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  • Dec
  • 12
  • 2014

Call for Applications! Master of Science in Contract Management (835) Commencing Tuesday 7 July 2015 By Distance Learning using a Web-based, Virtual Classroom Environment The Naval Postgraduate School and its School of Business and Public Policy are pleased to announce the offering of an eight quarter part-time Master of Science in Contract Management by distance learning commencing Tuesday 7 July 2015. Students that complete the degree program also earn DAWIA level III Training Requirements for the CON Series and DAU Equivalency for ACQ101, 201, 370, BCF103, EVM101, PMT251, and PMT257. The program also meets DAWIA requirements for 24 hours of business subjects and 40 hours of annual continuous learning. Note: DAU changes made after the establishment of this program for the 2015-2017 tracks will be reviewed and accommodated if and where feasible.

Attached are:  1)  MSCM Call for Applications
                          2)  MSCM Curriculum
                          3)  MSCM Tuition letter commencing
                          4)  Participation Agreement for NPS Distance Learning

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  • Dec
  • 11
  • 2014

Upcoming Webinar: Government Furnished Property Basics (1200 EST START TIME)

Ms. Carol Vigna and Mr. David Guinasso will present Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy developed Government Furnished Property Basics webinar on 17 December 2014 at 1200PM EST. The webinar will be 1.5 hours in length. Participants may earn continuous learning points with supervisor concurrence.

Training topics include: GFP definition; applicable FAR & DFARS clauses; and a step-by-step tutorial for accomplishing GFP attachments, required by PGI 245.103-72. This webinar is intended for all members of the acquisition community. To participate in the webinar, click https://connect.dco.dod.mil/gfpbasicsdecember2014/ for entry into Defense Connect Online (DCO) to access the webinar.

Please dial in to: 888-426-6840 and enter code: 40571574#

As a reminder, enter the DCO as a GUEST with your name/organization and the number of people in attendance. Do not enter using your CAC card.

Contact for any questions or concerns: Carol Vigna, DPAP GFP Lead at Carol.A.Vigna.civ@mail.mil

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  • Dec
  • 4
  • 2014

CAOC 2015 Acquisition Excellence Award Nominations

The Chief Acquisition Officers Council is seeking nominations for the 2015 Acquisition Excellence Award and Small Business Excellence Award, to recognize acquisition professionals who contribute to outstanding improvements in acquisition throughout the federal government.

Nominations are being solicited for federal employees engaged in team or individual activities that led to excellent results in FY 2014. The awards will be presented at Acquisition Excellence in Washington, D.C. in March, 2015. Further details are provided here.

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  • Dec
  • 3
  • 2014

Upcoming FAR rules on government-wide statutory prohibition against contracting with inverted domestic corporations and their subsidiaries

The purpose of this alert is to advise you of upcoming changes to clarify FAR coverage of the continuing government-wide statutory prohibition on contracting with inverted domestic corporations (IDCs) and their subsidiaries. Under this prohibition, an IDC is an entity that used to be incorporated in the United States, or used to be a partnership in the United States, but is now incorporated in a foreign country (see 6 U.S.C. 395, on which the government-wide prohibition is based).

Starting in fiscal year 2008, there has been in effect a government-wide statutory prohibition against contracting with IDCs and their subsidiaries. This prohibition was first enacted in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 (Public Law 110-161, Division D, section 745), and the prohibition has been continued in all subsequent fiscal years, through the appropriations acts and continuing resolutions (CRs). In the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (Public Law 113-76), this prohibition was included as section 733 of Division E, and this prohibition continues to remain in effect under the current CR (the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015; Public Law 113-164), which provides appropriations through December 11, 2014.

The statutory prohibition on contracting with IDCs and their subsidiaries is addressed at FAR 9.108. The FAR Council will soon publish amendments to FAR 9.108, in an interim rule, that will clarify that the FAR provision remains in effect for as long as the statutory prohibition is in effect in its current form, including during a continuing resolution. Other clarifications will also be made to reinforce the prohibition. In addition, the FAR Council will publish a proposed rule for public comment with new additional steps by offerors and contractors to help contracting officers ensure compliance with the ban. In particular, an offeror would be required to affirmatively attest in its offer whether or not it is an IDC. If an existing government contractor inverts after contract award, it would be required to inform the contracting officer within 5 business days of the date of inversion event.

