DIBBS Password Requirements

Due to a change in DoD Security requirements, DIBBS will be implementing a new password requirement on or about August 29, 2019.  The new rule involves how many characters have to be changed each time a new password is being created compared to the previous password.  Currently it requires 4 characters to be changed and the new requirement will be 8 characters.  For ease of transition, below are all the requirements, including this new change, for a DIBBS password:

DIBBS Password Format

At a minimum, your password must be at least 15 characters long and can be as long as 60 characters.

Your password must contain at least 2 characters from each of the following 4 classes listed in the chart below:

    1. English Upper Case Letters: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    2. English Lower Case Letters: abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
    3. Westernized Arabic Numerals: 0123456789
    4. Non-alphanumeric (special characters) @ # $ % ^ & + . = !

Password must have no more than 4 Upper and Lower Case letters in a row, or 4 numbers in a row. (i.e. aBcD, 5678, not aBcDf or 56783)

Password must have the first 3 characters be different (i.e. abc but not aab, abb, bab, etc.)

Password cannot have more than 1 special character in a row (i.e. @@)

Password cannot begin or end with a ‘!’.  An ampersand (&) cannot be the first special character used in any position.  It can be the second or sub sequential special character used.

New password must differ from your last 10 passwords.

New password characters must differ from previous password by at least 8 characters.  A change from an upper case letter to a lower case letter and vice versa does constitute a change in a character.  

Passwords are valid for 60 days.

Passwords should not contain words from any language, because numerous password-cracking programs exist that can run through millions of possible word combinations in seconds.

Passwords should be complex, but one you can easily remember. For example, Msi5%Y0ld%ni$8! (My Son is 5 years old and is great) or Ihl1Cf20#yNi$8! (I have lived in California for 20 years now and is great). These examples will not be allowed.

Passwords should not contain personal information such as names, telephone numbers, account names, birthdates, or dictionary words.

When a new password is established, log off, then log back on with your new password.  This not only tests your password but also logs your account activity in DIBBS.  (NOTE:  If your account was locked for inactivity, a password change by itself does not count as activity.) 

It is recommended to change passwords with Internet Explorer or Firefox to avoid possible issues.

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Small Business Size Standards: Adjustment of Monetary-Based Size Standards for Inflation


U.S. Small Business Administration.


Interim final rule with request for comments.


The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA or Agency) is adjusting the monetary-based industry size standards (i.e., receipts- and assets-based) for inflation that has occurred since the last adjustment in 2014. These size standards will be reviewed again as part of the ongoing second 5-year review of size standards, as mandated by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (Jobs Act). Also adjusted for inflation are receipts-based size standards that apply to sales or leases of Government property and stockpile purchases.


Effective Date: This rule is effective August 19, 2019.

Comment Date: Comments must be received on or before September 16, 2019.

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The Government’s Historic Spending Spree Continues

Driven largely by the Defense Department, the federal government’s discretionary spending spiked to a seven-year high in fiscal 2018, with agencies obligating more than $554 billion for products and services, up $100 billion from 2015.

According to official spending data from the Government Accountability Office, the Defense Department accounted for $358 billion in contract obligations while civilian agencies, like the Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security departments, obligated $195 billion.

The government closed the 2018 fiscal year on a massive spending spree—due in part to funding increases after a delayed budget agreement—and early fiscal 2019 spending data indicates the government isn’t slowing down its contract spending.

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WPI is pleased to add Guy Mascari to its Board of Directors

The Wisconsin Procurement Institute is pleased to announce Guy T. Macscari has joined its Board of Directors. Mr. Mascari is the Executive Director and CEO of the Milwaukee Regional Innovation Center, Inc (MRIC).

Mr. Mascari oversees one of the most successful research and science parks in the Country. The park serves approximately 115 businesses, employing over 4500 people. Mr. Mascari also manages a small quasi-endowment of about $6.4 million. This fund includes $100,000 that is set-aside for angel investments in start-up and early stage enterprises.  Mr. Mascari is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and serves on numerous boards and civic organizations including: the Small Business Committee of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, Strategic Planning Committee of the Wauwautosa Public Library and the Wauwautosa Chamber of Commerce, where is he currently serves as President.

