September 12, 2016

Mid-Tier Advocacy Hosts Small Business Sustainability Briefing

Mid-Tier Advocacy Inc. is proud to present a great line-up of top level directors on our “FederalGovernment Contracting Panel” during this year’s Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s (CBCF) Annual Legislative Conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This important event for advanced small and emerging businesses will kick-off with a discussion and exchange among policy leaders on defining opportunities in …

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August 9, 2016

Bloomberg Government Releases Suggestions on Mid-Tier Paradox

Bloomberg Government recently released a report titled, Mid-Tier Paradox, Too Small to Compete, Too Big to Survive, in which they studied mid-tier successes in federal contracting. It was found that mid-tier performance was steady over the past five fiscal years (FY11-FY15), though they attribute this finding not to remedies in federal procurement policies, but rather, to other various trends that …

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August 8, 2016

David vs. Goliath

This entry features an infographic that illustrates the tough reality mid-tier businesses face upon graduating small business federal size codes. It briefly explores the undesirable scenarios mid-tiers often encounter, and possible remedies as suggested by Bloomberg Government.

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August 8, 2016

Advanced Small Business Pilot Program: Worth the Fight

Mid-Tier Advocacy (MTA) fully supports the passage of the Advanced Small Business (ASB) Pilot Program, which was included in section 1611 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA) and passed by both the House Armed Services Committee and the House of Representatives. Unfortunately, before the NDAA (2013) was passed into law, language to establish the ASB Pilot program …

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May 30, 2016

We Honor Those Who Paid the Ultimate Price

Mid-Tier Advocacy and it’s partners would like to take the time honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. We we remember the fallen men and women who gave so unselfishly. To their families, love ones, and friends there are no words to share. However, Mid-Tier Advocacy Remembers and shall not forget the debt.

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May 16, 2016

Beware What You Post: Federal Employees May Face Government Scrutiny on Social Media

Eric Yoder May 12, 2016 Washington Post Federal employees may want to be more prudent when posting to social media and more selective about selfies, as the government eyes their online activities to gauge their trustworthiness. Two subcommittees of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing Friday on whether scrutinizing their social media accounts should become …

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May 16, 2016

Implementing Contracting Best Practices: The Challenge Ahead

Michael P. Fischetti, National Contract Management Association 2:06 p.m. EDT April 21, 2016 Federal Times As the current administration heads to the finish line, political appointees are focusing on leaving a legacy in concrete accomplishments from their agendas. But what can the acquisition community expect for the remainder of this presidential term? We know that acquisition change will semi-repeat through …

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May 10, 2016

DHS Pitches Silicon Valley: Innovate with Us

Salvador Rodriguez, Special to Federal Times 3:50 p.m. EDT May 3, 2016 The Department of Homeland Security wants Silicon Valley’s help defending the nation from cyber threats and issued the first call for help: securing the Internet of Things. Using the more flexible Other Transaction Solicitation funding method, DHS released the first request for proposals in its Silicon Valley Office …

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May 10, 2016

New DHA Mandate Routes All IT Buys Through GSA

Aaron Boyd, Federal Times 4:47 p.m. EDT May 2, 2016 Going forward, the Defense Health Agency will contract for its health IT needs solely through the General Services Administration, according to a DHA memo dated April 25. The memo — signed by DHA Component Acquisition Executive Michael O’Bar — requires health agency procurement officers use GSA governmentwide acquisition contracts (GWACs) …

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April 13, 2016

VA Looks for Help with Wholesale Move to Cloud

Aaron Boyd, Federal Times 12:01 p.m. EDT April 11, 2016 An accompanying statement of objectives (SOO) explains that the current network infrastructure at VA is “siloed and project-based, focused on solving individual business problems and relying heavily on VA-specific acquisitions.” Using the ECS contract, officials hope to find a contracting “partner” that can help unify the IT acquisition process, leading …

