

The next Professional Services Category Spotlight on November 29, 2018, will explore the Discovery Market Research Tool. The acquisition workforce can use Discovery to search vendor history for the awarded contractors and NAICS of the various IDIQs. The tool lets you pick and choose different criteria in order to narrow down contracts to find one that suits your needs. A demonstration of search processes is included. Register now.

training opport

Gateway U Recordings Available!

Have you missed any of the Fall Gateway U sessions (10/29-11/09)? Or, maybe you heard some great information that you want to reference again?  Don't despair, recordings are now available! Listen to available Gateway sessions to learn more about how you can use the Gateway to simplify the acquisition process.


Reminder - New Field in FPDS for Hurricane Florence

In order to track acquisition costs associated with Hurricane Florence, a new National Interest Actions (NIA) field has been added in the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS). Effective 9/13/18 through 12/15/18, this new NIA Code will be used strictly for reporting purposes related to Hurricane Florence. For complete information, read the full memo.

best in class

Three New Best-in-Class Solutions Now Available

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has recently designated three dynamic contract vehicles as “Best in Class” (BIC)!  They are: 1) General Services Administration’s (GSA): 8(a) STARS II; 2) Health and Human Service/National Institute of Health: NITAAC CIO SP3 (Small Business); 3) Health and Human Service/National Institute of Health: NITAAC CIO SP3 (Unrestricted) LEARN MORE

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