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WHAT’S IN FPDS-NG

What’s reported to FPDS-NG?

Contracts whose estimated value is $3,000 or more or that may be $3,000 or more. Every modification to that contract, regardless of dollar value must be reported to FPDS-NG.


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If I have a BPA or IDIQ with no money obligated on it do I need to report to FPDS-NG?

Yes. In order for the BPA call or orders to be entered into FPDS-NG the instrument they are placed against (i.e., the BPA or IDIQ) must first be entered into FPDS-NG.


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Are grants and cooperative agreements reported to FPDS-NG?

No.

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What can be reported to FPDS-NG?

Agencies will report on all contract actions using appropriated funds as specified in FAR 4.6. AbilityOne (formerly JWOD Nonprofit Agency or Sheltered Workshop awards) and UNICOR (Federal Prison Industries) awards are reportable as they are not interagency agreements.

Below is a partial list of types of awards reportable to FPDS-NG. See FAR 4.606 for the full list. Agencies will report unclassified information on all contract actions using appropriated funds including, but not limited to, those made:

  • With replenishable stock and revolving funds
  • With appropriated funds transferred from one executive agency to another where the servicing agency contracts for the supplies or services
  • With appropriated funds obligated pursuant to the provisions of PL 85-804
  • By one agency to another
  • For supplies and equipment
  • For construction, alteration or maintenance of real property
  • For services, including research and development and Utilities
  • AbilityOne (formerly JWOD Nonprofit Agency or Sheltered Workshop awards)
  • Telecommunications from regulated carriers; and
  • Federal Prison Industries, i.e. UNICOR awards (orders from GSA stock for UNICOR products are not reportable)
  • Agencies will report all contract actions made with funds held in trust accounts for foreign governments or procurements for foreign governments regardless of the nature of the funds. (The term “foreign governments include international organizations.)


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What is not reported to FPDS-NG?

Agencies shall not report:

  • Financial assistance actions e.g. grants, cooperative agreements, subsidies, and contributions except for those Agencies who have a special module to accumulate information on these types of actions.
  • Imprest fund transactions, SF 44 purchases, training authorizations, and micro-purchases obtained through the use of the government purchase card. The term “micro-purchase” has the same meaning as set forth in FAR 2.101.
  • Interagency agreements with other federal agencies (e.g. Tennessee Valley Authority), independent federal establishments (e.g. Export/Import Bank of the US), or federally chartered sources (e.g. Howard University or the Smithsonian Institution).
  • Government Bills of Lading and Government Transportation Requests.
  • Actions using predominantly non-appropriated funds, except pursuant to funds held in trust accounts mentioned.
  • FEDSTRIP and MILSTRIP requisitions.
  • Actions involving transfer of supplies within and among agencies and sub-agencies.
  • Orders from GSA Stock and GSA Consolidated Purchase Program.

Additionally, both civilian agencies and DoD will not report actions for petroleum or petroleum products ordered against a Defense Logistics Agency Indefinite Delivery Contract.


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What is FPDS-NG not designed to collect?

The following data elements will not be found in FPDS-NG. Contracting officers can’t put this information in FPDS-NG even if they want to. Most of this data resides at the individual contracting office.

  • Subcontracting data from either the government or the prime contractors with whom we do business. The government does have a method to collect this data at www.esrs.gov. The two data sources work together.
  • Contract funding data outside of estimated totals and funds obligated on an action.
  • Contract accounting data.
  • Contract line item data is not in FPDS-NG. This includes specific information about the CLIN. There is no NAICS information at the CLIN level, no CLIN description, no CLIN funding data, and no appropriation data at the CLIN level.
  • No administration details including contracting officer’s technical representative names, wage determinations data, and details about the services via the contract number.
  • Details of the contractor’s employee or staffing levels.
  • Management plans.
  • Statements of work or objectives.
  • Terms and conditions of a contract.
  • Deliverables.
  • Entitlement expenditures including health, drug, Medicare, or insurance payouts. However, contracts about the management of these programs are required to be submitted.
  • Contractor proposals from the awardee or any other interested party.
  • Information about any parties excluded from the procurement.

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What are federal departments and agencies doing to assure that the data they submit to FPDS-NG are as accurate as possible?