Please share this alert with members of your acquisition workforce and other interested offices to ensure awareness of the government-wide statutory prohibition and the upcoming FAR clarifications.

If you have any questions regarding this alert, please contact Ray Wong, email: rwong@omb.eopgov tel: 202-395-6805. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

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  • Oct
  • 8
  • 2014

National Industries for the Blind Honors

Mr. Richard Ginman with Spirit of Independence Award

Richard Ginman, Director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, was recognized at an awards banquet during the National Industries for the Blind (NIB)/National Association for the Employment of People Who Are Blind National Conference and Exposition, held in Arlington, VA. Mr. Ginman was presented with the Spirit of Independence Award by the Honorable Gary Krump, Esq., Chairperson of the NIB Board of Directors, and by Mr. Kevin Lynch, President and CEO of NIB. This award recognizes an individual in government who has demonstrated a commitment to advancing economic and personal independence for people who are blind. Congratulations!

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  • Oct
  • 6
  • 2014

Guidance to DoD contracting activities supporting operations in Iraq and Syria

On September 14, 2014, the Secretary of Defense designated operations in Iraq and Syria as a contingency operation in accordance with Title 10 USC 101(a)(13). When awarding contracts outside the United States to be performed outside the United States or for purchases made outside the United States in support of these operations, apply increased contingency acquisition thresholds at the FAR 2.101(b) definition of "micro-purchase threshold" ($30,000) and "simplified acquisition threshold" ($1,000,000), and at FAR 13.5(e) for Test Program for Certain Commercial Items ($12,000,000) with an effective date of September 14, 2014. These thresholds only apply for contracts awarded and performed or purchases made outside the United States. In the case of any contract to be awarded and performed or purchase to be made inside the United States in support of these operations, apply increased "micro-purchase threshold" of $15,000 and "simplified acquisition threshold" of $300,000. The Test Program Threshold for Certain Commercial Items remains at $12,000,000.

Contracting officers shall use the NIA code O14S in their FPDS contract action reports for all contracts in support of operations in Iraq and Syria.

Additional guidance for use of the purchase card during Contingency, Emergency, and Humanitarian Aid Operations may be found in Appendix B of the DoD charge Card Guide book found at http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/pdi/pc/policy_documents.html

For further updates on operations in Iraq and Syria, please monitor OSD DPAP Contingency Contracting's HOT TOPICS link at http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/pacc/cc/index.html

Contact details for DPAP Contingency Contracting: 571-256-2945 (DSN 499), osd.pentagon.ousd-atl.mbx.contingency-contracting@mail.mil

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  • Sep
  • 26
  • 2014

Upcoming Webinar: Government Furnished Property Basics

Ms. Carol Vigna and Mr. David Guinasso will present Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy developed Government Furnished Property Basics webinars on 22 October 2014 at 1400 EST and on 29 October 2014 at 1000 EST. Each webinar will be 1.5 hours in length and include the same content. Participants may earn continuous learning points with supervisor concurrence.

Training topics include: GFP definition; applicable FAR & DFARS clauses; and a step-by-step tutorial for accomplishing GFP attachments, required by PGI 245.103-72. This webinar is intended for all members of the acquisition community. To participate in either webinar, click here for entry into Defense Connect Online (DCO) to access the webinar. Please dial in to: 888-426-6840 and enter code: 40571574#

As a reminder, enter the DCO as a GUEST with your name/organization and the number of people in attendance. Do not enter using your CAC card.

Contact for any questions or concerns: Carol Vigna, DPAP GFP Lead at Carol.A.Vigna.civ@mail.mil

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  • Sep
  • 22
  • 2014

Guidance Provided for DoD Activities Supporting Operation United Assistance

On September 15, 2014, the Secretary of Defense approved Execute Order that authorizes the DoD to provide support to the United States Government (USG) humanitarian and disaster relief efforts for the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa, under the named Operation United Assistance (OUA). OUA is a declared humanitarian operation under 10 U.S.C. 2302(8) and FAR Part 2.101.

