Aerospace opportunity conference to be held in Savannah on Sept. 15

Industry, government, and academia are collaborating to host a Supplier Opportunities and Aerospace Resources (SOAR) Conference on September 15, 2015 in Savannah, Georgia.

aerospaceDuring this aerospace industry supplier event, businesses will be able to:

  • Connect with other suppliers, to major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and to resources available to manufacturers in Georgia.
  • Promote company capabilities to OEMs.
  • Attend informative workshops to build skills and become more competitive.

Speakers and presenters include representatives from Gulfstream Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and Georgia Tech.

Breakout workshops will be held on a variety of topics as well as a uniquely-designed match-making event for aerospace suppliers to connect to OEMs through one-on-one networking sessions.

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Sponsors of the event include the Georgia Center of Innovation for Aerospace, the Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP) at Georgia Tech, the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA), the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC), the Georgia Small Business Development Center (GaSBDC), the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), and Georgia Power.

‘Tis the season for multiple award contracts

Call it what you want — the “budget flush,” “federal Black Friday,” or the “federal holiday spending season” — but the government’s unofficial spending deluge is underway.

Selected GSA eBuy StatsFor more than four decades, federal agencies have been federally mandated to spend all of their allotted budget or face having it taken away. From August through the end of September have traditionally seen the heaviest spending by federal agencies.

“There are 55 shopping days left this year,” Bill Gormley, president and managing partner at the Gormley Group, said in a conference panel at a Bloomberg Government conference in McLean, Va. The next three months will see the heaviest spending of the year for federal agencies, he said.

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GSA pushes for new and improved acquisition tools

Chris Hamm, the director of the General Services Administration’s Federal System Integration and Management Center, said government contracting costs too much and takes too much time.

GSA logo“The process is incredibly costly to you and it’s incredibly costly to the government,” Hamm said at a recent contracting conference. “I think the entire system is broken.”

That is why GSA is pushing to use new tools, techniques and processes to make the solicitation and contracting processes easier, faster and cheaper — and contractors should be watching closely.

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Three U.S. naval officers censured in ‘Fat Leonard’ corruption probe

Three U.S. admirals were censured for dining at “extravagant” banquets in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore and accepting other gifts from an Asian defense contractor at the center of a bribery scandal that continues to rattle the highest ranks of the Navy, according to documents released late Friday.

Navy logoOne dinner alone cost $23,061, or about $768.72 for each of the 30 people who attended. To get around ethics rules, the admirals reimbursed the contractor — a Malaysian national known in Navy circles as “Fat Leonard” — but only for a fraction of the expense, writing personal checks for between $50 and $70 each, the documents show.

The incidents occurred nearly a decade ago, while all three officers — Vice Adm. Michael H. Miller, Rear Adm. Terry B. Kraft and Rear Adm. David R. Pimpo — were assigned to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier strike group. Each was forced to retire this summer.

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Contract planning course offered Aug. 3-7

Ever wondered how the Government plans its acquisition of products and services?
  • As a contractor, wouldn’t you like to gain insights into the process?
  • As a member of the acquisition team, don’t you need to learn how to conduct acquisition planning properly?

FARThe Contracting Education Academy at Georgia Tech will address these questions, and much more, in a comprehensive five-day class, “Contract Planning in the FAR” (CON090-2) to be presented August 3-7, 2015.

This in-depth course covers all aspects of acquisition planning, including how government agencies conduct market research, how buying needs are described, and the government’s preference for commercial and non-developmental items.

This course is the second module in a series of four educational modules that examine the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), the Government’s “procurement bible.”

  • For government contracting officers, this course is required to maintain a contracting warrant.   A warrant is a written document providing a contracting officer with the limits of his or her authority.   Per FAR 1.601-2, Contracting Officers have the authority to “enter into, administer, or terminate contracts and make related determinations and findings” to the extent of the authority delegated to them by their warrant.   Georgia Tech’s Contracting Education Academy offers a set of courses — each equivalent to Defense Acquisition University (DAU) course standards — that help contracting officials maintain their warrants and enhance their professional development.
  • For businesspeople who compete for and fulfill government contracts, Academy classes are equally pertinent.  Contractor personnel who attend Academy courses gain real-world knowledge about how government officials are trained to formulate and administer contracts.   Insights in these areas provide invaluable guidance for reaching greater success in competing for, winning, and fulfilling government contract work.

Georgia Tech offers the entire CON 090 course series in world-class facilities on its campus in midtown Atlanta.  For groups of 10 or more, Georgia Tech offers discounts and also brings any of its government contracting courses to the workplace.

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In small group settings at Georgia Tech’s Global Learning Center, government and industry representatives sit side-by-side to learn practical contracting solutions.

For details on all of Georgia Tech’s government contracting classes, including the FAR Fundamentals course series, please visit   To make arrangements for any of the courses to be taught at your place of work or for answers to your questions, email us at or feel free to give us a call at 404-894-6109.