Category Archives: FAR Regulations

System for Award Management (SAM) is Active! Now What?

Time to update your computer bookmarks! The System for Award Management (SAM) is active. As of July 30, 2012, Central Contractor Registration (CCR), Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), Federal Agency Registration (FedReg), and the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) websites all  re-direct to the SAM website at: CCR/FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS systems are no longer accepting new data. So how can you access SAM and where’s all your data located?

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Small Business Prime & Subcontractors to be Paid Faster Under New Rules

Last September, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)  issued Memorandum 11-32 “Accelerating Payments to Small Business … “   Pursuant to this memorandum, all executive agencies were instructed, to the extent practicable, to make payments to small business prime contractors within 15 days of receipt of the invoice.  The administration is now taking a similar approach to accelerating payments to small business subcontractors. 

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More Government Movements Towards Lowering Contractor Compensation

As we have discussed in this blog previously (Obama Tries to Cap Contractor Salaries…Again and Government Reluctantly Raises Contractor Executive Compensation Ceiling) compensation of contractor employees is a hot topic in the government contracting arena lately. Back in January the White House proposed a limit on all contractor employees of $200,000; and when the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) raised the annual limit on the top five executives to $763,029 it was noted that the increase was done reluctantly and solely based on a requirement in an existing statute.

Most recently, the Senate Armed Services Committee recommended in the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) (S.3254 Section 842) the “maximum amount of allowable costs of compensation of contractor employees” should be

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White House Memo Details Plan to Award More Contracts to Small Businesses

The Obama administration is pressuring agencies to award more contracts to small businesses.  The new small business friendly requirements were included in a June 6, 2012 memorandum signed by Joe Jordan, the recently confirmed Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy and Karen Mills, Administrator of the Small Business Administration, (SBA).  The memorandum focuses on increasing small business

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Is Getting a GSA Schedule on Your Schedule Soon?

In written testimony to the House Small Business Committee on June 7, 2012, Steve Kempf, Commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, said: “GSA needs greater agility, federal agencies need faster access to emerging solutions, and small businesses need real access to areas of opportunity in the federal market.” He also added “The MAS [GSA Schedules Program] program is perpetually open to qualified new offers and, while vibrant markets exist in some of the Schedules, we have reached the point of saturation in others.”  The solution as proposed by GSA: “[a] determination of whether it [specific Schedules and SINs] represents an opportunity for continued innovation and program growth, or if it is an area no longer in need of additional contractors.”

This means that

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