SmallGovCon Week in Review: September 19-23, 2022

Happy Friday, Readers. We have had some contrasting weather conditions here in Kansas, this week. One day we are at 100 degrees and the next day we are in the 60’s. You know what they say in Kansas? If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute and it will change. That has certainly been true this week. I think I speak for all of us, when I say that the cooler temperatures of fall are a welcome change from the hot and dry conditions we have experienced throughout the summer.

We hope you are able to get out an enjoy the weather in your neck of the woods this weekend. Here are a few articles we thought were particularly interesting concerning federal government contracting this week, including extension for the SBIR program, more Polaris solicitation drops, and inflation’s effects on contractors. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Webinar Event: Catalyst Joint Ventures/Legislative Updates Virtual Workshop, Thursday, September 22, 2:00-4:00pm CDT

Please join us for a very informative webinar hosted by The Catalyst Center for Business & Entrepreneurship.

Joint ventures can be a powerful tool for multiple businesses to compete for proposals and combine the best capabilities they have to offer. But how do businesses keep their agreements in order? This presentation will address the benefits of a joint venture, including use of past performance and capabilities such as facility clearances. Recent changes to how federal agencies must view past performance from a joint venture are important for contractors to understand. But it will also describe how to make sure a joint venture agreement is compliant with the latest rules and the ones that can trip up offerors. Companies will learn how to advise on the best uses of joint ventures, how to set them up, and how to avoid some traps when creating them. 

Register here. Hope to see you there!

SBA Proposed Rule Relaxes Change of 8(a) Program Ownership, Allows Limited Populated Joint Ventures

The SBA has issued new proposed rules relating to the 8(a) Program. The rules clarify some aspects of ownership and control requirements for the 8(a) Program, including making change of ownership a little easier and cleaning up some 8(a) set-aside processes. The rule would also allow for populated joint ventures between similarly situated joint venture members.

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SmallGovCon Week in Review: September 12-16, 2022

Happy Friday, Readers! Our weather here in Kansas has decided it’s not quite ready to be cooler for Fall just yet. You can bet though, when it does, it will decide abruptly. I’m taking my family on a camping trip this weekend to extend summer just a bit longer. Hope you are able to enjoy a great weekend with your family and friends.

Along the way, enjoy this roundup of the latest federal contracting news, including the new DoD deviations on flexibility in the face of inflation and SAM registration delays. Have a great weekend.

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Govology Webinar Event: Top 21 Legal Mistakes in Government Contracting, September 15, 2022, 1:00pm EDT

Government contracting law is complex, and the rules aren’t always intuitive. As a result, many contractors make the same legal mistakes, involving everything from completing SAM profiles to calculating small business size to communicating with government contracting officers.

In this webinar, I will unveil the top 21 most common legal mistakes I see contractors make time and time again and how to avoid them. I hope you will join me!

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SmallGovCon Week in Review: September 5-9, 2022

Happy Friday, SmallGovCon Readers. The sunflower, which is the state flower or Kansas, are in full bloom. They have been spectacular this season! Sunflowers exhibit a trait called heliotropism, which means that they turn to face the sun. The tallest sunflower ever recorded was 30 feet tall! Wow! I haven’t seen one that tall but they sure are beautiful.

We hope you can get out and enjoy the September flowers in your neck of the woods and here’s a few noteworthy articles on federal goverment contracting that we hope you will find informative.

Have a great weekend!

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SmallGovCon Week in Review: August 29- September 2, 2022

Happy Labor Day weekend, Readers. Monday is a federal holiday so I’m sure everyone is looking forward to an enjoyable, long weekend and perhaps a parade. It turns out that the first Labor Day parade was in New York City on September 5, 1882 when, according to the US Department of Labor, a newspaper account of the day described “men on horseback, men wearing regalia, men with society aprons, and men with flags, musical instruments, badges, and all the other paraphernalia of a procession.”

While some of the parade marchers returned to work, most continued on to the post-parade party; even some unions that had not participated in the parade showed up to join in the post-parade festivities that included speeches, a picnic, an abundance of cigars, and “Lager beer kegs… mounted in every conceivable place.” – US Department of Labor

It sounds like a good time was had by all! Enjoy the long weekend and here are a few noteworthy happenings in federal government contracting news to peruse at your leisure.

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