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July 17, 2017 - Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a final rule in the Federal Register revising the required re-verification of ownership and control of veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) as well as service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs). The VA will now re-verify SDVOSB/VOSB every three years, rather than every two years.
July 7, 2017 - The Office of Management and Budget and Department of Commerce issued a memo to provide agency guidance in accordance to Executive Order 13788, Buy American and Hire American.
June 30, 2017 - On May 12, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") published a rule entitled "Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses" with an effective date of January 1, 2017 for the final rule's electronic reporting requirements.
June 23, 2017 - "SBA Ignite Tour Blazes Across the Country." Small Business Administration Press Release, June 21, 2017. Retrieved from sba.gov.
June 23, 2017 - Published by Set-Aside Alert Newsletter: Subcontracts contain a number of important provisions that shape the relationship between a prime contractor and its subcontractor. However, there is one provision that overshadows the rest in terms of its significance to the parties' agreement: work-share. The work-share provision dictates the amount and types of work the subcontractor will perform.
June 16, 2017 - The GSA 8(a) STARS II Governmentwide Acquisition Contract ("GWAC") recently added approximately 500 qualified industry partners during an Open Season.
June 9, 2017 - The U.S. Small Business Administration ("SBA") has amended the rules of practice of its Office of Hearings and Appeals ("OHA") to implement section 869 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 and section 1833 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017.
May 26, 2017 - Administrator Linda McMahon of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the appointment of four new Associate Administrators: Peter Cazamias for the Office of International Trade; Robb Wong for the Office of Government Contracting and Business Development; Allen Gutierrez for the Office of Entrepreneurial Development; and Michael Hershey for the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs.
May 26, 2017 - Published by Set-Aside Alert Newsletter: The difficulties faced by new small businesses lacking past performance ratings in winning federal contracts are well-known. For small businesses that lack past performance ratings as federal prime contractors, and that perform as first-tier subcontractors under federal contracts for which there is a required subcontracting plan, Congress has established a new "pilot program," under section 1822 of the recently-enacted 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
May 19, 2017 - The Department of Veterans Affairs ("VA") is proposing to amend and update its VA Acquisition Regulation ("VAAR"), to revise or remove any policy that has been superseded by changes in the Federal Acquisition Regulation ("FAR"), to remove any procedural guidance that is internal to the VA, and to incorporate any new regulations or policies.