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Second Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016, Vol. 2


Service Director’s Corner

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Earl Pinto, Director,
PSC Acquisition Management Services

Blizzard jokes aside, it’s hard to believe we’re knee-deep in the Second Quarter of the fiscal year. The days are getting longer, the snow is melting, the Broncos won the Super Bowl, and we’ve got Acquisition Strategy updates for you!

Here’s what’s new:

  • High-Priority Requirements: Biweekly updates of your high-priority requirements as designated by you.
  • Acquisition Process Flowchart: We created an Acquisition Process Flowchart with supporting text. Visit Acquisition Documents & Guidance to download yours. 
  • Federal Contracting Highlights: Visit Acquisition Documents & Guidance to download the most recent update.  
  • APOC Calls: We’ll continue to hold monthly Acquisitions Point of Contact conference calls with you. Next call is scheduled for February 18, 2016.
  • HHSAR Revision: Health & Human Services Acquisition Regulations Revision was issued in the Federal Register on November 18, 2015 and can be found at Acquisition Documents & Guidance
  • FAC-COR Program: Effective January 1, 2016, PSC will no longer support the FAC-COR Program for the OS STAFFDIVs, ACF, and ACL. That responsibility was transferred to ASFR/Office of Grants and Acquisition Policy and Accountability (OGAPA). PSC will continue to support the FAC-COR Program for PSC. For additional information, please contact Lisa Davis at 202-260-6713 or Lisa.Davis@HHS.GOV

 



PSC Milestones from Fiscal Year 2015

PSC Acquisition Management Services is proud to share noteworthy accomplishments from FY ’15:

Saved Government Money

  • Achieved $45 million in cost avoidance for acquisitions through effective competition and negotiation strategies.

Supported Federal Acquisitions

  • Awarded nearly 9,000 actions for over $1.67 billion, for HHS and external customers.
  • Performed 8,410 closeouts recovering $94 million in de-obligations.
  • Awarded over 100 IDIQ contracts for Departmental use that will help streamline the contract process and speed service delivery.
  • Created online customer training for Advanced Acquisition Planning and provided COR support.

Surpassed the Small Business Goal

  • Exceeded most of HHS’ small business goals.

 



Meet Our Contract Specialists!

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Jennifer Eskandari,
Contract Specialist

Have you heard of the PSC IDIQ Task Order Contracts? These Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Task Order Contracts are an easy-to-use, strategic sourcing vehicle which offers agencies access to a diverse group of 125 well-qualified small and large businesses from which to procure services.

Did you know that Jennifer Eskandari, a Contracting Officer/Contract Specialist, helped to develop it? Because of her hard work and dedication to the project, she was able to get 125 IDIQs awarded just in time for everyone to use them for the 2015 fiscal year. With the development of the PSC IDIQs, Jennifer has helped a lot of customers overcome challenges, and she’s gotten numerous calls from new IDIQ holders who’ve expressed interest in bringing their customers to PSC.

Jennifer got her start in private industry, handling food contracting for a subsidiary of Marriott Hotels, and moved into federal contracting at an architecture and engineering firm. She worked there as a subcontract administrator on construction contracts overseas (including Africa!). Then she received an offer to become a federal employee at the FDA, where she handled mostly simplified supply buys.

This Rockville resident was born in upstate New York, raised in Chicago and received her MBA from the University of Maryland. She’s been married for over eight years and they have a one-year-old son. When she’s not working, she’s traveling, biking, or cheering on the Redskins.

 



Department of the Navy Awards PSC Staff with Letter of Appreciation & Coin

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Letter of Appreciation & Coin

Donald Hadrick and Bryan Daines of PSC Acquisitions received a Letter of Appreciation and a Joint Commission Planning System Coin from Laurie Wassink, Deputy Program Manager, Naval Mission Planning Systems, at the RADM William Moffett Building in Patuxent River, Maryland.

In the letter, Wassink noted:
“I would like to extend my appreciation for the outstanding support provided to PMA-281 during the migrations of windows 32-bit to 64-bit.

From May 2014 through June 2015, your contributions were instrumental in ensuring the successful contracting actions for the Integrated Electronic Technical Manual (IETMS) efforts required during the 64-bit transition. Your expertise for assisting the Navy has been crucial in ensuring training materials to the fleet in a timely manner, and producing the highest possible availability of full up mission planning systems.

Additionally, you also worked diligently to secure a limited sources available certification to guarantee the Navy of the proper expertise with a new state of the art graphical display for mission planning. This expertise is only possible by your contracting expertise.

Your superb efforts and tireless dedication reflect great credit upon the United States Navy, PMA-281 and Health and Human Services Contracting department. Please accept my sincerest appreciation and congratulations on a job well done.”         – Laura Wassink, Deputy Program Manager, PMA-281