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Agencies must justify large 8(a) contracts

The FAR Councils are adding a new set of controls to contracts worth more than $20 million going to vendors in the socioeconomic program. This interim rule is in reaction to problems that surfaced last year when 8(a) firms were passing most of the work under the award to large businesses. Agencies also have new requirements to determine the order of priority for small business programs, around multiple-award contracts and when to use other than firm-fixed price contracts.

Tags: contracting , Dan Gordon , OFPP , GSA , IRMCO , SBA , 8(a) program , HUBZone program , service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses , multiple-award contracts , firm fixed price contracts , Alaskan Native Corporations , sole source contracts , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 08:08am EDT
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Agencies must justify large contracts to 8(a) firms

The FAR Councils are adding a new set of controls to contracts worth more than $20 million going to vendors in the socioeconomic program. This interim rule is in reaction to problems that surfaced last year when 8(a) firms were passing most of the work under the award to large businesses. Agencies also have new requirements to determine the order of priority for small business programs, around multiple-award contracts and when to use other than firm-fixed price contracts.

Tags: contracting , Dan Gordon , OFPP , GSA , IRMCO , SBA , 8(a) program , HUBZone program , service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses , multiple-award contracts , firm fixed price contracts , Alaskan Native Corporations , sole source contracts , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 07:29am EDT

Public comments halt changes to vendor transparency rules

The Federal Acquisitions Regulations Councils have withdrawn their advanced notice of proposed rulemaking to change contractor transparency.

Tags: DoD , GSA , NASA contracting , open government , John Buckner

Thursday - 02/10/2011, 06:26pm EST

New interagency contracts now require business cases

The FAR Councils issued an interim rule requiring changes to the use of and oversight of interagency contracts. OFPP reports that agencies spent $52 billion on multiple award and GWACs in 2009. The new requirements will help get that spending under better control, the councils say.

Tags: contracting , Dan Gordon , OFPP , OMB , Interagency contracting , Multiple award contracts , GWACs , Jason Miller

Monday - 12/13/2010, 03:20pm EST