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National Defense Authorization Act Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)

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 -

Surprise, Surprise, Congress Does Listen — Well, Kind Of - An Analysis of NDAA Section 846’s Online Marketplace Provisions

An Analysis of NDAA Section 846’s Online Marketplace Provisions - There has been a lot of speculation about the future of commercial items purchasing within the federal Government since Representative Mac Thornberry...more

Analysis of the Current Draft 2018 NDAA

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This is the first blog post in a series of blogs analyzing the current draft of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as agreed-to by House and Senate negotiators on November 8, 2017. Stay tuned for additional...more

Enhanced DoD Debriefing Requirements in the Senate Version of the FY 2018 NDAA May Reduce Bid Protests

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

On September 18, 2017, the Senate passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) which authorizes nearly $700 billion in defense spending for Fiscal Year 2018 and contains significant procurement reform...more

FY 2018 Forecasts: Items of Interest in Contracting, Small Business, and M&A

In the final post of our 2018 Fiscal Year Forecast series, Kevin Mullen and Damien Specht focus on the use of Low Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) contracts, the mounting backlog of security clearance applications, the...more

Prime contractor found nonresponsible based on undisclosed vendor-vetting process - contingency contractors beware

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Contingency contractors should take note of a recent bid protest decision from the Government Accountability Office, which approved the Department of Defense's use of a special, non-transparent database to determine the...more

NDAA Section 811: New Waiver Authority—What Does It Mean?

by Blank Rome LLP on

The Senate’s markup of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) adds new language to 10 U.S.C. § 2304 that would give the Secretary of Defense authority to waive provisions of law that result in only one...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - July 2017 #3

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING - “Proposed Information Collection Request; Federal Contractor Veterans' Employment Report VETS-4212.” Federal Register, July 18, 2017. Retrieved from federalregister.gov. The Veterans'...more

What a New ‘Space Corps’ Military Branch Could Mean for Government Contractors

by Reed Smith on

The House and Senate Armed Services Committees recently completed their respective markups of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The House version requires the Pentagon to establish the “U.S. Space Corps” –...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - June 2017 #2

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING - “GSA Adds Hundreds of Small Businesses to the 8(a) STARS II GWAC Contract.”GSA Press Release, June 15, 2017. Retrieved from gsa.gov. The GSA 8(a) STARS II Governmentwide Acquisition Contract...more

Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update - January 2017

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Our January edition of “Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update” offers a summary of the relevant changes that took place during the month of December....more

Legislation Restores GAO Civilian Task Order Protest Jurisdiction (for Good this Time?), But Introduces New Differences Between...

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On December 8, 2016, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2017 previously passed by the House, and the legislation is pending President Obama’s signature. Once signed, Section 835 of the NDAA...more

Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update - December 2016

by Dentons on

We are pleased to bring you the December edition of “Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update,” a summary of the relevant changes that took place during the month of November. Highlights this month include...more

Take Note of This Law Regarding Small Business Offerors Under Multiple Award Contracts

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

The National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) for Fiscal Year 2016, which went into effect on November 25, 2015, contains some requirements regarding multiple award contracts that you might not know about. The 2016 NDAA...more

Developments in DoD’s Treatment of Commercial Item Assertions

by McCarter & English, LLP on

The passage of the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 and the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 saw the dawning of a new era in procurement policy, pursuant to which sweeping changes to the procurement laws and regulations...more

SBA Final Rule on Mentor-Protégé Programs for All Small Businesses Becomes Effective

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a long-awaited final rule establishing a new, expanded mentor-protégé program that will allow all types of small businesses to qualify as protégés, while retaining, but slightly...more

Five Recent Developments In Small Business Contracting Small and Large Government Contractors Should Know

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

While acquisition reform has garnered a great deal of attention in Congress and the Federal Executive Branch, small business contracting statutes and implementing regulations are significantly altering the federal acquisition...more

White House Announces Release of Final Contractor Blacklisting Rules: Phased Implementation for Prime Contractors and...

The long wait for the so-called “contractor blacklisting” rules is over. According to a fact sheet released by the White House, final regulations and guidance will be released on August 24, 2016 and published in the Federal...more

SBA Final Rule Adopts Changes to Subcontracting Limitations and Other Regulations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued a long-awaited final rule to implement certain small business-related provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA), including key changes in the...more

Contractor Blacklisting for Defense Contractors? The HASC Says “Not So Fast”

At last, we have a little good news for government contractors. By a vote of 34–28 taken late in the evening on April 27, 2016, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) adopted a measure that would block the application of...more

Amendments to the FAR on Tracking Corporate Performance, Representations, and Certifications

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Recently, the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) was amended to better track corporate performance of affiliated companies. In short, this is rule is likely designed to combat entities that had issues performing federal...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2016 #2

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Information on Corporate Contractor Performance and Integrity - DOD, GSA, and NASA issued a final rule amending the FAR to implement section 852 of the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2013 to include, in...more

Combating Trafficking in Persons (CTIPS): What Contractors Need to Know

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

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

Small Business Subcontracting Plans: End of Year Roundup

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

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

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

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

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

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

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