Federal Circuit Affirms SDVOSB Priority Over AbilityOne

Ever since the Supreme Court’s Kingdomware decision was handed down in 2016, an important question has remained: who has priority at the VA for items on the AbilityOne List?

Yesterday, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals provided the answer. The VA is required to prioritize service-disabled veteran-owned or veteran-owned small businesses when the Rule of Two is met, even when it buys items on the AbilityOne List.

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SmallGovCon Week in Review: October 1-5, 2018

It promises to be a beautiful (albeit rainy) fall weekend here in Lawrence. We hope that your weekend is shaping up nicely, too.

In this week’s edition of SmallGovCon Week In Review, an update on the National Cybersecurity Strategy, key mistakes small business contractors should avoid, tips on how to get IT contracts, and much more.

Have a great weekend!

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GAO Reviews Agency Actions in the Wake of Equifax Data Breach

It’s easy to forget that roughly a year ago, Equifax was hacked, which compromised the personal information of roughly 145.5 million individuals. The scope of the breach was concerning for a number of reasons, not the least of which was the fact that Equifax was providing identity verification services for three federal agencies at the time it was attacked.

In a recent report, GAO reviewed how these agencies responded to the attack. While not making any specific recommendations at this time, GAO’s report does highlight the extent to which federal agencies were not fully prepared for cyberattacks on private contractors.

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SmallGovCon Welcomes Haley Claxton!

I am very pleased to announce that Haley Claxton has joined our team of attorney-authors here at SmallGovCon.  Haley is an associate attorney with Koprince Law LLC, where her practice focuses on federal government contracts law.

Haley is a recent graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, and has served as a law clerk to the Library of Congress Office of the General Counsel in Washington, DC.  Check out Haley’s full biography to learn more about our newest author, and don’t miss her first SmallGovCon post on new rules recently implemented at the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals.

SmallGovCon Welcomes John Mattox

I am very pleased to announce that John Mattox has joined our team of attorney-authors here at SmallGovCon.  John is an associate attorney with Koprince Law LLC, where his practice focuses on federal government contracts law.

Before joining our team, John practiced business litigation with a national law firm in Kansas City.  Check out John’s full biography to learn more about our newest author, and don’t miss his first SmallGovCon post on NAICS code changes.

Yes, An Agency Can Change the NAICS Code from One Iteration of a Contract to the Next

As the incumbent contractor, you’re excited to bid on the successor contract. The day it’s posted, you dash to fbo.gov, pull up the solicitation, and breathe a sigh of relief: the contract is still exclusively a small business set-aside. But wait! Under the assigned NAICS code your business doesn’t fall below the size standard.

Can the agency change the NAICS code from one iteration of the contract to another? Sure, so long as the selected NAICS code meets the regulatory standard.

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DoD Micro-Purchase Threshold Will Increase to $10,000

The Department of Defense’s micro-purchase threshold will double, from $5,000 to $10,000, under the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.

The increase in the DoD micro-purchase threshold will put the DoD on par with civilian agencies after Congress increased the civilian micro-purchase threshold to $10,000 in last year’s NDAA.

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