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Monterey Medical Clinic

We are excited to announce our Grand Opening of our Monterey Medical Clinic. Currently the main purpose of our clinic is to provide General-Medical Compensation and Pension (C&P) exams to Veterans in the Dayton, Ohio region, in coordination with QTC and the VA. These exams are to evaluate the Veteran conditions for disability compensation.

With this expansion we were able to contract with Dr. Michael Puthoff who comes to us with an extensive medical background, including work at the Dayton VA, and is also a Veteran himself serving in the Navy and United States Air Force. In addition, we hired Shelia Turner as our medical receptionist. Shelia has 10 years’ experience in the United States Air Force and a professional background with medical office experience.

We look forward to this new venture and being able to directly serve those who have served. To learn more about Monterey Consultants and our provider network, please visit mcix.com

Annual VA Food and Clothing Drive 2020

Thank you to all Monterey employees who helped contribute to the donations for the VA food and clothing drive. We would also like to give a special thank you to AEP Texas for their generous donations of gloves, ear, neck and head warmers.

This was our most successful overall collection to date. We set out to collect 150 clothes/blankets/hygiene items/craft supplies and 150 canned goods/non-perishable food items. We ended up more than doubling those numbers and the final count was 336 clothes/blankets/hygiene items/craft supplies and 308 canned goods/non-perishable food items.

Happy Holidays, from the Monterey Family!

 

Monterey Receives 2020 HIRE Vets Medallion Platinum Award

November 10, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia recognized Monterey Consultants as one of the 675 recipients of the 2020 HIRE Vets Medallion Award during an award ceremony at the U.S. Department of Labor. Monterey Consultants earned the Platinum Award after applying earlier this year. The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (HIRE Vets Act) Medallion Program is the only federal award program that recognizes job creators who successfully recruit, hire, and retain veterans.

Monterey Consultants joins 674 other companies from 49 states, plus the District of Columbia, who have shown a commitment to hiring veterans, but also ensuring that they have a long-term career and growth plan that uses the diverse skills they acquired through their military service.

The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is based on a number of criteria, ranging from veteran hiring and retention to providing veteran-specific resources, leadership programming, dedicated human resources, and compensation and tuition assistance programs – with requirements varying for large, medium, and small employers.

About the HIRE Vets Medallion Program

The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is earned by leading businesses that demonstrate unparalleled commitment to attracting and retaining veterans. The 2021 HIRE Vets Medallion Program will open to employers on Jan. 31, 2021. For more information about the program and the application process, visit www.HIREVets.gov.

Monterey Awarded 5-year Department of State Blanket Purchase Agreement

Monterey was awarded a 5-year Department of State Blanket Purchase Agreement as part of a Contractor Teaming Agreement to provide Department-wide program management support services to meet the needs of DOS Bureaus operating both domestically and overseas.

This BPA allows for a full range of services including:
  • Strategic Planning
  • Supply Chain & Logistics
  • Financial Management
  • Program Management
  • Workforce Planning
  • Cost Reduction & Business Case Development
  • Support of Critical Acquisitions
  • Supplier Performance Management
  • Data Analytics
  • Metrics Definition & Performance Measurement
  • Complex IT support
This BPA will allow Monterey to help the State Department to meet the following objectives:
  • Provide Project Management, Program Management, and Program  Management Office services and personnel for program support to maximize an organization’s ability to  perform its mission at a lower total cost and meet budget, schedule, and quality goals.
  • Provide support that evaluates, develops, implements, and manages  program risks to ensure the organization’s investments are well thought out, cost-effective, and that these  investments support the mission and business goals of the organization
  • Provide a wide-spectrum of project management support in  standardization, training, and development based on best practices to achieve the organization’s strategic  goals and enable the organization to apply lessons learned throughout the project life-cycle.
  • Independent Validation & Verification (IV&V) is defined broadly as a  second set of eyes for the Contracting Officer, Contracting Officer’s Representative, and Program Manager,  providing senior program management insight. The primary goal of these services is to reduce overall program or contract risk, and work  with, not against, the existing program management team to achieve program goals and make the contract a success.

Monterey Exceeds Holiday Clothing Drive Goal

From all of us at Monterey we hope you and your families had a wonderful holiday season!
In December Monterey set out to donate a total of 200 winter clothing items to our local VA. We are thrilled to announce that we exceeded our goal and were able to donate over 300 items. We succeeded in meeting every category and were able to donate a wide variety of winter clothes. These donations will go a long way to keeping our veterans warm this winter and are deeply appreciated.
We would also like to give a special thank you to our friends at JJR Solutions for challenging their own employees to donate to our drive! Their contribution helped us exceed our original goal!
Monterey plans to hold another drive in June where we will be accepting both food and summer clothing items. Thank you for your support!

Veterans Affairs Acquisition Strategy Determination – “Rule of Two” in Practice

By Nicole Eger

Both VA Program Offices and Contracting Offices have the responsibility of performing market research during various phases of the acquisition process. The Program Office gathers information to ensure that their requirements are in line with what is available from the commercial market. The Contracting Office needs to know what the field of interested vendors look like concerning socio-economic category and the relative assertion that the interested firms are capable of fulfilling the requirements at a fair and reasonable price.

The US Supreme Court decision in the Kingdomware case solidified that VA has a regulatory requirement to adhere to the Vets First program. By law, Mandatory Sources must first be considered for contracting the need, but Kingdomware in practice means that if there is a contracting vehicle (General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Schedule (FSS)) identified, then the Program Office and Contracting Office are to consider the following method for determination of an Acquisition Strategy for the effort:

  1. Are there two or more SDVOSBs on the GSA FSS that can do the work?
  • If yes, proceed with an SDVOSB Set-Aside acquisition strategy using FSS
  • If no, look at the commercial market for two or more capable SDVOSBs
  1. Are there two or more SDVOSBs in the commercial market that can do the work?
  • If yes, proceed with an SDVOSB Set-Aside acquisition strategy outside of FSS
  • If no, look at the GSA FSS for VOSBs
  1. Are there two or more VOSBs on a GSA FSS that can do the work?
  • These two can be a combination of one SDVOSB and one VOSB
  • If yes, proceed with a VOSB Set-Aside acquisition strategy using FSS
  • If no, look at the commercial market for two or more capable VOSBs
  1. Are there two or more VOSBs in the commercial market that can do the work?
  • If yes, proceed with a VOSB Set-Aside acquisition strategy outside of FSS
  • If no, look at the GSA FSS for SBs
  1. Are there two or more SBs on the GSA FSS that can do the work?
  • If yes, proceed with an SB Set-Aside acquisition strategy using FSS
  • If no, look at the commercial market for two or more capable SBs
  1. Are there two or more SBs in the commercial market that can do the work?
  • If yes, proceed with an SB Set-Aside acquisition strategy outside of FSS
  • If no, look at the GSA FSS for any two or more firms that can do the work
  1. Are there two or more firms of any size on the GSA FSS that can do the work?
  • If yes, proceed with a Full-and-Open acquisition strategy using FSS
  • If no, proceed with a Full-and-Open acquisition strategy outside of the FSS

Of course, there are several market research processes and steps between branches of the decision tree that assist with the identification of interested vendor pools with the capability, capacity, and viability to support an acquisition strategy that will result in reduced procurement risk.