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This section contains links to articles regarding federal busienss and key federal agency news.  Updated daily.

GSA News

GSA releases statement on Old Post Office lease

GSA releases statement on Old Post Office lease Read more

GSA seeks information from industry to better capability on Software-as-a-Service (Saas) for Administrative Services

GSA seeks information from industry to better capability on Software-as-a-Service (Saas) for Administrative Services Read more

GSA announces issuance of RFP – Phase I for the new Department of Labor (DOL) headquarters

GSA announces issuance of RFP – Phase I for the new Department of Labor (DOL) headquarters Read more

GSA Awards Construction Contract for New Port of Entry in Columbus, New Mexico

New Port to help support Customs and Border Protection’s mission Read more

GSA announces the plan for environmental, transportation and other studies at sites being explored for the new Department of Labor (DOL) headquarters

GSA announces the plan for environmental, transportation and other studies at sites being explored for the new Department of Labor (DOL) headquarters Read more

GSA Schedule and Federal Marketing News

The Lucky Government Contractor

A client called me recently to let me know that they “haven’t had much luck” generating sales under their GSA contract. Curiously, she went on to say that she recently lost a bid because “a competitor got lucky” and won it instead. Sadly, it’s not...Read more

eBuy RFP’s – Should you Bid on Every Opportunity

Top 7 Questions about eBuy Opportunities  After winning a GSA contract and uploading their price list to GSA Advantage, many GSA contractors are excited to access the myriad of RFP’s (Request for Proposal) and RFQ's (Request...Read more

How do Agencies buy Services through our GSA Contract?

Buying Professional Services on a GSA Contract Have you encountered an agency who wants to buy professional services from you, but doesn't know how to buy services  off GSA Schedules.  To help you and your clients understand...Read more

Open Market Items under a GSA Contract order

New GSA Contractors often ask about selling items that are not listed in their GSA Schedule contract.  These are known as Open Market items.  You can sell such products or services to agencies under a GSA Contract order, but you...Read more

Government Sales Falling Short?

Doing all the right things but without results? Do the sentiments in this email haunt you too? Companies seeking to generate GSA sales, or government sales in general, often make the same mistake…they do what they are told! Read more

SBA News

DOE, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Seeks Comments on Its Proposed Rule on Energy Conservation Standards for Dedicated-Purpose Pool Pumps

On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy published concurrent and identical proposed and direct final rules amending energy conservation standards for dedicated-purpose pool pumps.  On January 25, 2016 DOE published a Test Procedure final rule establishing new test procedures for the pumps. This rule became effective on...Read more

DOE, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Seeks Comments on Its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer Central Air Conditioners and Heaters

 On January 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy published concurrent and identical proposed and direct final rules amending energy conservation standards for consumer central air conditioners and heat pumps. On January 5, 2017 DOE published a Test Procedure final rule establishing new test procedures for the air conditioners and...Read more

Consumer Product Safety Commission Seeks Comments on Its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Safety Standards for Portable Generators

On November 21, 2016, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a notice of proposed rulemaking on Safety Standards for Portable Generators. The proposed regulation aims to lower the unreasonable risk of injury and death due to CO emissions by setting specific CO emissions guidelines. The rule would require that portable generators powered by handheld spark-ignition (SI) engines of...Read more

Consumer Product Safety Commission Seeks Comments on Its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Amendments to Fireworks Regulations

On February 2, 2017, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a notice of proposed rulemaking on Amendments to Fireworks Regulations. The rule aims to clarify and amend current fireworks standards as well as codify limits, and test procedures. The Commission believes the requirements will reduce the risk of injury.  Comments are due by April 18, 2017. Read the proposed rule...Read more

USDA, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration Seeks Comments on Its Proposed Rule on Unfair Practices and Undue Preferences in Violation of the Packers and Stockyards Act

On December 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) published a proposed rule amending regulations issued under the original Packers and Stockyards Act (P&S Act) of 1921. The rule clarifies conduct or actions by packers, swine contractors, or live poultry dealers GIPSA considers unfair, unjustly discriminatory, or...Read more

SBA Advice

It’s Time To Award Your Small Business Employees

It’s awards season! In a few days, we’ll be tuning in to watch the Oscars – The Academy Awards – which is a special occasion that acknowledges the finest achievements in the film industry from the... Read more

So You Have a Brilliant Idea. What’s Next.

So you have a brilliant business idea that will be very successful. Now what? Bad news: You don’t actually own that idea. You you can’t sell it. It has no value as just an idea. Good... Read more

6 Ways to Use Entrepreneurship Week to Grow Your Business

National Entrepreneurship Week takes place this year from February 20-24. Microsoft is the major sponsor and organizer of the weeklong celebration of... Read more

When To Say No To A Franchise Opportunity

When you first start looking at franchise opportunities, you’re not really focused on the yes or no decision you’ll have to make when and if you find an ideal one. You’re focused on the search.... Read more

Self-Employment Tax Wrinkles

Individuals whose businesses are incorporated do not have to think about self-employment tax. Any salary they take from their corporations as owner-employees are subject to FICA taxes. In contrast... Read more

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