Civilian Agencies May Increase Simplified Acquisition and Micro-Purchase Thresholds

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Civilian agencies may issue class deviations to quickly implement provisions of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act increasing the micro-purchase threshold to $10,000 and the simplified acquisition threshold to $250,000.

In a memorandum for civilian agencies issued on February 16, the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council says that agencies may elect to adopt interim authority allowing their Contracting Officers to take advantage of these higher thresholds, even as the FAR Council goes through the formal process of codifying those changes.

Source: SmallGovCon – Legal News and Notes for Small Government Contractors

Another “Rent-a-Vet” Scheme Uncovered and Prosecuted

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The Justice Department announced last week that a business owner who falsely represented his company as owned and controlled by a service-disabled veteran was convicted of that crime. In this case, the “rent-a-vet” was the owner’s own father-in-law who was disabled alright, but was in no condition to exert even a nominal amount of management responsibilities, much less 51 percent.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: Another “Rent-a-Vet” Scheme Uncovered and Prosecuted

5 Things You Should Know: Claims – SmallGovCon

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As a contractor, you strive to do the best job for the fairest price and to develop a good working relationship with the government. But in government contracts—like in any other—disputes sometimes arise. So what’s the best way to protect your interests under the contract?

Here are five things you should know about the basics of claims:

Source: 5 Things You Should Know: Claims – SmallGovCon

Modern and effective government procurement systems

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Procurement is a critical, but often overlooked, element of government operations. Indeed, it is the fuel for the government engine—delivering the products, services, and solutions that agencies and their personnel need to better serve the public.

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SBA Size Protests: Subsidiary Couldn’t File for Parent – SmallGovCon

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A subsidiary cannot file an SBA size protest on behalf of its parent company.

Source: SBA Size Protests: Subsidiary Couldn’t File for Parent – SmallGovCon

NDAA Lobbying Restrictions – No As Onerous As Many Seem to Fear – Government Contracts Legal Forum

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There is a substantial amount of confusion and concern about Section 1045 of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), entitled “Prohibition on lobbying activities with respect to the Department of Defense by certain officers of the Armed Forces and civilian employees of the Department following separation from military service or employment with the Department.”  As with other acquisition-oriented, late breaking additions to the NDAA in years past (like acquisition prohibitions following felony convictions of companies or principals that were so broad that an executive speeding 15 miles an hour over the limit in Virginia, which is a felony, could eliminate the company from eligibility for contracts), guidance in Section 1045 is not as complete as industry would like.  But the rule is not terribly burdensome, either.

Source: NDAA Lobbying Restrictions – No As Onerous As Many Seem to Fear – Government Contracts Legal Forum

New vendors join FedRAMP Connect — GCN

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The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program has selected the next group of vendors for the FedRAMP Connect program, which prioritizes cloud service providers to work with the Joint Authorization Board based on governmentwide demand, applicability for cross-agency use and system  security.

FedRAMP received about 40 applications for the ATO prioritization and eventually selected five vendors and services:

Source: New vendors join FedRAMP Connect — GCN

Trey Hodgkins: Contractors see stability, opportunity in 2019 budget request

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Federal agencies may have had mixed reactions to the President’s budget request. But among contractors, the feeling is tilted towards the positive. They see stability, and they see hits of opportunity in the forthcoming president’s management agenda. Trey Hodgkins, senior vice president for the public sector at the Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Radio to provide more details.

Source: Trey Hodgkins: Contractors see stability, opportunity in 2019 budget request

Bridge Contract Transparency and Accountability Act

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Senator McCaskill (Missouri) recently introduced the Bridge Contract Transparency and Accountability Act of 2018. If passed and signed into law, the Bill will require Agencies to limit the use of Bridge contracts and the FAR Councils to report on how prevalent such contracts are used.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: Bridge Contract Transparency and Accountability Act

Are personalities ruling your color team reviews? | Lohfeld

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There are anywhere from four to 16 different personality types depending on your Google search results. In the context of proposal color team reviews, proposal managers and review team leads have probably encountered quite a medley of non-constructive participants who seem to do everything in their power to impede progress. Adding to this problem is the increase in virtual review meetings. When reviewers are not physically present, they often exhibit different (ruder) personality types than they would in person.

Source: Are personalities ruling your color team reviews? | Lohfeld

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