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  • 04 Apr 2016 8:58 PM | Anonymous

    Fellow service contractors,

    I find myself full of enthusiasm now that I’ve stepped into this role as president of Tidewater Association of Service Contractors.  I am proud that already this year TASC has provided the service contractor community with the informative AMIC Industry Day and I remain impressed by how hard TASC board members, along with their counterparts at Tidewater Government Industry Council (TGIC), are working to bring us more learning and networking opportunities.

    Just around the corner, on April 26th, TGIC is slated to provide a briefing on contract representations and certifications.  This will be a valuable experience for attendees, as these knowledgeable and respected speakers are scheduled: Beverly Arviso of Arviso, Inc, specialist in accounting and compliance; procurement counselor Linda Owen, George Mason University; and government contracts counselor Brad Reaves of ReavesColey PLLC.  Audience questions and interaction, strictly on a non-attribution basis, is encouraged.  This informative event will run from 8:30 to 11:00 am on the Virginia Beach campus of Tidewater Community College.

    Please Register at: https://tasc-tgic.org/event-2179393

    Two weeks later, on May 11th, we’ll be treated to a unique Industry Day when TASC partners with the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) to bring us a panel of IT insiders discussing the state and future of naval IT and cyber implications.  The panel’s format promises to give attendees plenty of opportunity to pose questions, add comments, or provide additional insight.  Following that panel we’ll enjoy lunch and be addressed by Captain Scott Heller, Commanding Officer, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Atlantic.  Other experts from SPAWAR will join Captain Heller to ensure we’re up-to-date on a variety of issues, including SPAWAR contracting procedures, the command’s relations with small businesses, and a forecast of approaching service opportunities.  The day, held at the Doubletree Hotel at Norfolk Airport, is sure to be busy and informative. 

    Schedule:

    10:00 - Registration/networking

    10:30 – AFCEA naval IT panel discussion with cyber focus

    12:00 – Luncheon keynote by Captain Scott Heller, SPAWAR Atlantic

    1:00 – SPAWAR Industry day presentations

    3:00 – Event conclusion

     

    Please Register at: https://tasc-tgic.org/event-2198529/Registration

     

    Undergoing planning for deeper in the year is an Industry Day revolving around Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Dahlgren Division, including Combat Direction Systems Activity (CDSA), Dam Neck.  We’re extremely lucky here in Hampton Roads to host so many military commands—TASC will naturally be inviting others to join us at future Industry Days, so watch for announcements once plans take shape, and be sure to refer to the TASC / TGIC group on LinkedIn to keep abreast of local networking opportunities and TASC and TGIC news.

    Because TASC has grown focused on providing quarterly Industry Days, our bylaws needed revision.  Those updated bylaws, including electronic forms of communication, will soon be posted.

    With the April and May events looming and other gatherings already on the horizon, I hope my enthusiasm is understandable.  Not only do I look forward to learning about business opportunities and how to provide better service but I enjoy the camaraderie and networking opportunities TASC provides.  We’ve enjoyed large attendance at past Industry Days and I hope to see more large audiences at the approaching events.  Even with a large audience, please don’t hesitate to seek me out just to say “hello” or introduce yourself.

    Kelly Bose


  • 08 Oct 2015 8:48 PM | Kenneth McMahon (Administrator)

    On October 2, 2015, the DoD published a final interim rule, 80 Fed. Reg. 59581, to revise the DoD –  Defense Industrial Base (DIB) cybersecurity information sharing program regulations, thus providing yet another alteration to a series of changes made this year to the growing regulations concerning cybersecurity. The rule is intended to harmonize with other DoD security rules and further streamline the monitoring and reporting process for cyber incidents – to establish a single reporting mechanism for cyber incidents. The changes are mandated by the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act and apply to all covered DoD contractors and subcontractors.

     

    The rule implements a mandatory cyber incident reporting requirement that will apply to all forms of contracts and other agreements between DoD and DIB entities. All such contracts and agreements must include (through incorporation by reference or express inclusion) the reporting requirements set forth in the rule. The rule requires “rapid reporting” of any cyber incidents “that result in an actual or potentially adverse effect on a covered contractor information system or covered defense information residing therein, or on a contractor’s ability to provide operationally critical support” within 72 hours of the incident. This requirement is focused on cyber incidents implicating “technical information controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations or the Export Administration Regulations or otherwise controlled by DOD and operational security information that relates to DoD activities.” However, such focus does not abrogate a contractor’s reporting responsibility for other types of controlled unclassified information (CUI), such as personally identifiable information (PII) or financial information, set forth in other cyber incident reporting requirements.