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April 12, 2016

Draft Encryption Bill Puts Rule of Law Above Privacy Concerns

Aaron Boyd, Federal Times 2:22 p.m. EDT April 8, 2016 A discussion draft leaked online of the first legislation to tackle the heated encryption debate that has pit law enforcement agencies seeking access against privacy and consumer advocates lobbying to maintain strong security. The leaning of the bill — put forward by Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Diane Feinstein, D-Calif. …

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April 12, 2016

Hoyer to Propose Information Technology Modernization Fund

Michael Hardy, Federal Times 4:55 p.m. EDT April 8, 2016 Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., will propose the creation of a White House Information Technology Modernization Fund when Congress returns to session. Hoyer described the fund as a means to modernize federal IT and strengthen cybersecurity. “The legislation I will be introducing when the House returns to session next week is …

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April 7, 2016

Energy Department Announces Funding to Train Engineers, Provide Energy Assessments for Small- and Medium-sized Manufacturers

Department of Energy April 6, 2016 – 3:34pm The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced approximately $35 million in funding, subject to congressional appropriations, to assist small- and medium-sized U.S. manufacturers with increasing their energy efficiency, productivity, sustainability and competitiveness and to help address the shortage of engineering professionals with applied energy-related skills. The Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) program …

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March 21, 2016

GSA Awards Billion-Dollar Contracts for Mid-Atlantic Facilities

Carten Cordell, Federal Times 4:11 p.m. EST March 10, 2016 The General Services Administration awarded 33 new Building Maintenance and Operations contracts with $15 billion ceilings Thursday. The contracts, which have a five-year base with an option for another five years, will provide various building maintenance services for facilities in the agency’s designated Zone 1 region. “From HVAC maintenance to …

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March 21, 2016

Agile Framework Speeds Up VA IT

Michael Hardy, Federal Times 2:11 p.m. EDT March 18, 2016 The Veterans Affairs Department is counting on an agile development framework to aid in needed IT improvements, according to CIO LaVerne Council. The framework is called the Veteran-focused Integration Process, or VIP, and Council cited it as one of the significant measures VA is implementing to improve its Federal IT …

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March 14, 2016

VA Awards 21 Spots on $22B IT Contract

Aaron Boyd, Federal Times 12:27 p.m. EST March 11, 2016 The Department of Veterans Affairs announced 21 awards on its massive Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology Next Generation (T4NG) contract for IT infrastructure, operations and cybersecurity services. The $22.3 billion contract vehicle is mainly designed to facilitate the MyVA transformation, a set of policies and programs intended to leverage technology to …

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March 14, 2016

Bill to Streamline Federal Hiring Clears the Senate, Heads to Obama

Carten Cordell, Federal Times 8:57 p.m. EST March 9, 2016 A bill to streamline the way the federal government hires its civil servants cleared the Senate on March 8 and is headed to the president’s desk. The Competitive Service Act of 2015, which aims to make it easier for agencies to find qualified applicants, unanimously made it out of the …

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March 14, 2016

DoD Opens Door to Commercial MilCloud

Amber Corrin, Federal Times 3:30 p.m. EST February 24, 2016 The Defense Information Systems Agency’s in-house, high-security suite of cloud services known as milCloud has, since its inception, remained an internal capability. But following the lead of other government agencies and even its own components, DISA now is opening the door to commercial providers for milCloud. The next iteration of …

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February 10, 2016

White House Released the President’s FY 2017 Budget.

Posted By the White House, Tuesday, February 9, 2016 Today, the White House released the President’s FY 2017 Budget. It calls for the investments that not only make us stronger today, but also reflect the country we aspire to be — one with an economy that works for everybody.     Visit Links Below for Fact Sheets:  The President’s Budget: …

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February 8, 2016

GSA Opens Federal Acquisition Gateway for Public Access

Transparent Access to Site Allows Non-Federal Users to Explore Tools and Content Posted February 5th, 2016 for General Services Administration WASHINGTON — Today, in the spirit of data transparency, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) went live with a public view of the Acquisition Gateway, giving non-government users access to a subset of what is available to federal government employees. …

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