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DLA NOTICE TO SUPPLIERS

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Topic: NOTICE TO SUPPLIERS NIST 800-171 ASSESSMENTS EXPORT-CONTROLLED TECH DATA

Notice to DLA Suppliers: Export-controlled technical information is Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)/Controlled Technical Information (CTI). DLA suppliers seeking export-controlled technical data for DLA procurement opportunities must have a current National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171 cybersecurity assessment (i.e., not more than 3 years old unless a lesser time is specified in the solicitation) posted to the DoD Supplier Performance Risk System (SPRS) to be considered for award. DLA Suppliers who currently have an approved Enhanced Joint Certification (JCP) but have not posted their NIST SP 800-171 assessment to SPRS will not be able to access export-controlled technical data in DLA’s technical data repository after 16 August 2021. Instructions for posting an assessment on SPRS can be found at https://www.sprs.csd.disa.mil/. For additional information on NIST SP 800-171 assessments and other DoD requirements for safeguarding covered defense information please see DFARS Clause 252.204-7020 NIST SP 800-171 DoD Assessment Requirements. If you have any questions, please e-mail DLAJ344DataCustodian@dla.mil.  

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Notice to 8(a) Clients

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For 8(a) Participants that received the 1-year 8(a) program extension, their new program dates may not yet be reflected or updated in DSBS and SAM.gov.   

The SBA is aware of system issues transmitting updates between SBA and these systems.

If OSDBU’s or Contracting Officers are concerned about the 8(a) Participant’s program status, they should contact their SBA District Office to confirm the 8(a) Participant’s program status.

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WOSB Alert!

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Does your EIN Number begin with a 0?   When beginning your WOSB Application, you are asked to “Claim Your Business.”  You are asked to enter your EIN number; however, if your number begins with a zero, the system does not recognize your number and rejects it.  Please resubmit by omitting the zero, and you will be able to Claim your business and continue your application.

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Government-wide SDVOSB Certification

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With the passage of the FY21 NDAA, government-wide SDVOSB verification is coming. Check out the Koprince Law, LLC article on what to expect: https://smallgovcon.com/service-disabled-veteran-owned-small-businesses/congress-approves-government-wide-sdvosb-certification-requirement-transfers-cve-to-sba/

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8(a) certification extended

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8(a) certification extended to 10 years for companies admitted before 9/9/2020

From page 400 of the FY2021 NDAA (Public Law No: 116-283):

“SEC. 889. EXTENSION OF PARTICIPATION IN 8(A) PROGRAM.

(a) IN GENERAL.—The Administrator of the Small Business Administration shall ensure that a small business concern participating in the program established under section 8(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637) on or before September 9, 2020, may elect to extend such participation by a period of 1 year, regardless of whether the small business concern previously elected to suspend participation in the program pursuant to guidance of the Administrator.

(b) EMERGENCY RULEMAKING AUTHORITY.—Not later than 15 days after the date of enactment of this section, the Administrator shall issue regulations to carry out this section without regard to the notice requirements under section 553(b) of title 5, United States Code.

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Changes to SBA WOSB/EDWOSB Certification

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It’s important to be aware of the SBA’s new certification process for WOSB/EDWOSB. As of October 15, 2020, all new WOSB/EDWOSB set asides posted in this socio-economic category will only be awarded to firms who have officially applied for, and were approved by, the SBA on their new site, https://beta.certify.sba.gov/. If you are only self-certified in the old site, certify.sba.gov, you will not be qualified to bid on new set asides and still need to apply through the new site. If you are third party certified, you still need to apply on the new site and need to upload your 3rd party certifier certificate.  

As a PTAC client, assistance in the certification process is part of the service we provide free of charge.  We have already assisted dozens of firms to successfully navigate the application process so please allow us to go through the process with you. If you want to know more about how we may assist with this process please reach out to your counselor or email us directly at ptac@gmu.edu. Not yet a client? Learn more: https://virginiaptac.org/services/counseling/  

Lisa Wood

Statewide Director of the Virginia PTAC

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Virginia PTAC seeking new counselors

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We’re hiring!