At the direction of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), GSA requires an annual certification be complement by each department/agency that states the completeness and accuracy percentages of their data contained in the FPDS-NG

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Can I obtain the entire contract file from FPDS-NG? If not, where can I get that information?

No. FPDS-NG contains summary level information about the contract. You must contact the Contracting Officer for information about the contract file, proposals, etc. and reference the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).


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Where can I see each of the items that were purchased on a contract?

We refer to this level of detail as the "contract line item" or the "contract line item number" (CLIN) data. CLIN data is not reported to FPDS-NG. Usually CLIN data is available to the public through a formal FOIA request made to the contracting officer.


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What if I forget my user ID?

Contact your Department or Agency FPDS-NG System Administrator, not the support desk.

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What if I forget my password?

Use the forgotten password function on the Log In screen.

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What if I get locked out after 5 unsuccessful attempts at logging in?

Contact your Department or Agency FPDS-NG System Administrator.

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PURCHASE CARD

Should I report purchase card buys to FPDS-NG?

Any purchase card buy over the mircopurchase threshold requires a procurement instrument, and per the Federal Acquisition Regulations, any procurement action over the micro-purchase threshold must be reported to FPDS-NG. Therefore, yes you would need to report purchase card buys over the micro-purchase threshold to FPDS-NG.

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What does "Purchase Card Used as Method of Payment" mean?

The order or contract provides for payments to the contractor to be made through the use of the purchase card. These are “charges” backed by a contract vehicle. It allows the government and the contractor to avoid the use of expensive invoices. A purchase card used for an amount over the micro-purchase threshold automatically becomes a method of payment.


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USASPENDING.GOV

What’s the difference between FPDS-NG and USASpending.gov?

FPDS-NG provides procurement data to USASpending.gov. USASpending.gov contains information about procurements, grants, loans.


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Why is the data different in USASpending.gov?

USASpending.gov is not currently pulling procurement data from FPDS-NG in real time. USASpending.gov is updated with FPDS-NG data on a nightly basis. In some cases, USASpending.gov may have changed FPDS-NG data. Please see www.usaspending.gov for information on those changes.


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VENDOR INFORMATION

Where does vendor information come from?

All vendor information comes from the SAM unless there is a SAM exception that applies. The URL for SAM is www.sam.gov.


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What is the SAM?

The System for Award Management (SAM) is a Federal Government owned and operated free web site that consolidates the capabilities in CCR/FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS. Future phases of SAM will add the capabilities of other systems used in Federal procurement and awards processes.

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If a vendor is in SAM, does ALL vendor information then come from SAM?

All vendor name, address and socioeconomic data come from the SAM. The only exception is the Contracting Officer’s Determination of Business Size which is either entered by the person entering the contract or is propagated to a modification from the base contract or propagated from the referenced IDV in the case of a Delivery/Task order or BPA Call.


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What if my contractor is not in the SAM?

Per Federal Acquisition Regulations the vendor must be registered in SAM. Please see FAR 4.1102 for exceptions. A vendor must be registered in SAM if your solicitation contains the SAM clause. If your solicitation contains the SAM clause then see FAR 4.1103 for steps that must be taken if your vendor is not registered in SAM. DUNS numbers are still required for any vendor, even if they are not registered in SAM.


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My contractor is a foreign vendor so they don’t need to register in SAM, correct?

No. FAR 4.1102(a)(5) states that this exemption only applies to awards made to foreign vendors where the place of performance is outside the United States, AND if it is impractical to obtain SAM registration


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I see the vendor entry in SAM but I can’t find this same vendor when I do a contractor search in FPDS-NG while entering my contract. Why?

First ensure that the DUNS number entered is correct.If it is correct find out if the vendor has just registered in SAM or just completed an update of vendor data in SAM. You should also check to see if the vendor’s record in SAM has expired.

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What is a valid reason for a SAM exception?

