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Panoptic Enterprises' FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: December 22, 2003

SUBJECT: PRO-Net and Central Contractor Registration Databases Integrated

SOURCE: SBA Press Release issued December 22, 2003

AGENCIES: SBA, Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

ACTION: Notice

SUMMARY: SBA, DOD, GSA, and OMB announced that they are taking steps to integrate the PRO-Net database (SBA's database of small businesses interested in contracting with the government) and CCR database (DOD's database of all contractors interested in contracting with the government) "to create one portal for entering and searching small business sources, and to assist small businesses with marketing their goods and services to the federal government."

EDITOR'S NOTE: The CCR is implemented in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 4.11, Central Contractor Registration. CCR is on the Internet at http://www.ccr.gov.

For more on CCR, see the October 1, 2003, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2001-16, Miscellaneous Amendments," particularly Item (1)."

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tiffani Clements, 202-401-0035.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The CCR/PRO-Net integration is part of a comprehensive effort to transfer PRO-Net's functions to the e-Gov Business Partner Network (BPN) to simplify governmentwide vendor registration. The BPN is part of the Integrated Acquisition Environment (http://egov.gsa.gov), which GSA is developing to carry out OMB's mandate for new processes to streamline federal acquisition by creating common integrated business processes for buyers and sellers in the federal marketplace. The BPN already has incorporated the CCR database, and registration in CCR is now a requirement for all federal contractors. On January 1, 2004, CCR will assume all of PRO-Net's search capabilities and functions -- small businesses will no longer need to register in both PRO-Net and CCR.

Procuring agencies and contracting officers who rely on PRO-Net as the authoritative source for vendors that are certified in SBA's 8(a) business development program, Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) contracting program, and small disadvantaged business (SDB) program will now access this information through CCR. To conduct market research and confirm eligibility for SBA's procurement preference programs, users will go to http://www.ccr.gov and click on "Dynamic Small Business Search." All the search options and information that existed in PRO-Net is now in the "Dynamic Small Business Search."

Within SBA, PRO-Net will be superseded by the Small Business Source System (SBSS), an internal database of businesses certified by SBA as participants in the 8(a), HUBZone, and SDB programs. Businesses will no longer have to self-certify as small businesses. The SBSS will perform calculations to determine whether companies are small based on employment or revenue information entered into CCR. Firms will update their records on the CCR Update page and will follow the links and directions found there.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to Panoptic@FedGovContracts.com.

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