National Defense Authorization Act

The National Defense Authorization Act is a United States federal statute enacted each year to specify the budget and expenditures of the Department of Defense. The NDAA identifies which agencies are responsible... more +
The National Defense Authorization Act is a United States federal statute enacted each year to specify the budget and expenditures of the Department of Defense. The NDAA identifies which agencies are responsible for national defense, provides funding for those agencies and includes instructions on proper use of the funds.  less -
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Combating Trafficking in Persons (CTIPS): What Contractors Need to Know

Objectives - - Explore the requirements of FAR subpart 22.17 - Understand what it means to participate in trafficking in persons - Define prohibited conduct for contractors, subcontractors, and employees...more

SBA Issues Final Rule on ITVAR “Footnote 18” Exception

On January 26, 2016, the Small Business Administration (SBA) published in the Federal Register a final rule modifying the employee-based size standards for 36 industries and sub-industries that are not part of North American...more

Notable Small Business Provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act for 2016

This is a brief summary of some of the provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that will affect small businesses. Definitely a nutshell version of the NDAA, which is published online, and a tad more...more

SBA Seeks Comment on WOSB Certification Process

Today, SBA released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking, which will amend the WOSB Program certification process. In the 2015 NDAA, Congress directed SBA to end self-certification for WOSBs and EDWOSBs and implement a...more

Small Business Subcontracting Plans: End of Year Roundup

If you have been following the latest news on subcontracting plan requirements, you will know that the landscape has been rapidly shifting over the past year. In response to various statutory mandates from Congress, both SBA...more

Small Business Goodies in the National Defense Authorization Act

Often the House and Senate Small Business Committees utilize the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to effectuate changes for small business. The NDAA must pass each year, so it is a useful vehicle upon which to...more

Comments on the Proposed Rule Regarding Credit for Lower Tier Small Business Subcontracting

Dear Ms. Fernandez: We are writing to submit comments on the above-referenced Proposed Rule, issued October 6, 2015, 80 Fed. Reg. 60,300, to amend the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) regulations pertaining...more

End of Year Legislative Agenda

With the House and Senate in recess this week for the Thanksgiving holiday, there are now only a very limited number of scheduled legislative days left for the year – 12 in the House and 15 in the Senate – and there is...more

Washington, D.C. Update – November 2015

In the final week of October, congressional leaders and the White House reached an agreement on a wide variety of measures to "clean the barn" for Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) successor. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015...more

Alert: Department of Defense Finalizes Cybersecurity Rule Impacting IT Contractors

On October 30, 2015, the Department of Defense ("DoD") issued a new rule, Requirements Relating to Supply Chain Risk, requiring its agencies to evaluate cybersecurity risks when considering contractors who provide Information...more

The SBA Offers Some Specifics on the Expansion of the Mentor-Protégé Program

As many of you already know, back in February 2015, the SBA issued its long-awaited proposed rule aimed at expanding its mentor-protégé program. The proposed regulations implement changes introduced by the Jobs Act of 2010...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - October 2015 #3

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Evaluating Reasonableness of Price for Commercial Items - The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a proposed rule on August 3, 2015 to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation...more

More Cybersecurity Rules

This update will cover two things: (1) the new (yes, again) Department of Defense cybersecurity interim/final rule on reporting cyber incidents by contractors / subcontractors and (2) the money to fund these new rules and...more

Update: SBA Proposed Rule and Size Protest on a Task Order

This update will briefly cover a size protest on a task order (with a basic review) and a proposed SBA rule regarding other than small prime contractors getting small business credit for awards made to small business...more

President Obama directs key US agencies to prepare for sanctions waivers under the JCPOA

On October 18, 2015, President Obama published a memorandum to the Secretaries of State, the Treasury, Commerce, and Energy instructing them to prepare to implement the US’s commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - October 2015 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Federal Acquisition Regulation: Simplified Acquisition Threshold for Overseas Acquisitions - The Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and NASA have issued a proposed rule to...more

Washington, D.C. Update – October 2015

House Leadership Elections: Republican House leadership changes remain in flux in the wake of Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) decision to retire and the unexpected delay of the vote to select his successor. House Majority...more

Now to End of 2015 – What to Expect?

Funding Crisis Averted & New Leadership in the House: A week ago no one could have predicted that the biggest story in Washington this week would not be the last minute avoidance of a government shutdown by passage of a...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2015 #3

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Detection and Avoidance of Counterfeit Electronic Parts - The Department of Defense (DOD), Defense Acquisition Regulations System, proposed a...more

Proposed rule clarifies contractor requirements for counterfeit electronic part detection and avoidance

Yesterday, September 21, 2015, the Department of Defense (DOD) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would amend the Department of Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS) to further implement Section 818 of the...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2015 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors, Notice of Rate Change In Effect as of January 1, 2016 - The Department of Labor (DOL) issued a notice to announce the applicable minimum wage rate...more

SBA’s Final Rule on Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program

A final rule has been released by the Small Business Administration regarding women-owned small businesses. This rule is effective October 14, 2015. - The rule makes changes to the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)...more

New Opportunities for Women-Owned Small Businesses

The Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued a finale rule, on September 14, 2015, implementing Section 825 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 to allow the federal government to issue sole...more

SBA Issues Final Rule on WOSB/EDWOSB Sole Source Authority

The SBA published the final rule to establish the procedures whereby Federal agencies may award sole source contracts to WOSBs and EDWOSBs. Under the rule, a contracting officer may award a sole source contract to a WOSB or...more

Interim rule requires Department of Defense contractors to report cyber breaches

Companies doing business with the U.S. Department of Defense are facing new requirements for reporting data security breaches and for acquiring cloud computing services. The Interim Rule, effective August 26, 2015, amends the...more

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