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CAGE Code Expirations

Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) set to expire CAGE codes


The Defense Logistics Agency is changing the way it manages Commercial and Government Entity codes by assigning an expiration date to all new or updated codes after Aug. 25.  Click here for details.

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Certifications for Fed Contracts – Next Presentations

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Which Federal certifications do you need? What do you need to know about the SBA 8(a) program to advance your business in Federal contracting? Come to PTAP at the CNM Workfoce Training Center on Eagle Rock Ave NE to learn more. Aug 3, Oct 5, Dec 7; all from 1-4 pm.

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Veterans – Vendor Information Page (VIP) Temporary Shutdown

Vendor Information Page (VIP) Temporary Shutdown

Counselor Info-Gram
Date: 15 July, 2016
Subject: Vendor Information Page (VIP) Temporary Shutdown
The VA Veterans First verification program is undergoing a transformation in response to feedback provided by VOSB. The modifications and enhancements will result in significant changes to our application process to improve the Veteran experience as we establish “My VA Verification.” The changes also will involve our management information system for the Vendor Information Pages (VIP).
The magnitude of these changes compels us to take VIP off-line commencing 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 11th until 8:00 a.m. Monday, August 22nd. During the period VIP is off-line, firms will not have access to their profile, and CVE will not be able to process applications. Firms will not be able to commence the reverification process or submit a change request to modify any aspect of the firm’s profile/status. Additionally CVE will be unable to accept new verification applications. For this reason, we strongly encourage firms whose eligibility expires before October 15, 2016, and firms that desire to submit a request to update any aspect of its status or profile do so as soon as possible, as CVE will not be able to grant any extensions of eligibility due to the temporary hiatus in verification processing. Additionally, we recommend firms interested in submitting a verification application do so as soon as possible.
During the VIP outage, the CVE Call Center/Help Desk will continue to be available to assist callers with information only. The Call Center/Help Desk telephone number is 866-584-2344; and its time of operations will continue to be 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
When VIP is back online, and we have completed the modifications and enhancements mentioned earlier, you can expect the MyVA verification process to provide an improved Veteran experience in keeping with the principles of My VA established by Secretary McDonald. CVE remains committed to focusing on the Veteran and being an organization which fulfills the values of ICARE – Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, and Excellence.
Please direct any questions or concerns to your Verification Support Liaison at (202) 632-9099 or email

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NM Engineering Firm Attains New Success

After 20 years of engineering across the state, VENCOR Engineering is achieving new growth thanks in part to their work with the New Mexico Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP). Led by President Hector Vasquez, a visionary who set his sights on future growth, the SBA 8(a) firm has achieved new success. Mr. Vasquez recently announced the establishment of VENCOR Construction to complement the expertise and demand for VENCOR Engineering.

4A few of the services which VENCOR Engineering, LLC offers include municipal engineering, site developments, drainage channel improvements, water district infrastructure expansions, reverse osmosis (RO) water treatment plant reconstruction, Preliminary Engineering Reports, Vulnerability Assessment Reports, site plan reviews, grading, drainage, water, sewer, paving and “as-built” documents.

Most of the work requires rapid response and cost-effective solutions with intense project management. As a PTAP client, Mr. Vasquez stays on top of networking and contracting opportunities offered by PTAP. He has successfully grown his company over the years and built an impressive range of past performance history. His credits include federal, state and local contracts.

In 2010 VENCOR Engineering, LLC was retained by the Lower Rio Grande Public Water Works Authority (LRGPWWA) to plan, design, permit, administer and record the construction installation of the Berino – Mesquite / Del Cerro Water Systems Improvement (BMDC) Project in Dona Ana County, NM. The 32 mile, $7.2 Million water pipeline project required 22 months to install and involved inter agency coordination that included the US Department of Agriculture-Rural Development (USDA-RD), New Mexico Environment Department (NMED), NM Water Trust Board, NM Department of Transportation (NMDOT), Dona Ana County and the Elephant Butte Irrigation District (EBID).

Private entity and permit filing involved BNSF Railroad and the Kinder Morgan Pipeline Utilities Corporation. The successful design and installation of this monumental water line project is already improving the quality of life of thousands of Dona Ana County valley residents.

Most recently, VENCOR Engineering, LLC entered into a subcontracting agreement with another PTAP client for a construction project with the City of Las Cruces.

Mr. Vasquez is always willing to serve his community as well and participated in a Career Fair at the Dona Ana Community College in Las Cruces where he spoke to job seekers about interview techniques. He continues to be very enthusiastic about job growth within his own organization and always maintains a positive, progressive attitude. Most importantly, he stays on top of opportunities for training, networking or contracting notices sent out by PTAP.
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WOSB/EDWOSB Industries Expanded

by Diane Kimbrell Howell
Procurement Advisor

PTAP wants to make small business owners aware of a significant, and positive, change to the WOSB/EDWOSB Program: the number of industries has been expanded by over 30% (as measured by the addition of North American Industry Classification System [NAICS] Codes). On March 3, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) changed its rules for the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) program in two ways: 1) They increased the number of eligible NAICS codes and 2) They dramatically increased the percentage of NAICS codes for WOSB compared to those for Economically-Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB).

The background on what prompted the SBA to make these changes is interesting. An amendment to the Small Business Act in 2014 mandated that a new analysis of industries be performed to assess where Woman-Owned Small Businesses are under-represented.  The SBA asked the U.S. Department of Commerce to assist with the required study and it was published at the end of 2015. You can read an Article about the report and you can Read the full report using the links in blue.

The report is a valuable read for any small business doing Federal contracting, illuminating the factors that correlate with winning Federal awards. The report made it very clear that woman-owned businesses struggle to win Federal awards at an alarming disadvantage when compared to their competitors.  As the only de facto NAICS-driven SBA contracting program, a positive corrective action comes in the expansion of the NAICS codes available for WOSB/EDWOSB set-asides. The industries covered by the combination of both programs increased significantly and there was a movement toward fewer codes being limited to the EDWOSB only.  The table below compares the number of NAICS codes in the 2012 list put out by the SBA compared to the number of codes in the 2016 list.

 2012  2016
 Program   # of 6-digit
NAICS codes
EDWOSB 169 81
 WOSB  136  365
 Total Codes  305  446

Only 21 codes were eliminated entirely from the program and with the exception of several codes involving paper product manufacturing, very few of the eliminated codes represent significant government contracting potential (e.g., 488111 Air Traffic Control). There are over 140 new 6-digit codes and most importantly for our PTAP clients here in New Mexico, many construction related codes are now in the program (along with new medical and education industry codes).  The EDWOSB now includes waste management and some telecom industry codes.

As mentioned in our February 25th article in the news stream below, the SBA continues to gather feedback on the implementing regulations for changes to the WOSB/EDWOSB Program written into law in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (NDAA).  Those of us in the industry await the final publication of the rules adding sole-source contracting authority to WOSB/EDWOSB firms as well as potentially removing the self-certification process.

If you are 51% woman-owned and have not looked into the WOSB/EDWOSB Program before, consider contacting PTAP for an appointment to assist you with how to apply so that you get ahead of the anticipated rush; if you are already certified (either self or third party) you should also contact PTAP to ensure your industry/primary NAICS code remains within the program when the 2016 codes go into effect.

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