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The Inspector General of the Small Business Administration has determined that the agency must improve its execution of the law requiring it to steer certain types of contracts to women-owned small businesses.  Read More



According to a newly proposed rule in the Federal Register, the federal government is seeking to expand emergency procurement authority for purchases used to respond to – or remediate the effects of -- a cyberattack.  Read More



Industry data shows, government contractors still have not made sufficient headway in implementing an email security tool that’s now mandatory for government agencies. Among the top 98 government contractors by dollar value, only 45 have properly installed the tool known as DMARC and only five have set it up to quarantine or reject spoofed or phishing emails that might contain malware.  Read More



The General Services Administration (GSA) will be required to reimburse contractor Booz Allen Hamilton for the costs of a recent bid protest due to delays in agency responses, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has determined.  Read More



The U.S. Senate has passed a comprehensive bill-- which had already passed the house -- called the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018 (or the VA MISSION Act of 2018 (H.R. 5674)). The legislation permits the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to enter into provider agreements for “extended care” providers.  Read More



As the General Services Administration continues to build their federal contractor web portal, the agency is looking for volunteers to test new functionalities utilizing contracting information from the Federal Business Opportunities site.  Read More



Federal agencies for the fifth year in a row met their mandatory goal of awarding 23 percent of their contracts to qualified small businesses, the Small Business Administration announced. The total governmentwide percentage of 23.88 percent of contract dollars is a slight decrease from last year's 24.34 percent, but the dollar total rose $5 billion to a record-setting $105.7 billion.  Read More



This past week the U.S. House of Representatives approved the bipartisan Change Order Transparency for Federal Contractors Act, H.R. 4754, introduced by U.S. Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE), legislation designed to help small to medium-sized businesses plan by increasing transparency on federal construction projects.  Read More



Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen told lawmakers during a Senate Appropriations committee hearing that the Department of Homeland Security is looking to extend a ban on Kaspersky Lab products to federal contractors and third-party providers, even considering the possibility of punishment for noncompliant companies.  Read More



The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has released information to clarify the methodology used for selecting supply and service contractors for compliance evaluations. The report details the various steps taken by OFCCP to identify all possible current federal contractors, then took the following steps to develop the list of contractors for possible compliance evaluations.  Read More



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