Here are Concrete Steps for Contractors to Mitigate Shutdown Effects

Now that we are nearing the second week of a partial government shutdown with no end in sight, contractors should take several steps to ensure as little disruption to their businesses as possible, industry groups say.

Among other things, according to the Professional Services Council, contractors should assemble a team of employees to ensure compliance with shutdown rules, identify current contracts that are executable during the shutdown and the revenue implications of those that are not, and determine what contract modifications can be made to help make up lost revenue.

The Coalition for Government Procurement points out that during a government shutdown, no additional funds are made available for new or existing contracts.

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Pentagon Considers Cybersecurity Certification for Its Contractors

In cybersecurity, you’re only as strong as your weakest link. For the Defense Department, the area with the fewest cyber protections are the defense contractors the department works with, particularly the small businesses that don’t have the expertise or resources to build a robust security posture.

The Pentagon put together a task force to assess whether small businesses within the defense industrial base are complying with the cybersecurity framework published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and provide assistance to companies that need help.

The department issued a new rule last year requiring vendors to show that they are in compliance with NIST standards or have a plan to get there quickly. Those plans were due Jan. 1.

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Memorandum from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense

SUBJECT: Class Deviation – Limitation on Subcontracting for Small Business

Effective immediately, contracting officers shall follow the procedures provided in this class deviation when issuing solicitations and awarding contracts or rask or delivery orders under FAR part 19 to –

  • Small business concerns;
  • 8(a) Program participants;
  • Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) small business concerns;
  • Service- disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) concerns;
  • Economically disadvantaged women-owned small business (EDWOSB) concerns; and
  • Women-owned small business (WOSB) concerns eligible under the WOSB Program.

The following procedures under the attached deviation clauses implement revisions made by the Small Business Administration to its regulation. These revisions changed and standardized the limitations on subcontracting and the nonmanufacturer rule with which small businesses must comply under Government contracts awarded pursuant to the set-aside or sole source authorities of the Small Business Act. This class deviation updates the limitations on subcontracting and the nonmanufacturer rule for all small businesses in the clauses relating to set-asides and sole source awards under FAR part 19.

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GSA makes final decision to sunset the long standing 72A Reporting System

GSA will sunset a long standing legacy system supporting the MAS Sales and IFF Remittance program and replace it with a more modern and efficient system.

The 72A Reporting System is scheduled to be shutdown during calendar year 2019. It will be replaced by the FAS Sales Reporting Portal (SRP), allowing GSA to streamline its sales reporting processes under one robust and modern system.

The goal of this transition is to provide a single reporting system for all contractors to use for reporting sales and remitting IFF. GSA’s overall IT modernization efforts include improving its IT enterprise by building and maintaining a more modern and secure architecture for its IT systems. This transition not only supports GSA’s modernization effort, but it streamlines the overall process of reporting sales and remitting the IFF, making it more efficient for GSA and its industry partners. The FAS Sales Reporting Portal (SRP) currently houses all the Transactional Data Repository (TDR) contracts and all new (as of July 2018) quarterly reporting MAS contractors. This continued effort will complete the transition of over 14,000 current contracts into the FAS SRP to allow for the sunsetting of 72A.

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Report to Congress Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Industries Capabilities

Office of the Under Secretary of Defense
for Acquisition and Sustainment
Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy
March 2018

NDIA Top Line Summary of the 2018 Defense Industrial Base Study

The Defense Department has just released a study on the health and resiliency of the defense industrial base. As directed in Executive Order 13806, signed July of 2017, the report directed the Secretary of Defense to conduct a
government-wide examination of risks, impacts and proposed recommendations to ensure a healthy manufacturing
and industrial base.