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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

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ITAR Compliance Crucial for Lower-Tier Suppliers

Story excerpt provided by National Defense Companies that supply products and services that are used in the defense sector increasingly are being asked by their customers whether they are “ITAR compliant” and if they can document this. Many mid-sized, second- and third-tier contractors and suppliers do not know how to respond to these requests, which … Continue reading ITAR Compliance Crucial for Lower-Tier Suppliers

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Using the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) in Grants.gov

Story excerpt provided by Grants.gov Applicant users who have registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) are now seeing their Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) within Grants.gov. The UEI is a 12-character unique number assigned to all entities (public and private companies, individuals, institutions, or organizations) who must register to do business with the federal … Continue reading Using the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) in Grants.gov

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FAA Updates Its Rules to Embrace HUBZone Program

Story excerpt provided by SmallGovCon.com. Until now, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) did not participate in the SBA’s Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) Contracting Program. But as of January 2021, it looks like that may be changing! Historically, the FAA did not incorporate any HUBZone goals into its Acquisition Management System (AMS) Contract Clauses. In … Continue reading FAA Updates Its Rules to Embrace HUBZone Program

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SAM Transition Update

Article by Ohio PTAC SAM and beta.SAM are merging. On April 26, 2021, beta.SAM.gov will get a “new look and feel.” On May 24, 2021, all of the current capabilities of SAM.gov will be moved to beta.SAM.gov before retiring the website for good. Once SAM.gov and beta.SAM.gov have been successfully merged, the new website will … Continue reading SAM Transition Update

COFC Confirms Rule of Two Analysis Applies Before Agency Decides to Utilize a Multiple-Award Vehicle

Story excerpt provided by jdsupra.com. On November 30, 2020, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC) issued a decision that supported the Small Business Administration’s position regarding the Rule of Two analysis requirements for government acquisitions.[1] The central question surrounding the case was whether the U.S. Army could cancel a Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part … Continue reading COFC Confirms Rule of Two Analysis Applies Before Agency Decides to Utilize a Multiple-Award Vehicle

Key Provisions in the 2021 NDAA for Government Contractors

Story excerpt provided by jdsupra.com. ‘Tis the season for holiday cheer and the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”).  The NDAA, commonly referred to as “must pass” legislation, is a key legislative vehicle that Congress uses each year to address a wide variety of issues, from defense spending to small business contracting matters.  And this year … Continue reading Key Provisions in the 2021 NDAA for Government Contractors

A Decade in Federal Discretionary Spending

Story excerpt provided by thepulsegovcon.com. The Government Contracting Industry is a complex marketplace. No other industry is as dependent on the successes and failures of Federal policy, regulation, and Congressional leadership. Our ecosystem lives or dies by it. Elements of the sector ebb and flow depending not only on the needs wants, whims, and votes … Continue reading A Decade in Federal Discretionary Spending