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WPI is pleased to add Guy Mascari to its Board of Directors

The Wisconsin Procurement Institute is pleased to announce Guy T. Macscari has joined its Board of Directors. Mr. Mascari is the Executive Director and CEO of the Milwaukee Regional Innovation Center, Inc (MRIC).

Mr. Mascari oversees one of the most successful research and science parks in the Country. The park serves approximately 115 businesses, employing over 4500 people. Mr. Mascari also manages a small quasi-endowment of about $6.4 million. This fund includes $100,000 that is set-aside for angel investments in start-up and early stage enterprises.  Mr. Mascari is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and serves on numerous boards and civic organizations including: the Small Business Committee of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, Strategic Planning Committee of the Wauwautosa Public Library and the Wauwautosa Chamber of Commerce, where is he currently serves as President.

“We are pleased to have Mr. Mascari joining the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Procurement Institute.  Guy brings a unique knowledge and expertise to the table which will support WPI’s work and mission to bring more federal dollars to Wisconsin.” said Bill Hughes, Partner, Husch Blackwell and Chairman of WPI’s Board of Directors.

Guy Mascari joins WPI Board Chair Bill Hughes and Board members, Andrew Bergholz, TAPCO; Richard Deschauer, Leonardo DRS; Jean Marie Thiel, Belonger Corporation; Todd Bentley, Bentley World Packaging; James Kerlin, Beyond Vision, Rod Copes, Heale Manufacturing; Baly Ambegaoker, CENTERPOINT Inc.; Herb Miller, Michels Corporation; Steve Cummings; Sean Ketter, Oshkosh Corporation; Jim Schutt, Schutt Industries; Barb LaMue, New North and Aina Vilumsons, WPI.

DOD Proposes to Accelerate Payments to Small Contractors and Subcontractors

The Department of Defense (DoD) is proposing a rule that would revise the Defense Federal Acquisition Supplement to implement section 852 of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (Public Law 115 – 232) which provides for accelerated payments to small business contractors and to small business subcontractors by accelerating payments to their prime contractors.

The proposed rule would:

  • Require DoD to establish, to the fullest extent permitted by law, an accelerated payment date for small business contractors, with a goal of 15 days after receipt of a proper invoice if a specific payment date is not established by contract;
  • Require DoD to establish an accelerated payment date for contractors that subcontract with small businesses, with a goal of 15 days after receipt of a proper invoice, if: (1) A specific payment date is not established by contract, and (2) the contractor agrees to make accelerated payments to the subcontractor without any further consideration from, or fees charged to, the subcontractor;
  • Prohibit contractors from requiring any further consideration from, or charging fees to, their small business subcontractors when making accelerated payments under this rule.

DoD estimates that 40,282 contractors (including 30,498 small businesses), or about 99 percent of the past average, will receive accelerated payments each year under the new rule.

  • The text of this proposed rule and related information is posted here.
  • Comments on this rule are due by July 30, 2019 and can be submitted here.
  • Advocacy contact: Major Clark.

An inside look at GSA’s federal marketplace strategy

The week on Off the Shelf, Emily Murphy, administrator of the General Services Administration, joins host Roger Waldron to share her vision for the  agency’s Federal Marketplace Strategy (FMS).

During the show, Murphy outlines the four cornerstone initiatives (4C’s)  of FMS:

  • MAS Consolidation
  • Commercial Platforms
  • Catalog Management
  • Contract Writing System

She explains how FMS will streamline processes, increase competition, foster transparency, and promote commercial solutions for customer agencies.

Listen to the story at https://federalnewsnetwork.com/off-the-shelf/2019/06/an-inside-look-at-gsas-federal-marketplace-strategy/

Myth Busting #4 – Strengthening Engagement with Industry Partners through Innovative Business Practices

MEMORANDUM FOR: CHIEF ACQUISITION OFFICERS, SENIOR PROCUREMENT EXECUTIVES, CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICERS

FROM: Lesley A. Field, Deputy Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy

SUBJECT: ” Myth-Busting #4″ – Strengthening Engagement with Industry Partners through Innovative Business Practices

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/SIGNED-Myth-Busting-4-Strenthening-Engagement-with-Industry-Partners-through-Innovative-Business-Practices.pdf

EEO-1 Update: More on Component 2 and EEOC Policy Change

Components 1 and 2 of the EEO-1: The deadline for employers to file EEO-1 reports for Component 1 data is fast approaching. Unless employers request an extension, which will be automatically granted until June 14, 2019, Component 1 EEO-1 reports are due on May 31, 2019.