The reasons outlined in the FAR are:

  1. Purchases that use a government-wide commercial purchase card as both the purchasing and payment mechanism, as opposed to using the purchase card only as a payment method
  2. Classified contracts (see FAR 2.101) when registration in the SAM database, or use of SAM data, could compromise the safeguarding of classified information or national security
  3. Deployed contracting officers in the course of military operations, including, but no limited to, contingency operations as defined in 10 U.S.C. 101(a)(13) or humanitarian or peacekeeping operations as defined in 10 U.S.C. 2302(7)
  4. Contracting Officers in the conduct of emergency operations, such as responses to natural or environmental disasters or national or civil emergencies, e.g., Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121)
  5. Contracts to support unusual or compelling needs (see 6.302-2)
  6. Awards made to foreign vendors for work performed outside the United States, and if it is impractical to obtain SAM registration
  7. Micro-purchases that do not use the electronic funds transfer (EFT) method for payment and are not required to be reported (see subpart 4.6).


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What if I can’t disclose who the vendor is?

Please contact your FPDS-NG Agency System Administration who handles FPDS-NG related issues.


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What is a DUNS number?

DUNS is short for “Data Universal Numbering System number.” This is a number assigned by Dun and Bradstreet, Inc. (D&B) to identify unique business entities, .


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When creating a Delivery\Task order or a BPA call what is the source of the vendor/socioeconomic information that populates the fields?

When creating an award such as a Delivery/Task Order or a BPA Call which references an IDV, the vendor name and address and the vendor’s socioeconomic information is propagated from the IDV. The same process of propagating the vendor information from an IDV applies to a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) that references a Federal Supply Schedule (FSS).


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I am entering a modification to a definitive contract. Where does the vendor information for the current modification come? Is it from the base contract or the latest modification?

The vendor information for your current modification comes from the base contract UNLESS you had previously entered a modification where the reason for modification is vendor-related such as vendor address change, vendor DUNS change, novation, rerepresentation or rerepresentation of non-novated merger/acquisition. In those situations the vendor information would pull from that modification.


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My vendor has been taken over by another company. How can I change the vendor information for my contract?

Please reference FAR 42.12 to determine if this truly is a novation situation. If this is a novation situation and you have executed a modification reflecting the novation then simply report that modification to FPDS-NG and select novation as the reason for modification


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The vendor address information has changed. How can I change only the vendor address for my contract?

A vendor address change would require a modification to the contract. Once executed you would enter the modification information into FPDS-NG using Vendor Address Change as the reason for modification


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The DUNS number for my contractor has changed but not other vendor information and per FAR 42.12 this is not a Novation situation. How do I change just the DUNS number?

A modification to the contract would be need to executed and then reported to FPDS-NG using Vendor DUNS change as a reason for modification.


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What if the vendor information is not correct in FPDS-NG?

Vendor information in FPDS-NG reflects the vendor as it was at the time of the contract award. A contract awarded to a company ten years ago will reflect the company socio-economic status as of 10 years ago unless a modification was executed to update this information. If this a new contract, check SAM to ensure if the information is correct.. If this is a Deliver\Task Order or BPA Call the vendor information will populate from the vehicle you are ordering against (i.e., the IDV or BPA). If the vendor information is not correct in SAM you need to contact the vendor and request that they correct their data. If the data is coming from a referenced IDV you should contact the Contracting Officer for that IDV.


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Two contracts are using the same DUNS number yet the vendor information is different. Why?

Vendor information in FPDS-NG is based on when the contract was awarded.A contract awarded last year will contain vendor information as of last year.The same vendor may have updated their information in SAM since that contract award and that updated information will appear on any contracts entered into FPDS-NG.


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I need all the contract information associated with a particular vendor. How do I get that?

Go to Standard Reports, select WHO and select the Contractor Search Report. This report displays all contracts awarded to a particular vendor for a one year period. ezSearch is another tool that provides vendor information. Click on Advanced Search, select the vendor name field or the vendor DUNS number and retrieve summary information for the last 5 years or all years depending on the tab you select.


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Does each modification reflect current SAM information?

No. Vendor socio-economic data appears in FPDS-NG as it did at the time of the award. On a Delivery\Task Order, BPA Call or BPA referencing another IDV the vendor information pulls from the IDV being referenced and reflects the vendor status as of the award of that vehicle. (Vendor socio-economic information will only be updated if a modification for re-representation, novation, or a non-novated acquisition\merger is entered)


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I awarded a contract two months ago and my vendor just got a socio-economic certification (Service Disabled Veteran, 8(a).Etc.Is it OK for me to go back and update the vendor information or request that this information be updated so that my agency can receive small business goaling credit for this vendor?

