Supplier Diversity – SBA Grades Federal Agencies

The Small Business Administration publishes an annual scorecard to grade federal agencies on their progress toward reaching small business procurement goals. They literally grade them. For example, the Department of Housing and Urban Development got a D overall. (Seriously.) Homeland Security scored a straight A, and blew their prime contracting goals away, with the exception of HUB Zone prime contracts,…

Veterans Summer Fundraising Drive

JetCo Solutions supports the 758 Veterans residing at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans by coordinating “wish list” fundraising drives to meet their needs. We offer an easy way for our clients to become publicly involved in this valuable effort. The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans was constructed in 1885 in response to the needs of Michigan’s veterans in the…

SAM replacing CCR / ORCA

The federal government is rolling out the System for Award Management (SAM), which will consolidate eight disparate federal procurement systems. This rollout was recently extended from May 29 to the end of July to allow federal agencies to better prepare their employees for the change. With the goal of finding efficiency and reducing duplication, SAM will replace legacy systems including…

Measurements — Pass Rates

We measure everything; one of the important metric is our pass rate, which tells us how frequently clients bid on the opportunities we send them. Our collective average pass rate (for all clients) this year is 69%, with individual client pass rates ranging from 31% to 83%. The most common reasons for bid passes are: Unable to attend the mandatory…