With regard to Component 2 (pay and hours worked data), on May 28, 2019, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) notified the federal district court monitoring the agency’s implementation of this component that it is on track to:

  • Update its website for employer filers to include contact information for helpdesk services on June 3, 2019;
  • Roll out a “fully staffed helpdesk” on June 17, 2019, to answer questions that filers submitted via email and telephone ; and
  • Open the 2017/2018 Component 2 reporting portal on July 15, 2019.

Federal Contractor Question in Section C-3: Also of note for EEO-1 filers is a change in how employers may designate federal contractor status for its entities/establishments. In years’ past, multi-establishment employers could manually differentiate federal contractor status for their subsidiaries or affiliates that do not have federal contracts and are not “integrated enterprises.” With the 2018 filing, any establishment’s “yes” answer to question C-3—“Does the company or any of its establishments . . . a prime government contractor or first-tier subcontractor”—will automatically default to “yes” for all establishments under the same parent company, even if one or more is not a federal contractor or subcontractor.

Continue reading: https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=bb57a662-0b5b-4946-9831-c8b84ebe0b53

Your Guide to America’s Finances

Your Guide to America’s Finances is a re-invention of the Citizen’s Guide to the Financial Report of the U.S. Government. This site was created in response to the public’s desire to learn more about the financial picture of the United States. Where does the money come from? Where does it go? What are the trends over time, and how does the U.S. compare to other countries? This guide was created to make federal financial information open and accessible to all – reflecting the very principles that our founding fathers set forth when the United States was formed.

Your Guide to America’s Finances is brought to you by the U.S. Department of the Treasury  https://datalab.usaspending.gov/

SBA Administrator Announces National Small Business Week Awardees

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Administrator Linda McMahon, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced the 2019 National Small Business Week awardees for 17 different categories ranging from research and development, exporting, outreach, contracting, lending, disaster recovery to manufacturing and construction.

“The SBA works to connect entrepreneurs to counseling and funding opportunities that provide the boost they need, no matter what stage of the lifecycle their business is in. Together with our SBA lending and resource partners in communities across America, small businesses are able to confidentially drive our economy,” McMahon said.  “During National Small Business Week, the SBA will present well-deserved honors to the many individuals and organizations that have excelled at assisting small businesses, whether they are starting, growing, or recovering from disasters.”

Last month, McMahon announced the 53 Small Business Persons of the Year state and territorial winners. These recipients are now competing for the 2019 National Small Business Person of the Year.

All awardees have been invited to Washington, D.C. to participate in events and ceremonies on May 5-6.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Award – Manufacturing
Oshkosh Defense, LLC
Oshkosh, WI
Bridgette Lorrigan-Schuh, Small Business Liaison Manager
Alyssa Hopfensperger, Small Business Liaison Associate
Travis Schmuhl, Vice President, Global Procurement & Supply Chain

Continue reading: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/sba-administrator-announces-national-small-business-week-awardees-300824957.html

DoD could award more contracts to companies with disabled workforce

The Defense Department may soon have an additional way to award contracts to companies that employ people with severe disabilities, breathing life back into a project Congress set up 15 years ago but that’s languished ever since.

A proposed rule, published April 1, amends the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement by implementing a demonstration project giving Defense agencies more incentive to purchase contracts directly from eligible firms employing those with severe disabilities. It gives contractors with a disabled workforce a boost when competing for certain awards.

Most DoD contracts with entities that employ large numbers of disabled Americans are currently handled through a procurement list maintained by the AbilityOne program. But under the proposed rule, DoD would be able to award contracts to companies — both nonprofit and for-profit — that do not qualify to sell through AbilityOne, as long as the contractors can meet other criteria

  • Individuals suffering from severe disability must make up at least 33 percent of a contractor’s workforce over a 12-month period from the time the award period begins.
  • The entity cannot pay those with disabilities less than minimum wage.
  • The organization must also provide those individuals with health insurance and a retirement plan comparable to those provided by other contractors.

“Contracts awarded to eligible contractors under this demonstration project may be counted toward DoD’s small disadvantaged business goal,” the proposal said.

Continue reading: https://federalnewsnetwork.com/contracting/2019/04/dod-could-award-more-contracts-to-companies-with-disabled-workforce/