Federal Contracting (Procurement)

Spread the Word via the Community Media Outlets

Federal contracting sounds like a complicated process with a lot of paperwork.  Some contractors automatically assume that they will not qualify without even trying.  The outreach efforts must be more localized and constant to reach businesses owned by underrepresented individuals.

Work with the community media outlets (the underrepresented community's newspaper, radio, TV, social media accounts, YouTube, etc.) to highlight... more »

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SCA Wage Determination

The current SCA wage determinations for many metropolitan areas are significantly lower pay rates than the market and collective bargaining rates.  As competition becomes fierce and the labor pool diminishes, specifically, specialized trades, contractors tend to bid at the minimum SCA in order to boot the incumbent.  IGCE models are archaic and do not account for the significant inflation.  Best value contracts are being... more »

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Worker advancement wageshare program

Start a program that gathers into groups, like-minded workers from similar industries out of the community, that will put in a percentage of their wages together, that will be matched with funds from community development grants, until they are able to start businesses that meet the needs of state and federal contracts. The original investors will then claim a percentage of business's ownership, and profits according... more »

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Expanding DOT's DBE Program to Includes HUBZone & SDVOSB's

The Department of Transportation's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program

is the second-largest source of potential small business contract dollars. The DOT should

allow HUBZone and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned companies to be recognized in the

DBE program. This change would provide increased opportunities for HUBZone

businesses hire more employees from underserved communities and contribute to the

economic... more »

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Consider Contract Performance in Acquisition Strategy.

Agencies should consider contract performance location when developing their

acquisition strategy. The HUBZone program's mission is to provide opportunities to

underserved communities by giving small businesses incentives to locate and hire in

areas that otherwise might not attract their companies. To further fulfill the mission of the

program, federal agencies should consider awarding HUBZone set-asides for contracts... more »

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SBA Scorecard

When a federal contract is set-aside for a certain socioeconomic category, if the business

is certified under multiple SBA programs, the awarding agency may also count the award

toward multiple small business contracting goals. Counting a company with more than

one certification multiple times skews small business contracting reporting data. The

government should collect and report data of which set-aside the contract... more »

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Disability Inclusion in Training & Capacity Building

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) offers the following comments concerning federal contracting and procurement practices. PVA is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization representing veterans with spinal cord injuries and/or diseases.  

Training and capacity building within agency teams must support equitable procurement and contracting efforts for veterans and other people with disabilities... more »

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Update the SCA Regulations

Update the SCA Regulations at 29 C.F.R. Part 4 by eliminating the "locality" loophole in the Reagan-era regulations implementing the Section 4(c) wage floor, clarifying that the 4(c) wage floor applies to all predecessor contracts, eliminating or narrowing exemptions from coverage that are not justified by the Act. See 41 U.S.C. § 6702(b) and 41 U.S.C. § 6707(b).

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Update the process for determining prevailing wages

DOL should facilitate the process for newly-negotiated CBAs to be adopted as official wage determinations, update its methodology in 29 CFR 4.51(b) for determining prevailing wages on non-union contracts by lowering the threshold for "union dominance" wage determinations from 50% to 30%, and consider how the SCA's statutory directive to give "due consideration" to federal employee compensation could be better used to... more »

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The DOL should update FAR 22.101-1

This regulation should restate that "the policy of the United States is to encourage worker organizing and collective bargaining and to promote equality of bargaining power between employers and employees." Additional direction to contracting agencies and procurement officials should be considered, consistent with this policy.

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