PilieroMazza Weekly Report for 12/12/2014

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

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

  • DoD Issues Final Rule to Amend DFARS Foreign Commercial Satellite Services (DFARS Case 2014-D010)
  • DoD Issues Final Rule to Amend DFARS Forward Pricing Rate Proposal Adequacy Checklist (DFARS Case 2012-D035)
  • DoD Issues Final Rule to Amend DFARS Elimination of Quarterly Reporting of Actual Performance Outside the United States (DFARS Case 2015-D001)
  • DoD Issues Memorandum Regarding Implementation of Uniform Procurement Identification
  • No More FOUO: Government Plans to Simplify Labeling of Sensitive Information
  • Transforming the Market Place: Simplifying Federal Procurement to Improve Performance, Drive Innovation, and Increase Savings
  • DOL OFCCP Issues Final Rule to Implement Executive Order 13672, Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity by Contractors and Subcontractors

CAPITOL HILL

  • President Signs Executive Order 13682, Closing of Executive Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government on Friday December 26, 2014

SMALL BUSINESS

  • SBA Issues Notice Seeking Public Comment Regarding Franchise Agreement Reviews, Affiliation and Eligibility for Financial Assistance
  • Notices Issued by the Committee for the Purchase From People Who are Blind or Severely Disabled
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Defense spending key to agenda for lame duck Congress

As lawmakers hurry to finalize spending legislation before funding expires on Thursday, several key items sit on the agenda.  Of greatest consideration for S&K is in regards to a defense policy bill, which in this article is phrased:

—Defense policy. Last week, the Republican-controlled House approved a $585 billion defense policy bill that grants President Barack Obama the authority to expand the U.S. military campaign against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria. The Senate is expected to take up the bill this week.

Taxes, preventing shutdown top items on the agenda of the lame-duck Congress

By The Associated Press

The lame-duck Congress has a stacked agenda and little time to accomplish it. Top items include:

—Preventing a government shutdown. Temporary funding expires Thursday, and Capitol Hill leaders are finalizing a sweeping $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund the government through September 2015.

—Tax “extenders.” Dozens of tax breaks for individuals and businesses expired in January. The House passed a bill last week extending them through the end of the year, so taxpayers can claim them on their 2014 returns. The Senate is expected to act this week.

Read the full article.