     

    The rule also modifies eligibility criteria to permit greater participation in the DoD-DIB cybersecurity information sharing program, which allows participants to share government furnished information and other cyber threat information from the government and other program participants. The notice provides that companies participating in the program will not receive any competitive advantage, and non-participation will not be punished.  

     

    Importantly, under the rule, contractors will incur costs associated with implementing and executing the requirements for cyber incident reporting. These costs include “identifying and analyzing cyber incidents and their impact on covered defense information, or a contractor's ability to provide operationally critical support, as well as obtaining DoD-approved medium assurance certificates to ensure authentication and identification when reporting cyber incidents to DoD.” Additionally, the rule builds on the government’s requirements for safeguarding unclassified controlled technical information, which has been recently updated to require contractors to adhere to the applicable National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) security controls.

     

    The rule is effective as of October 2, 2015 for all new contracts with the DoD; however, the comment period is open until December 1, 2015.

     This Legislative Update has been provided by Terence Murphy and Christopher T. Page of the Government Contracts and Construction Practice Group, Kaufman & Canoles, P.C., who can be reached at (757) 624-3139 or tmurphy@kaufcan.com and (757) 259-3847 or ctpage@kaufcan.com for more information

  • 10 Sep 2015 8:34 PM | Kenneth McMahon (Administrator)

    President's Corner
    Bottom Line Up Front: Registration is available for the Members-Only Fiscal Year End Networking Event at O'Connor Brewing on Thursday Sept 24th 2015 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM: 

    Please consider renewing your membership with TASC and join us on Thursday Sept 24 at O’Connor Brewing.

    Dear TASC Members and Friends,

    Thank you for your continued support and attendance. In the past year we have seen a renewed passion in TASC participation and events. TASC’s concept to focus on quarterly industry days has really been proven through increased attendance, membership, and sponsorship.
     
    Our past three events (USCG, SPAWAR, CDSA Dam Neck/NSWC Dahlgren) have drawn nearly 200 attendees. These successful events have allowed for increased networking and awareness, but most importantly, increased access to government decision makers.
     
    We continue our commitment to provide relevant and current presenters who offer much insight into specific opportunities coming to the Hampton Roads government contracting environment. Please visit our site to download previous presentations that include contracting overview presentations for upcoming opportunities and future focus areas.

     
     
    Upcoming Events:

    Fiscal Year End Networking Event

    This is a FREE members only event. We want to thank our loyal members as well as encourage membership renewals and new members by offering this event at no cost. Please consider renewing your membership with TASC and join us on Thursday Sept 24 at O’Connor Brewing.

    This event will also be used to generate donations for the SLEEPTIGHT Hampton Roads organization. The SLEEPTIGHT program provides an opportunity for any low-income parent in Hampton Roads to receive a portable crib and an education on safe infant sleeping practices at no cost.

    Registration is available (ONLY 10 SPOTS REMAINING!!!)

    http://tasc-tgic.org/events/registration.php.
     

    TGIC Exchange Brief – GSA OASIS

    TGIC will be hosting an Exchange Briefing on October 28th at the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center – ODU. This is an opportunity to learn more about the vehicle and get direct access to decision makers.

    OASIS and OASIS Small Business (SB) are multiple award, Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts that provide flexible and innovative solutions for complex professional services. These contracts:

    Span many areas of expertise and mission spaces;

    • Span multiple professional service disciplines;

    • Allow flexibility for all contract types, including hybrids and cost-reimbursement, at the task order level; and

    • Allow ancillary support components, commonly referred to as Other Direct Costs (ODC), at the task order level.

    • The core disciplines of the contract include program management services, management consulting services, logistics services, engineering services, scientific services, and financial services

    Thanks!
    Mike Klett

    President

  • 02 Jan 2015 11:18 AM | Kenneth McMahon (Administrator)

    President's Corner
    Dear TASC Members and Friends,


    We are incredibly excited to announce that registration has been opened for
    our first INDUSTRY DAY of 2015!!!

