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GSA's CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE HACKATHON

The GSA Customer Experience Hackathon is coming to a location near you on June 19. Registration is open now through June 12. 

At this one-day hackathon -- taking place simultaneously in Boston, Chicago, Ft Worth, Kansas City, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and DC -- participants will hack four application problem sets for customer and user experience.

They are looking for application developers that are:

  • Interested in improving the user experience for government applications
  • A member of the private sector (sorry, not open to feds)
  • Over the age of 18

UPCOMING PROCUREMENT WEBINARS - UPDATED REGULARLY:

Monthly Webinar Log-in Instructions

The following series of webinars are hosted in partnership with MN PTAC, North Dakota and South Dakota PTACs.  Webinars typically take place the first Tuesday of every month from 9-10 a.m. Central Time.

1. Please join the ZOOM meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:

                      

2. If you prefer to use phone for audio:

United States (Long distance): +1 (669) 900-6833 or +1 (646) 558-8656
Meeting ID: 115-541-475

June 4 – Commercial Item Contracting: A Simpler Way to Do Business with the Government
Mark Blando, Eckland and Blando

Over twenty years ago, the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA) was passed, ushering in what promised to be an easier way to do business with the federal government. A core focus of FASA was the commercial item regime, which encouraged agencies to obtain commercial products to meet their needs whenever possible. This session will look back at the much-ridiculed specification-driven regime and the resulting call for reform that led to the passage of FASA. Then, learn about the current regulations governing the acquisition of commercial items, including the multi-part definition of “commercial item,” and gain a clear delineation of which contract clauses are applicable and inapplicable to “commercial items” and “commercially available off-the-shelf items.” Explore other key aspects of commercial item contracting, including the solicitation process, use of past performance information, subcontracting issues, and the progress that has been made over the twenty years since FASA.

July 16 – GSA Schedule:  Is it Right for You?
Michelle Leshe, General Services Administration, Office of Small Business Utilization for Region 8

In this webinar participants will be equipped with the tools to determine if submitting a proposal for a GSA Federal Supply Schedule is a step their company should take.  An overview of the schedules and process will be provided.

HUBZone CERTIFICATION

A HUBZone is an U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) program for small businesses that operate and employ people in H istorically U nderutilized B usiness Zones . Designated HUBZones in North Dakota include the highlighted counties in the graphic above (Benson, Bottineau, Burke, Eddy, Emmons, Golden Valley, Grant, Kidder, McIntosh, McLean, Nelson, Oliver, Pembina, Pierce, Rolette, Sheridan, Sioux, Towner, Walsh and Wells) as well as all Indian Reservations.

There are three workshops coming up - May 14 in Rugby, June 20 in Fort Yates, July 18 in Washburn. An additional workshop in New Town will be scheduled as well. 

Advanced registration is required. Contact Sherri Komrosky at 701.239.5658 or sherri.komrosky@sba.gov to get signed up. 

CYBERSECURITY WORKSHOP TRAINING

Save the date for this free training workshop in Grand Forks, July 9. Unable to attend in person? There is also a webinar option. Presented by Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Air Force, the University of Southern California, and the ND PTAC. Register today!

CYBERSECURITY TRAINING VIDEO

This video provides a step-by-step guide on how government contractors can achieve compliance with the cybersecurity requirements established by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), specifically Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) clause 252.204-7012, entitled  “Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting.”

 

NORTH DAKOTA PROCUREMENT FAIR

The annual North Dakota Procurement Fair was held on March 27, in Minot. Thanks to the help of many great vendors and attendees, this seventh annual event was once again a success. 

 7th Annual ND Procurement Fair