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A sources sought is the government's way to find out if there are capable small businesses that can fulfill their requirements. They are usually posted on Federal Business Opportunities ( early in the procurement as a form of market research.

Posted On: October 25, 2019

The Contract Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) and other government evaluation systems are known to be difficult and full of issues.  One bad failure can keep a contractor from getting another job.  What can I do to protect my company?  How can I receive the evaluation I deserve? ... more

Posted On: October 01, 2019

Last month we looked at the Progress Payments process required for California public works construction.  This month the discussion is about Change Orders and the logistics of getting paid for extra work.  The subject of change orders is always one of controversy due to the... more

Posted On: September 30, 2019

The Department of Defense has announced that the businesses doing business with DOD must be cybersecurity certified by December 31, 2020 to protect the Defense Industrial Base. This requirement is a significant change to the previous requirement that had been in place since December 2017 to have... more

Posted On: August 26, 2019

Last month we looked at the project schedules required for California public works construction.  This month the discussion is about Progress Payments and the logistics of getting paid for your work.  This process differs considerably from that of the private sector, especially for those... more

Posted On: August 06, 2019

“From autonomy and AI to human systems, IT, and space – to solve a host of defense problems.” --Defense Innovative Unit

Posted On: July 22, 2019

Last month we looked at the bonding requirements in California public works construction.  This month the discussion is about construction Project Schedules.  Every Prime Contractor must provide a schedule showing how they intend to build the project logistically and meet the contract completion... more

Posted On: July 15, 2019

So you attended the 2019 Norcal Procurement Expo, followed up with your contacts, and are in the process of establishing some great relationships. Now what? What can you do to continue the momentum?  How do you continue to build your relationships and business at the same exciting rate that you... more

Posted On: June 26, 2019

DGS is the business manager for the state of California, providing procurement and business solutions for state agencies, local agencies, resource partners and external customers.

Posted On: June 20, 2019

We know that for a small business contractor to become successful, the business should aspire to build capacity and one method for developing capacity is by forming Teaming Agreements.

Posted On: May 22, 2019

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