No. The vendor information in FPDS-NG reflects the vendor’s status at the time of the award. The contract was awarded when the vendor rerepresented (in ORCA or through Section K Representations and Certification) themselves as having certain socio-economic statuses and that is what is required to be reported to FPDS-NG.


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A report I ran shows what I believe to be a large business as small, this must be an error correct?

Not necessarily. Small business determinations are not based on just the company name. A seemingly large company may actually be deemed small by the Small Business Administration in certain industrial categories. A large IT company for example, may be considered a small business in clothing manufacture. The size determination is based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code used for the procurement in question and how a company represents itself in the Representations and Certifications to the government.


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PBSA

What is PBSA?

Performance-Based Service Acquisition (PBSA), formerly known as Performance-Based Service Contract (PBSC), is defined in FAR 37.601. PBSA applies if the contract:

  1. Describes the requirements in terms of results required rather than the methods of performance of the work
  2. Uses measurable performance standards (i.e., terms of quality, timeliness, quantity, etc.) and quality assurance surveillance plans (see 46.103(a) and 46.401(a))
  3. Specifies procedures for reductions of fee or for reductions to the price of a fixed-price contract when services are not performed or do not meet contract requirements (see 46.407) and
  4. Includes performance incentives where appropriate.


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For PBSA to apply what percent of work must meet the PBSA requirements as defined in FAR 37.601?

For FPDS-NG reporting purposes for FY2005 and later a minimum of 50% of the requirements under the procurement action must meet the above FAR standards. For FPDS-NG reporting purposes for FY 2004 and prior, a minimum of 80% of the requirements under the procurement action must meet the FAR standards.


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How do I know if I may have a contract where PBSA applies?

See FAR 37.6.


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How can I find performance-based contracts?

The Performance Based Acquisition Report is a standard FPDS-NG report found under the HOW category. It displays actions, dollars and percentages for performance based acquisition for a specified date range. The report can be run government-wide or a department, agency, and/or contracting office may be specified. The report’s appendix, located at the bottom of the report, specifies what information is used to create the report and what information is excluded.


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Who determines what is included in the PBSA report and what isn’t?

The Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Procurement Policy oversees the report requirements. Questions concerning the report requirements or PBSA policy should be directed to the Office of Procurement Policy.


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ADMINISTRATIVE TRANSFER

What is Administrative Transfer?

Administrative Transfer Action is a reason for modification which is meant to be used when one Department or Agency transfers a contract to another. It is not intended for transfers between offices. Admin Transfer privileges are distributed via the Agency System Administrator.

NOTE: BEFORE any transfer of contracts both agencies must meet to ensure that the data already entered into FPDS-NG is accurate and complete prior to transfer.


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What steps are required for the transferring agency?

  1. The transferring agency will create a modification and selects Transfer Action as the Reason for Modification
  2. The transferring agency will change the contracting office agency ID and contracting office ID to reflect the agency that will be receiving the contract
  3. Once the Contract Action Report (CAR) has been approved an e-mail is automatically sent to the transferring agency’s system administrator

NOTE: The transferring agency can no longer act on the record (i.e., no corrections, no new information can be entered). The transferring agency retains Small Business goaling credit (if they were the funding agency) for all work up to the point of the transfer


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What steps are required for the receiving agency?

  1. The receiving agency System Administrator will receive an e-mail notifying them of the transfer
  2. The receiving agency can proceed with whatever the next modification is (could be change PIID, could be additional funding, etc.)
  3. The first modification after transfer will open almost every field on the contract action report but the data that is transferred with the CAR should not be changed. Only unique agency specific fields (DoD and NASA) not available previously should be completed.

NOTE: The receiving agency cannot correct information previously input by transferring agency. The receiving will receive Small Business goaling credit (if they are the funding agency) for all work after the point of the transfer.


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CHANGE PIID

What is Change PIID?

