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The FAR Will Soon Allow Small Business Set-Asides Outside the US

Story excerpt provided by SmallGovCon Small business federal contractors may soon want to think about getting new luggage. The FAR will be updated to allow for – but not require – small business set-asides in overseas procurements. This has the potential to open up a substantial number of contracting opportunities to small businesses who have … Continue reading The FAR Will Soon Allow Small Business Set-Asides Outside the US

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Industrial Expansion: Proposed New Size Standards for Manufacturing and Other Industries with Employee-Based Size Standards

Story excerpt provided by SmallGovCon The SBA’s regulations state it will examine monetary-based size standards (e.g., receipts, net income, assets) at least once every five years and determine if adjustments are needed to those standards at such time. 13 C.F.R. § 121.102. But what about employee-based size standards? In fact, the same rule applies for … Continue reading Industrial Expansion: Proposed New Size Standards for Manufacturing and Other Industries with Employee-Based Size Standards

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VA rolls out new website to streamline contracting, innovation

Story excerpt provided by Federal News Network The Department of Veterans Affairs has a new digital one-stop shop for contractors looking to work with the VA. Michael Parrish, chief acquisition officer and principal executive director at VA, said the new Pathfinder site will help vendors that haven’t worked with VA before get certified through SAM.gov. … Continue reading VA rolls out new website to streamline contracting, innovation

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The ballet known as post award debriefings gets a new tu-tu

Story excerpt provided by Federal News Network After a lot of cogitation, the Defense Department last month finalized revised rules for contract award debriefings, informational sessions where losing contractors can, in theory, find out why they lost. In this interview on Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Jenner and Block attorney Carla Weiss discusses the significant … Continue reading The ballet known as post award debriefings gets a new tu-tu

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More DoD contracting dollars are going to shrinking pool of small businesses

Story excerpt provided by Federal News Network The Defense Department has been steadily increasing the number of contracting dollars it directs to small business. But the number of small businesses it works with is dropping. For the Government Accountability Office, that indicates a need to better coordinate the department’s many efforts to promote small business. … Continue reading More DoD contracting dollars are going to shrinking pool of small businesses

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Once bracing for a spike in demand, CMMC AB now worries about a shortage

Story excerpt provided by FedScoop The Department of Defense’s recent dramatic paring down of its contractor cyber requirements could collapse the market of cybersecurity assessors, the CEO of the accreditation body tasked with setting up that market told FedScoop. David McKeown, the DOD’s chief information security officer, said Wednesday that the number of companies that … Continue reading Once bracing for a spike in demand, CMMC AB now worries about a shortage

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Event highlights opportunities for women-owned business

Story excerpt provided by Edwards Air Force Base WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Opportunities abound for women-owned small business in the Air Force, and the Air Force Materiel Command Small Business office is on a mission to make those possibilities known. The small business office, in partnership with the Wright Brothers Institute located in … Continue reading Event highlights opportunities for women-owned business

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Small Businesses Critical to DOD Mission, Official Says

Story excerpt provided by DOD NEWS Small businesses are agile and innovative, and every day they provide value in their contributions as prime and sub-tier suppliers to the defense mission, the director of the Defense Department's Office of Small Business Programs said. And there's no question that the warfighter is benefiting from their capabilities on … Continue reading Small Businesses Critical to DOD Mission, Official Says

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Report: Army Doing Poor Job Communicating its Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Needs

Story excerpt provided by National Defense The Army could leverage the burgeoning U.S. truck market for its tactical-wheeled vehicle needs if it could do a better job of communicating with manufacturers, a Government Accountability Office report released July 15 said. “The Army does not always communicate information about future plans in a coordinated manner or … Continue reading Report: Army Doing Poor Job Communicating its Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Needs

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Hasten CMMC Compliance Through Zero-Trust

Story excerpt provided by National Defense It’s hard to have a conversation about cybersecurity these days without hearing about “zero trust,” a cybersecurity design philosophy that, although conceptualized over a decade ago, has reemerged as contemporary wisdom among security practitioners in both government and industry. Zero trust has risen to prominence in the post-COVID world … Continue reading Hasten CMMC Compliance Through Zero-Trust