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  1. GSA Alerts GSA Interim Rule to Implement the Secure Federal Leases from Espionage and Suspicious Entanglements Act Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin The Secure Federal Leases from Espionage and Suspicious Entanglements Act is a bipartisan bill signed into law late last year. The bill was introduced by Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, after the findings from a 2017 report. The GAO found the GSA had leased high-security spaces from foreign owners in 20 buildings, including six FBI field offices. Some of the spaces hosted classified operations, were used for evidence storage, and housed sensitive data. Most of the federal tenants were unaware of the foreign ownership of the physical space used for the operation of sensitive activities. Of the GSA active leases for high-security facilities, the GAO was unable to identify the ownership for one-third of the locations. The law requires the disclosure of immediate and highest-level foreign ownership of facilities leased to the government. It also mandates lease language that would restrict property owners’ physical access to high-security spaces. The bill requires the GSA to identify any foreign owners of “high-security spaces” — properties with a security level of three or higher — as well as any foreigners who benefit from partial ownership of the properties. To implement provisions of the Secure Federal Leases from Espionage and Suspicious Entanglements Act, the General Services Administration unveiled an interim rule (that went into effect on Wednesday June 30, 2021), requiring the “immediate owners” of high-security space rented to the federal government to disclose foreign ownership. According to the interim rule, the GSA holds approximately 1,263 leases for high-security spaces as of June 2021, that fall under the Secure Federal Leases from Espionage and Suspicious Entanglements Act. The interim rule does not address provisions of the Secure Federal Leases Act requiring the disclosure of foreign “beneficial owners,” that is, individuals who exercise direct or indirect control over, or have economic interests in high-security spaces through “any contract, arrangement, understanding, relationship, or otherwise.” The GSA has stated this will be addressed in the future, and that the GSA is seeking some form of electronic means to implement the Federal Secure Leases Act. The GSA seeks public comments on the potential impact of the Thursday rule on federal lessors. “Comments are welcome on foreign ownership, including beneficial ownership, with the understanding that such comments may help inform a future regulatory action,” the GSA said. Have questions about the Interim Rule? Don’t hesitate to contact Centre. Stay in the know. Get industry alerts from our GSA Consulting Team. See More GSA Alerts GSA Interim Rule to Implement the Secure Federal Leases from Espionage and Suspicious Entanglements Act General Services Administration unveiled an interim rule on June 30, 2021, requiring the “immediate owners” of high-security space rented to the federal government to disclose foreign ownership. Read More » July 12, 2021 GSA Extends Moratorium on $25k minimum sales criteria through 9/30/2021 GSA extends moratorium on the enforcement of the minimum sales requirements of FAS clause I-FSS-639, Contract Sales Criteria, to September 30, 2021 Read More » July 12, 2021 Verified Products Portal (VPP) Implementation GSA develops the Verified Products Portal (VPP), for manufacturers and wholesalers to provide product content for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products. Read More » July 12, 2021 Interested in Connecting with our GSA or Legal Practice? Contact US The post GSA Interim Rule to Implement the Secure Federal Leases from Espionage and Suspicious Entanglements Act appeared first on Centre Law & Consulting. View the full article
  2. GSA Alerts GSA Extends Moratorium on $25k Minimum Sales Criteria Through 9/30/2021 Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin On June 18, 2020, The GSA Office of Government-wide Policy, OFFICE OF ACQUISITION POLICY (MV), issued the Acquisition Letter MV-20-09 to provide a temporary moratorium on the enforcement of the minimum sales requirements of FAS clause I-FSS-639, Contract Sales Criteria in Response to COVID-19. This action was then extended in Supplement 1 from September 30, 2020 to March 31, 2021. Acquisition Letter MV-20-09, Supplement 2 was issued on March 5, 2021. This action will extend the temporary moratorium on the enforcement of the minimum sales requirements of FAS clause I-FSS-639, Contract Sales Criteria, to September 30, 2021 in order to continue support of America’s response to COVID-19. l-FSS-639, Contract Sales Criteria, stipulates that the Government may cancel a GSA schedule contract if reported sales