As FY 2016 came to a close, the FAR Council backed up their regulation truck and dumped ten new amendments onto government contractors. Many of them are final versions of interim rules. Still, that’s a lot of stuff to sift.
If you’ve ever digitally strolled through the GSA’s eTools portal, you know the agency offers apps that help agencies do everything from calculating labor rates to their own carbon footprints. The IT Solutions Navigator will help COs find optimum contracts.
Two years ago, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) announced the consolidation-of-contracts strategy known as category management (CM). No one knew how well the strategy would work. But, $2 billion in contract savings later, the verdict appears to be in.
On September 23, 2016, the DoD published proposed amendments to DFARS that would alter the agency’s Mentor-Protégé Program. The changes are in response to the NDAA 2016 requirement to overhaul the Defense Department’s small business version of the popular program.
Now that Congress managed to do the bare minimum to keep the federal government open for a few months, we can turn to other issues — like security clearances. For that, the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) will soon open.
In The American President, fictional Leader of the Free World, Andrew Shepard, says a Nobel-winning economist taught him “never have an airline strike at Christmas.” Something similar could be said about shutting down the government right before a Presidential election.
The Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) has always been sort of a contractor’s IRS. But, the agency also provides tools and information intended to help vendors stay out of trouble. In that vein, DCAA has updated its Contract Audit Manual.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took to the Senate floor Thursday afternoon to schedule a vote on funding the government through Dec. 9th. The vote is expected take place next week – but, only if Democrats come on board.
Remember the new overtime rules that had you grumbling? You weren’t the only one. More than 55 state and national business groups have filed lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the new rules – and that doesn’t include the state governments.
The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) program has been helping small and disadvantaged businesses compete in the federal marketplace for over thirty years. Recently, however, the program’s constitutionality was challenged – again. And, once again, it survived – for now.