Federal Allies News January 2013

January 3, 2013

The tumultuous goings-on between The White House and Capitol Hill on New Year’s Eve did not hinder small businesses from heading to the Federal Allies Institute Web site on New Year’s Eve to join.  Perhaps it compelled them.  We appreciate national correspondent Ralph E. Winnie, Jr.’s informative Congressional updates that evening.

In times like these Federal Allies offers clarity, real solutions, solid reasons and inviting forums in which federal contractors and government officials can collaborate.

And across America Federal Allies new Chapter Chairs look forward to offering small business federal contracting programming in your neighborhood.  Among them, Mickey Thompson, Chair, Oklahoma Chapter said, “Recent Oklahoma meetings were held December 20 in Tulsa; December 28 in Jenks; January 2 in Stillwater and Cushing; January 3 in Tulsa; and January 4 in Midwest City, Oklahoma City, and Norman.”  Mickey Thompson is Executive Director of Claremore Rogers County Partnership.  Thompson welcomes new members for the Oklahoma Chapter.  Advisory participants include Carter Merkle and Larry Findeiss of Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network, Kay Bills and James Ray of Mid America Government Industry Coalition and Native American Business Enterprise Center, and others.  If interested, contact Oklahoma@FederalAllies.org.

A FAI Texas Chapter leadership retreat was conducted on December 16 in Austin, TX.   If interested, contact Texas@FederalAllies.org.

Additional meetings were held in December in Missouri and Kansas on December 21.  Marquita Miller, is Chair, of the Kansas City-based Chapter.  Marquita Miller is President, Five Star Tax & Business Solutions.  If interested, contact KansasMissouri@FederalAllies.org.

As for the Washington, D.C. area, plan now to attend:

National Defense Authorization Act Breakfast

On February 5, 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. FAI sponsors Notable Provisions of NDAA & Bouncing Back from the Fiscal Cliff.  Hilton Garden Inn, 8301 Boone Boulevard, Vienna, Virginia 22182.

Washington Days Conference

On May 6 and 7 FAI sponsors the annual Washington Days Conference.  Day One for Business Development Opportunities and Day Two to tackle legislative priorities on Capitol Hill.  Holiday Inn Capital, 550 C Street Southwest Washington, DC 20024 and Rayburn House Office Building.

Federal Allies Open

On June 25, play golf with federal contracting colleagues at Northwest Golf Course, Silver Spring, Maryland.

Elections

We congratulate the newly-elected members to the Federal Allies Institute Board of Directors.  For a complete list please visit FederalAllies.org.

On behalf of Federal Allies Institute, we look forward to helping the nation’s federal contracts community in 2013.  If you would like more information, please feel free to contact me at any time,

571-217-0823.

David T. Boddie

Executive Director


Federal Allies News November 2012

November 1, 2012

How to Sequester the Fiscal Cliff

Across-the-board federal budget cuts and tax increases required by Sequestration start January 2, 2013, the day before the 113th U.S. Congress convenes, unless the President and 112th U.S. Congress agree to $1.2 trillion in budget cuts, revenue increases, or amend The Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.

On Capitol Hill, the House of Representatives has passed plans that would reduce entitlement spending and reduce the federal civilian workforce through attrition, and the Senate has failed to pass a plan.

The White House plans to veto any measure that does not increase revenues.

Federal agencies plan to reduce the scope and quantities of contracts, to slow the work, reduce new contract awards, extensions and options, and to renegotiate downward rather than immediately terminate any contracts.

Contractors are focused on agency reductions and recoveries. Funding already obligated on your federal contracts should not be affected.

Federal Allies maintains a vigilant watch on Sequestration and on a wide range of other business development, legislative, and regulatory flexibility issues affecting the federal contractor community. We invite comment from our business, agency, and Capitol Hill colleagues as we do our part to shape the collective future.

The world of federal government contracting can seem daunting. And the value of having a guide to walk you through the process, a ready-made network in Washington, D.C. and introductions to establish personal relationships, is priceless, now more than ever.  If you are not already active with the Federal Allies Network, get involved! We look forward to building programs around your needs, both business development and policy.

After the November 6 election, Congress returns for a week to decide how the deficit is pushed back or how a down payment on the debt will be made. How will Treasury respond? Join us as Federal Allies visits Congressional offices to say good-bye to many and casts our collaborative culture and nature upon newly-elected officials. We hit the ground running on November 7. If you would like to go with us to meet the 113th U.S. Congress, call (571) 217-0823.

How to Succeed in Federal Contracting through U.S. Government Mentor-Protégé Programs

On December 12, 2012 at Tysons Corner, Virginia, Federal Allies Institute offers a 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. seminar with Q & A to review and value 12 federal agency mentor protégé programs, which should prove a great one-stop opportunity on the subject. Visit FederalAllies.org for more information and to register.

Corporate Ethics

Corporate Ethics is a subject of growing concern in federal acquisition. Contracting officials are increasingly looking at adverse actions against companies that commit unethical acts, including disbarment from future federal acquisition activities and criminal penalties. Because of this, corporate ethics is becoming something that evaluators look at during the acquisition process. How can they tell if a company practices ethical business activities, especially a small business without a long track record? Federal Allies plans to offer a solution in 2013.

Chapter Establishment

Federal Allies Institute, a private-sector self-sustaining association, continues to capture the interest of small business groups and economic development authorities from around the country. We welcome the opportunities to meet in Washington, D.C. with delegations flying in from Austin and Tulsa and welcome the recent interest from Los Angeles. We are available to make introductory presentations in your home town, so feel free to send Federal Allies an invite.

David T. Boddie, Executive Director

Federal Allies Institute