Government Contracting Series Topics Announced

The JARI PTAC invites you to attend the Government Contracting Series workshop sponsored and presented by Wessel & Company on Thursday, May 31, 2018. As a manufacturer, a service company, or a technology firm, you already have the right tools to produce a quality product, execute high level service, or deliver the latest and greatest technology. To be successful in federal government contracting, you also need to be equipped with the right tools to manage contract risk, stay compliant, and make a profit. Being duly informed of regulations, requirements, and best practices are all crucial for success.

The Government Contracting Series workshop will include updates on certified cost and pricing, proposed new rules from FAR Council and GSA and the new lease standard. Additionally, the session will include a presentation on Indirect Rates—Importance and Uses including discussion on different rates overhead, material, engineering and sg&a, uses for proposals as well as rolling rates forward for provisionals.

This educational program is intended for program managers, contract, procurement, or finance professionals who are involved with companies that have prime or subcontracts with the Federal Government (or companies who want to begin to get involved with government contracts).

Click here for flyer details. For more information and tickets go to www.showcaseforcommerce.com. Please contact us with any questions and for all your government contracting assistance needs at (814) 254-4022 or (814) 254-4023 or via email at .

New System for Award Management (SAM) Security Measure

System for Award Management (SAM) registrants will see a new requirement when registering new entities. Due to alleged, third-party fraudulent activity, new entity registrations will require an original, signed notarized letter identifying the authorized Entity Administrator before the SAM registration will be activated. Notarized letters must be mailed to the Federal Service Desk and contain the information outlined in the FAQ posted here. Please note this may increase the time it takes for registrations to become activated.

GSA has posted information at this link if you are interested in learning more about the situation. Please contact us for more information regarding this or any of your government contracting assistance needs at (814) 254-4022 or (814) 254-4023 or via email at jariptac@jari.com.

C3: Creating Opportunities, Connecting Resources & Contracting Diversity

Join the Small Business Administration (SBA) on Thursday, May 3rd from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the University of Pittsburgh, Alumni Hall for the C3: Creating Opportunities, Connecting Resources & Contracting Diversity workshop.
This daylong event will provide opportunities to network with Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies, Prime Contractors, Universities, Support Organizations, and other businesses both large and small. Attendees can connect with representatives throughout the day, attend training sessions, market their products and services, and get answers to their questions. Click here to see the full agenda and click here to register.

Area Contractors Attend BUILDing Connections Workshop

Area construction contractors attending our BUILDing Connections workshop last Thursday learned about the PTAC program as well as doing business with the Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS) and PennDOT.

Provided as an introduction to government contracting, attendees heard from Paula Murphy, Construction Liaison with the PA DGS Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities; Sheldon Murray, Operations Manager with PennDOT’s Bureau of Equal Opportunity; Matthew Reis, Transportation Facilities Administrator 3 with PennDOT’s Bureau of Office Services; and Matthew Weaver, P.E., Contractor Evaluations Engineer with PennDOT’s Bureau of Project Delivery.

Our biennial event, CONNECT!, will serve as a follow-up to this workshop. CONNECT!, scheduled for this fall, will include additional presentations as well as the opportunity to network with fellow construction contractors.  Details for this event are in the planning stages and will be publicized as confirmed.

In the meantime, please contact us for any of your government contracting assistance needs at (814) 254-4022 or (814) 254-4023 or via email at .

JARI PTAC Announces Supplier Briefing

Join us on Thursday, May 31, 2018 for a special presentation by BAE Systems to learn about their current supplier needs and how to do business with them. BAE Systems, a global defence, aerospace and security company, sells a wide range of products and services for air, land, and naval forces as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology, and support services. BAE requires a strong supply chain that includes almost 27,000 suppliers worldwide. See the event flyer for additional information.

Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. Click here to register by May 25, 2018. If you have questions, please contact Lenora Leasure, JARI PTAC Program Manager, at  or (814) 254-4022.

SBA HUBZone Webinars Announced

The SBA is holding several webinars on HUBZones over the next few weeks. If you are unable to attend the live webinar, they will be archived on the SBA’s YouTube Channel. The upcoming webinars are:

How Does HUBZone Consider Employees and Affiliation?

