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DFARS Rule on Use of Trusted Sources for Electronic Parts Finalized

The Department of Defense has finalized the rule in DFARS Case 2014-D005, Detection and Avoidance of Counterfeit Electronic Parts—Further Implementation, which addresses required sources of electronic parts for defense contractors and subcontractors. The new requirements are added at revised DFARS … Continue reading

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SBA Creates Mentor-Protégé Program for All Small Businesses

A July 25, 2016, rule issued by the Small Business Administration finalizes, with changes, a proposed rule creating a comprehensive new mentor-protégé program for all small businesses. The rule implements provisions of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (PL 111-240) … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Rejects Limits on VOSB Set-Asides

Reversing the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Supreme Court held the requirement for the Department of Veterans Affairs to use Rule of Two set-aside procedures is not limited to contracts necessary to meet the VA’s veteran-owned small … Continue reading

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Cost of Administering a Government Contract: $907

A May 12, 2016, proposed rule issued by the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration estimates that it costs the government $907 to award and administer a contract. The rule proposes to amend the Federal Acquisition … Continue reading

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GAO Develops Electronic Protest Docketing System, Proposes Filing Fee

The Government Accountability Office is proposing to amend its bid protest regulations to implement section 1501 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (PL 113-76) and make administrative changes. The proposed revisions implement the Act’s requirement to establish and … Continue reading

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Executive Compensation Benchmark Amount Increased

An Office of Management and Budget, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, notice sets the maximum executive compensation benchmark amount allowable under government contracts for fiscal years 2013 and 2014 at $980,796 and $1,144,888, respectively. As required by Section 39 of the … Continue reading

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Rule to Require Reporting of Untimely Subcontractor Payments

A proposed rule would amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation to require prime contractors to self-report reduced or untimely payments to small business subcontractors. The rule would implement section 1334 of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (PL 111-240), which … Continue reading

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