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GSA signals new cyber rules for contractors — FCW

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The General Services Administration plans to bolster cybersecurity protections and reporting requirements for vendors that access its unclassified systems and the sensitive data on them.

Source: GSA signals new cyber rules for contractors — FCW

5 steps to stand out from the crowd in 2018 — Washington Technology

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It’s Friday afternoon and I get a call from a friend asking for a brief overview of fiscal 2018 IT spending. They need it ASAP for a presentation next week. I email two friends at BGov and they get back to me within an hour with five perfect slides.

Source: 5 steps to stand out from the crowd in 2018 — Washington Technology

VA Improperly Allowed Bidder to Revise Its Bid

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PNWC's Government Contracting Update

What would you do if you found that you had made a significant mistake in a bid submitted to the Government? A mistake so material that it could jeopardize your financial position.Would you ask to be allowed to revise your bid? Would you request that it be disregarded? There is a provision in the FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulations) that allow bidders to correct mistakes. However, the criteria for allowing that is very restrictive.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: VA Improperly Allowed Bidder to Revise Its Bid

Are your proposal review teams derailing the win? | Lohfeld

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It’s Thursday. Time for another proposal color team review. The Proposal Manager is faced with one of these all-too-familiar scenarios.

Source: Are your proposal review teams derailing the win? | Lohfeld

VA Proposes Elimination of SDVOSB Ownership & Control Rules – SmallGovCon

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The VA has proposed eliminating its SDVOSB and VOSB ownership and control regulations, and will follow the SBA’s regulatory eligibility requirements for SDVOSBs and VOSBs.

Source: VA Proposes Elimination of SDVOSB Ownership & Control Rules – SmallGovCon

Congressman Wants Agencies to Compile More Data

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PNWC's Government Contracting Update

Are contractors (and subcontractors) harmed financially because the Government can’t (or won’t) definitize change orders in a reasonable amount of time? Are small business contractors more harmed than non-small businesses? That seems to be the case based on legislation recently introduced in the House by Congressman Bacon (Nebraska).

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: Congressman Wants Agencies to Compile More Data

David Berteau: DoD to verify how contractors control unclassified data – FederalNewsRadio.com

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The Pentagon last year started asking contractors to update their policies and procedures for how they handle controlled, unclassified government data on their own computers. Now contractors are asking what their obligations are this year, and the Defense Department is even going to verify compliance. David Berteau, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Source: David Berteau: DoD to verify how contractors control unclassified data – FederalNewsRadio.com

Bid Protests on DoD Awards are Relatively Rare

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PNWC's Government Contracting Update

The Department of Defense (DoD) commissioned a study by RAND Corporation, a federally funded research and development center, to assess the prevalence and impact of bid protests on DoD acquisitions.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: Bid Protests on DoD Awards are Relatively Rare

Behind the curtain: A look at the government’s hidden market | Lohfeld

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By now, federal contractors realize that they must own multiple award contracts to compete in the $95 billion federal market. (If we subtract classified spending from this figure, fiscal 2017 IT spending topped $80 billion).

Source: Behind the curtain: A look at the government’s hidden market | Lohfeld

Agencies Cannot Circumvent AbilityOne by Bundling, GAO Confirms – SmallGovCon

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The FAR mandates that agencies use the AbilityOne program to award contracts for items on the AbilityOne procurement list to qualified nonprofits. The purpose of the program is to increase employment and training opportunities for persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities.

Source: Agencies Cannot Circumvent AbilityOne by Bundling, GAO Confirms – SmallGovCon

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