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Upcoming GSA Refreshes Incorporate Kaspersky Ban and Update OLM Limitations

In November 2018, GSA will refresh its schedule solicitations to incorporate the recent Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) prohibition on the use of products and services developed by Kaspersky Labs, as well as clarify the application of the 33.33% limitation for Order Level Materials (OLMs). The refreshes add and update clauses and provisions related to FAR […]

Revolutionizing the Purchase of Commercial Items – Phase One Complete

The General Services Administration (GSA) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) have completed Phase I of the implementation of Section 846 of the FY18 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), otherwise known as the Amazon Amendment. The first phase called for the development of an implementation plan and policy assessment report. The final product, […]

60 Days to Know if Your ICS is Adequate or Not!

DCAA’s Letter of Memorandum for Regional Directors (MRD) issued on January 29, 2018, discusses how DCAA will be required to review submitted Incurred Cost Submissions (ICS) for adequacy within 60 days of receipt. This new guidance was enacted per the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and is effective December 12, 2017. In addition to […]

The Driving Force for Federal Online Marketplaces

A lot of minds in the acquisition community are wondering what the driving force is behind the recent push for the use of commercial online marketplaces for federal procurements. While it is well known that Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), has developed the proposed legislation, which directs GSA […]

Is Online Shopping the Future of Federal Acquisitions?

Every so often, an idea comes around with the potential to shake federal acquisition to its core. The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes such a provision. It regards the use of commercial online marketplaces for the purchase of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) items. This proposed change has raised significant discussion in the procurement community, […]

Potential for No More DCAA Incurred Cost Audits!

Defense government contractors could potentially see no more DCAA incurred cost audits beginning October 1, 2018. Section 820 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 has established a new and independent Defense Cost Accounting Standards Board (DCASB) to oversee cost accounting standards across all of Department of Defense (DoD). The three […]

Can the Department of Defense Make Bold, Radical Changes to its Acquisition Process?

Is commercial item acquisition the pathway for the Department of Defense (DoD) to fulfill its goal of having better access to the latest technological advances, and do DoD’s current acquisition rules and regulations hinder that goal? Do commercial contractors think selling to the Federal Government, particularly to the DoD, is a worthwhile endeavor? Are there […]

What’s on Tap for the DCAA in 2017?

What’s in store for the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 you may ask? At a recent NCMA dinner, there were a number of key points discussed by the Director of DCAA that contractors should pay close attention to. Areas of focus included strategic priorities in FY2017, the outcome of the FY2016 […]

2013 NDAA Changes Small Business Programs

The National Defense Authorization Act contains some potentially significant changes to the government’s requirements for awarding contracts and subcontracts to small businesses.   Section 1653 addresses the FAR 52.219-9 requirement for Small Business Subcontracting Plans.  Per that clause, most large businesses are required to adopt goals for awarding subcontracts to a variety of small businesses and […]

DCAA Pulls Back the Curtains

DCAA auditors have been given the green light to access the internal audit reports of contractors. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued report GAO-12-88 in December 2011 stating that “DCAA’s access to and use of internal audit information from reports and workpapers is limited.” The GAO report recommended that “DCAA take steps to facilitate access […]