February 28 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST

During this webinar, you will learn who to count as an employee for the purpose of the HUBZone Program. The webinar will also help you understand when to combine the employees from your other businesses to evaluate the principal and employee residency compliance of the HUBZone firm.  Click on this link 10 minutes before the webinar begins.

Understanding How HUBZones are Designated
March 7 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST

During this webinar, you will learn how areas become designated as HUBZones. Click on this link 10 minutes before the webinar begins.

HUBZone Protests and Appeals
March 14 |2:00-3:00 p.m. EST
During this webinar, you will learn the process for filing HUBZone protests and appeals; and for responding to protest notices. Click on this link 10 minutes before the webinar begins.

Please contact us for any of your government contracting assistance needs at (814) 254-4022 or (814) 254-4023 or via email at .

RNDT Receives WBENC Certification

RNDT Inc., provider of nondestructive testing and weld inspection services, just received certification as a woman-owned small business from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Jimma Raco, President, previously served on the JARI Board and recently became a member of the Women’s Presidential Organization Greensburg Chapter.

The WBENC certification can open government contracting and subcontracting doors for RNDT. The Federal government has statutory goals established by the Federal Executive Agencies, including a 5% prime and 5% subcontracting goal for women-owned small businesses. Various states and local government have similar programs, including Pennsylvania’s Small Business and Small Diverse Business Contracting Programs. Contracting opportunities can be “set-aside” for women-owned businesses.

If you would like to learn more about woman-owned business certifications or have any government contracting assistance needs, please contact the JARI PTAC at (814) 254-4022 or (814) 254-4023 or via email at jariptac@jari.com.

Registration Open for BUILDing Connections

Registration for BUILDing Connections is now open. The free workshop is a special session for small to medium sized construction contractors interested in government contracting or subcontracting and will feature presentations from the PA Department of General Services, the PA Department of Transportation, and JARI PTAC staff. Attendees will get the opportunity to speak to representatives from both the PA Department of General Services, Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities and the PA Department of Transportation, Bureau of Office Services. Plenty of time will be available for networking and Q&A.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at the JARI Center for Business Development, 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Registration is required and can be completed here or by emailing jariptac@jari.com. Seating is limited, so register early. A special thank you to our event sponsor, Bantly Hardware, who will be providing light refreshments.

If you would like to learn more about this workshop or have any government contracting assistance needs, please contact the JARI PTAC at (814) 254-4022 or (814) 254-4023 or via email at jariptac@jari.com.

Augustine Die & Mold Receives HUBZone Certification

Congratulations to Augustine Die & Mold (ADM) on their recent HUBZone certification. Due to designation updates in July 2017, ADM was able to take advantage of the Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program. The program helps urban and rural small businesses gain additional access to federal procurement opportunities. Benefits of being HUBZone certified include competitive contracting, a 10% price evaluation preference, and even sole sourcing. The federal government has a goal of awarding 3% of prime contracts to HUBZone certified small business and prime contractors also have a 3% subcontracting goal.

Although there are several eligibility requirements including the business be physically located in a HUBZone, companies often have trouble meeting the employee residence requirement.  A minimum of 35% of a company’s employees must live in a HUBZone in order for a business to be eligible to apply for HUBZone certification. Prior to July 2017, only a few census tracts within Somerset County were eligible. Now, the entire county is designated as a HUBZone, thus opening the program up to more Somerset County businesses.

Congratulations, again, to Augustine Die & Mold. If you would like to learn more about the HUBZone or have any government contracting assistance needs, please contact the JARI PTAC at (814) 254-4022 or (814) 254-4023 or via email at .

Save the Date – BUILDing Connections Workshop

Please join us at a new workshop being offered by the JARI Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). Small to medium sized construction contractors considering Federal, State, or local government contracting or subcontracting will benefit from three great presentations by the PA Department of General Services, Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities, the PA Department of Transportation, Bureau of Office Services, and the JARI PTAC. There will be ample time for questions and networking. The workshop will be held at the JARI Center Conference Room (Richland), 160 JARI Drive, Johnstown, PA, on Thursday, March 1, 2018, 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Pre-registration is required.

Please contact us with questions or for any of your government contracting assistance needs at (814) 254-4022 or (814) 254-4023 or via email at .