“We are pleased to have Mr. Mascari joining the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Procurement Institute.  Guy brings a unique knowledge and expertise to the table which will support WPI’s work and mission to bring more federal dollars to Wisconsin.” said Bill Hughes, Partner, Husch Blackwell and Chairman of WPI’s Board of Directors.

Guy Mascari joins WPI Board Chair Bill Hughes and Board members, Andrew Bergholz, TAPCO; Richard Deschauer, Leonardo DRS; Jean Marie Thiel, Belonger Corporation; Todd Bentley, Bentley World Packaging; James Kerlin, Beyond Vision, Rod Copes, Heale Manufacturing; Baly Ambegaoker, CENTERPOINT Inc.; Herb Miller, Michels Corporation; Steve Cummings; Sean Ketter, Oshkosh Corporation; Jim Schutt, Schutt Industries; Barb LaMue, New North and Aina Vilumsons, WPI.

DOD Proposes to Accelerate Payments to Small Contractors and Subcontractors

The Department of Defense (DoD) is proposing a rule that would revise the Defense Federal Acquisition Supplement to implement section 852 of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (Public Law 115 – 232) which provides for accelerated payments to small business contractors and to small business subcontractors by accelerating payments to their prime contractors.

The proposed rule would:

  • Require DoD to establish, to the fullest extent permitted by law, an accelerated payment date for small business contractors, with a goal of 15 days after receipt of a proper invoice if a specific payment date is not established by contract;
  • Require DoD to establish an accelerated payment date for contractors that subcontract with small businesses, with a goal of 15 days after receipt of a proper invoice, if: (1) A specific payment date is not established by contract, and (2) the contractor agrees to make accelerated payments to the subcontractor without any further consideration from, or fees charged to, the subcontractor;
  • Prohibit contractors from requiring any further consideration from, or charging fees to, their small business subcontractors when making accelerated payments under this rule.

DoD estimates that 40,282 contractors (including 30,498 small businesses), or about 99 percent of the past average, will receive accelerated payments each year under the new rule.

  • The text of this proposed rule and related information is posted here.
  • Comments on this rule are due by July 30, 2019 and can be submitted here.
  • Advocacy contact: Major Clark.

An inside look at GSA’s federal marketplace strategy

The week on Off the Shelf, Emily Murphy, administrator of the General Services Administration, joins host Roger Waldron to share her vision for the  agency’s Federal Marketplace Strategy (FMS).

During the show, Murphy outlines the four cornerstone initiatives (4C’s)  of FMS:

  • MAS Consolidation
  • Commercial Platforms
  • Catalog Management
  • Contract Writing System

She explains how FMS will streamline processes, increase competition, foster transparency, and promote commercial solutions for customer agencies.

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Myth Busting #4 – Strengthening Engagement with Industry Partners through Innovative Business Practices


FROM: Lesley A. Field, Deputy Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy

SUBJECT: ” Myth-Busting #4″ – Strengthening Engagement with Industry Partners through Innovative Business Practices

EEO-1 Update: More on Component 2 and EEOC Policy Change

Components 1 and 2 of the EEO-1: The deadline for employers to file EEO-1 reports for Component 1 data is fast approaching. Unless employers request an extension, which will be automatically granted until June 14, 2019, Component 1 EEO-1 reports are due on May 31, 2019.

With regard to Component 2 (pay and hours worked data), on May 28, 2019, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) notified the federal district court monitoring the agency’s implementation of this component that it is on track to:

  • Update its website for employer filers to include contact information for helpdesk services on June 3, 2019;
  • Roll out a “fully staffed helpdesk” on June 17, 2019, to answer questions that filers submitted via email and telephone ; and
  • Open the 2017/2018 Component 2 reporting portal on July 15, 2019.

Federal Contractor Question in Section C-3: Also of note for EEO-1 filers is a change in how employers may designate federal contractor status for its entities/establishments. In years’ past, multi-establishment employers could manually differentiate federal contractor status for their subsidiaries or affiliates that do not have federal contracts and are not “integrated enterprises.” With the 2018 filing, any establishment’s “yes” answer to question C-3—“Does the company or any of its establishments . . . a prime government contractor or first-tier subcontractor”—will automatically default to “yes” for all establishments under the same parent company, even if one or more is not a federal contractor or subcontractor.

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