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Be Prepared for FY17 with NOAALink Training

Whether you are new to the NOAALink acquisition process or have a sense of it from prior experience, NOAALink training for FY17 has something for everyone. We cover the steps you need to know – with updated information for the current year – and give you the floor so you can ask specific questions and gain additional insight.

We have posted the FY17 training schedule on the NOAALink website. NOAALink training includes Continuing Education Units and we accommodate group training requests for your office and one-on-one training. We offer training covering:

To sign up for NOAALink training sessions or to view training materials, visit the Training page.


Web Address Change for NOAALink Worksheet Online Form

Consistent with Department of Commerce policy, the NOAALink Worksheet online form was moved to a .gov domain effective March 15, 2016. Links to the form have been updated on the NOAALink website. If you have bookmarked the old web address, please update your bookmark. The new web address for the NOAALink Worksheet online form is: https://www.nlkreqs.noaa.gov/Worksheet.aspx


Late Acquisition Process Memo and Form
NOTICE: 2017 Acquisition Cutoff Dates Apply to NOAALink Requirements

In order to meet fiscal year 2016 acquisition deadlines, you must route your requisition in C.Request to the NOAALink Program Office (NPO) at least five (5) business days prior to the acquisition cutoff dates published on the AGO website. NPO will approve requisitions according to our established process; however, your acquisition office may return C.Requests if a late acquisition memo is required. See the AGO FY17 Late Acquisition and Grants Request Memorandum for more information.

The timing of your requisition must also be compliant with Procurement Administrative Lead Time (PALT). PALT is set forth in the Commerce Acquisition Manual Section 1307.1, Appendix C and should be considered in the context of the cutoff dates.

Until an acquisition strategy is determined by AGO (i.e., core contract award, GSA order, GWAC, stand-alone negotiated contract, etc.), all NOAALink customers must assume the earliest relevant cutoff date applies.


NOAALink Small Business Industry Day

NOAA’s Acquisitions and Grants Office (AGO) and Office of the CIO (OCIO) hosted a NOAALink Small Business Industry Day on Monday, June 2, 2014. This event was an opportunity for interested Small Business companies to learn more about the NOAALink Program and the Information Technology (IT) organizations it supports. Attendance at this event was not required for eligibility to bid should these requirements be offered on solicitation.

Refer to the links below for additional information.

NOAALink Small Business Industry Day Presentation Slides

NOAALink Small Business Industry Day Company Attendee List

NOAALink Small Business Industry Day Questions


NOAALink Expands Acquisition Processing

Recently, NOAA's Acquisition and Grants Office (AGO) extended NOAALink acquisition processing authority to include regularly servicing (or local) acquisition offices and field delegates.

What has changed?

What hasn’t changed?

Each IT procurement within NOAALink scope requires a NOAALink worksheet and a C.Request routed to the NOAALink Program Office (NPO) for approval. Out-of-scope requirements still include micro-purchases, office supplies, and PCs and accessories (available on the Department of Commerce portal).

How will I know whether to submit my requisition to NLK, my regularly servicing acquisition office, or a field delegate?

Check the Comments field in your C.Request for guidance on submitting to SSAD (NLK), your regularly servicing acquisition office, or field delegate.

Who is my regularly servicing acquisition office?

It is the acquisition office you rely on for your other acquisition needs. If directed by NOAALink, submit your requisition to your regularly servicing acquisition office rather than SSAD.

How do I submit a request through a field delegate?

Get prior approval within your organization’s established procedures to identify a field delegate and indicate as such on the NOAALink worksheet. If you have that approval, you will NOT need to include NOAALink-specific information in your requisition (i.e., Recommended COR, Object Class code, NOAALink fee CLIN). You will need to include the NOAALink worksheet in your requisition and route your requisition to NPO for review.