In supporting DoD's response to Operation United Assistance, apply the authority provided at DFARS 218.270. When a "humanitarian or peacekeeping operation" is named, the simplified acquisition threshold is raised to $300,000 for DoD purchases that are awarded and performed, or purchases that are made, outside the United States in support of that operation. The simplified acquisition threshold is defined at DFARS 202.101.

This authority does not increase the simplified acquisition threshold for stateside purchases.

Establishment of the new National Interest Action (NIA) Code for Operation United Assistance (OUA): The NIA code of O14E has been established for OUA in response to the Ebola Outbreak. Please ensure your contracting officers use the NIA code O14E in their FPDS contract action reports for all contracts in support of OUA efforts.

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  • Jul
  • 18
  • 2014

Upcoming Public Meeting: Contractor Business Systems Compliance , August 18, 2014

Department of Defense (DoD) is hosting a public meeting to obtain the views of experts and interested parties on DoD's proposal to amend the DFARS to entrust contractors with the capability to demonstrate compliance with DFARS system criteria for contractors' accounting systems, estimating systems, and material management and accounting systems, based on contractors' self-evaluations and audits by independent Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) of their choosing. More information and instructions to register for the public meeting are available at: http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/dars/business_systems_compliance.html

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  • Jul
  • 17
  • 2014

Upcoming Webinar: Government Furnished Property Basics—Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Ms. Carol Vigna and Mr. David Guinasso will present a Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy developed Government Furnished Property Basics webinar on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 at 1100 EST and Wednesday, 30 July 2014 at 1300 EST. Each webinar will be 1.5 hours in length and participants may earn continuous learning points with supervisor concurrence. Both webinars contain the same content.

Training topics include: GFP definition; applicable FAR & DFARS clauses; and a step-by-step tutorial for accomplishing GFP attachments, required by PGI 245.103-72. This webinar is intended for all members of the acquisition community.

To participate in the 1100 EST session on 29 July, click here: https://connect.dco.dod.mil/armygfpbasics29july2014 for entry into Defense Connect Online (DCO) to access the webinar. As a reminder, enter the DCO as a GUEST with your name/organization and the number of people in attendance. Do not enter using your CAC card.

To participate in the 1300 EST session on 30 July, click here https://connect.dco.dod.mil/gfpbasicsarmy/ for entry into Defense Connect Online (DCO) to access the webinar. As a reminder, enter the DCO as a GUEST with your name/organization and the number of people in attendance. Do not enter using your CAC card.

Contact for any questions or concerns: DPAP/PDI 703-585-9110 or 703-697-4452.

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  • May
  • 7
  • 2014

Upcoming Webinar: Government Furnished Property Basics for Contracting Professionals—14 May 2014

Ms. Carol Vigna and Mr. David Guinasso will present a Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy developed Government Furnished Property Basics webinar on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 at 0900 EST and 1500 EST. The webinar will be 1.5 hours in length and participants may earn continuous learning points with supervisor concurrence. Training topics include: GFP definition; applicable FAR & DFARS clauses; and a step-by-step tutorial for accomplishing GFP attachments, required by PGI 245.103-72. This webinar is intended for all members of the acquisition community. To participate in the 0900 session or 1500 session on 14 May, click here for entry into Defense Connect Online (DCO) to access the webinar. As a reminder, enter the DCO as a GUEST with your name/organization and the number of people in attendance. Do not enter using your CAC card.

Contact for any questions or concerns. Mary Petkoff, HQ AFMC/PKQ, mary.petkoff@us.af.mil, DSN: 986-0354/COM: 937-656-0354

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  • Mar
  • 14
  • 2014

Determination of Fair and Reasonable Prices When Using Federal Supply Schedule Contracts

Effective immediately, contracting officers shall comply with class deviation that clarifies that ordering activity contracting officers are responsible for making a determination of fair and reasonable pricing when using the Federal Supply Schedules. Further details are provided within the memorandum.

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  • Jan
  • 24
  • 2014

Mandatory Annual Ethics Training for the Defense Acquisition Workforce

Effective January 2014, Component Heads will ensure acquisition professionals have adequate time and resources to complete the training, and chain-of-command leaders, managers and supervisors are responsible for ensuring members complete the annual training. Further details are provided within the memorandum.

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