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Federal Contractor Numbering System Gets First New Managing Vendor After 20 Years

Story excerpt provided by Nextgov Written by Aaron Boyd A new vendor is taking over management of the vendor verification system run through the General Services Administration, ending a 20-year dynasty for the company that established the Data Universal Numbering System, or DUNS. Through the Integrated Award Environment, GSA issues each vendor or organization that does business with … Continue reading Federal Contractor Numbering System Gets First New Managing Vendor After 20 Years

GAO Continues to Expand the Scope of “Prototypes” DoD May Buy Through OTs

Story excerpt provided by JD Supra Written by Morrison & Foerster LLP – Government Contracts Insights The most common question we hear from clients about the recent boom in the Department of Defense’s spending on other transactions, or OTs, is a simple one:  How can I get in on the action?  Understandably, OTs – essentially … Continue reading GAO Continues to Expand the Scope of “Prototypes” DoD May Buy Through OTs

The Large Business Runway Extension Act: For Some Contractors, New Five-Year Size Period Will Backfire

Story excerpt provided by SmallGovCon Written by Steven Koprince The House and Senate have passed the “Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018,” which appears poised to become law in the coming days.  As my colleague Matt Moriarty has written, the bill would amend the SBA’s small business size rules to use a five-year average, instead of a … Continue reading The Large Business Runway Extension Act: For Some Contractors, New Five-Year Size Period Will Backfire

Pentagon Considers Cybersecurity Certification for Its Contractors

Story excerpt provided by NextGov Written by Aaron Boyd In cybersecurity, you’re only as strong as your weakest link. For the Defense Department, the area with the fewest cyber protections are the defense contractors the department works with, particularly the small businesses that don’t have the expertise or resources to build a robust security posture. … Continue reading Pentagon Considers Cybersecurity Certification for Its Contractors

SBA Proposes Significant Changes to Its Small Business Regulations

Story excerpt provided by JD Supra Written by Samuel Finnerty On December 4, 2018, the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued a proposed rule (“Rule”) to implement several provisions of the National Defense Authorization Acts (“NDAA”) of 2016 and 2017 and the Recovery Improvements for Small Entities After Disaster Act of 2015 (“RISE Act”), as well as … Continue reading SBA Proposes Significant Changes to Its Small Business Regulations

Big Changes in the HUBZone Program Coming in 2019 – Set-Aside Alert

Story excerpt provided by JD Supra Written by Megan Connor Published by Set-Aside Alert: The Small Business Administration published its long-awaited proposed rule overhauling the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program on Oct. 31. Comments to the proposed rule are due Dec. 31, making it likely a final rule will be published in 2019. This … Continue reading Big Changes in the HUBZone Program Coming in 2019 – Set-Aside Alert

New Decision Clarify Small Business Minority Shareholder Protections

Story excerpt provided by Morrison & Foerster’s Government Contracts Insights Written by Damien Specht, James Tucker, Steven Cave and Victoria Dalcourt Angle One of the easiest small business affiliation rules to apply is that a person that owns “50 percent or more of a concern’s voting stock . . . controls or has the power to … Continue reading New Decision Clarify Small Business Minority Shareholder Protections

Marketing Your Small Business for Sole Source Awards

Story excerpt provided by JD Supra Written by Julia Di Vito The federal government is increasingly using nontraditional ways to spend its money, such as purchasing goods and services through “other transaction authority,” which we recently wrote about and which does not require traditional competitive award procedures. Another alternative to traditional procurement by competition is … Continue reading Marketing Your Small Business for Sole Source Awards

Other Transaction Authority: What Is It and How Can I Get It?

Story excerpt provided by JD Supra Written by Megan Connor If you followed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (“FY 2018 NDAA”) or the recent cloud computing award to REAN Cloud, you likely heard the term “other transaction authority,” but may have wondered what it means. The term is an invention of … Continue reading Other Transaction Authority: What Is It and How Can I Get It?