EAGLE meeting held Dec. 6 at BHC

Staff reports

An informational meeting was held at Black Hawk College, December 6, 2010, and was organized by Vicky Miller, Director of the IL Procurement Technical Assistance Center located at Black Hawk College.  

The meeting focused on E.A.G.L.E. (Enhanced Army Global Logistics Enterprise).  This program replaces the Army’s current Field and Installation Readiness Support Team Program contracts.  It is designed to increase efficiency in contracts. It is anticipated that E.A.G.L.E. will support any Department of Defense and Federal civilian agencies and departments.  The E.A.G.L.E. has an estimated value of $30 billion.  

The purpose of the meeting was to emphasize the opportunity for small businesses to participate in the contract. And emphasis was also made that time is of the essence.  

The main presenter was Bob Matthys, Associate Director, Office of Small Business Programs, located on Arsenal Island.  Address:  AMSAS-SB, HQ ASC, 1-Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, IL 61299-6500. Phone:  309-782-5554.  E-mail:  Robert.matthys@us.army.mil

The web site for the E.A.G.L.E. program is http://www.aschq.army.mil/ac/aaisdus/EAGLE.aspx

For companies that may have an interest, go to the E.A.G.L.E. web site and review the 14 task areas to 4 Functional Areas crosswalk (second tab under Miscellaneous). That will give the business an idea as to whether there are any areas that correlate with your type of work. If it looks like that is the case, the businesses are encouraged to call Bob Matthys.  

In order to be considered a prime contractor or a subcontractor to a prime contractor, the following needs to take place:

Arrange for a Defense Contract Audit. Businesses should contact their Small Business office for the division of defense that they are interested in engaging with contracts within the Department of Defense, e.g., If the interest is working with a US Army contract, contact Bob Matthy’s/US Army Office of Small Business to help prepare for the audit. The business does not want to call for an audit and not be prepared for the process.

Secure a CAGE code. Contact PTAC www.APTAC.org. This is a very difficult process and most incorrectly register, which could inadvertently constitute fraud. So this is not a ‘do-it-yourself’ project. If the business is in Illinois, please contact Vicky Miller, C.B.S. Director of IL Procurement Technical Assistance Center NW Region IL @ Black Hawk College.  Phone: 309-796-5712. Email: millerv@bhc.edu.

Register with CCR. When a company registers in CCR, it will automatically give them a CAGE Code, but it is advised that they contact their PTAC office, who will guide them correctly along their path for successes in contracting.  An incorrect registration results in loss of contract / project.  

Then the business will either market themselves to a prime contractor or submit their bid as a sub contractor to a prime contractor. It is important that all companies be registered and certified correctly in order for them to engage either as a prime or as a sub contractor to a prime for government contracting initiatives. The PTAC office will train them and help them certify and register for these regards, and help them in all of their government contracting needs.