This past week, SmallGovCon continued to provide important updates and insights related to how federal contractors can prepare and support their business during this unprecedented response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Because we’ve provided a lot of information, I’ve summarized what our authors discussed in the past week, as well as providing a roundup of other news in the government contracting arena.
This week, the attorney-authors at SmallGovCon have provided recommendations, tips, and updates on how contractors can deal with the effects of COVID-19 on their work. In this week in review, I’ve highlighted some of those updates in case readers might have missed them. But I’m also sharing some of the news from other sources about federal contracting in the age of COVID-19 and other updates.
As the nation and world continue to take measures to respond to the COVID-19 threat, the federal government and federal contractors will have important roles to play, along with state and local governments, businesses, organizations, families, and individuals. As is clear from this week’s news, the federal government is ramping up its response to the crisis; federal contractors will be called on to step up in many areas.
Particularly noteworthy this week are stories about the challenges of doing classified work remotely, updates on CMMC cybersecurity standards and the impact of coronavirus on implementing the standards, as well as how the coronavirus is affecting the operations of different parts of the government.
Like the rest of the nation and world, we at Koprince Law are closely watching and listening to the recommendations of our public health authorities on a local, regional, and national level. It’s times like these that remind us (not that we need it) of the importance of the government and government contractors in responding to crises. As Tom Hanks said, listen to what medical authorities recommend.
This week, there was plenty of news about the coronavirus and how it will impact federal contracting, as well as pieces about cyber insurance for government contractors, a timeline for cybersecurity auditors, and questions about GSA’s planned e-commerce initiative.
We’ve been enjoying some spring-like weather in these parts lately with highs in the 60s. But March is not just the start of spring, it’s also peak government contracting conference season. Next week, Matthew Schoonover will be in Chicago presenting on “Legislative and Regulatory Updates affecting Government Contracting” at APTAC’s 2020 Spring Training Conference.
Here are some interesting stories from the last week in federal government contracting, among them when the first CMMC training course for auditors will come out, e-commerce platforms rumblings, and securing the government’s technology supply chain.
Here in Lawrence, KS, we’re starting to prepare for March Madness–our hometown Hawks are number 1 in the nation. But government contracting is never far from the minds of our attorney-authors. Next week, on March 5, 2020, John Mattox & Nicole Pottroff will be discussing the Buy American Act, Berry Amendment, and Trade Agreements Act for a Govology Webinar. Be sure to put that one on your calendar.
This week saw some intriguing updates in the government contracting world, including a great piece about the father of the 8(a) Program, the security clearance backlog and what is being done about it, and GAO reverting back to its old website.
Here at SmallGovCon HQ, we’re trying to withstand these last few weeks of winter as we hold out for spring. But in the mean time, our attorney authors will be speaking at some upcoming events. Matthew Schoonover will outline Developments in Small Business Contracting at a PubK Webinar on February 26 and also present on Size & Affiliation Issues for a Maryland PTAC Webinar on February 27.
In federal contracting news, there are some interesting highlights. Among them are reactions from contractors to the beta.sam.gov portal, changes in agency priorities in the 2021 budget, and a new adaptive acquisition framework for defense agencies.