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Federal Acquisition Regulations, Understanding the Basics
Iron Mountain, MI

5th Annual Department of Defense Contract Management Update 
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Fort McCoy Acquisition Open House Forum
Fort McCoy
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*Registration closes 4/11 due to base security


6th Annual Department of Veterans Affairs Business Conference
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DFARS Amendment to Mentor-Protégé Program 
The Department of Defense has issued a final rule related to its Pilot Mentor-Protégé Program pursuant to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016. The final rule implements key changes to the Pilot Mentor-Protégé program including new reporting requirements for Mentor firms as well as extending the program for another three years to September 30, 2021. Finally, the rule changes the requirements related to the types of assistance that Mentor firms provide to Protégé firms.


Class Deviation - Enhanced Post-award Debriefing Rights

The Department of Defense (DOD) has issued a Class Deviation to the FAR to Enhance Post-award Debriefing Rights of unsuccessful offerors.  Effective immediately unsuccessful offerors are provided an opportunity to submit additional questions related to the debriefing within two business days after receiving the debriefing.  The DOD agency shall respond in writing within five business days after receipt of the questions.  The DOD agency shall suspend contract performance upon receipt of a protest filed at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) within ten days after the date of contract award, five days after a debriefing date offered to the protested and no additional questions are submitted, or five days after the Government delivers its written response to additional questions submitted by the unsuccessful offeror, whichever is later.  Note that this requirement is for Department of Defense (DOD) agencies only.  The entire document can be found at the link below:  
Conforming Statutory Amendments and Technical Corrections to Small Business Government Contracting Regulations
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has passed a final rule to SBA regulations to replace fixed dollar thresholds with references to the micro-purchase and simplified acquisition thresholds.  The rule also updates SBA regulations for the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned and the HUBZone sole source dollar amounts to confirm to the thresholds contained in the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).  More information on the rule that becomes effective on May 25, 2018, can be found at the link below: 

DLA processes payments to contractors using financial information stored in registrations submitted to the System for Award Management (SAM), operated by the General Services Administration (GSA). GSA recently identified a data discrepancy impacting a limited number of active entity registrations in SAM. As a precaution, GSA changed the status of those impacted records from active to expired. If your entity registration status is recently expired, we recommend you review and update your information in SAM, particularly the registered banking information. Incorrect SAM data can result in an erroneous and/or late payments for goods/services rendered. Contact the supporting Federal Service Desk at or 1-866-606-8220 for free help updating your registration. 
State, Foxconn unveil process for contractors to bid on projects

Businesses interested in bidding on construction work related to Foxconn Technology Group's 22 million-square-foot LCD panel manufacturing campus can now register with the project's general contractors M+W | Gilbane.

The registration is available at

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. is also working with M+W | Gilbane to host informational sessions for potential subcontractors, suppliers and vendors.

The first session will be April 3 in Racine County. Additional sessions are planned in Appleton, Eagle River, Eau Claire, Janesville, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Platteville, Superior, Wausau and with Wisconsin Tribal Nations.

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Were you denied JCP certification?

Information to know:

Block 4 - Description of Relevant Business Activity
The primary purpose for JCP certification is for U.S. or Canadian defen se contractors to gain access to DOD unclassified export controlled technical data for use on DOD contract bids.  In Block 4 you must provide a concise and detailed description of the business activity for the company listed  in Block 2a.  This will assist the Canadian or U.S. Government agency controlling the data in determining whether the DOD unclassified export controlled technical data you might request is relevant to your stated business activity.   See Numbers 1 through 4 below for instructions and examples.
1.  Describe WHAT   product(s) or service(s) your company manufactures, sells or provides.  It could be relevant to multiple product lines but specific to applications or technologies.
- We design and construct high-pressure, high volume hydraulic pumps to military engineered specifications for use in connection with aircraft control surfaces.
- Our company is developing a communications planning tool with interfaces to radio devices, using simulation and training software, and integrating with military command and control systems.
- We provide engineering services to a manufacturer of military vehicle suspension systems and related components.
- Our company is a commercial and industrial painting and sandblasting entity that provides offsite sandblasting and coating services for structural components.
2.  State  WHY   you require certification.  If applicable, provide references to existing contracts for on-going work with the U.S or Canadian Government
- We currently have contracts with DLA which require an active JCP Certification to continue production.
- Our company has been invited by (name of DOD component/installation/Program) to brief, demonstrate and evaluate our latest soldier system prototype equipment.
- We need to obtain specific technical manuals and drawings for high-pressure air flasks used on USN support ships.
- We are interested in bidding a project at Naval Base Bangor.
3. State HOW you intend to utilize DOD unclassified controlled technical data.
- Export controlled technical data packages will be used to prepare a bid submission for the "MRAP Fighting Vehicle."
- As a sub-contractor to (Name of prime contractor) we need to see the specifications in order to bid, and we will not share export controlled technical data with non-JCP certified defense contractors.
- We require export controlled technical data to perform research and design in order to design a new prototype for the "Advanced Fighting Vehicle."
- We require access to export controlled technical data packages and photos for solicitation #  XXXXX  to prepare our bid.
4.  If available, provide the name, office and contact information of the person requiring this certification.
- Contracting Officer, Jane Doe, DLA, phone, email.
- Acme Aviation, the prime contractor, Mr./Ms. John/Jane Doe, phone, email.
- The DOD agency or office requiring the certification.
If they are denied access for this reason, they can resubmit as follows: (Corrected forms do not have to be mailed in).

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