Back at it… and more on the benefits of the Mentor-Protege Program

We’ve been quiet here at the FedNewsFeed, but I’ve been monitoring news and haven’t seen many ground breaking articles recently.  This piece about the SBA Mentor-Protege program is a general overview of how larger companies like Lockheed Martin call on smaller companies for their specialized experience.  The program is an avenue for these smaller companies to access work opportunities with the federal government.

Mentor/Protege Program: A way into the world of defense

Source: WAAYTV
Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 3:37 pm |Updated: 8:06 am, Thu Aug 13, 2015.

Walking through the Space and Missile Defense Symposium you will see big defense contractors everywhere you turn but even more populous are the small business booths.
The symposium is a fantastic networking opportunity for smaller businesses hoping to make waves in the world of defense and one program in particular can even more helpful. It is called the mentor/protege program and many large defense contractors participate in it, one of those companies if Northrop Grumman. Read the full article.
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PilieroMazza Weekly Report for 4/17/2015

pillieromazzalogoPlease Click Here for the Weekly Report (opens PDF).

In this week’s report:

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

  • DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Small Entity Compliance Guide
  • DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Interim Rule to Amend FAR Regarding Further Amendments to Equal Employment Opportunity
  • GSA Turns the Lights on at Acquisition.gov
  • DoD Issues Implementation Directive for Better Buying Power 3.0: Achieving Dominant Capabilities Through Technical Excellence and Innovation
  • Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee Issues FY 2014 Report on Federal Agency Suspension and Debarment Activities

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

  • SBA Issues Proposed Rule to Amend Surety Bond Guarantee Program

– See more at: http://www.pilieromazza.com/weekly-update-newsletter#sthash.TKXbkHyR.dpuf

Northrup Grumman in new Mentor-Protege agreement

From Nasdaq Globenewswire – “Under the 36-month agreement, Northrop Grumman will assist QTEC, Inc., a small, woman-owned business located in Huntsville, to enhance QTEC’s engineering and technology capabilities, business infrastructure and business development. Key focus areas include information assurance and DOD certifications, cybersecurity operations, emerging security technologies and systems engineering.”

Read the full article here.

 

PilieroMazza Weekly Report for 3/13/2015

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In this week’s report:

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

  • DoD Issues Notice to Publish an Updated List of Product Categories for Which Federal Prison Industries Have a Significant Market Share
  • DOL and OMB Issue a Memorandum Regarding the Implementation of the President’s Executive Order on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces
  • DOT Issues Notice to Announce New Contracting Initiative

VETERANS AFFAIRS

  • VA Issues Final Rule to Implement VOSB and SDVOSB Status Protests

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

  • SBA Reopens Comment Period for the Proposed Rule to Implement Provisions of the NDAA of 2013 Published December 29, 2014
  • A Notice was Issued for the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled

– See more at: http://www.pilieromazza.com/weekly-update-newsletter#sthash.tx8SMjfD.dpuf

PilieroMazza Weekly Report for 2/27/2015

pillieromazzalogoIt has been a few weeks since the last Weekly Report from our lawyers in  DC.  Please Click Here for the latest report.   There are some pending changes to SBA limitations on subcontracting that are worth noting.

In this week’s report:

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

  • SBA Considering Extending Comment Period for Proposed Rule on the Limitations on Subcontracting
  • GSA Issues Proposed Rule to Amend Federal Property Management Regulations/Federal Management Regulation; Supply and Procurement
  • DoD Updates Synchronized Pre-Deployment and Operational Tracker Business Rule
  • DoD Issues Final Rule to Amend DFARS Domestic Source Restrictions on Certain Naval Vessel Components (DFARS Case 2014-D022)
  • President Obama Signs Executive Order 13691, Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing
  • A Notice Was Issued for the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severly Disabled

 

PilieroMazza Weekly Report for 2/6/2015

pillieromazzalogoPlease Click Here for the Weekly Report. There are some major changes to the  SBA Mentor Protege program…

In this week’s report:

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

  • DOL Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Discrimination on the Basis of Sex

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

  • SBA Issues Proposed Rule to Amend Small Business Mentor Protégé Program, Small Business Size Regulations, Government Contracting Programs, 8(a) Business Development/Small Disadvantaged Business Status Determinations; HUBZone Program; WOSB Federal Contract Program, and Rules of Procedure Governing Cases Before OHA
  • SBA Issues Notice of Intent to Waive the Nonmanufacturer Rule for Warehouse Instantly Adjustable Racking Systems
  • Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled: Several Notices were Issued

PilieroMazza Weekly Report for 12/19/2014

pillieromazzalogoPlease Click Here for the Weekly Report. In this week’s report:

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

  • DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Proposed Rule to Amend FAR Prohibition on Contracting With Inverted Domestic Corporations – Representations and Notifications
  • DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-79
  • DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Interim Rule to Amend FAR Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors
  • DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue the Small Entity Compliance Guide
  • NASA OIG Conducts Audit Regarding Costs Incurred on NASA’s Cost-Type Contract
  • Linking Small Business Subcontractors to Prime Contracts Is Not Feasible Using Current Systems

CAPITOL HILL

  • Defense Bill Extends Disputed Small Business Program
  • Notices Issued by the Committee for the Purchase From People Who are Blind or Severely Disabled