The federal government and federal contractors continue to deal with the fallout from COVID-19, while still providing the many functions of government. Because the work of government keeps on keepin’ on, there were a number of interesting updates in the federal contracting world this week.
These included news about how COVID-19 is affecting small business contractors, the Air Force’s investment in flying cars (!) using a new acquisition model, and DoD’s desire for first-tier suppliers to meet ‘Level One’ CMMC criteria.
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Spring has definitely sprung here in Lawrence. The red buds are blooming everywhere. As many of us are working from home, it’s interesting to see a different view out of the window as we wait for the time when we can return to the office.
But, in the mean time, we’re still providing incisive posts and updates for our government contractor readers. This week saw a number of intriguing stories about how COVID-19 is affecting contractors, as well as other updates, including potential relief for employees of contractors, a memorandum from the OMB, and relief for America’s farmers.
We’ve written a lot about the Paycheck Protection Program as part of the blog’s COVID-19 coverage. The program has really been helping a lot of businesses, so much so that the money ran out a few days ago. Well, the Senate has approved a bill that would replenish funds for the Paycheck Protection Program, so more companies can get help.
I hope all of our readers are doing well and staying healthy. Here at SmallGovCon, we’ve been monitoring the ongoing updates from the federal government for news relevant to federal contractors.
This week, our attorney-authors provided a few more updates about relief for contractors and other businesses under the Paycheck Protection Program as well as other governmental policies. Updates included the formal Paycheck Protection Program rules and guidance on applying for loans for independent contractors and partnerships, as well as SBA’s policies for HUBZone flexibility.
Unfortunately, SBA’s website now states that it is “currently unable to accept new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program based on available appropriations funding.” In other words, the funds have run out.
But there were many other stories as well, such as a prediction that CMMC will apply to all government procurements, use of the Defense Production Act, and DOD accommodating contractors affected by COVID-19.
We’ve written quite a few posts about how contractors can adapt and deal with the changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some small businesses federal contractors, however, face unique challenges. This is particularly true of participants in the HUBZone Program. Specifically, while the OMB has encouraged agencies to allow contractor employees to telework, how will this affect HUBZone entities, where the location of their employees is key to maintaining their HUBZone status?
Well, the SBA has the answer in some recent guidance, and it’s something we could all probably do with a little more of–flexibility. Flexibility, in this case, means that SBA realizes complying with the principal office and employee residency requirements may be tough during a time when all people are encouraged to telework. The flexibility applies to a few of the HUBZone rules.
CMMC continues to be in the news as the government ramps up the process to start requiring contractors to be compliant with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification. In this video, I remind contractors why CMMC is so important.