do not exceed $25,000 in the first 24 months following contract award, and exceed $25,000 in each 12-month period thereafter. The Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) was declared a nationwide emergency by the President on March 13, 2020. This declaration was made pursuant to section 501 (b) of the Stafford Act. COVID-19 has also been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020 (see the WHO webpage), and public health emergency by the Secretary of Health and Human Services on January 31, 2020 (see the Public Health Emergency webpage). The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be felt by businesses throughout the country, to include GSA’s Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) Program industry partners. Executive Order 13924 directs agencies to “identify regulatory standards that may inhibit economic recovery” and to take actions such as recission or suspension. If you have any questions regarding the moratorium extension please do not hesitate to contact the Centre Consulting Team. Stay in the know. Get industry alerts from our GSA Consulting Team. See More GSA Alerts GSA Interim Rule to Implement the Secure Federal Leases from Espionage and Suspicious Entanglements Act General Services Administration unveiled an interim rule on June 30, 2021, requiring the “immediate owners” of high-security space rented to the federal government to disclose foreign ownership. Read More » July 12, 2021 GSA Extends Moratorium on $25k minimum sales criteria through 9/30/2021 GSA extends moratorium on the enforcement of the minimum sales requirements of FAS clause I-FSS-639, Contract Sales Criteria, to September 30, 2021 Read More » July 12, 2021 Verified Products Portal (VPP) Implementation GSA develops the Verified Products Portal (VPP), for manufacturers and wholesalers to provide product content for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products. Read More » July 12, 2021 Interested in Connecting with our GSA or Legal Practice? Contact US The post GSA Extends Moratorium on $25k minimum sales criteria through 9/30/2021 appeared first on Centre Law & Consulting. View the full article
  3. GSA Alerts Verified Products Portal (VPP) Implementation Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin GSA recently developed the Verified Products Portal (VPP), for manufacturers and wholesalers to provide product content for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products. This system collects and displays authorized supplier information directly from the participating manufacturers and wholesalers with source files of product images, product videos, and pdf documents and manuals, including standardized manufacturer names, part numbers, and product specifications. The product and supplier data provided will be used to identify prohibited products and standardize contractor catalogs, ensuring products with VPP coverage are accurately represented. This will allow participating manufacturers and wholesalers to control how their products appear in GSA e-commerce platforms, ensuring product accuracy from the source suppliers. The GSA acquisition workforce is required to review VPP data to determine vendor authorization status when making determinations about new offers, modifications, and contract options. When vendors seek to add products to their schedule, the acquisition workforce will check this system, and then notify vendors regarding products that require a Letter of Supply (LOS), because the VPP data does not exist. The VPP is completely voluntary, with no cost for manufacturers or wholesalers to participate. For assistance with the Verified Products Portal, please contact the Centre Consulting Team. Stay in the know. Get industry alerts from our GSA Consulting Team. See More GSA Alerts GSA Interim Rule to Implement the Secure Federal Leases from Espionage and Suspicious Entanglements Act General Services Administration unveiled an interim rule on June 30, 2021, requiring the “immediate owners” of high-security space rented to the federal government to disclose foreign ownership. Read More » July 12, 2021 GSA Extends Moratorium on $25k minimum sales criteria through 9/30/2021 GSA extends moratorium on the enforcement of the minimum sales requirements of FAS clause I-FSS-639, Contract Sales Criteria, to September 30, 2021 Read More » July 12, 2021 Verified Products Portal (VPP) Implementation GSA develops the Verified Products Portal (VPP), for manufacturers and wholesalers to provide product content for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products. Read More » July 12, 2021 Interested in Connecting with our GSA or Legal Practice? Contact US The post Verified Products Portal (VPP) Implementation appeared first on Centre Law & Consulting. View the full article
