SBA Issues Sweeping Regulatory Changes in Response to Presidential InitiativeThe Small Business Administration (SBA) recently published a much-anticipated final rule on a series of important regulatory amendments, including the:

  • Consolidation of the 8(a) Business Development (BD) Mentor-Protégé Program and the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program;
  • Elimination of the requirement that 8(a) participants seeking to be awarded an 8(a) contract as a joint venture (JV) submit

DoD Has Two New Cybersecurity FrameworksA recent interim rule from the Department of Defense (DoD) would create a new self-assessment methodology for the cybersecurity requirements in NIST SP 800-171. The same rule also would implement the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Framework. The interim rule, which was published on September 29, 2020, will become effective on November 30, 2020.

Significant Buy American Changes Are Coming Soon

The Federal Acquisition Regulation Council recently released a proposed rule to implement the requirements of the Maximizing Use of American-Made Goods, Products, and Materials Executive Order, which was signed by President Trump on July 15, 2019. As discussed below, the proposed rule contains important amendments regarding domestic component thresholds and domestic pricing preferences, as