Change PIID is a reason for modification. It is a new user privilege only supplied to the Department System Administrator. If an agency has created a modification that changes the contract PIID they would use this reason for modification when entering data into FPDS-NG. The change PIID reason for modification allows the user to change the PIID, the PIID agency code or both. Change PIID can only be used once through the duration of the contract.


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What happens when entering a modification where the reason for modification is Change PIID?

  1. When Change PIID reason for modification is selected, the PIID or the PIID agency code or both must be changed and the validation rules for change PIID will fire.
  2. The following fields are available for editing and at the very least the PIID or the PIID Agency code must be changed:
    • PIID Agency code
    • PIID
    • Modification Number
    • Date Signed
    • Contracting Officer Agency ID
    • Contracting Officer
    • Effective Date
  3. Once Save Draft is selected the user will be unable to change\correct the piid or piid agency code. If a mistake was discovered while still in a draft status the contract action report can be deleted.

NOTE: Once approved the new PIID will change on every existing contract action report in FPDS-NG, regardless of the date signed. An IDV referenced by numerous Delivery\Task Orders that has a PIID change will see that PIID change on all the Delivery\Task Orders.


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How can I locate an old PIID?

The user cannot search on the OLD PIID. The old PIID will display as “Other Award ID” or “Other IDV ID” on the screen when doing an advanced search.


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REREPRESENTATION

What is Re-representation?

See FAR 19.301.


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What happens in FPDS-NG when reporting an action where the reason for modification is Rerepresentation, Non-novated acquisition and merge, or Novation?

If Rerepresentation or Non-novated acquisition or merger is chosen as the reason for modification then the vendor’s socio-economic information is refreshed from SAM and the Contracting Officer’s Determination of Size field is opened. A novation assumes the possibility of a rerepresentation and if that is selected as the reason for modification then the vendor field is opened for the user to enter the new DUNS and the CO Size’s determination is opened.


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Do I have to create a modification if the vendor’s size status has not changed?

No you would have no changes to the terms and conditions of the contract so a modification would not be necessary and there would be no contract action to report to FPDS.


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If I have a rerepresentation that means I should ask the vendor to submit a new subcontracting plan and should be able to change my answer to subcontracting plan in FPDS correct?

No. The terms and conditions of the contract have not changed as a result of the rerepresentation.


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TREASURY ACCOUNT SYMBOL (TAS)

What is a Treasury Account Symbol (TAS)?

The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act requires agencies to report the Program Source aka Treasury Account Symbol (TAS) for all contract actions involving funding to USASpending.gov. The Treasury Account Symbol is provided to FPDS on a weekly basis by the Department of Treasury see http://www.fms.treas.gov/fastbook/index.html. TAS are validated against the listing provided from the Department of Treasury. The Office of Management and Budget's guidance on reporting FFATA actions defines the TAS format as a two character agency code, four character account code, and the three character sub account code (if applicable).

Per OMB FFATA guidance dated March 6, 2008: Agencies shall immediately develop policies that establish the owner of the TAS at the finance office and instruct all contracting/assistance officers to accept purchase requests (PRs)/notices of awards/applications, only if they contain the predominant TAS applicable to the action clearly identified on the face of that document. In addition, agencies that obtain contract or grant assistance services from another agency or organization shall provide their TAS in compliance with the Transparency Act. The originating TAS must be a part of the funding agency’s interagency agreement or RWA. The subsequent reporting of the action, shall be based on the funding agency’s TAS not that of the contracting or grant-making agency.

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RECOVERY

How do I identify Recovery Act related procurement actions in FPDS-NG?

New Instructions for Identifying Recovery Act funded Awards in FPDS after July 10, 2010

These instructions represent a change from the instructions provided in OMB memorandum M-09-10, dated February 18, 2009.

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the web portal or a contract writing system combination GUI/Business Services, report all Recovery Act funded actions in FPDS as follows:

  1. Select American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ( code ‘ARRA’) in the Initiative field; and
  2. Input the Treasury Account Symbol (TAS) in the TAS fields provided.
NOTE:If you are trying to update the “Initiative” or “Treasury Account Symbol” fields through Business Services using the ‘update’ or ‘correct’ request:

Send the values for each of the following within 'listOfTreasuryAccounts' XML tag: "Treasury Account Symbol Agency Identifier", "Main Account Code", "Sub Account Code", and "Initiative".

