DoD Contracting Officers Cannot Withhold Consent to Subcontract where Purchasing System has been Approved

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DoD issued a final rule amending its FAR Supplement (DFARS) that for Defense contractors with approved accounting system, contracting officers are not permitted to withhold “consent to subcontract” unless it has written approval from a program manager.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: DoD Contracting Officers Cannot Withhold Consent to Subcontract where Purchasing System has been Approved

DoD Removes a Definition from its Procurement Regulations

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Did you notice that the number of definitions listed in the Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS) is now shorter? The Defense Department just eliminated the definition of “General public and non-Governmental entities”. The removed definition stated that “General public” and “non-governmental entities” as used in the definition of commercial item” at FAR 2.101, do not include the Federal Government or a State, local or foreign government.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: DoD Removes a Definition from its Procurement Regulations

Change in cloud forecast: Multiple-award vs. single-award | Federal News Network

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This column was originally published on Roger Waldron’s blog at The Coalition for Government Procurement and was republished here with permission from the author.

Last week, it was reported that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is planning a new procurement vehicle that would significantly expand its cloud infrastructure. Known as the Commercial Cloud Enterprise, or C2E, the new vehicle will leverage a multi-vendor strategy to provide tens of billions of dollars in enterprise-wide support to the intelligence community. A request for information (RFI) for the new vehicle is expected to be released by May 2019, with awards anticipated by no later than July 2021.

Source: Change in cloud forecast: Multiple-award vs. single-award | Federal News Network

The Importance of Flowing Down Required Contract Clauses to Subcontractors

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Tishman Interiors was the prime contractor on a renovation project at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York. It subcontracted electrical and cable installation work to three different subcontractors. In came the auditors – auditors from the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD). You know this story isn’t going to go well for the contractor. We don’t know what instigated WHD’s investigation. It could have been random or it could have been based on a call to WHD’s hotline. WHD’s press release did not say.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: The Importance of Flowing Down Required Contract Clauses to Subcontractors

Big issues facing small contractors: Wrap up episode | Federal News Network

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This week on Amtower Off Center, host Mark Amtower interviews federal contracts guru Larry Allen regarding several issues facing small contractors, including:

  • Category management and its relation to LPTA and FSSI
  • How “best-in-class” contracts will reduce the pool of business available to small contractors
  • The Section 809 Panel recommendation to eliminate set-asides in exchange for the opportunity to bid on 5 percent of the full and open business
  • The “why factor” for the Alliant small business protests
  • AND Amtower taking on Larry as a social selling coaching client for the next three months- and we’ll be tracking Larry’s results candidly on the show every month

Source: Big issues facing small contractors: Wrap up episode | Federal News Network

Government Must Specify a “Sum Certain” When Issuing Final Decisions

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A “claim” according to FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulation) 2.101 is a written demand or written assertion by one of the contracting parties (could be the contractor or the Government) seeking, as a matter of right, the payment of money in a sum certain, the adjustment or interpretation of contract terms, or other relief arising under or relating to the contract. Further, a written demand or written assertion by the contractor seeking payment of money exceeding $100 thousand is not a claim unless certified.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: Government Must Specify a “Sum Certain” When Issuing Final Decisions

GSA reveals new details about schedules program overhaul | Federal News Network

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The General Services Administration is in the midst of a major overhaul of its schedules program, combining the 24 multiple award schedules into just one by the end of 2020. Last week, GSA revealed new details about the next steps in the process, including some important dates. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, talked with Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu about some of the key takeaways, and what contractors need to be watching for in the coming months. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Source: GSA reveals new details about schedules program overhaul | Federal News Network

Pilot Program to Accelerate Contracting and Pricing Processes

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Section 890 of the 2019 NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) authorized the Defense Department to conduct a pilot program with contracts in excess of $50 million (excluding those that are part of a major defense acquisition program) by

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: Pilot Program to Accelerate Contracting and Pricing Processes

Bid protest win continues to show fragility of multiple-award contracts | Federal News Network

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Right now, 81 small businesses are wondering why?

Why their ticket to a potential $15 billion lottery has been lost.

Why after waiting a year to begin marketing and promoting task orders through the Alliant 2 small business contract they may have to be even more patient and wait potentially another 12 months?

And why another multiple award small business contract is mired in a bid protest?

Source: Bid protest win continues to show fragility of multiple-award contracts | Federal News Network

SBA Road Tour to Engage Small Businesses Working On Innovative Research

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The SBA (Small Business Administration) announced last week that it will launch a 16 city road tour connecting entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to the country’s largest source of early state funding – the SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) programs. These programs, also known as America’s “Seed Fund” is led by the SBA with eleven participating federal agencies.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: SBA Road Tour to Engage Small Businesses Working On Innovative Research

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