Sherman & Howard L.L.C. is a super-regional firm with a national practice. Its approximately 180 lawyers serve a broad range of clients, including individuals, privately held businesses, multi-national corporations, and government entities. Its multidisciplinary attorney teams coordinate between practice groups and offices to provide the scope and depth of legal skill necessary to serve its clients most successfully.
Since 1987, Sherman & Howard L.L.C. has provided a wide range of legal services to its clients regarding virtually all aspects of government contracts and related areas of law. It has broad experience with complex issues regarding award, administration, and disputes relating to federal, state, and local procurement. Its clients include large corporations, small businesses, and non-profits. Several of its attorneys have extensive government contract experience resulting from their prior service as both senior civilian and military government attorneys. As a result, Sherman & Howard L.L.C. understands the perspective of government attorneys, contracting officers, program personnel, and senior government executives. It has used this extensive experience to create one of the first full-service government contract practices in Colorado.

Welcome to Colorado PTAC!

Colorado PTAC is pleased to introduce you to our newest recruit!  Donna

Danford is joining us as a full time counselor in the Catalyst Campus office. Donna has a vast amount of experience working with government contracts from the industry side. She has performed as a subcontracts manager and Small Business Liaison Officer for several companies including a couple well known on the front range. She earned her Juris Doctorate which will certainly help her and our team serve you better. Next time you swing by the Colorado Springs location be sure to drop in and meet Donna!

Just like the professionals from our national pastime head out to training each spring so do your PTAC professionals. Staff response will be a little limited this week since I have sent nearly the entire counseling crew to Jacksonville, Florida for our bi-annual training conference. These training sessions are great opportunities for us to meet and talk with various agency heads, subject matter experts, and our peers across the country to discuss policy updates and best practices. This conference will last all week from 5 March to 9 March so the whole team will return next week. We have a couple of us staying behind to take care of your needs, so please call if you need us.
– Dennis Casey, Executive Director, Colorado PTAC

Dennis Casey

As your business grows and starts engaging in various relationships you must always consider how affiliation will affect you.  The government looks at affiliation as follows “Business concerns are affiliates of each other if, directly or indirectly, either one controls or has the power to control the other, or another concern controls or has the power to control both. In determining whether affiliation exists, consideration is given to all appropriate factors including common ownership, common management, and contractual relationships; provided, that restraints imposed by a franchise agreement are not considered in determining whether the franchiser controls or has the power to control the franchisee, if the franchisee has the right to profit from its effort, commensurate with ownership, and bears the risk of loss or failure. Any business entity may be found to be an affiliate, whether or not it is organized for profit or located in the United States or its outlying areas.” FAR 19.101  But there’s more than the FAR, 13 CFR 121.103 talks about how the SBA determines affiliation.

As a competitor in the bidding process you have a right to challenge the size of other competitors and they can challenge you.  Any size protest must have credible evidence of an infraction before the SBA will commence a determination investigation.  If the SBA finds you affiliated you are forbidden from claiming small business status until there is a significant fracture of the entities involved.  If you wish to appeal a finding you may do so with the SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals.  There are certain timeframes for filing and you must provide evidence indicating there was an error in the determination but it may save your contracting future if you rely on being small.

SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals FAQ for Size Appeals

e-CFR link to 13.121.103  

Sample case attempting to appeal a size determination

Dennis Casey, Executive Director of CPTAC

We have been notified there is a new entity trying to take your money for federal registrations.  A couple of clients have received the following email

                Good Morning (NAME),

Your SAM registration for your CAGE Code (XXXXX) has been received and is in processing. The next step is to assign your company a Senior Case Manager whose function is to manually process all of your profile details in the various federal databases as required per Federal Acquisition Regulations.

For this, a $599 registration fee is immediately due and payable with any major credit card. Please find the attached document for your completion.

Simply click on the REVIEW DOCUMENTS button here to begin. Locate all fields highlighted in red and fill in the blanks as required. Upon receipt, a Senior Case Manager will follow up with you by email or phone to complete the process and ensure proper filings.


Thank you,

Danielle DeNatale
Junior Case Manager 
USWDS is registered but is not an active website.  I cannot find anything about the company online, so I assume them to be a fake front.  Be aware that this is only one of many entities trying to take your money for processes that are completely free.  If you ever receive a fishy email please forward to your PTAC counselor as we share any new attempts with our national network.
Be safe!!
Dennis Casey
Executive Director
Colorado PTAC
Colorado Springs Utilities is dedicated to creating a bright future for the community and would like to partner with local contractors to keep business in the Pikes Peak Region.
This workshop is geared toward local businesses and will provide opportunities to learn more about upcoming projects and doing business with Colorado Springs Utilities.
Topics to be addressed include:
  • An update on energy and water/wastewater projects you can bid on in 2018-2019.
  • Roundtable discussions with procurement staff and project managers.
When: 8 am – 10 am, February 15, 2018
Where: The Antlers Hotel Heritage Room, 4 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Cost: Free

Register Now!

Breakfast and parking validation in the hotel’s garage will be provided. 
For more information or questions, contact Colorado Springs Utilities at (719) 448-4800.

