DoD Revamps Controversial CMMC Program

The Department of Defense is revamping its cybersecurity compliance program for government contractors, after a nine-month internal review and complaints from vendors large and small over the cost and complexity of the requirements. Click HERE to read more.

Federal Acquisition Regulation: Revision of Definition of “Commercial Item”

The change in this final rule resolves the issue the Section 809 Panel cites, which is that the “acquisition workforce has faced issues with inconsistent interpretations of policy, confusion over how to identify eligible commercial products and services”. Bifurcating the definition of “commercial item” into “commercial product” and “commercial service” is a way to provide clarity for the acquisition workforce, which may result in greater engagement with the commercial marketplace.

Federal Acquisition Regulation: Minimizing the Risk of Climate Change in Federal Acquisitions

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council is considering amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to ensure that major Federal agency procurements minimize the risk of climate change. DoD, GSA, and NASA are seeking public input on a potential FAR amendment. Interested parties should submit written comments to the Regulatory Secretariat Division on or before December 14, 2021. Please click HERE for more information.

Other Transaction Authority (OTA): History and Current Structure

When considering if, how, when, and where to break into the federal market, small businesses, nontraditional contractors, and even large businesses may be quick to identify OTs as a way of doing so without signing up for some of the terms, conditions, and obligations that more traditional government contracting may impose. But, as the adage goes, buyer—or, in this case, seller—beware: before jumping on the OT bandwagon, it is critical to understand the origins, scope, and structure of OTAs to properly understand the potential risks and rewards of such vehicles. Click HERE to read more.