If you use a contract writing system’s Business Services only interface (i.e., you never see the FPDS input screens) and the contract writing system has certified to FPDS version 1.4, report all Recovery Act funded actions using your contract writing system and it will send the following information to FPDS fields:

  1. ‘ARRA’ in the Initiative field; and
  2. The Treasury Account Symbol (TAS) in the TAS fields.

NOTE:If you are trying to update the “Initiative” or “Treasury Account Symbol” fields through Business Services using the ‘update’ or ‘correct’ request:

YOU DO NOT PUT THE TAS IN THE DESCRIPTION OF REQUIREMENT

Send the values for each of the following within 'listOfTreasuryAccounts' XML tag: "Treasury Account Symbol Agency Identifier", "Main Account Code", "Sub Account Code", and "Initiative".

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What else should I know about Recovery Act related procurement reporting to FPDS-NG?

Agencies are required to review the Recovery Report posted on the www.fpds.gov website every day by 12 PM EST. Agencies should ensure that all entries are accurate, descriptions are provided and are clear, concise and in plain English, dates are correct, competition data elements and type of contract information match what was posted in Federal Business Opportunities, etc.


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FUNDING AGENCY\FUNDING OFFICE

What is a funding agency\funding office?

The funding agency\funding office is the agency\office that has the requirement and provided the funding for that requirement which has now resulted in a contract award.

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Is my finance office the funding agency\office?

No. The agency\office that developed the requirement and is using their money to fund the procurement is the funding agency\office.

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SUBCONTRACTING PLAN

Is there a report in FPDS-NG to identify all actions with subcontract plans?

There is currently no standard report to identify actions with subcontracting plans but users can create an ad hoc report to identify these records.


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Why won’t FPDS-NG let me fill in the Subcontracting Plan field?

There are certain procurement situations where a subcontracting plan is not required, see FAR 19.704.


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What are the options for Subcontract Plan and what do they mean?

The FPDS-NG specifications are as follows. Any additional questions regarding why something is or is not appropriate for the action you are entering should be researched in the FAR.

  1. Plan Not Included – No Subcontracting Possibilities - A Subcontracting Plan was not included in the contract because subcontracting possibilities do not exist (FAR 19.705-2I)
  2. Plan Not Required – No Subcontracting Plan was required. (For example, the action did not meet the dollar thresholds in FAR 19.702(a))
  3. Plan Required (Pre 2004)
  4. Plan Required - Incentive Included – Includes a Subcontracting Plan and also includes additional incentives (FAR 19.702(a), FAR 19.708(c), and DFARS 219.708(c))
  5. Plan Required - Incentive Not Included – Includes a Subcontracting Plan, but does not include additional incentives (FAR 19.702(a) and FAR 19.708(c)).


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Is there a way for FPDS-NG to track subcontract plan information?

No, the only data FPDS-NG collects is whether or not the action had a subcontract plan. Subcontracting plan details are tracked in the electronic subcontracting system called eSRS.


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Does FPDS-NG interface with eSRS?

Yes. A contract action report that indicates that a subcontracting plan was required is sent to eSRS.


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CONTRACTING OFFICER’S SIZE DETERMINATION

Why can’t I enter/correct the Contracting Officer’s Size Determination for a Delivery Order?

The CO size determination data element on a Delivery\Task Order is populated from the referenced IDV.


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What resources do we have for deciding Contracting Officer’s Size Determination?

ORCA – The Online Representations and Certifications Application, which allows vendors to enter Representations and Certifications once for use on all federal contracts. www.orca.bpn.gov


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SMALL BUSINESS GOALING

What is the Small Business Goaling Report?

Our government uses the Federal procurement process to encourage agencies to award contracts to small companies owned by women, veterans, and minorities, or located in economically challenged areas.The Small Business Administration (SBA) is responsible for setting goals for small business participation in Federal contracts. Each year the SBA works with each agency to set goals. The SBA submits an annual Small Business Goaling Report with achievements against the goals to Congress. The report is generated by FPDS-NG. The official Small Business Goaling Report is published on the SBA website, www.sba.gov.


