TargetGov Newsletter- Volume 7, Issue 11

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The Super Circular: What the New Rules Mean for Federal Grant Recipients

As 2013 came to a close, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued the long-awaited final rule to the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, more commonly known as the “Super Circular.” Among other things, this rule streamlines eight Federal regulations (including OMB Circulars A-110, A-122, and A-133) into a single, comprehensive policy guide and affords the Federal government the ability to better administer the $600 billion awarded annually for grants, cooperative agreements, and other types of financial assistance. While the Super Circular does not entirely change the eight Federal regulations from which it is derived, it does include some noteworthy changes that will have important implications for all nonprofit recipients of, and applicants for, Federal grants and cooperative agreements.

Join the Government Contracting Institute for a day long class covering the important topics of this change.

Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Credits: 7 CPEs or CLPs
Location: bwtech@UMBC North Campus, 5520 Research Park Dr. Suite 100, Baltimore, MD 21228

For more information and to register click here.
The Government Contracting Institute is now an Education Partner with NCMA and participants can earn CPEs for attending classes. 
Speaking Engagements
VETS 2014
Reno, NV
June 16-19

DC PTAC Presents Fiscal Year-End Spending: Positioning Your Business to Win Workshop
Washington, DC 
June 26

Fiscal Year-End Spending: Positioning Your Business to Win Webinar
July 8

NCMA World Congress
Washington, DC 
July 27-30

Elite SDVOB National Convention
New York, New York
August 20-22

The Government Contracting Institute is an Education Partner with NCMA. Participants earn CPEs and CLPs for classes and webinars. Visit us online to learn more about the training offered. 

NCMA World Congress 2014

July 27 - 30
Washington DC

The National Contract Management Association's (NCMA) World Congress is hailed as a must-attend event because it's the most comprehensive training event for contract management, procurement, and acquisition professionals. With over 20 educational tracks, content is offered for professionals at each and every stage of their careers – and with over 1,500 attendees, there are vast networking opportunities!

Gloria Larkin, President of TargetGov will present with Jerry Miles, Esq., of Deale Serivces, LLC on July 29th about the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB) set-aside program. For more information about the conference please
visit the event page here
5 Silver Bullet Factors That Win Proposals 
TargetGov Guest Blog Post By: Mike Parkinson, 24 Hour Company

Is there one silver bullet that wins proposals? Yes and no. Trust is close to a silver bullet. Our customer must trust that we can deliver the solution at the agreed-to price with little to no issues. (Do you make it a habit of buying from people or companies you do not trust?) No trust, no win.

Definitively, there are no silver bullets. There is no one thing that always works; nor is there one thing that offsets a sea of negative influencers (e.g., bad reputation, noncompliant or poorly executed proposal, lack of customer insight). However, there are five silver bullet factors that greatly impact the likelihood of a win, and these factors require customer trust for them to prevail.
Big Win in the House for Women Seeking Access to Federal Contracts
By: Gloria Larkin, TargetGov
Published By: The Business Monthly

The House of Representatives has taken steps to improve the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program by voting 325 to 98 to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015 (H.R. 4435), which includes a provision authorizing sole-source contracts in the WOSB procurement program.

The amendment was added to the annual defense spending bill by Representative Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), who has championed improvements to the program and broader initiatives supporting women entrepreneurs.

H.R. 4435 also expedites a long-awaited disparity study by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) that identifies under-represented industries for participation in the WOSB procurement program. Out of the 1,200 industries serving the federal government, fewer than 350 have been approved to be included in the WOSB Program, to date. Supporters have noted that the WOSB Program is the only program that restricts what small business industries may participate in contracting.

National small business advocates Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) say this study is critical to expanding the program to more industries and leveling the economic playing field. The study was originally required by 2018 — more than 11 years after the last study — but would be accelerated to 2015 under H.R. 4435.


What Are The Different Types of Capability Statements

By: Ben Souder
Published by: TargetGov

Contractors working with the Federal Government are often asked, “Can you send me your Capability Statement?” in some form or another. It happens when you’re responding to a Sources Sought Notice, meeting with an agency representative or just attending an event with a strong Federal presence. But do they always mean the same document? How many different types of Capability Statements are there and how can I know which ones to use in specific situations? Read about the different types of Statements and when to use them here. 
Workforce Investment Act & Veteran Training Programs
UMBC Training Centers offers a variety of training programs that are approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission for Workforce Investment Act funding and the Dept. of Veterans Affairs for GI Bill benefits and Vocational Rehabilitation funding. Some of the classes covered by these programs include Certificate in Cyber Foundations, Certificate in Cybersecurity, Certificate in Cyber Operations, Certificate in Information and Network Security, and more. Contact UMBC Training Centers for more information and to register.  Remember to use code TargetGov to receive a discount on qualifying programs.
Helping a Veteran and a Friend
Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) Board Member Rose Wang and her company, Binary Group, are raising funds to assist a member of their team facing significant medical costs due to illness.

Prior to joining Binary’s Financial Management team in 2009, Curtis Freeman served in the U.S. Army for 11 years. He contributed significantly to the financial optimization efforts for the Army Financial Management School, all the while successfully managing an earlier diagnosis of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia. A few months ago, Curtis’ condition worsened, signaling the need for a bone marrow transplant. He had the transplant on March 5th with his wife and children by his side, throughout the operation and recovery. To help Curtis and his family make it through this emotionally and financially difficult time, Binary Group has set up a fundraising site. Any donation would be appreciate - for more information and to donate click here

To learn more about the importance of bone marrow donors and how you can help - visit Be The Match. You can even register for free to become a bone marrow donor.
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