If you know someone knowledgeable about Federal or State procurement who is may be interested in seeking a full or part-time employment as a Procurement Counselor at George Mason University, please share these job announcements:

Full Time Procurement Counselor serving Central Virginia including the area from Roanoke through Harrisonburg, Charlottesville through Fredericksburg and all the areas in between: https://jobs.gmu.edu/postings/48335

Part Time Procurement Counselor (with benefits) serving Northern Virginia from our Fairfax office: https://jobs.gmu.edu/postings/48332

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Beware GovCon Predators

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This real looking website is actually a fake.

Please don’t be duped into giving away your login.gov password by a fraudulent website using phishing and website spoofing to make you believe you landed on the correct page. This one will be taken down but more will take its place so practice safe and sensible precautions such as:

  • Avoid clicking on links sent by someone you don’t know and/or weren’t expecting a message from;
  • Look for typos in emails and website addresses. sam-gov is NOT the same as sam.gov;
  • Don’t rely on a browser or search engine to give you the right website. Ads and clever page rank strategies can often push the illegitimate websites into the first search results you see;
  • Teach yourself about cybersecurity and attend our upcoming CMMC training to become savvy and recognize the tricks employed by these predators. Find the latest training by searching our events calendar: https://virginiaptac.ecenterdirect.com/events and use the key word CMMC in your search

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COVID-19 Impact and Resource Links

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Virginia PTAC is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on government contractors.  Our greatest concern is for the health, safety, and well-being of our clients and staff.  As a unit of George Mason University, we continue to comply with GMU’s operational directives, and that of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Our staff continues to serve clients remotely but if you have questions, please visit our guidance regarding operational impacts https://virginiaptac.org/faq/operational-impact-during-covid-19-pandemic/ for more guidance about counseling, training, and events.

To keep you apprised of resources and solicitations being distributed daily, we encourage you to follow our social media (top right corner of every virginiaptac.org webpage) and have established this link for government contractors impacted by COVID-19: https://virginiaptac.org/useful-link/covid-19-resources/. We will update this information regularly with the latest news during this difficult time. Please email ptac@gmu.edu if you are aware of a resource we haven’t posted.

When we resume normal operations and allow in-person appointments again, we will provide notification. Please stay safe, healthy, and keep us in the loop on how you are doing!

Sincerely,

Virginia PTAC Counselors and Staff

ptac@gmu.edu

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IMPORTANT MAS CONSOLIDATION NOTICE

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The long-awaited MAS Mass Mod for current GSA Schedule holders is scheduled to be released THIS Friday, January 31st. Below is a checklist of things to prepare yourself for Phase II of GSA’s Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Consolidation:

  • Review GSA’s Available Offerings Attachment for information on where your currently awarded SINs will be mapped under the new MAS consolidated structure.
  • Ensure your SAM Registration has the appropriate NAICS codes lined up with your newly mapped MAS SINs.
  • Review the status of any outstanding SIN addition or deletion modifications. GSA is planning to have all SIN related modifications resolved prior to contractors accepting the upcoming Mass Mod.
  • If you are in the process of exercising an option for your current Schedule contract, please consult with your CO/CS prior to accepting the Mass Mod.
  • Review the MAS Mass Mod THOROUGHLY, making sure you take note of and respond to each clause that is required or pertinent to your company, as you MUST respond to every single one.
  • Work with your assigned GSA CO/CS to ensure completion of your SIN mapping once the MAS Mass Mod is accepted
  • All contractors will need to complete a SIP upload for GSA eLibrary and GSA Advantage! to reflect the new MAS SIN(s) within 30 days of acceptance.
  • Ensure all marketing material referencing to your GSA contract includes the new Schedule name, Schedule number, Large Category, Subcategory, and SIN structure.

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