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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.