Federal Allies News February 2013

February 1, 2013

Impact Federal Mentor-Protégé Rulemaking – Come to Oklahoma!

Small Business recommendations are being sought on federal Mentor Protégé Rulemaking.  The Federal Allies Institute Oklahoma Chapter is collaborating with a number of entities such as Mid America Government Industry Coalition that will sponsor Region VI Roundtable on Mentor-Protégé Agreements conference March 26-28, 2013 at the Oklahoma City Marriott.  “Key to the Federal Allies Network and the basis of FAI as an organization is grassroots collaboration,” said Mickey Thompson, FAI Oklahoma Chapter Chairman.

Small business representatives from the federal government will review the current status of the mentor-protégé program and meet with small businesses to explain the benefits of the program. Plenary sessions will be conducted to discuss the upcoming rulemaking in order to get input on different approaches to expanding and strengthening the mentor-protégé programs. These recommendations are to be presented in concert with the FAI Oklahoma Chapter to the national Federal Allies Institute Board of Directors for consideration, prioritization and adoption by the entire FAI membership.

“We know that federal contracting has no borders and input is critical to impacting the upcoming rulemaking process for the Mentor-Protégé Program.  We intend to be heard before the rules are published,” said Kay Bills, President, Mid America Government Industry Coalition, Inc.

Mentor-Protégé issues are on the agenda of Washington Days Conference, May 6-7, 2013 in Washington, D.C. to be held near Capitol Hill and close to the headquarters of most federal agencies.  “In this instance, the Federal Allies Network is able to add value to the small business federal contracting community by convening and facilitating direct communications between business and government at the conference, but our Washington presence enables FAI to take it a step further by enabling continual communications and in-person interactions year round on behalf of our members” said, Frank Clay, Jr., Chairman of the Board, Federal Allies Institute.  For more information, visit FederalAllies.org

Use the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2013 to Succeed in Federal Contracting

Why tackle contracting alone?  Federal Allies invites Small Business entrepreneurs to take advantage of its special breakfast series on boot-strapping Small Business.   The February 5 NDAA breakfast seminar is made possible by FAI and U.S. House Small Business Committee and features presentations by Corey E. Cooke, Associate Counsel, U.S. House Small Business Committee and FAI Chairman Frank Clay, Jr.  It will be held in Vienna, Virginia at the Hilton Garden Inn – Tyson’s Corner.  In 2012 the FAI Board of Directors voted in favor of the NDAA and developed a three point outreach program to highlight the Act.  For more information on NDAA and to attend the event, visit FederalAllies.org.

Meetings with Newly-Elected Members of the 113th U.S. Congress

In preparation for Washington Days Conference 2013, Federal Allies Government Relations Committee continues with introductory meetings on Capitol Hill started immediately following the last election.  Meetings in February will include newly-elected U.S. Representatives Jim Bridenstine, OK (D-1) and Markwayne Mullin, OK (D-2).

Federal Allies Asked to Join SBA Leadership Group

U.S. Small Business Administration Chief Counsel Dr. Winslow Sargeant has enlisted Federal Allies Institute to participate in SBA Office of Advocacy policy-related meetings to strengthen the voice of small business by leveraging FAI’s nationwide small business membership and the Federal Allies Network.   Dr. Winslow provided the key-note address to small business at Washington Days Conference 2012.

David T. Boddie

Executive Director

Federal Allies Institute