WaPo: Seeking an edge over geopolitical rivals, Pentagon exploits an obscure regulatory workaround

October 23, 2019

The Pentagon has been using a loophole to sidestep federal acquisition rules that are typically required when government agencies make large purchases. Using Other Transaction Authority agreements (OTAs), defense agencies are able to use non-traditional defense contracts and purchase weapons/other defense materials quicker. This loophole is being utilized in the hopes that the U.S. military […]

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Two New Executive Orders Affecting Agency Guidance Documents

October 21, 2019

President Trump signed two executive orders on October 9, 2019 that aim to limit the impact and use of agency guidance documents. Guidance documents are used by federal agencies to clarify statutory and/or regulatory obligations. Under these new orders, guidance documents are required to be located on easily searchable websites so that the individuals who […]

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DoD Releases Final Rule on DFARS Amendments

October 18, 2019

The Department of Defense (DoD) released the final rule on amendments to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) on October 1st. Sections of the National Defense Authorization Acts were adopted in 2017 and 2018 to establish limitations to the lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA) in the source selection process. The DoD is now implementing these […]

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OIG Releases Audit Results of SBA’s Suspension and Debarment Process

October 10, 2019

On September 18th, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released the results of their audit of the Small Business Administration (SBA) processes for suspending and debarring entities. This audit was meant to confirm whether or not SBA’s process was sufficient enough to keep such entities from federal contracts through SBA’s preference contracting programs and […]

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DoD Issues Draft Version of Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification

September 10, 2019

The Department of Defense (DoD) issued a draft version of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model (CMMC). The certification sets cyber standards and practices designed to help the defense industrial base reduce exfiltration of controlled unclassified information.  The v0.4 draft has five levels, ranging from basic cyber hygiene to highly advanced practices. Each of the five levels […]

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