Of importance to all Small Business Liaison Officers (SBLO)

The IAE is implementing a change to the way people login to eSRS.gov and FSRS.gov. By the end of April 2020, all eSRS and FSRS users will need a login.gov account in order to use these systems.

If you do not have a login.gov account, you need to create a login.gov account to access eSRS.gov and FSRS.gov by the end of April 2020. You only need to do this once. Go to login.gov, enter an email address and use the same email address you used for eSRS.gov or FSRS.gov

You can read our fact sheet about the addition of login.gov here.  If you need login-specific assistance, please review the help section of login.gov. For all other issues, continue to contact the Federal Service Desk at www.fsd.gov or by telephone at 866-606-8220 (toll free) or 334-206-7828 (internationally

Be aware

GSA was notified of a fraudulent website which is using the look/feel of the real SAM.gov and the look/feel of the real login.gov (http://login.gov/) sign-in page.


The website at https://sam-gov.org  is NOT a legitimate web site. Do not enter any information on this website.

GSA is investigating this as a security risk.

Guidance on Section 3610 of the CARES Act for FAS Indefinite Delivery Vehicles (e.g. Schedules, GWACs, etc.)

Section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act permits government agencies to reimburse at the minimum applicable contract billing rates, any paid leave, including sick leave, a contractor provides to keep its employees or subcontractors in a ready state, including to protect the life and safety of government and contractor personnel, during the COVID-19 public health emergency for the period March 27, 2020 through September 30, 2020 (not to exceed an average of 40 hours per week).

Continue reading: https://interact.gsa.gov/document/guidance-section-3610-cares-act-fas-indefinite-delivery-vehicles-eg-schedules-gwacs-etc

RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR CONNECTING INDUSTRY CAPABILITIES TO REQUIREMENTS IN SUPPORT OF COVID 19

The COVID-19 national emergency has led to an incredible outpouring of support from businesses across the country that want to provide products or services to help in the whole-of-government response to the pandemic. Many government officials are receiving multiple e-mails and phone calls each day from businesses, large and small, who want to help their fellow Americans in this time of crisis. Each of us can help connect those businesses with those tasked to acquire those capabilities. Contracting Officers and other government personnel contacted by interested vendors are encouraged to direct them to the following resources. It is highly recommended that businesses identify their capabilities to both FEMA and the DoD’s COVID-19 Joint Acquisition Task Force (JATF).

•FEMA’s COVID-19 “How-to-Help” page has a link specifically for the private sector. This pagelinks interested vendors directly to FEMA’s standing RFQ for PPE and Medical Supplies, and alsohas information for those wishing to offer other products or services:https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help

•The DoD’s COVID-19 JATF has launched a “COVID-19 JATF Industry Portal” where interestedvendors can fill out a short form to provide information on ways they can help support ournation’s current response and continued resiliency. The Industry Portal is best accessed throughthe link on the main COVID-19 JATF web-page: https://www.acq.osd.mil/jatf.html

•Defense Pricing and Contracting’s (DPC) “Contracting with the Department of Defense” providesbusinesses that have not done business with the government in the past with a step-by-stepapproach to get started: https://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/pacc/cc/docs/COVID-19/Contracting_with_DoD_COVID-19_Memo_and_Attachment_3.27.2020.pdf

•Services or Defense Agencies that see value in the capability offering from the vendor inquestion for internal purposes, can be sent directly to their JATF representative at theirdiscretion and within service and agency direction. This guidance does not address or supplantany internal service or Defense Agency guidance regarding the collection of information frominterested businesses.

Visit the DPC COVID-19 page to view COVID-related material for the contracting community, including this announcement, at: https://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/pacc/cc/COVID-19.html

The DPC point of contact for this announcement is Lt Col Bryan Lamb, at bryan.d.lamb.mil@mail.mil.

MEMORANDUM TO THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES – Preserving the Resilience of the Federal Contracting Base in the Fight Against the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19

Office of Management and Budget (0MB) Memorandum M-20-21 outlines the Administration’ s commitment to both rapid delivery of COVID-19 relief legislation funding and accountability mechanisms to help safeguard taxpayer dollars. The guidance references 0MB Memorandum M-20-18 1 which is intended to help the acquisition workforce ensure the health and safety of federal contractors in light of COVID-19, while maintaining continued contract performance in support of agency missions. This memorandum supplements Memorandum M-20-18 with guidance for the implementation of section 3 610 of the Corona virus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Pub. L. No. 116-136). Section 3610 provides agencies an additional discretionary authority to reimburse costs of paid leave to federal contractors and subcontractors, subject to conditions described below.

Continue reading: https://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/pacc/cc/docs/covid-19/OMB_Memo_M-20-22_Preserving_Resilience_Section_3610_April_7_2020.pdf

COVID-19 Joint Acquisition Task Force

The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Ms. Ellen Lord, established the COVID-19 Joint Acquisition Task Force (JATF) to synchronize and support the acquisition execution of DoD’s COVID-19 response to interagency (Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)) for medical resources. The team serves as the single entry point to the DoD acquisition enterprise for interagency requests for assistance. Learn more about our mission from the JATF Fact Sheet.

https://www.acq.osd.mil/jatf.html

On behalf of the Principal Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting, the following is an information release regarding the subject memorandum:

Following the April 8 issuance of DoD’s Class Deviation 2020-O0013, CARES Act Section 3610 Implementation, this memorandum provides information and guidance for implementing the CARES Act, during the national emergency associated with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.  The guidance addresses how implementation of 3610 will vary by contract type; it also addresses billing procedures, and the roles of the contracting officers, contracting officer’s representative, and contract auditor. The memo is augmented by a frequently asked questions (FAQs) document that is posted at the DPC COVID-19 Page, and will be updated over time. For more information, see the memorandum at the link below. Visit the DPC COVID-19 page, also provided below, to view COVID-related material for the contracting community, including this memorandum and FAQs.

Policy Vault:

https://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/ops/policy_vault.html

Memorandum:

https://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/policy/policyvault/Implementation_Guidance_CARES_3610_DPC.pdf

FAQs:

https://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/pacc/cc/docs/covid-19/FAQ_Implementation_Guidance_CARES_3610_2020.04.09.pdf

DPC COVID-19 Page:
https://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/pacc/cc/COVID-19.html

MEMO from the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment

SUBJECT: Class Deviation—Limitations on Subcontracting for Small Business

Effective immediately, this class deviation revises and supersedes the class deviation issued on March 17, 2020. The revision is necessary to clarify the effective date of the class deviation.

Therefore, effective March 30, 2020, contracting officers shall follow the procedures provided in this class deviation when issuing solicitations and awarding contracts or task or delivery orders under FAR part 19 to—

(A) Small business concerns;

(B) 8(a) program participants;

(C) Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) small business concerns;

(D) Service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) concerns;

(E) Economically disadvantaged women-owned small business (EDWOSB) concerns; and

(F) Women-owned small business (WOSB) concerns eligible under the WOSB Program.

Continue reading: https://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/policy/policyvault/USA000735-20-DPC.pdf