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Which agency gets small business goaling credit – the funding agency or the awarding agency?

The Funding Agency gets small business goaling credit. If your agency is buying on behalf of another agency you MUST enter the funding agency information.


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What is 8(a) credit on the Small Business Goaling Report based on?

Type of Set-Aside used AND the Contracting Officers Size Determination


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Does a Vendor having 8(a) socio-economic status automatically qualify my agency for SBA 8(a) goaling credit?

No. Small Business Goaling Credit for 8(a) is based on the type of Set-Aside selected and the Contracting Officer’s Business Size Determination.


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LEGISLATIVE MANDATES

When should I select the Service Contract Act?

If you are purchasing services, and the value of the contract is > $2,500. (Check FAR 22.1003-3 for exemptions)


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When would I select Walsh-Healy?

Walsh-Healy applies to contracts that:

  1. May exceed $10,000
  2. Is performed in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands, AND
  3. Is for the manufacture or furnishing of materials, supplies, articles and equipment

Check FAR 22.604-1 for exemptions


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When should I select Davis-Bacon?

If your contract is for construction, alteration of repair and is also over $2,000 then you most likely should select it. (Check FAR 22.402 for more information)


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When should I select Clinger-Cohen?

When you are purchasing Information Technology


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When does the Interagency Contracting Agreement field apply?

If you are buying on behalf of another agency.


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MISC QUESTIONS

What is the Fee for Use of IDV?

It is the fee paid to an IDV awarding agency for placing an order against that IDV.


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What is the Fee for use of Service?

It is the administrative fee established by the awarding agency that will be charged when you place an order against an IDV. It is not charged for Federal Supply Schedules. (FSS)


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What is appropriate for the “Description of Requirements” field?

Concise details regarding the purchase, in plain English. “Stuff” is not appropriate. No need for extreme detail – just a high level overview of the items or services bought in plain English.


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What is the difference between a MOD and a CORRECT?

A Mod is used when there are changes to the contract terms and conditions.A Correct is used to correct typographical errors or other mistakes when entering data into FPDS-NG.


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What is the difference between the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) and Product and Service Codes (PSC)? Why does FPDS-NG have both?

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) requires the use of NAICS by the Government. The NAICS classifies commercial activity into broad business categories, such as soybean farming, manufacturer, wholesaler, retail, and services. PSCs describe specific products and services which form the basis for national stock numbers. Both fields are required because statute requires some reports to be based on NAICS information, some on PSC information, and some, such as the Competitive Demonstration Program, must use both codes. It also helps narrow a search if we allow users to select what they want from two or three filters.

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What does Place of Performance really mean?

The information is this field should reflect where the items will be produced, manufactured, mined, or grown or where the service will be performed. This field refers to the contractor’s final manufacturing assembly point, processing plant, construction site, place where a service is performed, location of mines, or where the product is grown.

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Women Owned Small Business\Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Small Business Categories

There are four new Women Owned Small Business flags available in SAM:

  • Women Owned Small Business
  • Joint Venture Women Owned Small Business
  • Economically Disadvantage Women Owned Small Business
  • Joint Venture Economically Disadvantage Women Owned Small Business

Why don’t these categories display on the Contract Action Report on screen?

Service Pack 10 was installed the weekend of April 4, 2011 to capture these data elements from SAM. The fields themselves will be stored in the FPDS database behind the scenes but they will not be displayed on the screen. Displaying these fields would have necessitated a version change of FPDS and required contract writing systems to change. Although a version change may be required in the future for the moment the fields will continue to be captured behind the scenes not be displayed on screen. These fields will also not be available via the FPDS web services for data retrieval. The fields WILL be available via the Atom Feeds, Standard and Ad Hoc reports.

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Are there set asides for these new programs?

Yes, there are two Set Asides available in Version 1.4 beginning April 1, 2011. The new Set Asides are ‘Women-Owned Small Business’ and ‘Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business’. In order to report a contract action using one of these set asides the vendor must have registered as a WOSB or EDWOSB or a joint venture of either category in SAM.

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Where can I find out more information about the WOSB program?

For more information on the WOSB program please review FAR Subpart 19 or visit the Small Business Administration website: www.sba.gov.

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