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- September 27, 2022 -



The Contracting Academy (TCA) - Webinar

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Cyber Matters! FREE Practical Cybersecurity Workshop for Diverse Companies

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DoD Supplier Roadmap Series: Overview of the Marketplace


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Cyber Friday: Four Key Building Blocks to Use in Developing and Implementing a Comprehensive System Security Plan


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In this issue we are sharing a piece authored by Kenyata L. Wesley, Senior Contracting Official – Aberdeen Proving Ground – June 2022

Myth Busting Memorandum

Updated Guidance on Managing the Effects of Inflation With Existing Contracts

The Department of Defense (DoD) issued Friday updated guidance for Contracting Officers regarding approaches for addressing inflation under existing firm-fixed-price contracts.

The updated guidance is based on feedback from the Department’s acquisition executives about how inflation is presently affecting the defense industrial base and contractors’ ability to perform under existing firm-fixed-price contracts. The memorandum advises Contracting Officers about the range of approaches available to them to make potential accommodations including schedule relief and amending contractual requirements, and in extraordinary circumstances, the use of Extraordinary Contractual Relief.

As conditions warrant, DoD will continue to adapt its approach to meeting mission requirements through the current economic environment.  

The updated guidance memorandum is available here

DoD issues deviation after continued UEI transition delays

The delays have gotten so bad with the transition to the new unique entity identifier (UEI) on that the Defense Department isn’t requiring contractors to have a new number to do business with them for the next six weeks.

The Defense Pricing and Contracting office issued a deviation to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) on Sept. 8 that allows the services and defense agencies to do business with companies who aren’t fully registered in the governmentwide acquisition system.

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Federal Small Business Contracting Goals - Congressional Research Service

September 15, 2022 - Origins -  Since 1988, the federal government has maintained annual goals for small and small “disadvantaged” business participation in federal contracting. At that time, Congress required that small businesses receive “not less than 20 percent of the total value of all prime contract awards for each fiscal year” and that small disadvantaged business (those owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals) receive “not less than 5 percent of the total value of all prime contract and subcontract awards for each fiscal year” (P.L. 100-656). Congress has since increased the small business contracting goal. 

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Interested in Doing Business with EPA?

The OSDBU is calling on businesses! 

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Federal Acquisition Regulation: Exemption of Certain Contracts From the Periodic Inflation Adjustments to the Acquisition-Related Thresholds

DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement a section of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 that provides a statutory exception to the periodic inflation adjustments of acquisition-related thresholds for certain bond requirements.

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Our Cyber Friday series returns! 

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  • October 7: Four Key Building Blocks to Use in Developing and Implementing a Comprehensive System Security Plan
  • October 21: Vetting and Creating Agreements with Subcontractors and 3rd Party Service Providers
  • November 4: Developing and Implementing Essential Security Policies, Practices, and Procedures
  • November 18: Incident Identification, Reporting Requirements, and Recovery
  • December 2: Designing and Using Security Exercises to Test and Improve Security Programs
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