Hayden Johnson

Hayden is USFCR's Creative Copywriter. His goal is to help businesses navigate the federal marketplace with quick and simple guides.
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Beta SAM - Contract Opportunities (FBO) Guide for Businesses 2020

Nov 18, 2019 2:59:58 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in System for Award Management (SAM), Contract Bidding, Guides

Anyone who wants to get into government contracting is going to run into beta.SAM.gov (Beta SAM). There's no way around it. The next question most of us will have next is:

"What can I do with Beta SAM and how do I use to search for contracts?"

If you're asking this question, then you've come to the right place. In this blog post, we'll take you from start to finish on Beta SAM. After reading this, you will have a comprehension of...

  • What happened to FedBizOpps? 
  • What is Beta SAM?
  • Registering for Beta SAM
  • Finding Government Contracts on Beta SAM
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Case Study: Veteran's Choice Procurement, LLC

Nov 7, 2019 5:01:23 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in Veteran Owned Small Business (VETBIZ), Simplified Acquisition Program (SAP), Success Stories

Veteran's Choice Procurement, LLC is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) located in Austin, Texas. They provide healthcare supplies and equipment to federal agencies. With USFCR's services, owner Jesse Carlow went from starting a business to winning six contracts in less than a year.

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Bid Protests: A Quick Rundown for Q1 2020

Oct 31, 2019 3:27:53 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in Contract Bidding, Guides, News

In the first quarter of the fiscal year, the Pentagon awarded its prestigious $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract to Microsoft. 

For now. 

That's because if you've been reading up on this contract, you would know it was riddled with disputes. One of which was a bid protest made by Oracle Corporation. Then, right after Microsoft was awarded, it was expected Amazon Web Services would file one as well. 

In this blog post, we're going to give you the rundown on bid protests.

We are going to answer:  

  • What is a bid protest? 
  • Why are bid protests filed?
  • Where do I file a bid protest? 
  • How should I approach bid protests? 

Let's begin. 

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The Top 3 Problems Contractors Face with New Gov Systems and Policies

Oct 23, 2019 2:34:16 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in Advanced Procurement Portal (APP), Guides, News

This November, FedBizOpps (FBO) is set to merge with beta.SAM

With that in mind, it's time to talk about past big changes in the federal marketplace. That's because with every major change comes major problems. How you handle these problems will determine your success or failure in government contracting. 

In this blog post, we're going to cover common issues that contractors face whenever the federal government implements a new policy or system. When you know about what issues to expect, you'll be better equipped to handle them. 

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Does the Lowest Bidder Always Win?

Oct 21, 2019 2:15:33 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in Information for New Vendors, Guides

“I felt exactly how you would feel if you were getting ready to launch and knew you were sitting on top of 2 million parts – all built by the lowest bidder on a government contract.”

This apocryphal quote comes from the early days of NASA. Some attribute it to Alan Sheppard. Others claim it was John Glenn.

Either way, no one can agree on who said it or the exact phrasing. What did happen though, was the perpetuation of a government contracting myth: it always comes down to the lowest bidder.

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Come See USFCR in Phoenix and LA

Oct 17, 2019 1:25:28 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in USFCR Info

Do you own a small business? 

Are you looking to build a network of successful entrepreneurs? 

Want the chance to meet the top experts of government contracting in person?  

We've got great news for you. 

US Federal Contractor Registration will have a booth at the Phoenix (10/24) and Los Angeles (10/30) Small Business Expos. Founder and CEO Eric Knellinger will be there along with Executive Bid Trainer John Wayne II. 

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Top 10 NAICS Codes for HHS Contracts

Oct 11, 2019 4:53:34 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in USFCR Academy, Guides

Market research is crucial for success in government contracting. After all, you should know who is buying what so you can find your target customers. If you're considering contracting with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), here's a list of the top 10 industries for HHS contracts from the previous fiscal year.

The information used to write this blog post was extracted from the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS). This list is made up of the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes associated with each top industry.

Let's start the countdown. 

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FBO & beta.SAM Merger Guide for Contractors

Oct 2, 2019 11:11:05 AM / by Hayden Johnson posted in System for Award Management (SAM), News

*Update for 11/8/19 at the bottom of the article*

If you've been keeping up with news in the federal marketplace, then you should know that FedBizOpps (aka FBO) is expected to be decommissioned in the first quarter of FY 2020 (the fourth quarter of 2019). Instead of a separate opportunity search website, it will be merged with beta.SAM.

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VIPR

Aug 16, 2019 4:31:16 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in Guides

Only you can prevent forest fires and by working with the US Forest Service (USFS), you can help stop them as well. To do so, you need to know how to do business with the USFS and learn the basics of VIPR.

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RockNErosion Wins First Two Federal Contracts with USDA

Aug 2, 2019 1:32:00 PM / by Hayden Johnson posted in Simplified Acquisition Program (SAP), Success Stories

Recently Todd Marchant Construction Co. dba RockNErosion won its first two federal contracts. Although it takes an average of 12-18 months for businesses to win their first award, RockNErosion completed this feat in just half of the time. For Todd Marchant however, searching, bidding, and performing federal contracts isn’t just something that he does for an income. Todd has found genuine enjoyment and passion in this type of work.

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