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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!
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.
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- 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.
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:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
This time of year the VA receives a lot of canned goods and other food from several companies doing food drives this time of year. This time we would like to do something a little different. We would like to do a clothing drive to help out the VA in an area where they don’t often get a lot of support. While the food is always appreciated, there are many veterans without basic winter clothing to help them through the cold months.
Our goal is 200 items to donate to the VA. Everything has to be new. So while you’re out doing your black Friday shopping, please consider picking up some extra winter garments for your local veterans. The clothing drive will run form December 2nd to December 18th. Please bring all items to 5335 Far Hills Ave Suite 311, Dayton Ohio 45429. We will be taking everything to the VA in the afternoon on Wednesday. Below is a list of items the VA is in need of:
Coats (larger sizes)
Thermal socks (larger sizes)
Long johns (larger sizes)
Thick long sleeve shirts (larger sizes)