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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

GSA Introduces Vendor Risk Assessment Program in Draft Solicitation

Story excerpt provided by Nextgov.com. The SolarWinds hack seems to be breathing new life into the supply chain security effort. The General Services Administration could soon start requiring on-site assessments of certain federal contractors under a new program to scrutinize risks to the supply chain. Tucked into the draft of a new governmentwide acquisition vehicle … Continue reading GSA Introduces Vendor Risk Assessment Program in Draft Solicitation

Cybersecurity and Government Contracting: False Claims Act Considerations

Story excerpt provided by insidegovernmentcontracts.com. As the recent SolarWinds Orion attack makes clear, cybersecurity will be a focus in the coming years for both governmental and non-governmental entities alike. In the federal contracting community, it has long been predicted that the government’s increased cybersecurity requirements will eventually lead to a corresponding increase in False Claims … Continue reading Cybersecurity and Government Contracting: False Claims Act Considerations

DOD to Try Out Its Vulnerability Disclosure Program with Contractors

Story excerpt provided by Nextgov.com. The Defense Department’s Cyber Crime Center will soon be accepting applications for a limited number of companies within the defense industrial base to benefit from security researchers already working for the department. “If you're a small to medium sized DIB company and are interested in attending an industry day on … Continue reading DOD to Try Out Its Vulnerability Disclosure Program with Contractors

CMMC Update: Details on Certification Infrastructure and COTS Products

Story excerpt provided by smallgovcon.com The framework for the DOD’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) process continues to move forward. Here’s an update on what’s currently happening with the CMMC that includes a few more details the DOD and the independent CMMC Accreditation Body have recently released about the nuts and bolts of the certification … Continue reading CMMC Update: Details on Certification Infrastructure and COTS Products