  4. GSA Alerts GSA Interim Rule to Implement the Secure Federal Leases from Espionage and Suspicious Entanglements Act Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin The Secure Federal Leases from Espionage and Suspicious Entanglements Act is a bipartisan bill signed into law late last year. The bill was introduced by Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, after the findings from a 2017 report. The GAO found the GSA had leased high-security spaces from foreign owners in 20 buildings, including six FBI field offices. Some of the spaces hosted classified operations, were used for evidence storage, and housed sensitive data. Most of the federal tenants were unaware of the foreign ownership of the physical space used for the operation of sensitive activities. Of the GSA active leases for high-security facilities, the GAO was unable to identify the ownership for one-third of the locations. The law requires the disclosure of immediate and highest-level foreign ownership of facilities leased to the government. It also mandates lease language that would restrict property owners’ physical access to high-security spaces. The bill requires the GSA to identify any foreign owners of “high-security spaces” — properties with a security level of three or higher — as well as any foreigners who benefit from partial ownership of the properties. To implement provisions of the Secure Federal Leases from Espionage and Suspicious Entanglements Act, the General Services Administration unveiled an interim rule (that went into effect on Wednesday June 30, 2021), requiring the “immediate owners” of high-security space rented to the federal government to disclose foreign ownership. According to the interim rule, the GSA holds approximately 1,263 leases for high-security spaces as of June 2021, that fall under the Secure Federal Leases from Espionage and Suspicious Entanglements Act. The interim rule does not address provisions of the Secure Federal Leases Act requiring the disclosure of foreign “beneficial owners,” that is, individuals who exercise direct or indirect control over, or have economic interests in high-security spaces through “any contract, arrangement, understanding, relationship, or otherwise.” The GSA has stated this will be addressed in the future, and that the GSA is seeking some form of electronic means to implement the Federal Secure Leases Act. The GSA seeks public comments on the potential impact of the Thursday rule on federal lessors. “Comments are welcome on foreign ownership, including beneficial ownership, with the understanding that such comments may help inform a future regulatory action,” the GSA said. Have questions about the Interim Rule? Don’t hesitate to contact Centre. Stay in the know. Get industry alerts from our GSA Consulting Team. See More GSA Alerts GSA Interim Rule to Implement the Secure Federal Leases from Espionage and Suspicious Entanglements Act General Services Administration unveiled an interim rule on June 30, 2021, requiring the “immediate owners” of high-security space rented to the federal government to disclose foreign ownership. Read More » July 12, 2021 May 24th, 2021 SAM.gov Will Merge With beta.SAM.gov Changes SAM.gov users can expect after May 24 include but are not limited to the following. Read More » April 30, 2021 Unilateral GSA Schedule Modifications – Have You Seen a Change in Your CS/CO Assignment? With the GSA seeking to streamline Phase 3 processes, many schedule holders have received unilateral modifications with a new CS/CO assigned to their contract(s). Read More » April 30, 2021 Interested in Connecting with our GSA or Legal Practice? Contact US The post GSA Interim Rule to Implement the Secure Federal Leases from Espionage and Suspicious Entanglements Act appeared first on Centre Law & Consulting. View the full article
  5. Legal Services Government Contracts Law Bid Protests Contract Claims & Disputes Government Contracts Litigation Service Contract Labor Standards Small Business Subcontracting Subcontracts & Teaming Agreements Terminations, Suspensions, and Debarment Buy American Act & Trade Agreements Act Other Transaction Authority (OTA) Litigation, Bid Protests, Claims and Disputes Bid Protests Commercial Litigation Employment Litigation Government Contracts Litigation Cybersecurity & Privacy Law Corporate Law Labor & Employment Law Service Contract Labor Standards Export Controls, ITAR, and EAR GSA GSA & VA Schedule Offerings GSA Alerts GSA & VA Schedule FAQs Contract Administration Training CSCM Program Course Calendar Courseware Development Our Training Center Government Human Capital Solutions Government Training Courses Legal & Acquisition Services Contract Vehicles NAICS Codes Government Clients News & Articles Insights Centre in the News White Papers, Webinars, & Mini Guides Wine and Wisdom Virtual Talk Show About Us About Our People Careers Contact Menu Legal Services Government Contracts Law Bid Protests Contract Claims & Disputes Government Contracts Litigation Service Contract Labor Standards Small Business Subcontracting Subcontracts & Teaming Agreements Terminations, Suspensions, and Debarment Buy American Act & Trade Agreements Act Other Transaction Authority (OTA) Litigation, Bid Protests, Claims and Disputes Bid Protests Commercial Litigation Employment Litigation Government Contracts Litigation Cybersecurity & Privacy Law Corporate Law Labor & Employment Law Service Contract Labor Standards Export Controls, ITAR, and EAR GSA GSA & VA Schedule Offerings GSA Alerts GSA & VA Schedule FAQs Contract Administration Training CSCM Program Course Calendar Courseware Development Our Training Center Government Human Capital Solutions Government Training Courses Legal & Acquisition Services Contract Vehicles NAICS Codes Government Clients News & Articles Insights Centre in the News White Papers, Webinars, & Mini Guides Wine and Wisdom Virtual Talk Show About Us About Our People Careers Contact Search Close INSIGHTS DOD Issues New Proposed Rule on Enhanced Debriefings GAO Has Released Its Annual Bid Protest Report By: Heather Mims Share on linkedin Share on twitter Share on facebook Share on email Share on print You may have been aware that the Department of Defense... You may have been aware that the Department of Defense was providing enhanced debriefings as part of its procurement process via a Class Deviation announced in 2018. DOD now seeks to make that rule permanent and has published a proposed rule to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation (DFAR) to continue to provide enhanced post-award debriefing under negotiated contracts, and task and delivery orders that exceed $10 Million. The enhanced debriefing permits offerors the opportunity to submit follow-up questions related to the debriefing within two business days after receiving the debriefing and to receive agency responses within five business days of receipt of the questions. The debriefing will not be considered concluded until the agency delivers its written response to an offeror, which is important for bid protest deadlines. Finally, the proposed rule in some circumstances also requires the agency’s debriefing information to include the written source selection document, redacted accordingly. The source selection document should be included in the debriefing: (1) where requested by a small business or nontraditional defense contractor for contract awards in excess of $10 Million but less than $100 Million; and (2) for contract awards in excess of $100 Million. The proposed rule also includes specific information on when contracting officers are required to suspend performance of a contract upon notification from the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) that a protest has been filed: Within 10 days after the date of contract award or the issuance of a task or delivery order, where the value of the order exceeds $25 million. Within 5 days after the date that is offered to an unsuccessful offeror for a debriefing that is requested, and when requested is required, and the unsuccessful offeror submits no additional questions related to the debriefing. Within 5 days after the date that is offered to an unsuccessful offeror for a debriefing that is requested, and when requested is required, if the debriefing date offered is not accepted. Within 5 days, commencing on the day the Government delivers its written response to additional questions timely submitted by the unsuccessful offeror, when a requested and required debriefing is held on the date offered These changes are merely proposed at this stage and are not yet in effect. Comments on being accepted on the proposed rule through July 19, 2021, so there are several months before we will formally see any of these changes. Download Article About the Author Heather Mims is an associate attorney at Centre Law & Consulting. Her practice is primarily focused on government contracts law, employment law, and litigation. She has extensive experience litigating bid protests before the GAO as well as experience working with contractors on claims and appeals, government contract terminations, and subcontract disputes. Heather is a top-rated attorney selected to Rising Stars for 2019-2020 by Super Lawyers Interested in Connecting with our Legal Practice About Bid Protests? Contact US Explore More Insights DOD Issues New Proposed Rule on Enhanced Debriefings You may have been aware that the Department of Defense was providing enhanced debriefings as part of its procurement process via a Class Deviation announced in 2018. DOD now seeks to make that rule permanent and has published a proposed rule to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation (DFAR) to continue to provide enhanced post-award debriefing under negotiated contracts, and task and delivery orders that exceed $10 Million. Read More » May 