FPDS.gov Reports to Transition to beta.SAM.gov Data Bank – Take Action Prior to Jan 31


By the end of the second quarter of the 2020 fiscal year, the Federal Procurement Data System – Next Generation (FPDS.gov) reports functions will be transitioned to the beta.SAM.gov Data Bank. Reporting capabilities available in FPDS.gov today will be available in beta.SAM.gov after the transition.

FPDS.gov is an Integrated Award Environment (IAE) system where users can perform procurement data research, procurement vehicle validation, and transaction modification. FPDS.gov is used heavily for running reports about government procurement, which we call “FPDS reports.” 

Those who use FPDS to run administrative, standard, or static reports are not required to take any action at this time or prior to the transition.  

However, if you use FPDS to run ad hoc reports, there is information you need to know.

Continue reading: https://interact.gsa.gov/blog/fpdsgov-reports-transition-betasamgov-data-bank-take-action-prior-jan-31

Defense CMMC training underway for auditors

Training of the third-party accreditors for the DOD’s upcoming unified cybersecurity standard will take place from now until June, according to the Defense Department’s acquisition head.

Ellen Lord, the defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, told reporters the final version of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification is set to publish by the end of January, and an independent accrediting body will begin training the auditors.

“The release is the end of this month for the CMMC model version one,” Lord told reporters during a Jan. 14 Defense Writers Group event in Washington, D.C. “The initial training is taking place of the assessors between now and June,” which is when the first requests for information including the standard are expected to roll out.

Continue reading at: https://fcw.com/articles/2020/01/14/cmmc-training-starts-lord.aspx?oly_enc_id=

Department of Energy Announces $32 Million for Small Business Research and Development Grants

158 Grants Will Support Innovation and Job Creation

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) will award 158 grants totaling $32 million to 118 small businesses in 32 states.  Funded through DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, today’s selections are for Phase I research and development.  

The Phase I grants will allow small businesses to research technical feasibility of new innovations that advance the mission of the Office of Science. Phase I grants are 6-12 months in duration with a median award amount of $200,000.  Successful Phase I grantees will be eligible to apply for Phase II awards in fiscal year 2021 that will allow them to develop novel prototypes or processes to validate their Phase I research findings. Phase II grants have a median award amount of $1,100,000 and a duration up to 2 years.        

Learn more: https://www.energy.gov/articles/department-energy-announces-32-million-small-business-research-and-development-grants

U.S. DOT SBIR’s FY20 pre-solicitation period is now open from January 6, 2020 through January 29, 2020, 5:00 pm ET.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program invites small business concerns to review the pre-solicitation notice for opportunities within its Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) SBIR Phase I solicitation. Learn more on our website at https://www.volpe.dot.gov/work-with-us/small-business-innovation-research/20-synopsis, and read the pre-solicitation notice at https://beta.sam.gov/opp/f96605f9fbcd416197f44a531a7c405c/view

Note: This is pre-solicitation notice; no submissions are accepted at this time. 

During the pre-solicitation period, technical questions concerning the proposed research topics shall be directed to the U.S. DOT SBIR Program Office via email. Please read the pre-solicitation notice for instructions.

Learn more: https://www.volpe.dot.gov/work-with-us/small-business-innovation-research/20-synopsis

SBA Issues Final Rule on Calculation of Average Annual Receipts for the Purposes of Certain Size Standards

Many people think that they know a small business when they see one. But when it comes to eligibility for various government programs designed to assist small businesses, agencies must have a definition of small business that is applied consistently for all. The U.S. Small Business Administration establishes such definitions for small businesses by industry, as identified by OMB-approved industry NAICS codes. These “size standards” are widely used throughout government and are published in the Code of Federal Regulations.[1] Most are based on either a firm’s number of employees or its amount of average annual receipts.

On Dec. 5, 2019, SBA published a final rule modifying its method for calculating average annual receipts used to determine size standards for small businesses. Specifically, in accordance with the Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018,[2] SBA is changing its regulations on the calculation of average annual receipts for all  of SBA’s receipts-based size standards from a three-year averaging period to a five-year averaging period. The five-year average will also be used for other agencies’ proposed receipts-based size standards. SBA’s Business Loan and Disaster Loan Programs are excepted from the new annual receipt calculation rule. SBA intends to seek comment on the Business Loan and Disaster Loan Programs in a separate proposed rulemaking. 

Continue reading: https://advocacy.sba.gov/2019/12/11/sba-issues-final-rule-on-calculation-of-average-annual-receipts-for-the-purposes-of-certain-size-standards/