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Benjamin Blanc

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December 2018

Acquisition Hour: Export Controls – ITAR and Associated Requirements

December 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Imagine giving away part of your war fighting equipment to your enemy and then fighting a war against your tanks, your planes, enemy combatants using your encryption and even your night vision goggles; essentially fights a war without any technical advantage. Alternatively, imagine competing in business against companies that have access to your intellectual property to our intellectual property. Competitive advantage is very closely linked to scientific discoveries and technological improvements and there are rules and programs in place to…

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January 2019

Acquisition Hour: Overview of DIBBS

January 15, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Parts manufacturers targeting the Department of Defense (DoD) have a significant opportunity with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). DLA is the Department of Defense’s largest logistics combat support agency, providing worldwide logistics support in both peacetime and wartime to the military services as well as several civilian agencies and foreign countries. DLA is responsible for nearly every consumable item used by our military forces worldwide. This includes fuel, medical supplies, aviation requirements, land and maritime weapon systems spare parts, construction…

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Acquisition Hour: Doing Business with Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)

January 16, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

*More info coming soon* Speaker: Marc Violante, Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI) This webinar is eligible for 1 CPE credit. To view a schedule of all upcoming webinars CLICK HERE  

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Acquisition Hour: Using the Federal Procurement Data Systems (FPDS)

January 29, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) is a resource that can help you to identify new markets, and new customers. FPDS data can provide a better understanding of what the federal government is buying, when they are buying and how they are buying. Have you ever wondered if being a GSA Schedule contractor makes sense – really makes sense? Or, have you wondered which agency or agencies your competition is selling to and what they are selling? Do you have…

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Acquisition Hour: Update on the Fair Labor Standards Act

January 30, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, record keeping, and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments. The Department of Labor administers and enforces the FLSA. This session will provide attendees with an overview of the requirements of the ACT to assist employers in maintaining compliance. Topics covered will include: The difference between an ‘employee’ and an ‘independent contractor’ Exemption from overtime Payment of…

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February 2019

Acquisition Hour: Intellectual Property for Government Contractors and Subcontractors

February 12, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

When doing business with the Federal Government, you (the contractor) may encounter situations where the government is entitled to receive intellectual property rights.  The scope of government rights in a contractor’s intellectual property depends primarily on the type of intellectual property at issue, specifically, whether the intellectual property is a patent or patentable intellectual property, copyrighted material, or rights in technical data or computer software. Small businesses participating in the SBIR/STTR programs especially encounters those different types of IP and…

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NCMA Wisconsin Chapter CFCM Study Session One – Webinar

February 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI) and National Contract Management Association (NCMA) are hosting a series of CFCM study sessions for 2019. The first session will discuss the CFCM requirements, an overview of the FAR and the basics of federal contracting. These sessions are open to those seeking CFCM certification as well as those who just want to learn more about the FAR. A full schedule will be posted soon! These sessions are provided at no cost but registration is required.

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Acquisition Hour: Overview of CPARS

February 13, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Past Performance may impact future contract awards. As a Federal Contractor it is critical for you to understand the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) which collects and maintains Contractor’s Past Performance Information. Past performance is now one of the most important selection criteria in Government contracting. It is critical for the Contractor to review the comments and ratings for timeliness and accuracy. Contractors should be aware that there may be an opportunity to modify results with the assessing official and…

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Acquisition Hour: Understanding Your Obligations When Quoting and Receiving Awards from Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) DIBBS

February 26, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

When your business submits a quote through DIBBS, it is not just quoting a price, it is also indicating that you have an understanding of the full requirements and obligations that will come with the award. Businesses providing manufactured parts and related items of supply should have a complete understanding of these requirements. This webinar will provide an overview of the DLA Master Solicitation which is referenced in E-Procurement Automated Simplified Acquisitions. The DLA Master Solicitation not only contains the…

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Acquisition Hour: Information Management for Federal Contractors

February 27, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Federal contractors deal with information from a variety of programs and in many instances the information requires special handling which limit its distribution and/or sharing. The handling and sharing requirements apply to the information in all of its formats – printed, sketched, discussed, or viewable as an end product, a model or mockup. In some cases, the contractor’s contract work-product may be the source of information requiring special handling. Protecting this information is a required and essential element of contract…

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March 2019

Acquisition Hour: Growing Your Small Business With the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

March 12, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Unified Certification Program (UCP) allows applicants for the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program to apply only once for a DBE certification that will be honored by all recipients in the state. In Wisconsin, a number of local government entities including Milwaukee County, WisDOT, MMSD, Dane County and the City of Madison, require participation from Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in their procurement process. The DBE program targets Socially and Economically Disadvantaged firms.  Under the DBE program, woman owned businesses are considered…

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Acquisition Hour: Doing Business With the United Nations

March 27, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join Dmitri Dovgopoly, Director of the United Nations Headquarters Procurement Division in New York, for an introduction to doing business with the United Nations. The UN procures approximately $17.7 billion annually in a wide range of goods and services. Mr. Dovgopoly will outline the UN’s buying needs and inform participants how to pursue procurement opportunities. Mr. Dovgopoly represents one of the largest procurers in the UN system at the United Nations Procurement Division (UN/PD). UN/PD procures approximately $3 billion annually…

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