Federal Highway Construction Funding Extended for Another Year Without Long-Term Plan in PlaceOne of the key refrains of national politics recently has been that we need to address, repair, and replace aging infrastructure. Of course, this leads to the core problem of funding as the amount of infrastructure construction and maintenance currently needed in the U.S. is staggering. The federal government recently put off dealing with this

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.