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Department of Defense (DoD) Seeks Comments on Draft Commercial Item Acquisition Guidebooks

The Department of Defense’s (DoD) goal for procurement is to have an efficient acquisition system that is effective in providing support to the warfighter. The use of commercial item acquisition is seen as one way of achieving this goal, however there are currently varying levels of understanding and consistency within DoD regarding determining commerciality and in determining fair and reasonable prices.

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Government Reluctantly Raises Contractor Executive Compensation Ceiling

Although the White House and others in Congress have been trying to devise a method of capping contractor pay, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), per statute, raised the reimbursable compensation limit on the top 5 highest paid executives. Per Federal Register, Vol. 77, No. 78, the compensation limit was raised to $763,029 for compensation earned in FY 2011 and subsequent periods, until revised. This is an increase of nearly 10% over the previous limit.

It is important to note the

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SBA Proposes to Significantly Increase Many Small Business Size Standards

As part of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is required to conduct a detailed review of all size standards. As a result of its preliminary research, the SBA stated that it “recognizes that changes in industry structure and the Federal marketplace over time have rendered existing size standards for some industries no longer supportable by current data”. As a result, the SBA issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register on March 16, 2011 to significantly increase the size standards for the majority of NAICS codes under Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (NAICS Sector 54). This would be the first such increase since July, 2008.  If this change is approved, many GSA Schedule Contract holders (especially those under MOBIS, AIMS, PES, HREEO, EAS, LOGWORLD, 03FAC, or FABS) are likely to be reclassified as a small business under the new standards.

A table of the proposed changes is as follows:

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