News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

Acquisition Today: News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

April 17, 2019

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Join the Open Opportunities Information Session Today!

Acquisition Open Opportunities is a platform within the Open Opps site where acquisition professionals can gain hands-on learning opportunities while in their current job. The platform advertises “opportunities” throughout the government to help individuals improve their skill set, share their knowledge, and gain innovative acquisition strategies and techniques. To learn more about Open Opportunities, please join the online office hour today, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, from 1-2 PM EST! There will be a short demo of the Open Opportunities site as well as a Q&A session. For audio and video  

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New Line Items Course Available In FAITAS!

Check out the new online course FAC 076, Establishing Line Items for Contracts and Orders, which is available in FAITAS! Learn how to correctly implement the new line item rule. The primary objective of the Rule was to set standards for the uniform use of line items in Federal procurement. In order to provide time to transition their information systems, agencies were given until October 1, 2019 to apply the requirements of FAR 4.1002 through 4.1008. The new Rule for line items provides more detail about when line items are needed and what data elements are required for each line item. Take this class to learn more! (Earn .75 CLPs.)


FAR Site Migration!

Did you know that, will be transitioned to GSA's by September 30, 2019? Acquisition professionals and vendors will then have a single website to access and search the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and supplemental regulations. Make sure to update your bookmark to the FAR!


Register for Spring Gateway U!

Spring Gateway U is here. It starts on April 22, 2019 and goes until May 3, 2019. Each day has a different class about the Acquisition Gateway and attendees can earn one CLP per each class. Register today.

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GSA Schedules and Discounts Micro-Learning Course

Watch this five minute "Knowledge Nugget" micro-learning course entitled "GSA Schedules and Discounts" for a brief overview of the GSA Schedules program and learn some great tips on when and how to request discounts!

PBS, DLA Utilities Contracts Now Get Tier 2 SUM Credit

Through a collaborative, interagency process, the Facilities and Construction category recently worked with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and GSA’s Public Building Service (PBS) to get DLA Deregulated Utilities and PBS Area-wide Utilities contracts reclassified as Tier 2. This reclassification of previously Tier 0 contracts to Tier 2 was approved by the Office of Management and Budget, and resulted in a government-wide increase in spend under management (SUM) of over $865M! Learn More



1,300+ Labor Categories Added to CALC Tools

The Contract Awarded Labor Categories (CALC) digital tool now has 1,369 labor categories from Schedules 58 I Professional Audio/Video, Telemetry/Tracking, Recording/Reproducing, and Signal Data Solutions; 78 Sports, Promotional, Outdoor, Recreation, Trophies & Signs (SPORTS); 71 Furniture, and 36 The Office, Imaging & Document Solution. Contracting Officers can now search labor categories across 11 GSA Schedules and more than 76,800 labor categories. CALC helps federal contracting officers and others find awarded prices to use in negotiations for labor contracts. It offers ceiling prices, fully burdened costs, services data, and worldwide rates.

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