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Federal Economic Stimulus Procurements Are Taking Shape

Several federal agencies with economic stimulus money to spend have begun posting weekly activity plans and reports on their recovery websites as required by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). A review of the plans for the week beginning March 23, indicates progress on several information technology, professional services staffing, architecture and engineering procurements:

Information Technology Systems Procurements

  • Agriculture/Farm Service Agency (FSA): FSA Information Technology will issue additional requests for proposals for management, business process improvement and information technology modernization procurements during March and April 2009.

  • Homeland Security/Customs & Border Protection (CBP):
  • Homeland Security/Immigration & Customers Enforcement (ICE) (Opp ID 54212): ICE – Continue development of procurement packages for P25 Upgrade.

  • Small Business Administration (SBA): Determine scope of information technology infrastructure and system requirements

  • Social Security Administration (SSA): National Computer Center (NCC) Replacement (Opp ID 54299) – Working with GSA to establish general project timeline with key milestones and target dates.

Architecture & Engineering Procurements

  • Homeland Security/U.S. Coast Guard (USCG): Bid solicitation advertisements for the Mobile Bridge and Elgin, Joliet, and Eastern Railway Co. Bridge project.

  • Homeland Security/Customs & Border Protection (CBP): Ports of Entry -- Plans to issue multiple Requesta for Proposal (RFP) by June 25 for multiple design/build project contracts award by August 16.

  • International Boundary & Water Commission (IBWC): Complete procurement packages by March 31 of all preconstruction activities (statements of work and estimates for geo-technical services, environmental, and design work).

Staffing Activities

  • Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS): Begin hiring temporary staff to assist in administering Recovery Act Funds.

  • Labor/Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA): Hire staff consistent with increased inspection workload.

  • Social Security Administration (SSA): Gearing up to hire additional staff starting April 1 for additional disability and retirement claims processing workloads.

GovWin's Take

  • A review of economic stimulus related activity for last week indicates several contract awards have already been made. Companies that are focused on stimulus money should already have a strategy for getting out in front of these procurements. Waiting for procurement related information to be posted on Recovery.gov or solicitation notifications on FBO.gov will not get you there.

  • Federal, state, and local governments will be spending $483,000 per minute of economic stimulus appropriations in 2009 and over $1.1 million in 2010. Thoroughly understanding the spending initiatives in the economic stimulus legislation and knowing which initiatives are pertinent to your company is critical to getting your share of that spending. Have a plan with actionable tactics for pursuing each spending initiative. Plans should include interactions with program offices before they have begun their acquisition planning. Your plan should also include knowing who the incumbent contractors are and a teaming strategy for each of them.

  • Keeping abreast of all of the economic stimulus related activity at the federal, state, and local government levels is a very labor-intensive task and requires monitoring over 300 government web sites, several media outlets across the country, as well as associations and non-profits. To fully understand the information that has been posted, telephone calls to government agencies are necessary to get the full context. Have you re-directed staff to perform these functions or made alternative plans?

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