Public Category Management Dashboards & Analytics

Vendors have a new data source to find out where agencies are spending contract dollars. The General Services Administration makes its governmentwide category management awards exploration tool publicly available. This database lets users find information at the award level such as by contract name and spend under management tier. Previously, GSA made the tool only available to federal employees. The govermentwide category management awards tool is one of eight offered by GSA for vendors and other stakeholders. Check it out at

USDA Announces Additional Food Purchase Plans

(Washington, D.C., May 4, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of $470 million in Section 32 food purchases to occur in the third quarter of fiscal year 2020, in addition to purchases previously announced, which will enable USDA to purchase surplus food for distribution to communities nationwide.  Learn more at  Contact Kim Garber or Steve Makovec /414-270-3600 for assistance.

Of importance to all Small Business Liaison Officers (SBLO)

The IAE is implementing a change to the way people login to and By the end of April 2020, all eSRS and FSRS users will need a account in order to use these systems.

If you do not have a account, you need to create a account to access and by the end of April 2020. You only need to do this once. Go to, enter an email address and use the same email address you used for or

You can read our fact sheet about the addition of here.  If you need login-specific assistance, please review the help section of For all other issues, continue to contact the Federal Service Desk at or by telephone at 866-606-8220 (toll free) or 334-206-7828 (internationally

Be aware

GSA was notified of a fraudulent website which is using the look/feel of the real and the look/feel of the real ( sign-in page.

The website at  is NOT a legitimate web site. Do not enter any information on this website.

GSA is investigating this as a security risk.

Guidance on Section 3610 of the CARES Act for FAS Indefinite Delivery Vehicles (e.g. Schedules, GWACs, etc.)

Section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act permits government agencies to reimburse at the minimum applicable contract billing rates, any paid leave, including sick leave, a contractor provides to keep its employees or subcontractors in a ready state, including to protect the life and safety of government and contractor personnel, during the COVID-19 public health emergency for the period March 27, 2020 through September 30, 2020 (not to exceed an average of 40 hours per week).

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The COVID-19 national emergency has led to an incredible outpouring of support from businesses across the country that want to provide products or services to help in the whole-of-government response to the pandemic. Many government officials are receiving multiple e-mails and phone calls each day from businesses, large and small, who want to help their fellow Americans in this time of crisis. Each of us can help connect those businesses with those tasked to acquire those capabilities. Contracting Officers and other government personnel contacted by interested vendors are encouraged to direct them to the following resources. It is highly recommended that businesses identify their capabilities to both FEMA and the DoD’s COVID-19 Joint Acquisition Task Force (JATF).

•FEMA’s COVID-19 “How-to-Help” page has a link specifically for the private sector. This pagelinks interested vendors directly to FEMA’s standing RFQ for PPE and Medical Supplies, and alsohas information for those wishing to offer other products or services:

•The DoD’s COVID-19 JATF has launched a “COVID-19 JATF Industry Portal” where interestedvendors can fill out a short form to provide information on ways they can help support ournation’s current response and continued resiliency. The Industry Portal is best accessed throughthe link on the main COVID-19 JATF web-page:

•Defense Pricing and Contracting’s (DPC) “Contracting with the Department of Defense” providesbusinesses that have not done business with the government in the past with a step-by-stepapproach to get started:

•Services or Defense Agencies that see value in the capability offering from the vendor inquestion for internal purposes, can be sent directly to their JATF representative at theirdiscretion and within service and agency direction. This guidance does not address or supplantany internal service or Defense Agency guidance regarding the collection of information frominterested businesses.

Visit the DPC COVID-19 page to view COVID-related material for the contracting community, including this announcement, at:

The DPC point of contact for this announcement is Lt Col Bryan Lamb, at

MEMORANDUM TO THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES – Preserving the Resilience of the Federal Contracting Base in the Fight Against the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19

Office of Management and Budget (0MB) Memorandum M-20-21 outlines the Administration’ s commitment to both rapid delivery of COVID-19 relief legislation funding and accountability mechanisms to help safeguard taxpayer dollars. The guidance references 0MB Memorandum M-20-18 1 which is intended to help the acquisition workforce ensure the health and safety of federal contractors in light of COVID-19, while maintaining continued contract performance in support of agency missions. This memorandum supplements Memorandum M-20-18 with guidance for the implementation of section 3 610 of the Corona virus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Pub. L. No. 116-136). Section 3610 provides agencies an additional discretionary authority to reimburse costs of paid leave to federal contractors and subcontractors, subject to conditions described below.

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