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Pricing Matters – Accounting Policies and Procedures

By Ronald Marta, University of Houston PTAC “What are accounting policies and procedures?” Written accounting policies and procedures can facilitate significantly the accounting system audit. This article will offer guidance with respect to establishing and documenting accounting policies and procedures. … Continued

Don’t miss the Purchasing Consortium Opportunity!

By Jodi Essex, Iowa PTAC Do you know what a purchasing consortium is? If not, you might be missing important contracting opportunities. Many state and local organizations use purchasing consortia to obtain goods and services. A purchasing consortium – also … Continued

Pricing Matters – Unallowable Costs

By Ronald Marta, University of Houston PTAC The ears of PTAC clients seem to perk up when they hear the term unallowable costs. In this article we will try to answer the following questions: What are unallowable costs? Why are … Continued

Pre-Award Tips for Potential Government Contractors

Have you ever wondered what advice a Contracting Officer would give you? Carter Merkle, of Oklahoma’s Bid Assistance Network, shares the following Pre-award tips provided at a briefing by Tinker Air Force Base. Taking these to heart can help you … Continued

Disaster Contracting Tips for Small Businesses

With the recent devastating storms and floods in Texas and Oklahoma – and hurricane and wildfire seasons just around the corner –  it seems timely to reprint this article on how small businesses can best participate in responding to natural … Continued

Other Uses for FedBizOpps (FBO)

By Beth White, Iowa PTAC FedBizOpps provides more than just bidding opportunities Did you know that the Federal Business Opportunities website, better known as FBO or FedBizOpps, provides companies more information than just Federal bidding opportunities? If you are a … Continued

Selling to the Defense Commissary Agency

By Beth White, Iowa PTAC The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) – the “Other Defense Agency” Did you know that there is a “littler known” agency within the Department of Defense that provides food and other household products for military families, … Continued