Upcoming Refresh/Mass Modification for the GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Schedule to implement Section 889 Part B of the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act, and other updates, as applicable. 07/31/2020 09:51 AM EDT

In August, the General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) will refresh the GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) solicitation to:

  • Implement Section 889 Part B of the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act by incorporating FAR clause 52.204-25
  • Update the offeror instructions outlined in SCP-FSS-001 provision regarding AbilityOne Essentially the Same (ETS) items and demonstrating past performance under Technical Factor Two Past Performance
  • Incorporate clause, provision and solicitation updates, as applicable

Contractors will have 90 days to accept this mass modification (mass mod). Orders may not be placed under the contract until the contract is modified to incorporate FAR clause 52.204-25.

GSA FAS will issue a bilateral modification to apply these changes to existing MAS contracts. A summary of the changes and draft text of all updated clauses and provisions not accessible in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) or General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) can be found in the PDF attachment below titled “Draft Significant Changes.” 

Please see details below on the industry webinar to be held to explain the planned refresh and mass modification. Registration in advance is required. 

Industry Webinar:  

August 2020 Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Refresh/Mass Modification 

Date:  August 5, 2020

Time: 2:00-3:00pm EST

Please register HERE

Please leave any questions or feedback as a comment on this post. As always, we thank you for your continued partnership.

MEMO from OMB

MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES

SUBJECT: Buying for America

Through smart buying for America, we will deliver the services our citizens need more rapidly while strengthening our nation’s economic recovery from the effects of the pandemic. The Federal Government is the largest and single-most impactful buyer in the world. In Fiscal Year 2019, federal buying offices across the Nation spent more than a half trillion dollars for products and services – almost half of our discretionary budget. The government transacted with nearly 130,000 entities, two-thirds of which are small businesses, for a wide range of needs, from defense and construction to information technology (IT), health care, professional services and transportation and logistics. More than 90 percent of the products purchased were U.S.-made.

Continue reading: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/M-20-28.pdf

PR CANCELLATIONS FOR SELECTED CLASS IX REQUIREMENTS

DLA has started a cancellation effort on purchase requisitions used to create contract actions that replenish inventory stock levels for our depots (e.g. stock buys) related to Class IX consumable items. The cancellations will result in a lower regeneration of requirements destined for our depots the remainder of FY20. In addition, Suppliers will notice a reduction on the amount of solicitations for stock buys available for quoting on DIBBS. We anticipate it will take approximately a week to complete the cancellations, reassess inventory levels, and adjust stocking parameters before any new stock purchase requisitions are generated. 

https://www.dibbs.bsm.dla.mil//notices/msgdspl.aspx?msgid=1034

WAWF URL CHANGE

As part of the planned PIEE migration from DISA hosting to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud-hosting environment, the PIEE/WAWF URL updated from https://wawf.eb.mil to https://piee.eb.mil effective July 1, 2020. The old URL is supposed to automatically redirect users. In the event this does not occur, users should access the new URL directly.  

FAR – Prohibition on Contracting With Entities Using Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment

Federal Acquisition Regulation: Prohibition on Contracting With Entities Using Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment FINAL RULE Effective: August 13, 2020.

SUMMARY:

DoD, GSA, and NASA are amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 889(a)(1)(B) of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 (Pub. L. 115-232).

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/07/14/2020-15293/federal-acquisition-regulation-prohibition-on-contracting-with-entities-using-certain

Federal Acquisition Regulation: Prohibition on Contracting with Entities Using Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment

Starting Aug. 13, agencies will no longer be able to contract with companies using Chinese-made telecommunications products or services in their supply chains.

new rule from the Federal Acquisition Council prohibits agencies from buying products or services from companies which use Huawei, ZTE or other prohibited products from Chinese companies. 

https://acquisition.gov/sites/default/files/page_file_uploads/FAR%20Case%202019-009-Interim_Rule_prepublication_07_10_20.pdf

Memo from Under Secretary Defense: Guidance for Assessment of Other Covid-19 Related Impacts and Cost

The Department of Defense (DoD) has taken a myriad of actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to maintain readiness and ensure mission continuity. In balancing these demands, a number of reasonable measures have been taken by both the Government and industry to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and allow facilities to remain open and productive.
These actions include maximizing the use of telework within mission and contractual requirements, using personal protective equipment (PPE), special cleaning regimens to reduce exposure, and realigning shifts to practice social distancing. DoD Contractors may have already
incurred, and will likely continue to incur, delays and costs associated with their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, to date, no funds have been appropriated specifically for reimbursement of these costs.


DFARS Class Deviation 2020-O0013 – CARES Act Section 3610 Implementation, effective April 8, 2020, provides a means for affected contractors to request reimbursement of costs incurred for paid leave granted to their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The
purpose of Section 3610 is to maintain the contracting workforce in a ready state if facility closures cause work stoppage and affected employees are unable to telework. Subject to the availability of funds, a contracting officer may modify contracts or other agreements to reimburse up to 40 hours per week of paid leave costs.

Continue reading the memo: https://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/policy/policyvault/Guidance_for_Assessment_of_Other_COVID19_Related_Impacts_and_Costs.pdf

Enhanced Security Requirements for Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information: A Supplement to NIST Special Publication 800-171 (Final Public Draft)

Date Published: July 2020
Comments Due: August 21, 2020
Email Comments to: sec-cert@nist.gov

Planning Note (7/6/2020): We encourage reviewers to use the comment template for organizing and submitting comments.

Author(s)

Ron Ross (NIST), Victoria Pillitteri (NIST), Gary Guissanie (IDA), Ryan Wagner (IDA), Richard Graubart (MITRE), Deborah Bodeau (MITRE)

Announcement

Draft NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-172 (formerly Draft NIST SP 800-171B) provides an enhanced security requirements to help protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) associated with critical programs or high value assets in nonfederal systems and organizations from the advanced persistent threat (APT). The APT is an adversary that possesses sophisticated levels of expertise and significant resources that allow it to create opportunities to achieve its objectives by using both cyber and physical attack vectors. The objectives include establishing and extending footholds within the infrastructure of the targeted organizations for the purposes of exfiltrating information; undermining or impeding critical aspects of a mission, program, or organization; or positioning itself to carry out these objectives in the future. The APT pursues its objectives repeatedly over an extended period, adapts to defenders’ efforts to resist it, and is determined to maintain the level of interaction needed to execute its objectives.

Continue reading at https://csrc.nist.gov/publications/detail/sp/800-172/draft