The Weekly Update for September 30, 2016

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS Amendments to Department of Defense (“DOD”) Mentor-Protégé Program Temporary Extension of Test Program for Comprehensive Small Business Subcontracting Plans SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Small Business Timber Set-Aside Program DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Prohibition on Use of Any Cost-Plus System of Contracting for Military Construction and Military Family Housing Projects Federal Civil Penalties Adjustment Act Amendments  LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT Extension of Comment Period for Proposed Revision of Annual Information Return/Reports This week’s report follows,  click here if you would like to download a copy . GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS Amendments to Department of Defense (“DOD”) Mentor-Protégé Program DOD has issued a proposed rule which . . . Read More

The Weekly Update for September 23, 2016

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS Notice of Minimum Wage Rate Change for Contractors SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION SBIC – Early Stage Initiative This week’s report follows,  click here if you would like to download a copy . GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS Notice of Minimum Wage Rate Change for Contractors The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor issued a notice announcing that beginning January 1, 2017, the Executive Order minimum wage rate that generally must be paid to workers performing work on, or in connection with, covered contracts will increase from $10.15 per hour to $10.20 per hour, . . . Read More

The Weekly Update for September 16, 2016

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS GSAR Construction Contract Administration GSAR Federal Supply Schedule, Order-Level Materials Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment Audit of Settlement Proposals   This week’s report follows,  click here if you would like to download a copy . GSAR Construction Contract Administration The GSA has issued a proposed rule to revise GSAR part 536, Construction and Architect-Engineer Contracts, and related parts, to maintain consistency with the FAR and to clarify, update, and incorporate existing construction contract administration guidance previously implemented through internal Public Building Service policies.  The five categories of the . . . Read More

The Weekly Update for September 9, 2016

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS Pilot Program for Streamlining Awards for Innovative Technology Projects Costs Related to Counterfeit Electronic Parts LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT Savings Arrangements Established by States for Non-Governmental Employees This week’s report follows,  click here if you would like to download a copy . GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS Pilot Program for Streamlining Awards for Innovative Technology Projects DOD is proposing to amend the DFARS to implement Section 873 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 which (1) provides an exception from the certified cost and pricing data requirements, and from the records examination requirement for . . . Read More

The Weekly Update for August 26, 2016

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT Guidance for Executive Order 13673, “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” This week’s report follows,  click here if you would like to download a copy . GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces DOD, GSA, and NASA issued a final rule amending the FAR to implement Executive Order 13673, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, which is designed to increase efficiency and cost savings in Federal contracting by improving contractor compliance with labor laws. The Department of Labor is simultaneously issuing final guidance to assist federal agencies . . . Read More

The Weekly Update for August 12, 2016

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS Procurement of Commercial Items OMB to Announce Final Decisions for 2017 NAICS Revisions LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT Amendment of Americans With Disabilities Act Title II and Title III This week’s report follows,  click here if you would like to download a copy . GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS Procurement of Commercial Items DOD is proposing to amend the DFARS to implement sections of the National Defense Authorization Acts for Fiscal Years 2013 and 2016 relating to commercial item acquisitions as follows: (1) definitions of “market prices,” “market research,” “nontraditional defense contractor,” “relevant sales data,” and “uncertified cost . . . Read More

The Weekly Update for August 5, 2016

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION HUBZone and the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 Amendments GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS Detection and Avoidance of Counterfeit Electronic Parts Amendments Related to Sources of Electronic Parts This week’s report follows,  click here if you would like to download a copy . SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Small Business Mentor-Protégé Programs The SBA is amending its regulations to the HUBZone Program.  The amendments: (1) authorize Native Hawaiian Organizations (“NHO”) to own HUBZone small business concerns; (2)  expand the HUBZone Program to assist small businesses in disaster areas and base closure areas; and (3) . . . Read More

The Weekly Update for July 22, 2016

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS Small Business Mentor-Protégé Programs DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Civil Monetary Penalties Inflation Adjustment This week’s report follows,  click here if you would like to download a copy . GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS Small Business Mentor-Protégé Programs The U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) is amending its regulations to implement provisions of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, and the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. Based on authorities provided in these two statutes, the rule: (1) establishes a government-wide mentor-protégé program for all small business concerns, consistent with SBA’s mentor-protégé program for participants in . . . Read More

The Weekly Update for July 15, 2016

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS Small Business Subcontracting Improvements FPI Blanket Waiver Threshold This week’s report follows,  click here if you would like to download a copy . GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING Small Business Subcontracting Improvements DOD, GSA, and NASA issued a final rule amending the FAR to implement the following regulatory changes made by the Small Business Administration, which provide for a governmentwide policy on small business subcontracting: (1) Requiring prime contractors to make good faith efforts to utilize their proposed small business subcontractors during performance of a contract to the same degree the prime contractor . . . Read More

The Weekly Update for July 1, 2016

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Affiliation for Business Loan Programs and Surety Bond Guarantee Program GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS Acquisition Threshold for Special Emergency Procurement Authority Amendment to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement Pilot Program on Acquisition of Military Purpose Non-developmental Items Defense Contractors Performing Private Security Functions Treatment of Interagency and State and Local Purchases Contract Financing Administrative Cost to Issue and Administer a Contract BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustments This week’s report follows,  click here if you would like to download a copy . SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Affiliation for Business Loan Programs and Surety Bond Guarantee Program . . . Read More