August 2017 Federal Contracting Tidbits

September 6, 2017

by Shelley Hall

Class Deviation 2017-O0006, Increased Micro-Purchased Threshold. 

DOD issued a memo implementing a class deviation that increases the micro-purchase threshold to $5,000 for DoD procurements and to $10,000 for DoD basic research programs.

Presidential Executive Order – Assessing & Strengthening Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base.

An executive order was issued to create a cross-government study on the capabilities of whether domestic manufacturing and defense industrial base can fully supply the country’s military needs. The assessment is due within 270 days of the dated executive order.

NASA Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Award Term (NFS Case 2016-N027). 

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued a final rule amending the NASA Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supplement (NFS) to add policy on the use of additional contract periods of performance or “award terms” as a contract incentive. This policy provides a non-monetary incentive for contractors whose performance is sustained at an excellent level. NASA does not expect this rule to have any significant economic impact on small entities, because it does not impose any new requirements on contractors. No substantial changes to the proposed rule were made after the comment period.

Mainstays of GSA’s OASIS Contract Office Take New Jobs.

The General Services Administration (GSA) lost the top four managers from the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services contract (OASIS) program office. OASIS managers Todd Richards, Tommy Thomas, Valerie Bindel and Cat Renfro have taken undefined jobs at GSA’s Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (FEDSIM), which focuses on complex agency acquisitions. It is unsure how the new OASIS management team may disrupt the fourth-quarter buying season.

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