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PTAC Alaska Procurement News MARCH 2012


Alaska Procurement News

MARCH 2012


About PTAC


The Alaska PTAC is part of a nationwide network of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, or PTACs. The program works with Alaska -based companies that are interested in selling their products and/ or services to local, state or federal government agencies, either as prime contractors or


Last year our PTAC clients reported sales of over $242 million in goods and services to the government market.  Click on the graphs below for other Alaska PTAC program results.

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Awards by Soci-Eco

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The Alaska PTAC Looks Forward to Serving You!
We hope the newsletter helps you stay connected to issues that surround government contracting in Alaska and the resources at the Alaska PTAC that help our businesses succeed in the government marketplace.


For more information check out our Website. 




The Alaska PTAC is always engaged in growing our organization's network.   With the ever changing ways people choose to communicate, the Alaska PTAC has joined the Facebook community! Facebook is a way to provide a simple interface, to consistently and easily update our community with news of our organization's activities, news that affects doing business with the government,  and to hear what you have to say.  We encourage business people, colleagues in state and local governments and federal procurement agencies, collaborators, other PTACers, each of you, and members of Alaska's government contracting community to not just "Like" the page so you can stay informed on our activities, but to also help us share what PTACs do in real life.       



Mark Meyer Photography

Mark Meyer, Owner

Eagle River, AK

Mark Meyer, owner of Mark Meyer Photography was unsure of the budget he was preparing  for a Department of Agriculture/Forest Service RFP.  "An addendum to the Department of Agriculture/Forest Service RFP for this contract added a budget ceiling, which we felt was too low for the scope of work. Jody King with PTAC helped us understand the role a budget ceiling plays in federal contracting and offered some alternatives including offering alternative scopes of work that we could accomplish within the government's budget. Although we did not do this in our initial proposal, because of the conversation with Ms. King we were prepared when we received a request for best and final offer. In the BAFO we offered an alternative scope of work and won the contract. Without Ms. King's advice we would not have been prepared to act quickly enough to rewrite the proposal."  The contract value was $25,000.


"In 2008 I attended the PTAC's 10 Steps to Federal Contracting seminar. With the information I learned there and some additional advice from the PTAC I was able to write my first proposal and win the contract. The PTAC has provided advice on many aspects of federal contracting from setting up a CCR account to technical details on invoices. With their help I have now won four substantial photography contracts that have provided a solid foundation for my business."

PTAC congratulates Mark Meyer Photography on its success!

SBA CORNER                                          


SBA's Final Rule, How it Affects Small Business Programs


The U.S. Small Business Administration published a final rule in The Federal Register that will increase some of the size definitions of small businesses in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services and Other Services sectors. The final rule will increase 37 of the revenue-based size standards in 34 industries and three sub-industries in the "Professional, Scientific and Technical Services" sector.  It will also increase one size standard in the "Other Services" sector.

After receiving numerous public comments to the proposed rule published in The Federal Register on March 16, 2011, the SBA determined that increasing the size standards in these industries:

*  will enable more small businesses to retain their small business status; and

*  will give federal agencies a larger selection of small businesses to choose from for small business procurement opportunities.


SBA estimates as many as 8,350 additional firms will become eligible for SBA programs as a result of these revisions.  For more information about SBA's revisions to its small business size standards, click on "What's New with Size Standards" on SBA's Web site at: http://www.sba.gov/size.  



What Is SAM?

The System for Award Management (SAM) is combining nine systems the federal community and those who want to do business with the government use regularly. As a new system, SAM will streamline processes, eliminate data redundancies, and save money through consolidated operations.

One-stop-shop website/database for: FedBizOpps, CCR, ORCA, FPDS-NG, eSRS, PPIRS, ELPS, and Wage Determination (DBA/SCA).

For more information about the system and launching dates, visit the following websites:


Information on SAM:



Increasing Opportunities for Small Businesses in Government  Micro-Purchases  


Over $6 billion was spent by federal agencies in 2010 with small businesses purchases below the micro-purchase threshold of $3,000. It represents roughly 30 percent of the total annual spending through government purchase cards and the Office of Federal Procurement Policy believes more is possible.
OFPP Administrator Dan Gordon and the Office of Management and Budget's Controller Danny Werfel issued a memo to agencies detailing steps they can take to improve small business contracting at the micro-purchase level using the government charge card.  OMB wants agencies to update their purchase cardholder training to provide guidance on considering small businesses. Agencies have six months to do this.
While a $3,000 or less purchase may not seem like a lot, the Alaska PTAC knows that several local firms were able to stay above water when these purchases began to recur and add up.  Don't overlook the   micro and other small acquisitions that may be an opportunity for your company.


In 1986, the Department of Defense established a nationwide network of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) to assist small businesses with their government contracting efforts. The Alaska PTAC can help with how to:


·Identify potential markets

·Locate contracting opportunities

·Decipher requirements

·Learn the procurement language

·Understand certification programs

·Complete on-line registrations


PTAC provides services statewide through two offices:

Anchorage: 430 W. 7th Ave., Ste. 110 * Anchorage, AK 99501

Ph: (907) 274-7232 or (800) 478-7232

Fairbanks: 3750 Bonita St. * Fairbanks, AK 99701

Ph: (907) 456-7232 or (800) 478-1701





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