From Census Bureau: Current Mandatory Business Surveys

The Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) will conduct the following current mandatory business surveys in 2024: Annual Integrated Economic Survey, Annual Business Survey, Business and Professional Classification Report, and the Business Enterprise Research and Development Survey. We have determined that data collected from these surveys are needed to aid the efficient performance of essential governmental functions and have significant application to the needs of the public and industry. The data derived from these surveys, most of which have been conducted for many years, are not publicly available from nongovernmental or other governmental sources.

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The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) Commission 2035 Vision and Planning Report

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) Commission approved an update to the MMSD Energy Plan.  The goals of the plan are to meet MMSD’s aggressive climate resilience targets identified in the 2035 Vision. When met, MMSD will use renewable energy sources to meet 100% of its energy needs, with 80% of these renewable energy sources coming from MMSD’s own renewable energy production. This effort will result in a 90% reduction in MMSD’s carbon footprint by 2035!

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Learn more about MMSD’s 2035 Vision and Strategic Objectives here.


Advanced Notice for MAS Refresh 20 and Upcoming Mass Modification

The General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) is planning to issue GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Solicitation 47QSMD20R0001 – Refresh # 20 and an associated mass modification (mass mod) to all existing contracts in April 2024.

NOTE: The Vendor Support Center (VSC) page information specific to MAS Solicitation Refreshes was recently updated to include the solicitation-level SF30 attachments for all MAS solicitation refreshes.

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Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Cybersecurity (CS) Activities

The Pentagon has released a final rule that greatly expands the number of defense industrial base (DIB) companies that can receive cybersecurity intelligence from DoD on a voluntary basis. The latest rule updates the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Cybersecurity (CS) Program and will allow all defense contractors “who own or operate an unclassified information system that processes, stores, or transmits covered defense information to benefit from bilateral information sharing.” The final rule comes after the DoD gathered public feedback on the changes last summer. “We do this to continue to move forward to reduce cyber risk and to bolster cybersecurity,” Diedra Padgett, deputy director of the DIB Operations Directorate, said in announcing the proposed revision to the program in May 2023. “This has been a long-fought battle for years in the making,” she said. The new rule will take effect on April 11, according to a notice posted to the Federal Register on Tuesday.

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DOJ Announces Pilot Whistleblower Rewards Program and Increased AI Enforcement

On March 7, 2024, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco announced Department of Justice (DOJ) initiatives to incentivize whistleblowers with payouts from civil or criminal forfeitures and to integrate artificial intelligence (AI) into existing corporate enforcement programs and sentencing guidelines.  Speaking at the American Bar Association’s (ABA) 39th National Institute on White Collar Crime in San Francisco, Monaco also announced updates regarding DOJ’s investment of resources into the most serious cases, and the addition of a provision to the DOJ Justice Manual codifying the Mergers & Acquisitions Safe Harbor Policy launched last October.

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