    On February 24th, TASC will host the United States Coast Guard Command
    Control Communications Engineering Center (C3CEN) at the Airport Doubletree Hotel in Norfolk. As TASC has done in the past with SPAWAR
    and NSWC, C3CEN contracting representatives will keynote our lunch
    address, and then will provide after lunch sessions on contracting and
    emerging requirements, including signup sessions with contracting
    representatives to close out the event. Registration/Networking runs from
    11:30-12:00, lunch and keynote from 12:00-1:00, and then Industry Day
    continues (with presentations and signup meetings with C3CEN) from 1:15-3:30.


    Registration is available online at: http://tasctgic.org/events/registration.php.
    This event is also being advertised by C3CEN through www.fbo.gov , so we
    fully expect that we will reach our limit of 100 attendees (so register early!).
    Also, please contact Mike Klett (Vice President) michael.klett@kcginc.
    net, 757-721-5040 or Brad Reaves (President) brad.reaves@reavescoley.com if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for this event (limited sponsorships available).

    TASC Members pay the reduced price of $30.00 for the luncheon, so please
    join TASC or renew your membership today. In 2015, TASC is working to
    connect you with the Agencies and Commands that have the Contracts you
    want!

    Thanks!
    Brad Reaves
    President
    president@tasctgic.org


    Legislative Update
    SBA Proposes to Liberalize Subcontracting and Joint Venture Rules on Set-Aside Contracts

    At the very end of 2014, the Small Business Administration issued proposed
    amendments to its existing regulations governing (a) how much of a set-aside contract that a small business may subcontract to other companies and (b) when small businesses may form joint ventures to pursue set-aside work. The new rules are intended to implement changes enacted in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.

    Subcontracting Limits Liberalized. The SBA’s limitations on subcontracting
    are intended to protect the integrity of small business set-aside contracts, 8(a) contracts, SDVO SBC contracts, HUBZone contracts and WSOB and
    EDWSOB contracts by requiring that the eligible prime contractor itself
    perform a substantial portion of the work awarded under the contract.

    The biggest change in the proposed rules is to exclude, in calculating the
    percentage of work subcontracted by the prime, that portion subcontracted to a “similarly situated entity” (i.e., depending on the type of contract, another small business, another 8(a) concern, another SDVO SBC, another HUBZone concern, or another WOSB or EDWOSB).

    The upshot of the proposed new rules would be to reduce the percentage of
    the work that must be performed by the small-business prime contractor’s
    own employees as long as one (or more) of the subcontractors is a similarly
    situated entity.


    As an aside, the limiting percentages for subcontract work remain the same
    but the method of calculating has been somewhat modified. Excluding amounts subcontracted to “similarly situated entities”, the percentage limitation on subcontracting for both services and supplies is 50% of “the amount paid by the government” to the prime contractor. For construction contracts, the SBA proposes to maintain the current percentages:  i.e., no more than 85% of the amount paid by the government to the prime contractor may be subcontracted to firms that are not “similarly situated” in
    the case of general construction, while the limitation is 75% in the case of any construction contract for a “special trade” contractors.

    Joint Ventures on Smaller Procurements. Another important change made by the proposed amended rules would be to permit a joint venture for a small-business (or 8(a)), SDVO SBC, HUBZone, WOSB or EDWOSB) set-aside
    contract as long as each member of the joint venture is small under the size
    standard corresponding to the NAICS code assigned to the contract. Under
    the current rules, in addition to the exclusion from affiliation given to an 8(a)
    protégé firm that joint ventures with its mentor, a joint venture is permitted
    only if the procurement is bundled or considered large (i.e., a procurement
    greater than one-half of a NAICS code with a revenue-based standard, or, if
    the NAICS code assigned to the contract is an employee-based size standard, a procurement greater than $10,000,000).

    The SBA justifies proposing to remove this procurement size threshold for
    permitting joint ventures by asserting that it will help in achieving government-wide small-business contracting goals. Moreover, the change
    better aligns the joint venture rules with the liberalized limitations on
    subcontracting discussed above.


    This Legislative Update has been provided by Charles McPhillips of the
    Government Contracts and Construction Practice Group, Kaufman & Canoles, P.C., who can be reached at (757) 6243178 or cvmcphillips@kaufcan.com for more information.

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