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December 2009 (Vol. X, No. 12)             [pdf version]
     Proposed Rule Would Require Contractors to Prevent Employees' Personal Conflicts of Interest
     DOD Ties Up Some Loose Ends
     SBA Revises Definition of “HUBZone Employee”
     50% SDVOSB Performance Does Not Apply to Preference
     Social Media to Make Acquisition More Effective
     HSAR Prohibits Felons from Providing Guard Services
     Direct Hire Authority for Acquisition Positions Extended
     Daniel Gordon Confirmed as New OFPP Administrator
     Rewritten HHSAR Unveiled

November 2009 (Vol. X, No. 11)             [pdf version]
     SBA Proposes Extensive Changes to 8(a) Program and Related Small Business Size Standards
     FY10 Defense Authorization Restricts A-76 Competitions
     President Sets Sustainability Goals for Government
     FAC 2005-37 Provides Guidance on Use of Award Fees
     DOD Memos and DFARS Changes Abound
     OMB/OFPP Memos Abound, Too
     SBA Proposes Small Business Size Standard Increases
     GSAR Parts 503 and 532 Rewritten
     USDA Adds Nine More Biobased Items

October 2009 (Vol. X, No. 10)             [pdf version]
     Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System Proposed
     Proposal for Entering More Information Into PPIRS
     Series of DOD Acquisition Memos Issued
     Recovery Act Reporting Website Available
     Radio Telephones Nonmanufacturer Rule Waiver Terminated
     EPA Revises Government Property Rules
     GSA Revises Sealed Bidding Rules
     GSA Releases FY 2008 Federal Real Property Report
     Safavian Sentenced to Prison for One Year

September 2009 (Vol. X, No. 9)             [pdf version]
     Department of Justice Reaffirms SBA’s Small Business Program Parity Regulations
     FAC 2005-36 Tidies Up Some Loose Ends
     Three FAR Changes Proposed
     GSA Establishes Mentor-Protégé Program
     Retraction of Two Nonmanufacturer Waivers Proposed
     Labor Proposes Employee Rights Notification
     GSAR Definitions Revised
     DHS Places Restrictions on Textile Acquisitions

August 2009 (Vol. X, No. 8)             [pdf version]
     OMB Issues Five Memos Providing Contracting Guidance
     FAC 2005-34 Addresses Past Performance Information
     Prohibition on Project Labor Agreements Rescinded
     Tidal Wave of DFARS Changes in July
     DOD Issues Four Memos on Contracting Topics
     DOD Establishes Policy on Private Security Contractors
     DOD Seeks Input on Commercial Item Handbook
     VA to Encourage Electronic Submission of Invoices
     Prompt Payment Interest Rate Set at 4 7/8%
     Safavian Conviction Upheld
     HHS Proposes Mentor-Protégé Program
     Nonmanufacturer Waiver Approved for 13 Watt Lamps
     Technical Amendments Made to DEAR
     EPA Amends Technical Direction Clause

July 2009 (Vol. X, No. 7)             [pdf version]
     FAC 2005-33 Addresses New Trade Agreements, Contractors' Progress Payments Request
     E-Verify Implementation Delayed for Fourth Time
     Public Meetings on Authentic IT Products to be Held
     Federal Spending Increased 15% in FY 2008
     GSAR Part 546 Rewritten
     All Nonmanufacturer Rule Waivers Remain in Effect
     One Nonmanufacturer Waiver Approved, One Proposed
     DOD Lists Federal Prison Industries’ Items to be Competed
     NASA Updates Mentor-Protégé Program
     USAID Considering Partner Vetting System

June 2009 (Vol. X, No. 6)             [pdf version]
     Defense Weapons Systems Acquisition Process to be Reformed by New Statute
     GSAR Rewrite Picking Up Momentum
     Two Changes to FAR Proposed
     DOE Revises DEAR Security Clause
     Executive Compensation Benchmark Raised to $684,181
     Several Waivers of the Nonmanufacturer Rule Granted
     False Claims Act Coverage Expanded

May 2009 (Vol. X, No. 5)             [pdf version]
     FAR Changes Would Require Rerepresentation of Eligibility for SBA’S HUBZone Program
     Should Foreign Contracts Be Exempt from CAS?
     E-Verify Implementation Delayed for Third Time
     Nonmanufacturing Rule Waiver Proposed for Propellants
     GSAR Coverage on Bonds and Insurance Rewritten
     Transportation Adjusts DBE Size Standards
     FTR Addresses Meals

April 2009 (Vol. X, No. 4)             [pdf version]
     Obama Directs More Fixed-Price Contracts and Fewer Sole Source Contracts
     FAC 2005-32 Implements Recovery Act
     FAC 2005-31 Finalizes Size Rerepresentation Rule
     GAO Seeks Help in Fighting Recovery Act Waste, Fraud
     Omnibus Appropriations Act Addresses Insourcing
     DOD Ordered to Cease Giving Preference to SDBs
     Labor Rescinds Regs on Notification of Employees
     Approved Nonmanufacturer Rule Waivers to be Reviewed
     One Nonmanufacturer Rule Waiver Terminated
     Several Nonmanufacturer Rule Waivers Proposed
     One Rewritten GSAR Part Finalized, Another Proposed
     DOE Issues Rule Promoting Energy-Efficient Products
     DHS Proposes Prohibiting Guard Services by Felons

March 2009 (Vol. X, No. 3)             [pdf version]
     $787 Billion Stimulus Package Passed, Spending To Be “Transparent and Accountable”
     FEHBAR Rate Setting Process Clarified
     Termination of Nonmanufacturer Rule Waiver Proposed
     DOD Suspends SDB Evaluation Adjustment One More Year
     Obama Issues Four Labor-Related Executive Orders

February 2009 (Vol. X, No. 2)             [pdf version]
     Publication of Justifications Required For Noncompetitive Contracts
     E-Verify Put on Hold Until May 21
     Fifteen DFARS Rules for the New Year
     Labor Clauses Proposed for Inclusion in T&M Contracts
     GSA Proposes Rewriting Federal Supply Schedule Rules
     Two Rewritten GSAR Parts Finalized
     Mileage Reimbursement Set at 55¢/Mile for Private Autos

January 2009 (Vol. X, No. 1)             [pdf version]
     Court Strikes Down DOD's Small and Disadvantaged Business Contract Goal
     USD(AT&L) Permits Certain Foreign Products
     GSAR Protests, Disputes, and Appeals Regulations Rewritten
     NASA to Rewrite Government Property, IT Security Regulations
     Safavian Convicted for Second Time
     GAO Protests Increase 17% in Fiscal Year 2008
     Nonmanufacturing Rule Waived for Cables, Trailers
     Prompt Payment Interest Rate Set at 5 5/8%



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