Attention All Schedule Holders

In April 2019, the General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) is planning to refresh all GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) solicitations and issue a mass modification to existing contracts which will:

  • Update proposal instructions to require order status on GSA Advantage! Orders;
  • Update proposal instructions related to Section 508 Standards and information;
  • Incorporate new Service Contract Act (SCA) Wage Determinations;
  • Update AbilityOne “Essentially the Same” Proposal Instructions; and
  • Incorporate minor updates from FAC 2019-01as applicable.

Note: Individual schedules may update additional clauses or provisions to make clarifications, administrative corrections, and other required changes.

GSA FAS will issue a bilateral modification to apply the changes to existing MAS contracts. Contractors will have 90 days to accept the mass modification.

Please see: Draft Significant Changes document for more detailed information on the upcoming refresh.

DoD testing secure cloud to help small contractors protect data

The Pentagon still has deep concerns about thefts of sensitive Defense data from contractor systems. But it’s concluded that simply using contract terms to order firms to improve their security isn’t going to do the job.

So the department is testing ways to extend its own cybersecurity expertise and infrastructure to small and medium-sized businesses who don’t have the wherewithal to adequately secure their systems against nation-state attackers. Specifically, it plans to build a secure cloud to house the Defense data companies need to perform their contracts, instead of requiring them to store it themselves.

DoD’s research and development budget for 2020 includes $15 million for a small project the department terms the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Secure Cloud Managed Services Pilot. In the early going, the Pentagon plans to make the cloud service available to “a subset” of small and medium companies that “support prioritized, critical DoD missions and programs.”

Continue reading: https://federalnewsnetwork.com/defense-news/2019/03/dod-will-test-secure-cloud/

Four things to know about where in the U.S. DoD spends its money

The Defense Department budget tends to be daunting in size. This year the White House is requesting $750 billion dollars. But they say “all politics is local,” and that money does end up in individual states and counties.

The Office of Economic Adjustment recently released its report on defense spending by state for 2017. Federal News Network collected some of the interesting takeaways that might be right in your backyard.

Continue reading: https://federalnewsnetwork.com/defense-main/2019/03/four-things-to-know-about-where-in-the-u-s-dod-spends-its-money/

An agency-by-agency look at the 2020 budget request

President Donald Trump has released his budget request for fiscal year 2020, and it looks familiar. Deep cuts to civilian agencies are accompanied by a 5 percent increase to defense spending, accomplished through a dramatic expansion to the overseas contingency operations (OCO) fund.

It’s important to note that Congress ultimately determines the federal budget. The President’s budget proposal is just a request that outlines his priorities for the executive branch.

The General Services Administration’s budget request includes $10.2 billion for the Federal Building Fund, a revolving fund that Congress must approve each year.

All numbers are taken from the President’s 2020 budget request.

Continue reading: https://federalnewsnetwork.com/budget/2019/03/an-agency-by-agency-look-at-the-2020-budget-request/