2018 Contracting Opportunities Fair – “Opening Doors”

Focusing on technology, construction, procurement, and supplier diversity
The fair is a place where agencies with upcoming contracting opportunities can connect with small businesses that may be a qualified match. Over 200 Front Range small to medium-sized businesses in various industries, stages of procurement, and capabilities join us for a full day of opportunities for connection. Our last event SOLD OUT, so be prepared for a packed venue!
Exhibitor Tables
  • A dedicated exhibitor table to showcase your business. Informal networking with agencies, organizations, fellow businesses, and attendees will happen throughout the day
  • Opportunities to take advantage of highly-curated one-on-one meetings with agencies, primes, and corporations who specifically fit  your capabilities (reserved only for businesses who purchase a table)
  • Tiered opportunities for sponsorship and exposure in our Event Program

Training Opportunities with DLA

If you have ever tried to sell to DLA you already know it can be a confusing path.  Thankfully, they do provide a lot of great free training on their systems and how to sell via the DIBBS process. Please refer to the list below of the many topics DLA Land and Maritime (Columbus OH) is offering. Note the TKO Seminar is an IN-RESIDENCE course taking place at the Columbus facility. It is a great opportunity to not only meet the people working at DLA but to see their facility.
– Dennis Casey, Executive Director, Colorado PTAC
Session Date(s)
Session Title
Qualified Product/Qualified Manufacturer List 2 -3 p.m. EST
Alternate Offers 2 -3 p.m. EST
First Article Testing/Product Lot Test 2 – 3 p.m. EST
Post Award Overview 2 – 3 p.m. EST
Kitting 2 – 3 p.m. EST
Resolving Issues with Orders 2 – 3 p.m. EST
Casting and Forging 2 – 3 p.m.
Doing Business with DLA 2 -3 p.m.
Past Performance Information Retrieval System 2:15 – 3:30 p.m. EST
Pricing 2 – 3 p.m.
DIBBS Quoting 2:15 – 3:30 p.m. EST
DIBBS Solicitations 2:15 – 3:30 p.m. EST
TKO Seminar
Getting Paid – Invoicing, Receipt, Acceptance, and Property Transfer 2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Packaging 2 – 3 p.m.
Technical Data Packages (Bid Sets and cFolders) 2 – 3 p.m. EST
Replenishment Parts Purchase or Borrow Program/Reverse Engineering 11 a.m. -12 p.m. EST

Email resume and cover letter to

Job Title: Procurement Counselor
Job Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Position Type: Full Time, Salary

The Procurement Counselor will deliver quality, cost-effective and expeditious counseling to Colorado PTAC clients for obtaining government contracts. This will include general counseling on business development, which involves knowledge of how to create professional relationships with government program managers and contracting officers, as well as with prime contractors. A working knowledge of best business practices specifically for performing on government contracts is required, which shall include a pragmatic knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulation, as well as State procurement regulations. Will work closely with community partners, including SBDCs, Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development organizations, Incubators, and local government entities.


• The Procurement Counselor shall adhere to a code of generally accepted standards of professional conduct
• The Procurement Counselor will conduct his/her professional activities in accordance with the highest standards of ethics and integrity and avoid any real or perceived conflicts of interest
• Counselor will exercise independent judgment and discretion
• Candidate shall be familiar with the life cycle of government(s) procurement process(es), and provide clients with the needed advice for success
• Shall coordinate and lead workshops on specific topics of interest in government procurement
• Shall review potential client responses to solicitations, including price comparison, conformity to Statement of Work, delivery terms, payment terms, and other terms and conditions of the procurement
• Provide guidance to the client in terms of setting up contracts or teaming arrangements for suppliers or subcontractors on a potential project
• Provide guidance on a variety of registrations and certifications such as the System for Award Management, SBA small business preference programs, etc.
• Seek out and participate in training venues to enhance personal knowledge
• Perform in-state travel IAW government travel regulations to provide services to clients in various locales
• Perform other out-of-state travel for training as directed, usually twice per year.
• Exercise good judgment in safeguarding confidential or sensitive information and adhere to high standards of confidentiality and honesty
• Plan, organize, prioritize and perform multiple tasks to perform job functions in an orderly, efficient manner
• Work independently with minimal supervision
• Review, proofread, and verify forms and financial documents for accuracy in calculation, coding, and adherence to policies and procedures
• Identify problems, analyze alternatives, and develop viable recommendations

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Compose written materials of moderate to complex difficulty on procurement related issues
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of assignment
• Perform detailed contractual and financial work with a high degree of accuracy
• Maintain knowledge and awareness of key players in various government procurement offices throughout the region and state
• Maintain knowledge and awareness of procurement practices and standards of various government procurement offices throughout the region and state
• Able to represent the PTAC as lead to various government procurement offices throughout the region and state

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

• BA/BS in Business Administration, Acquisition Management, or a related discipline, or equivalent experience
• 10 years of increased responsibility in the government procurement environment
• Education and experience may be traded off as appropriate by Executive Director
• Knowledge of government procurement principles and processes
• Possess advanced knowledge of government procurement which is customarily acquired by a prolonged course of specialized training in all aspects of government procurement.
• Ability to gain various APTAC or other Procurement Counselor certifications
• Proficiency in the use of software applications e.g. MSWord, Excel, Outlook, database management, and internet use
• Must be willing to travel to client counseling sites as needed
• Must be proficient and comfortable speaking to large and small groups of people
• Must be willing to reach out to PTAC Sponsors, Partners and Civic Groups to build awareness and support of PTAC Mission
• Read, comprehend and interpret written materials of moderate to complex difficulty

Email resume and cover letter to

2018 VIPR Solicitations
These 2018 VIPR solicitations will be posted to the FedBizOpps website at  on or about Jan 8, 2018. Electronic responses must be transmitted in the VIPR Vendor Application by 9:00 A.M. MST, March 15, 2018.  The links to the synopsis are below but the vendors will not be able to submit a quote until the actual solicitation is posted.  You can get enrolled and work with required registrations, though.
Helpful Vendor Web Links:
Getting Help: Contact the Interagency Incident Applications Helpdesk at (866) 224-7677 (press option 3 for VIPR / eAuth). The Interagency Incident Applications Helpdesk Web site is at