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Plan Ahead to Prevent Proposal Submission Issues, Says GAO

Story excerpt provided by smallgovcon.com. When submitting bids, contractors should always double check their proposal submission methods, whether it be a designated portal, email, or any other method, and do so well before the deadline. GAO recently had the opportunity to examine proposal submission issues related to a US Navy procurement, and did not show … Continue reading Plan Ahead to Prevent Proposal Submission Issues, Says GAO

GSA On Track to Release Consolidated MAS Program Schedule On First of October

Story excerpt provided by smallgovcon.com. This week, GSA announced it is on track to debut its Consolidated Multiple Acquisition Schedule (MAS) Program Schedule Solicitation on October 1. GSA also gave federal contractors planning to bid on the MAS a head start on the process by releasing a final draft solicitation and an updated industry FAQs … Continue reading GSA On Track to Release Consolidated MAS Program Schedule On First of October

Alert! SBA OHA Decides 3-Year Receipts Calculation Period Still Applies

Story excerpt provided by smallgovcon.com. Since being passed by Congress in late 2018, the Runway Extension Act has been the source of great confusion among small business contractors: would size under receipts-based NAICS codes be calculated under the 3-year calculation period set out in the SBA’s regulations, or under the new 5-year calculation period mandated … Continue reading Alert! SBA OHA Decides 3-Year Receipts Calculation Period Still Applies

GSA Releases Consolidated Schedule Solicitation Merging 24 Multiple Awards Schedules into Single Schedule

Story excerpt provided by gsa.gov. New consolidated Schedule solicitation makes it easier for customers to find and purchase solutions they need to meet their missions WASHINGTON - The U.S. General Services Administration today released its consolidated Schedule solicitation on Fed Biz Opps. The new solicitation modernizes federal acquisition by consolidating and streamlining the existing 24 … Continue reading GSA Releases Consolidated Schedule Solicitation Merging 24 Multiple Awards Schedules into Single Schedule

DOD releases unified cybersecurity standard for contractors

Story excerpt provided by fcw.com A draft of the unified cybersecurity standard model Defense Department contractors must follow was just released, and a senior official wants vendors to "tear it up" in the comments. Katie Arrington, DOD's chief information security officer for the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, announced the … Continue reading DOD releases unified cybersecurity standard for contractors

Commercial space companies have received $7.2 billion in government investment since 2000

Story excerpt provide by theverge.com Early investments from a government agency, like NASA or the Air Force, can be a crucial step in the evolution of commercial space companies from scrappy startups to successful businesses. That’s according to a new report from Space Angels, an investment firm focused on the space industry, which quantified how … Continue reading Commercial space companies have received $7.2 billion in government investment since 2000

Will defense contractors be ready for CMMC?

Story excerpt provided by fcw.com Defense contractors will face big changes and tight timelines over the next year as the Department of Defense rolls out its new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification framework, experts say. The framework, which aims to certify a company's compliance with federal cybersecurity regulations around controlled unclassified information (CUI), was announced by … Continue reading Will defense contractors be ready for CMMC?

NIST Updates SP 800-171 to Help Defend Sensitive Information from Cyberattack

Story excerpt provided by nist.gov An update to one of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) information security documents offers strategies to help protect sensitive information that is stored in computers supporting critical government programs and high value assets. The document, entitled Draft NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-171 Revision 2: Protecting Controlled Unclassified … Continue reading NIST Updates SP 800-171 to Help Defend Sensitive Information from Cyberattack

Risks of Cybersecurity Noncompliance Expand

Story excerpt provided by hklaw.com With increasing cybersecurity obligations placed on government contractors come expanding legal risks. Bid protests challenging agency evaluations of offerors' abilities to meet cybersecurity solicitation criteria are becoming more common. See, e.g., Systems Analysis & Integration, Inc., B-416899.2, 2019 Comp. Gen. Proc. Dec. ¶P15, January 2, 2019.  A federal district court … Continue reading Risks of Cybersecurity Noncompliance Expand