FAR Final Rule: Increased Micro-Purchase and Simplified Acquisition Thresholds

The Federal Acquisition Regulation has officially been updated to increase the micro-purchase threshold and the simplified acquisition threshold, effective August 31, 2020. Various federal agencies had already increased the thresholds through deviations, but this rule makes it official across the board. A few additional thresholds will increase due to inflation. Read on for the details on how this could impact federal procurement.

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SmallGovCon Week In Review: June 29 – July 2, 2020

Happy Independence Day to all of our SmallGovCon readers! I hope you are able to share some time with family and friends and observe the 4th in a way that means the most to you. Stay healthy and safe.

In this short week, there were still some interesting federal contracting developments. These included debate on National Defense Authorization Act and other congressional initiatives such as the ban on equipment from certain Chinese companies, some challenges for Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, and GSA announcing awards for the government e-commerce portal.

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New GovCon Handbook Arriving July 28! Procedures and Pitfalls of Size Protests and Appeals

I’m pleased to announce that my forthcoming  Koprince Law LLC GovCon Handbook, entitled Procedures and Pitfalls of Size Protests and Appeals, will be published through Amazon on July 28! In addition, I’ll be hosting an accompanying webinar through Koprince Law on August 5.

If you’ve had questions about size protests and appeals, and how to prepare for them, this is the book for you. It will cover the basic (and advanced) strategies and tips that will help your company put itself in the best possible position to file or respond to a size protest. It will also delve into the size appeal process and help you prepare for a size appeal or to respond to one. Be sure to mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details!

SmallGovCon Week In Review: June 22 – June 26, 2020

This week, the dust cloud coming to US shores could bring some negative impacts to certain parts of the country, but it could also result in more vivid sunsets and sunrises. There’s often a silver lining but it can take a while to figure out what it is sometimes.

There were also some big impacts and silver linings in the world of federal government contracting this past week. These included an increase in the ceiling of the 8(a) STARS II GWAC, some rumblings from the Pandemic Oversight Committee and how it will track spending, and updates on how the CMMC application process will work for future cyber assessors.

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Clean-Up on Aisle “FAR”: Joint Venture and Subcontracting Plan Rules Get Modernized

Joint ventures and small business subcontracting are two issues near and dear to the hearts of many small business federal contractors. Well, the Federal Acquisition Regulation will soon be updated with respect to both of these topics. The new rules will align with SBA’s rules and remove any inconsistencies. Let’s dive in!

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SmallGovCon Week In Review: June 15 – June 19, 2020

Happy Juneteenth to our SmallGovCon readers! And Happy Father’s Day as well. The next few days can be a time to reflect on the state of our nation. And to say thanks to a father or father figure.

If you need a new podcast to check out, my colleague Haley Claxton was recently featured on an episode of the The Big Bid Theory podcast. The episode just came out and is full of helpful information about set-asides for small business contractors. Give it a listen!

This week saw some interesting federal contracting stories as well, including that the Pentagon wants to give contractors more time to remove Chinese technology from the supply chain, a number of settlements and prosecutions related to contracting fraud, and the SBA announced that it was again opening up its Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

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Ian Patterson to Testify Before Congress on Defense Production Act and Small Business

All of us Koprince Law are experts in the field of government contracting. But Senior Associate Ian Patterson has now been recognized by Congress for his prowess in the field, as he will testify before Congress on June 24. Read on for the details on this exciting event.

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