February 9, 2021

Acquisition Hour: Understanding Trends and Evolving Areas of Emphasis in the Federal Marketplace
Final Rule to FAR Implements Changes to Buy America Act Regulations
Helen Henningsen, WPI

A final rule (86 FR 6180) was issued on January 19, 2021 amending the FAR regulations on the Buy America Act to implement President Trump’s Executive Order 13881”Maximizing Use of American Made Goods, Products And Materials”  

For additional information or assistance, please contact Helen Henningsen at HelenH@wispro.org or
call 414-270-3600 

Challenge.gov is a web platform that assists federal agencies with inviting ideas and solutions directly from the public, or “crowd.” This is called crowdsourcing, and it’s a tenet of the Challenge.gov program. The website enables the U.S. government to engage citizen-solvers in prize competitions for top ideas and concepts as well as breakthrough software, scientific and technology solutions that help achieve their agency missions.
This site also provides a comprehensive toolkit, a robust repository of considerations, best practices, and case studies on running public-sector prize competitions as developed with insights from prize experts across government.   
From the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense FY 2020 Procurement Management Review “Year in Review” Newsletter 

The FY 2020 Procurement Management Review “Year in Review” Newsletter is now available.
Executive Order on Ensuring the Future Is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers

...Federal financial assistance awards and Federal procurements to maximize the use of goods, products, and materials produced in, and services offered in, the US 
Section 873 Requirement

The Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee (ISDC) reports to Congress annually on the status of the Federal suspension and debarment system, pursuant to Section 873 of Public Law 110-417.  As required by Section 873, this report describes Governmentwide progress in improving the suspension and debarment process and provides a summary of each agency’s suspension and debarment activities for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019.2 
The DLA's THE LINK publication - Issue 19

The Link - Connecting Suppliers with DLA - Issue 19 is available now.
CMMC update: Pilots, 3PAOs and more of what vendors need to know

Fraudsters, pathfinders, pilots and final rule. Third-party assessment organizations (3PAOs), the Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity Assessment Center (DIBCAC) and controlled unclassified information. This is what you need to know about the Defense Department’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program.

For assistance or additional information on CMMC, CUI and related, contact Marc Violante at marcv@wispro.org or 920-456-9990
CMMC Accreditation Body must split to meet requirements of new contract

CMMC Accreditation Body must split to meet requirements of new contract. The third-party accreditation body implementing the Department of Defense‘s new cybersecurity standards for contractors will split into two entities to meet international standards mandated through a no-cost contract it signed with the department last fall
The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)

The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is an advocacy and advisory office at each federal agency responsible for promoting the use of small, small disadvantaged, 8(a), women-owned, veteran-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned, and HUBZone small businesses in the acquisition process. 
A contact list is available here
2021 FAR Evening Study Sessions
Presented by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA Wisconsin) and WPI
  • February 9, 2021 - FAR Parts 1-4
  • February 16, 2021 - FAR Parts 5-12
  • February 23, 2021 - FAR Parts 13-18
  • March 2, 2021 - FAR Parts 19-29
  • March 9, 2021 - FAR Parts 30-33
  • March 16, 2021 - FAR Parts 34-41
  • March 23, 2021 - FAR Parts 42-53
FAR Up Close Series
  • February 10, 2021 - Overview of the FAR
  • February 17, 2021 - FAR Regulations and Clauses on Subcontracting
  • March 3, 2021 - FAR Regulations and Clauses in Commercial Items
  • March 10, 2021 - FAR and DFARS Regulations and Clauses in Manufacturing Contracts
  • March 17, 2021 - FAR Regulations and Clauses in Federal Service Contracts
  • April 7, 2021 - FAR Clauses in Federal Construction Services
  • April 14, 2021 - FAR Regulations for Procurement of Architect Engineer Services
Other News
  • Small Businesses Hit by COVID Get Free Legal Help from Wisconsin Lawyers Read more
  • WEDC plans to award about $200,000 in matching grants to groups working to boost entrepreneurship opportunities for minority communities. Application acceptance will begin February 8, 2021 and end on March 8, 2021  Read more
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