Draft 2020 NDAA Changes Mandatory DoD Debriefings and Permanently Authorizes DoD Mentor-Protégé Program

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On June 11, the House Armed Services Committee published its draft of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which was updated June 19. Among other proposed sections impacting small business contractors which will be discussed in future blog posts, the draft reduces the monetary threshold for comprehensive Department of Defense debriefings and renews the DoD’s Mentor-Protégé Program.

SOURCE: Draft 2020 NDAA Changes Mandatory DoD Debriefings and Permanently Authorizes DoD Mentor-Protégé Program

What are Undefinitized Contract Actions?

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PNWC's Government Contracting Update

This is an update to previously posted articles on Undefinitized Contract Actions. To read previous posts, see Undefinitized Contract Actions (UCAs) and Undefinitized Contract Actions? Government May Lower Profit Percentages.

SOURCE: What are Undefinitized Contract Actions?

The feds and the small business owners | Federal News Network

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When people complain about “the government” they are often talking about their state, county or municipal governments, not feds here in the Washington, D.C. swamp. But sometimes it’s that too.

Source: The feds and the small business owners | Federal News Network

SBA Issues Proposed Rule Implementing Small Business Runway Extension Act

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On Monday, June 24, SBA will issue its long-awaited proposed rule implementing the Small Business Runway Extension Act. We intend to explore the proposed rule and the accompanying commentary more fully over the next few days (as we have been doing over the past few months), but we wanted to provide a quick update to our readers on the main changes in the proposed rule.

SOURCE: SBA Issues Proposed Rule Implementing Small Business Runway Extension Act

GSA Announces Plans to Consolidate MAS Contracts and Asks for Industry Feedback

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The General Services Administration is conducting market research for its planned consolidation of the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Program. Earlier this month, GSA publicly announced the new single solicitation format, including streamlined terms and conditions, and its intention to collect feedback from government contractors in the industry. According to GSA, the consolidation is part of its two-year modernization process for the program that began in November of 2018. The consolidated MAS solicitation is scheduled for release later this year. And if you have concerns or suggestions for GSA on this significant consolidation, there is still time for your input.

SOURCE: GSA Announces Plans to Consolidate MAS Contracts and Asks for Industry Feedback

Hey VA! You Can’t Avoid the Rule of Two By Using GPO To Do Your Shopping

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It’s no secret that the VA has tried to find ways around the statutorily-mandated rule of two–i.e. VA must set aside procurements for VOSBS if it has a reasonable expectation that it will receive fair and reasonable offers from two or more veteran-owned small businesses. Although the U.S. Supreme Court has already told VA, in Kingdomware, that it cannot circumvent the rule of two, VA apparently is still seeking ways to avoid it.

SOURCE: Hey VA! You Can’t Avoid the Rule of Two By Using GPO To Do Your Shopping

Senate Highlights Decline in Number of Small Businesses Getting Federal Contracts

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Recently, a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship called for increased small business participation in federal contracts during a hearing on the SBA’s contracting programs. Senator Ben Cardin based his concern on a recent report showing that the number of small businesses with federal contracts was at a 10-year low.

SOURCE: Senate Highlights Decline in Number of Small Businesses Getting Federal Contracts

Task Order Size Protests: Too Little, Too Late, Says SBA OHA

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So, your company has made it past the first big hurdle and got on a GSA schedule. You see a small business task order pop up that you believe your company would be perfect for, but another company gets the award. Based on information you have heard or read, you believe something fishy may be going on and the awarded company may be a big fish that found its way into the small pond. But can you timely protest the task order award?

SOURCE: Task Order Size Protests: Too Little, Too Late, Says SBA OHA

SMALL BUSINESS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING (“Smalltofeds”): YOUR CAPABILITY STATEMENT (CAPE) FOR SMALL BUSINESS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING

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Federal government contracting is all about relationship development.  Marketing to influential agency personnel, industry partners, prospective team members, employees, associate contractors and others who can help you requires a hard hitting synopsis of what your firm brings to the table.

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Federal Circuit Clarifies Meaning of “Full and Open,” Limits on Government Ability to Manipulate the Competitive Marketplace, and Contours of FAR Part 6 | Government Contracts Legal Forum

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Last month, in National Government Services, Inc. (“NGS”) v. United States—a pre-award bid protest handled by Crowell & Moring—the Federal Circuit

Source: Federal Circuit Clarifies Meaning of “Full and Open,” Limits on Government Ability to Manipulate the Competitive Marketplace, and Contours of FAR Part 6 | Government Contracts Legal Forum

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