SmallGovCon Week in Review: Oct. 19 – Oct. 23, 2020

We’ve made it through another week–well done! I wanted to give a shoutout to the University of Texas San Antonio PTAC. Steven Koprince and I enjoyed discussing some legal updates with them earlier this week.

This week, we also explored some key changes from the recent SBA rule on Consolidation of Mentor-Protégé Programs. These included changes regarding replacing the three-in-two joint venture rule, consideration of subcontractor experience, joint venture Facility Security Clearance, and joint venture limitations on subcontracting.

But there were a lot of other federal contracting stories this week, including CMMC questions from industry, a micropurchase update on orders, and a public official pleading guilty to acceptance of gratuities.

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SmallGovCon Welcomes Quinten Fisher

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

Before joining our team, Quinten was at a civil litigation firm in Kansas City, where he worked on cases at the state and federal levels and developed useful legal knowledge and skills that enable him to competently advocate for clients. Check out Quinten’s full biography to learn more about our newest author, and don’t miss his first SmallGovCon post on how an improper bid bond can result in loss of a contract.

SBA Requires Consideration of Some Subcontractors’ Capabilities, Experience & Past Performance

It’s commonly misunderstood that the FAR requires procuring agencies to consider the capabilities, past performance and experience of an offeror’s proposed subcontractors. Unfortunately, that’s just not true.

But now, as part of a comprehensive new final rule, the SBA will require agencies to consider the capabilities, past performance and experience of small business subcontractors in certain cases.

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SmallGovCon Week in Review: Oct. 12 – Oct. 16, 2020

The cold weather we’ve been getting this week might signal the end of the summer tomatoes and basil. But we can start looking forward to fall in earnest. For one thing, my kids are getting excited about Halloween. I hope SmallGovCon readers also have much to be excited about in the beginning of the federal fiscal year.

To stay on top of what’s going on in federal contracting, remember to check out our upcoming legal update on October 22, but you can also read on for developments including expiring HUBZone flexibilities, brand name or equal rules, and a report on COVID-19 related loan fraud.

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Alert: SBA Issues Final Rule on Consolidation of Mentor-Protégé Programs and Other Contracting Rules

As we discussed, in late 2019 the SBA issued a proposed rule that would make a number of significant changes to the mentor-protege programs and other small business contracting rules. Well, the SBA will soon issue its final rule on these changes, so make sure you are aware of the new rules.

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YouTube Tuesday: Simplified Acquisition & Micropurchase Threshold Increase

Recent changes to the FAR increased the simplified acquisition and micropurchase thresholds! For change highlights, check out my video:

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SmallGovCon Week in Review: Oct. 5 – Oct. 9, 2020

Happy Friday blog readers! Hope you are having a nice week. Kick back and relax with the latest federal contracting updates.

This week saw some important federal contracting updates. SBA has proposed increasing its size standards for certain industries, among them agriculture, mining, some construction industries, as well as transportation and finance and insurance. Additional stories include a contracting officer sentenced for accepting bribes and GSA working on a new small business IT contract. Read on for the details.

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