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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

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

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

Agencies May Use “On-Ramps” Under BPAs, GAO Confirms – SmallGovCon

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The government can add new Blanket Purchase Agreements through an “on-ramp” provision contained in the FAR, according to a recent GAO bid protest decision.

Source: Agencies May Use “On-Ramps” Under BPAs, GAO Confirms – SmallGovCon

SDVOSB Set-Aside or Not? GAO Sustains Protest of Ambiguous VA Solicitation – SmallGovCon

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A VA solicitation indicated on the cover sheet that it was an SDVOSB set-aside, but the solicitation omitted the mandatory VAAR SDVOSB set-aside clause. The GAO sustained a protest, holding that the solicitation was patently ambiguous.

Source: SDVOSB Set-Aside or Not? GAO Sustains Protest of Ambiguous VA Solicitation – SmallGovCon

Federal Circuit Affirms Sole-Source Justification – SmallGovCon

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The Federal Circuit overturned a bid protest decision issued by the Court of Federal Claims and held that a sole source justification was not improper.

Source: Federal Circuit Affirms Sole-Source Justification – SmallGovCon

SBA Size Appeals: Parent Cannot File for Subsidiary – SmallGovCon

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An SBA size appeal with the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals cannot be filed by the parent company of a company found to be “other than small,” according to a recent SBA OHA size appeal decision.

Source: SBA Size Appeals: Parent Cannot File for Subsidiary – SmallGovCon

FAR & DFARS Have 27 Distinct Definitions of “Subcontract” – SmallGovCon

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The FAR and DFARS define the term “subcontract” in 27 distinct ways, according to the Section 809 acquisition reform panel’s first report.

Source: FAR & DFARS Have 27 Distinct Definitions of “Subcontract” – SmallGovCon

DoD Small Business Contracts Have Dropped 70% Since FY 2011, Acquisition Reform Panel Says – SmallGovCon

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DoD small business contract actions have dropped 70% since Fiscal Year 2011, according to the Section 809 Panel, an advisory panel appointed by Congress to make recommendations for improving federal government contracting policies and processes.

Source: DoD Small Business Contracts Have Dropped 70% Since FY 2011, Acquisition Reform Panel Says – SmallGovCon

5 Things You Should Know: HUBZone Program (The Basics) – SmallGovCon

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An introduction to SBA’s HUBZone program.

Source: 5 Things You Should Know: HUBZone Program (The Basics) – SmallGovCon

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