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Lawmakers Propose Changes to SBIR as Program Renewal Deadline Nears

Breaking Defense – Lawmakers on the Hill are proposing major changes to the structure of a program used widely within the the Defense Department to spur innovation, even as officials from DoD and industry are sounding the alarm that the US will lose ground to China in the competition over critical technologies if the program isn’t reauthorized by the end of the month. Even if reauthorized, correspondence obtained by Breaking Defense between the Hill and Pentagon indicated that lawmakers want significant changes to how the program is run. Please click here to read more.

Office of Management and Budget Myth-Busting Memo

Public Spend Forum – Originally released in 2011, the first “Myth-Busting” memo released by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is as relevant today as it was then. Its goal was to address misconceptions in communication between industry and government during the acquisition process. To read a summary of the memo, please click here.

Federal Contractor to Pay $9M to Resolve Cyber-Related False Claims Case

FCW – Aerojet Rocketdyne, a jet propulsion company with Defense Department and NASA contracts, agreed to pay a $9 million settlement to conclude a lawsuit alleging the company lied to the federal government about its cybersecurity posture. The settlement, announced last Friday, stems from a whistleblower lawsuit launched in 2017 via the False Claims Act. The original complaint alleged that Aerojet was the victim of state-sponsored hacking attempts, which the firm reported but the company omitted mention that its targeted systems were not compliant with minimum cybersecurity hygiene standards required under its contracts with DoD and NASA. Please click here to read more.

Past Performance Ratings for Small Business Joint Venture Members and Small Business First-Tier Subcontractors

Federal Register – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is amending its regulations to implement new provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The final rule provides new methods for small business government contractors to obtain past performance ratings to be used with offers on prime contracts with the Federal Government. To read more, click here.

Small Business Set-Asides: Closing the FAR Loophole to “Made in China,” Non-TAA Products

Federal News Network (Opinion) – The Coalition for Government Procurement offers a striking example of a self-imposed challenge that should be addressed immediately by the FAR Council. The government supports the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of our nation’s small businesses through laws that establish certain preferences for federal small business contracting. However, a strange regulatory anomaly exists that, despite continuing efforts to address supply chain resiliency, provides back door access to the federal market for goods that are made in China. Please click here to read more.

Draft Wisconsin Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan Available for Comments

The draft Wisconsin Electric Vehicle Infrastructure plan is now available for review on WisDOT’s website. Public comments are being accepted through July 24. The website also features information about:

  • Electric vehicles and charging stations and Wisconsin electric vehicle charging infrastructure
  • The NEVI program and state and federal resources
  • Public Engagement activities including links to view the four webinars

General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation; Single-Use Plastics and Packing

The General Services Administration (GSA) is publishing this advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) to seek public feedback pertaining to the use of plastic consumed in both packaging and shipping, as well as other single-use plastics for which the agency contracts. The issues raised in the comments submitted in response to this ANPR will inform future rulemaking to establish requirements and reporting mechanisms for reducing unnecessary single-use plastic, to include plastic packaging and shipping materials. Click here to read more.