Ocasionally, we look at the Federal Register, and earlier this month there was an interim rule announced for small business, for which most of our partners qualify. I’m going to give you the summary here, but if you want details, go to the Federal Register and take look at Volume 76, Issue 212, issued November 2nd.
DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 1331 of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (Jobs Act). Section 1331 addresses set-asides of task-and delivery-orders under multiple-award contracts, partial set-asides under multiple-award contracts, and the reserving of one or more multiple-award contracts that are awarded using full and open competition. Within this same context, section 1331 also addresses the Federal Supply Schedules Program managed by GSA, DoD, GSA, and NASA are coordinating with the Small Business Administration (SBA) on the development of an SBA proposed rule that wil provide greater detail regarding implementation of section 1331 authorities.
While that seems like typical government speak, you can go out and talk to your end users about 1331 and let them know you are on top of what’s going on. The government needs to spend our tax dollars with small business. Use this information with your System Integration partners as well
This post was written by Mike AtLee on November 29, 2011