Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Procurement Updates - Matchmaker Events & Other News


Upcoming Matchmaker Events

Rochester NY - 2015 Business Expo & Matchmaker
October 28, 2015, 8 am - 3:30 pm
Holiday Inn Downtown, 70 State Street, Rochester NY
Small business registration $65 (includes lunch)

Long Island NY - 3rd Annual Small Business & Government Matchmaker
November 6, 2015, 8 am - 3 pm
Con Edison Learning Center, 43-82 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City NY
Small business registration $54 
For more information, visit http://www.gbmatchmaker.org/

St Lawrence County Matchmaker
October 26, 2015, 8 am - 12 pm
Miller Campus Center, SUNY Canton
Small business registration $10

Upcoming Training Series 

Albany 2015 MWBE Contractor Training Series
Wednesday Mornings, October 21, 28, November 4, 18, 25, December 2
Capital South Campus Center
20 Warren Street
Albany, NY 12202
No Cost
Registration: email Kate Baker, kbaker@albany.edu

www.nyssbdc.org/2015_MWBE_Contractor_Training_Albany15.pdf

Other Updates

NDAA
On October 7, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016 was passed by Congress and has now moved into queue for the President to sign or veto. The bill (H.R. 1735) prohibits a Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round from being authorized or carried out in 2017, which helps protect the important work of and economic benefit to small businesses located in communities with defense installations. This bill also includes numerous items pertaining to small business, including agencies being required to justify bundled or consolidated contracts and analyze the impact of bundling/consolidation on small business and (very exciting!) agencies being required to consider the capabilities and past performance of each first tier subcontractor that is part of a team of small businesses as the capabilities and past performance of the small business prime contractor. This last item is huge for small business, especially in the face of increased bundling/consolidation of contracting opportunities!

Federal Acquisition-Related Thresholds
As of October 1, the inflation adjustment of acquisition-related thresholds (required every five years using the Consumer Price Index) raised the micro-purchase base threshold from $3000 to $3500; raised the threshold for the use of simplified acquisition procedures for acquisition of commercial items from $6.5 million to $7 million; and raised the prime contractor subcontracting plan floor from $650,000 to $700,000, with the construction threshold of $1.5 million staying the same. The simplified acquisition threshold of $150,000 is unchanged, as is the amount requiring FedBizOpps pre-award and post-award notices ($25,000). For more information, see https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/07/02/2015-16206/federal-acquisition-regulation-inflation-adjustment-of-acquisition-related-thresholds

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