Silly Season

And this is also not a partisan post.  We have a bipartisan household and business, and quite frankly, we’re too smart to piss off clients with political jabber. Recently, the Romney campaign released a series of “you didn’t build that” ads, targeting a partial statement by President Obama regarding small business growth.  One of these ads featured a business owner…

SAM Migration Update

The federal government’s migration from CCR / ORCA to SAM (System for Award Management) is progressing.  This week, some CCR registrants could not log into their CCR profiles because Phase 1 of the migration affects more than 600,000 registered users. We’ve been monitoring this migration and we recommend logging into your CCR profile (if you can) so that your registration…

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…