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Joint DAU and OSBP Webinar on PTAP (PTAC) DAU and OSBP Webinar on PTAP (PTAC)2020-10-29T12:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClass1104439705154E18BEE6BD953A57A04B">The Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) and DAU held their sixth joint Defense Small Business Webinar on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 on the topic of “The Procurement Technical Assistance Program, How Businesses Can Access Training to Help Them Contract with DoD”. The guest speaker was Ms. Sherry Savage, Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) Program Manager from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). Before introducing the guest speaker, Ms. Amy Murray, Director, DoD Office of Small Business Programs stressed that this webinar series is in response to small businesses asking for information and is designed to help small businesses as part of the defense industrial base (DIB).<br> <br> The presentation focused on four key topics: <ul> <li>PTAP Overview</li> <li>PTAC Primary Locations</li> <li>PTAC Services</li> <li>Government Can Help PTACs</li> </ul> Ms. Savage, explained that the PTAP was established in 1985 to expand the number of large and small businesses capable of participating in government contracts. She went on to explain that Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) serve as a bridge when the government (federal, state, or local) has a need, the business has a service or product, and the local PTAC exists in the middle to bring everyone together. She highlighted the fact that there are 94 primary PTAC locations across the continental United States, as well as, in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands to help make PTAC resources readily available to industry. Generally, PTACs provide their broad range of contracting-related services (training, understanding the statutes and regulations, and bid & proposal assistance) at no cost to their industry clients. Another important topic was how the government can partner with a local PTAC for such support as market research assistance and outreach to industry. Also, just as important were things that PTACs cannot due as listed by Ms. Savage. For example, they cannot do work for a business, nor can they train the government. Lastly, she provided several suggestions for government employees to collaborate with PTACs.<br> <br> The depth and breadth of the question that came in over chat, as well as the over 150 government and industry representatives that participated in the event, certainly validated the importance and timeliness of this topic.<br> <br> More information about this webinar series and the slides and Q&A from the October 21, 2020 presentation can be found on the DoD OSBP website at <a href=""></a><br> <br> The webinars will generally be held every three weeks. You can also refer to the DAU Calendar of Events at the bottom of the DAU Industry Support Page at <a href="/industry-support/p/doing-business-with-the-department-of-defense"></a> to learn more.<br> <br> The next webinar date, topic and speaker in the series are to be determined.<br></div>string;#/training/career-development/contracting/blog/Joint-DAU-and-OSBP-Webinar-on-PTAP-(PTAC)
GMU - DAU 2020 Government Contracting Conference Update - DAU 2020 Government Contracting Conference Update2020-10-16T16:00:00Z 2020 Conference.PNG, 2020 Conference.PNG 2020 Conference.PNG<div class="ExternalClass4C4C392E85A74EC09BE545FA441632A6"><div style="clear:both;">The Videos from the October 6 Building Resilience module are now available for viewing.</div> <ul> <li style="clear:both;"><a href="">Welcome and Introduction</a></li> <li style="clear:both;"><a href="">Building Resilience: A Fireside Chat with the Honorable Adam Smith</a></li> <li style="clear:both;"><a href="">Strengthening Supply Chains</a></li> <li style="clear:both;"><a href="">CMMC Implementation</a></li> </ul> <div style="clear:both;">The 2020 Government Contracting in a Changed World conference will continue on November 10 with Acquisition and Procurement and December 8, with Post-COVID Operations in Government Contracting. </div> <div style="clear:both;"><br> This year’s Government Contracting Conference will examine how government and industry acquire and procure, operate, and build resilience in this changed environment. Please visit the website and register if you have not done so already at <a href=""></a></div></div>string;#/training/career-development/contracting/blog/GMU---DAU-2020-Government-Contracting-Conference-Update
DAU and NavalX Connecx Podcast: Everything OTA and NavalX Connecx Podcast: Everything OTA2020-10-16T12:00:00Z Podcast Image.png, Podcast Image.png Podcast Image.png<div class="ExternalClass699CA14454024D68AC4F92EF36B3D7BF">DAU partnered with NavalX Connecx to record a live podcast discussing Other Transactions (using Other Transaction Authority or “OTA”). Mohawk Matt from NavalX, along with Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) attorney Cara Little joined DAU’s Director for Other Transactions Hallie Balkin to discuss Other Transactions, an acquisition tool, and how they are able to be used for research and development partnerships between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the private sector. The group also discusses common applications, myths, and best practices. The podcast may be accessed at <a href=""><strong></strong></a></div>string;#/training/career-development/contracting/blog/DAU-and-NavalX-Connecx-Podcast--Everything-OTA
Government Purchase Card Threshold Increases for Special Designations Purchase Card Threshold Increases for Special Designations2020-10-15T12:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClassDA1AB38D85DA4ED3B90A48A959C9C898">Due to regularly scheduled inflation adjustments, DoD Government Purchase Card (GPC) Cardholder (CH) Special Designation thresholds have been increased. The <u>micro-purchase thresholds</u> (MPTs) for Contingency Operations & Other Emergency Uses for any contract to be awarded and performed, or purchase to be made <u>outside</u> the U.S. are: <ul> <li>GPC $35,000</li> <li>Convenience Check $17,500</li> </ul> The GPC <u>simplified acquisition threshold</u> for Contingency Operations & Other Emergency Uses for any contract to be awarded and performed, or purchase to be made, <u>inside </u>the U.S. is $800,000. Adjustments are effective as of October 1, 2020. For more information see “<a href="">Guidance on the Implementation of Adjusted Government Charge Card Cardholder Special Designation Thresholds</a>.”<br></div>string;#/training/career-development/contracting/blog/Government-Purchase-Card-Threshold-Increases-for-Special--Designations