Posts tagged: procurement

Western accelerates small business payments

Starting Feb. 1, Western offices in five states and serving customers in 15 states halved payment times to small businesses from 30 to 15 days.

“The new process is working well. Only the Accounts Payable office and purchasing approving officials were impacted,” said Corporate Services Office Fiscal Operations Manager Lynn Hahn. “To most employees involved in procurement or payment of invoices, the process is transparent.”

Western implemented the new process in response to a September 2011 Office of Management and Budget memo, which mandated agencies to accelerate payment dates to small business contractors 15 days after receiving the required documentation instead of the 30-day payment cycle under the Prompt Payment Act.

Check out more at Western’s Newsroom.

Western offers Federal agencies easy tool to go “greener”

Federal agencies interested in meeting their renewable energy goals and mandates, improving the environment and supporting national energy security are invited to join the 2012 renewable energy certificate (REC) solicitation being issued by Western.

Participating in this solicitation is easy: Complete and submit the Statement of Intent for Federal Agencies to Purchase Renewable Resources no later than April 20. Western is also offering a webinar to educate agencies and others on the program and submission process March 14 at 10 a.m. MST. Interested parties need to register.

For more information, visit Western’s Newsroom or the Renewable Resources for Federal Agencies website.

STRIPES to streamline procurement process

Todd Tetrault completes the first production purchase via STRIPES

Senior Contracting Officer Todd Tetrault completes the first production purchase via STRIPES, verifying web service connection between STRIPES and BIDDS.

A new procurement management system for Western had been in the works since 2008, but on Feb. 1 became a reality when the Strategic Integrated Procurement Enterprise System was implemented throughout Western. STRIPES is a procurement and contract management program, chosen by the Department of Energy to be used agencywide as part of the electronic government initiative. Its implementation reduces the number of procurement-related systems used across DOE and streamlines many aspects of the procurement process.

Read the full story on Western’s website.

Western to hold opportunity session for Colorado’s small businesses

Western’s Small Business Program is leading a business opportunity session for Denver and Colorado Springs small businesses Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon at Western’s Corporate Services Office in Lakewood, Colo.

The session will develop connections between small businesses and Federal acquisition and program managers and will include breakout sessions, networking, familiarization with Western’s acquisition process and opportunities for small businesses in fiscal year 2012.

There is no cost to attend, and no reservations required. For more information, contact Cheryl Drake at drake@wapa.gov.

Western’s Small Business Program achieved great success in FY 2011. Western awarded 71 percent of its appropriated funds to small businesses, nearly tripling the government-wide goal of 23 percent. Western also outpaced Department of Energy objectives for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned, Women-Owned and Small Disadvantaged small businesses, among others.