October 13, 2020
ACQUISITION ALERT
October 15, 2020 
 
LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER for the 14th Annual Government Opportunities Business Conference (GOBC). Check out the website for the updated agenda and list of buyers that will be attending. Come prepared to ask questions, pitch your product or service and learn what the Government and its Prime Contractors are looking for in their subcontractors. WPI, JCEDC, Volk Field, Ft. McCoy and the conference's statewide partners look forward to your participation!


ACQUISITION HOUR: PERFORMING FEDERAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
Pre-construction conference to contract close out
October 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

So, you have been awarded a Federal construction contract – now what? Understanding some unique aspects of public Federal construction projects upfront can help ensure timely and profitable performance. This webinar will cover topics ranging from the pre-construction conference to contract close out. Some specific topics to be discussed include:
  • Baseline and Interim Schedule Requirements
  • Davis Bacon Act Requirements
  • Invoicing and Progress Payments
  • Managing Correspondence and the Change Order Process
  • Inspection
  • Punch List and Contract Completion
Speaker: Helen Henningsen, Wisconsin Procurement Institute

UPCOMING EVENTS
10/20/20
NDIA Great Lakes Chapter 11th Annual Meeting: U.S. Legislative and Security Updates
Webinar

10/20/20
Acquisition Hour: Performing Federal Construction Projects
Webinar
10/21/20
Acquisition Hour: U.S. SBA Federal Women-Owned Business Certification - The Process is Free!
Webinar

10/23/20
Cyber Friday: Guarding and Securing Intangibles - Protecting What You Cannot See and Touch
Webinar
WEDC Entrepreneurship Support Program

Applications are open now through Oct. 23, 2020, for WEDC’s Entrepreneurship Support Program. The program is open to nonprofit and community-based organizations that will, in turn, provide entrepreneurs with the support and resources they need to launch successful businesses—with a special focus on underserved communities and populations, and organizations that may fall outside the criteria for other WEDC programs. More Information
Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Assessing Contractor Implementation of Cybersecurity Requirements (DFARS Case 2019-D041)

A Rule by the Defense Acquisition Regulations System on 09/29/2020 - DoD is issuing an interim rule to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement a DoD Assessment Methodology and Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification framework in order to assess contractor implementation of cybersecurity requirements and enhance the protection of unclassified information within the DoD supply chain. This rule adds a new DFARS subpart, Subpart 204.75, Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), to specify the policy and procedures for awarding a contract, or exercising an option on a contract, that includes the requirement for a CMMC certification. Specifically, this subpart directs contracting officers to verify in SPRS that the apparently successful offeror's or contractor's CMMC certification is current and meets the required level prior to making the award. Dates: Effective November 30, 2020. Document
Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping Executive Order
 
Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping impacts all new federal contracts. 
Overall, the executive order requires that federal contractors not use employee training material that has any type of race or sex “stereotyping” or “scapegoating,” send each labor union or collective bargaining representative a notice (provided by their contracting officer) that outlines their commitment under the executive order and include provisions from the executive order in all subcontracts or purchase orders, unless given an exemption. If contractors don’t comply with the order, their contracts could be “canceled, terminated or suspended” in part or in whole and they could be precluded from future federal contracts. All new contracts awarded after November 21, 2020, should have the requirement. Continue reading
DFARS Inflation Adjustment of Acquisition-Related Dollar Thresholds
 
The Department of Defense has issued a final rule, effective October 1, 2020, amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement inflation adjustment of acquisition-related dollar thresholds. Ones that may impact contractors include the following:
 
  • The threshold for use of Clause 252.203-7004 – Display of Hotline Posters increases from $5.5 million to $6 million.
  • The threshold for public announcement of contract awards increases from $7 million to $7.5 million.
  • The threshold for construction liquidated damages increases from $700,000 to $750,000.
  • Dollar limitation on purchases of right-hand drive passenger sedans increases from $40,000 to $45,000.
  • The threshold for DOD construction small business set-asides increases from $2.5 million to $3 million.
  • The threshold for requiring performance and payment bonds on fixed priced construction subcontracts increases from $35,000 to $40,000.
  • The threshold for the maximum number of offers selected under Two-Phase Design Build Construction requirements increases from $4 million to $4.5 million.
  • Thresholds within clause 252.225-7003 Report of Intended Performance Outside the United States and Canada – Submission with Offer have increased. Reporting requirements occur when the contract is more than $15 million and the offeror is doing more than $750,000 work outside the US that could have been completed inside the US.

