Federal Allies News April 2013

April 1, 2013

The March 27-28 Region 6 Roundtable produced by Mid America Industry Government Coalition in collaboration with Federal Allies Institute Oklahoma Chapter was an informative, successful and fully-subscribed event.  With FAI’s input the Roundtable set into motion a grassroots gathering of comments on Mentor Protégé to be followed up upon at Federal Allies Institute’s Washington Days Conference May 6-7, 2013 in Washington, D.C.  The beneficiaries of our collective comments are the U.S. Small Business Administration and other areas of the Federal government.  Regulators will accept the comments, consider and respond to them before making final decisions.

 

As the readership of Federal Allies News knows, the National Defense Authorization Act contains many small business issues, including Mentor Protégé that the Federal Allies Institute has tracked and promoted dating from the 111th Congress unto today.

 

We note the government’s move online has not produced a fundamental shift in the nature of notice-and-comment rulemaking. A decade into e-Rulemaking, and four years since the Open Government Memorandum – that promised to incorporate rulemaking within a Social Media setting – it has not achieved the gains in efficiency and democratic legitimacy that were anticipated.  It is simply not used to any great extent, but we certainly appreciate the effort and look forward to the day that e-Rulemaking may be the norm.  For now our engaged and informed members still use the traditional methods of notice-and-comment.

 

As you attend Washington Days Conference to find your next contract and to establish new relationships, should you have comments for rulemaking we encourage you to voice your comments at Washington Days in person.

 

David T. Boddie

Executive Director


Government Connections Network: Washington Days Conference, May 6-7, 2013 in D.C.

March 24, 2013

Government Connections & Network

How to sell to the federal government, large and small businesses nationwide.

 May 6-7, 2013 Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024

 www.FederalAllies.org

 

The 4th National Small Business Conference known as Washington Days Conference is for Federal agencies, DoD, Corporations, Small Businesses.

Government, Corporations, Small Businesses & Mentor Protégé Programs

Featuring Federal Agencies Matchmaking, Mentor-Protégé, National Defense Authorization Act, and Vetted SME Expertise.
For all Small Businesses including 8(a), HUBZone, SDVOB, SDB, WOSB, DBE, & MBE.

U.S. Department Homeland Security, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration, Social Security Administration, U.S. Agency for International Development, Defense Logistics Agency, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Lockheed Martin MST Undersea Systems, and more.

20 Matchmaking Table Discussions

Many Federal Agencies & DoD

 

The National Defense Authorization Act & Mentor Protégé

Emily Murphy, Senior Counsel, U.S. House Small Business Committee                                        

 

U.S. Small Business Administration & Mentor Protégé Changes

Calvin Jenkins, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Government Contracting & Business Development, U.S. SBA

 

Lockheed Martin Mentor Protégé Program & Diversity Program

Robyn H. Snyder, Supplier Diversity Program Manager, Lockheed Martin MST Undersea Systems

 

Mentor Protégé Programs:  A Legal Perspective & Update

Ralph C. Thomas III, Barton Baker Thomas & Tolle, LLP

 

Federal Agency Mentor Protégé Programs Panel Discussion

Anthony “Tony” Eiland, Program Manager, U.S. General Services Administration Mentor Protégé Program

Kevin Boshears, Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, U.S. Department of Homeland Security


Pentagram: DC Metro Expo at Fort Myer

June 18, 2009

Business Conference Held At Spates

By Michael Norris, Pentagram Assistant Editor

The second annual Washington, D.C. Metro Expo, a forum for small companies hoping to do business with the federal government, was held at Spates Community Club Wednesday.

David T. Boddie of Federal Allies Institute, the sponsor of the event, said 350 to 400 attendees signed up for the forum, with participants coming from 16 different states.

The expo had a convention-like atmosphere as 37 companies who already do work for the government, as well as government agencies, set up tables in Spates and interacted with companies hoping to find government work.

Technology-oriented companies specializing in construction, communications, contaminated waste disposal and security were readily visible at the expo, but so were some unexpected entities. Landsdowne, a resort eight miles west of Dulles Airport in Virginia was there marketing its facility as a place for organizational retreats and troop vacation packages, and a salsa company that does business at Fort Belvoir and Quantico was looking to further expand distribution of its product.

Even the non-profit USO Metro was there, looking for volunteers and soliciting sponsorship for its programs which benefit uniformed personnel.

‘‘It’s kind of like speed dating for government contractors,” said Boddie. ‘‘It’s a matter of streamlining and outsourcing the federal government to the widest extent possible.”

In addition to the casual networking in the ballroom, participants could also sign up for one-on-one sessions with local government contracting offices, such as the Small Business Administration and other federal agencies, seeking specifics in terms of bidding, contract requirements, eligibility, certifications and other issues.

There were also presentations on ‘‘Small Business Strategic Planning,” ‘‘Construction and BRAC,” and ‘‘Prime and Subcontractor Relationships” held throughout the day in rooms adjacent the ballroom.

‘‘If you want to see what’s out there, click on contracting opportunities,” Stacy Copeland of the Fort Myer Contracting Office told audience members in a breakaway session, supplementing a power point presentation on opportunities in the Army. ‘‘If you know that something’s on Fort Myer, click on Fort Myer and it’ll open up.”

Wesley Stith of Clark Construction, co-led the session on Contracting and BRAC. While the Base Realignment and Closure act has meant the loss of jobs for some, he said it can be an opportunity for others. Stith said companies have to be agile to quickly adapt to changing economic circumstances.

‘‘We’re in a new world,” he said. ‘‘Who would have believed that GM would be where it is today? People can’t keep doing the same old thing that worked before.”

Kenneth Mitchell, director of contracting for the Fort Myer Military Community, said the conference included participation by the Internal Revenue Service, the Air Force and other organizations, which provided budding entrepreneurs with a wide breadth of information. He said it also afforded an opportunity for Fort Myer contracting officials to meet face-to-face with their counterparts in other agencies.

‘‘It was a whopping success,” Mitchell said. ‘‘We had twice as many people as last year.” He said Fort Myer served as the unofficial host of the event.

Looking around at the buzz of activity, Boddie said, ‘‘We’re bringing the economy back right here at Fort Myer.”

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