DFARS Restriction on the Acquisition of Tantalum Metal and Alloys
 
The Department of Defense has issued an interim rule, effective October 1, 2020, amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to prohibit the acquisition of tantalum metal and alloys from North Korea, China, Russia and Iran. Comments must be submitted by November 30, 2020. Continue reading
DFARS Treatment of Certain Items as Commercial Items.
 
The Department of Defense has issued a final rule, effective October 1, 2020, amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to treat supplies and services provided by nontraditional defense contractors as commercial items as well as certain items purchased by a contractor for use in the performance of multiple contracts. Continue reading
NIST Offers Cash Prizes for New Ways to Maintain Anonymity in Data

Federal, state and local agencies are collecting massive amounts of data on public safety and policing and one federal agency wants to help protect the privacy of the individuals that data represents and is offering $267,000 for ideas. Learn More
From GSA Interact For MAS Schedule holders - Happy FY 2021 from the MAS PMO!

We worked through some unprecedented situations in FY 2020 - grateful for all of your engagement and continued participation in our MAS Consolidation efforts. Important information and deadlines contractors should be aware of Continue Reading 
Contractor Cybersecurity Requirements to effect primes, subs and suppliers

The Department of Defense issued an Interim Rule titled – Assessing Contractor Implementation of Cybersecurity Requirements (DFARS Case 2019-D041) on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

The rule’s effective date is November 30, 2020 and will likely affect current and future contractors interested in conducting business with the Department of Defense either as prime contractors or as a member of the Defense Industrial Base’s supply chain when solicitations include DFARS 252.204-7012. Continue Reading
Department of Treasury Releases Advisory on Potential Sanctions Risks for Facilitating Ransomware Payments

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has released an [Advisory on Potential Sanctions Risks for Facilitating Ransomware Payments]. Financial institutions, cyber insurance firms, and companies that facilitate payments on behalf of victims may be violating OFAC regulations. Continue reading
Worried About Chinese Backdoors, Lord Pushes For New Tech Strategy 

Ellen Lord said DoD is working to develop a "microelectronics strategy," to bring manufacturing and testing to the US 

The Pentagon’s top acquisition official says the military is doubling down on efforts to move microelectronics manufacturing away from China, citing worries about the security of supply chains. Continue reading
Surety Bond Guarantee Program Fees
 
The US Small Business Administration (SBA) announced on October 2, 2020, that they are adopting the guarantee fees in the amounts that SBA has been charging since October 1, 2018. These guarantee fees are charged to all Surety companies and Principals on each guaranteed bond (other than a bid bond) issued in SBA’s Surety Bond Guarantee (SBG) Program. The 20% of the bond premium for the Surety fees and $6 per thousand dollars of the contract amount for the Principal fee will apply to all SBA surety bond guarantees approved on or after October 1, 2020. Continue reading
MARKETPLACE 2020 IS GOING VIRTUAL
DEC.8-10, 2020 | Registration opening soon

The first virtual Marketplace will connect statewide business owners looking to do business with State, Federal and Local Governments as well as the private sector in a virtual format over the course of a week.
 
Minority, woman, veteran and LGBTQ-owned businesses can connect with resources and potentially lay the framework for new contracts. With this year's virtual format, instead of just one or two days, Wisconsin companies can connect and network over the course of a week by attending virtual workshops, buyer meetings and more.
 
Mark your calendar and watch for more details to be announced at 
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Milwaukee Restart 2.0

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause unprecedented challenges and interruptions to businesses nationwide. The goal of the Milwaukee Restart Program (Restart) is to help local businesses that suffered as a result of the pandemic recover economically with safe practices to reopen and adapt to the "new normal". Restart 2.0 will focus on the importance of businesses continuing to operate under the Moving Milwaukee Forward Safely Order and implementing Restaurant and Bar COVID-19 Safety Plans. Home based businesses will be eligible in Restart 2.0. Applications will be accepted between October 1, 2020 and October 8, 2020. Applications must be made online. More Information
WEDC Entrepreneurship Support Program
 
Applications are open now through Oct. 23, 2020, for WEDC’s Entrepreneurship Support Program. The program is open to nonprofit and community-based organizations that will, in turn, provide entrepreneurs with the support and resources they need to launch successful businesses—with a special focus on underserved communities and populations, and organizations that may fall outside the criteria for other WEDC programs. More Information 
We're All Innovating Contest Second Round

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will provide a second round of We’re All In Small Business Grants to distribute an additional $50 million to small businesses hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Tony Evers announced today. LEARN MORE 
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