28, 2021 Biden’s Cybersecurity Order and You On May 12, 2021, President Biden signed the Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity (EO). Driven in part by recent cyberattacks on network tools, enterprise software, and critical infrastructure, the EO implements (or attempts to implement; more on that later) a veritable wish-list of cybersecurity provisions. Read More » May 19, 2021 Pipeline Cyberattack Highlights Fragile Infrastructure The Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack is a wake up call to many regarding the state of their cybersecurity infrastructure. Centre Cybersecurity Partner Brandon Graves provides insight on how organizations can protect themselves against threats and reduce vulnerabilities. Read More » May 11, 2021 Receive the latest news Subscribe To Our Newsletter Email Address subscribe Privacy Terms & Policies Contact Menu Privacy Terms & Policies Contact Find Us Here Linkedin-in Facebook-f Envelope Phone 8330 Boone Blvd STE 300 Tysons, VA 22182 All Rights Reserved © 2020 The post DOD Issues New Proposed Rule on Enhanced Debriefings appeared first on Centre Law & Consulting. View the full article
  6. Legal Services Government Contracts Law Bid Protests Contract Claims & Disputes Government Contracts Litigation Service Contract Labor Standards Small Business Subcontracting Subcontracts & Teaming Agreements Terminations, Suspensions, and Debarment Buy American Act & Trade Agreements Act Other Transaction Authority (OTA) Litigation, Bid Protests, Claims and Disputes Bid Protests Commercial Litigation Employment Litigation Government Contracts Litigation Cybersecurity & Privacy Law Corporate Law Labor & Employment Law Service Contract Labor Standards Export Controls, ITAR, and EAR GSA GSA & VA Schedule Offerings GSA Alerts GSA & VA Schedule FAQs Contract Administration Training CSCM Program Course Calendar Courseware Development Our Training Center Government Human Capital Solutions Government Training Courses Legal & Acquisition Services Contract Vehicles NAICS Codes Government Clients News & Articles Insights Centre in the News White Papers, Webinars, & Mini Guides Wine and Wisdom Virtual Talk Show About Us About Our People Careers Contact Menu Legal Services Government Contracts Law Bid Protests Contract Claims & Disputes Government Contracts Litigation Service Contract Labor Standards Small Business Subcontracting Subcontracts & Teaming Agreements Terminations, Suspensions, and Debarment Buy American Act & Trade Agreements Act Other Transaction Authority (OTA) Litigation, Bid Protests, Claims and Disputes Bid Protests Commercial Litigation Employment Litigation Government Contracts Litigation Cybersecurity & Privacy Law Corporate Law Labor & Employment Law Service Contract Labor Standards Export Controls, ITAR, and EAR GSA GSA & VA Schedule Offerings GSA Alerts GSA & VA Schedule FAQs Contract Administration Training CSCM Program Course Calendar Courseware Development Our Training Center Government Human Capital Solutions Government Training Courses Legal & Acquisition Services Contract Vehicles NAICS Codes Government Clients News & Articles Insights Centre in the News White Papers, Webinars, & Mini Guides Wine and Wisdom Virtual Talk Show About Us About Our People Careers Contact Search Close INSIGHTS Biden’s Cybersecurity Order and You How do I avoid being next? By: Brandon Graves Share on linkedin Share on twitter Share on facebook Share on email Share on print KEY TOPICS If you provide IT services or equipment to the government… If you develop software… If you consult with the government… Ultimately, the EO will impact everyone What do you need to do in the wake of the President’s groundbreaking action? On May 12, 2021, President Biden signed the Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity (EO). Driven in part by recent cyberattacks on network tools, enterprise software, and critical infrastructure, the EO implements (or attempts to implement; more on that later) a veritable wish-list of cybersecurity provisions. What the EO means to you will vary based on industry. If you provide IT services or equipment to the government… Your logging and reporting requirements are going to increase. IT service and equipment providers will have several new FAR and DFARS clauses in the coming months, generally related to information sharing and incident response. First, various government agencies will review existing FAR clauses and suggest updates to require service providers to: preserve significant data related to cybersecurity event prevention and detection; share that data as it relates to potential cybersecurity incidents; collaborate with federal investigative agencies in response to potential incidents; and share cyberthreat information in industry-recognized formats. Next, government agencies will review existing FAR clauses and suggest updates that address: the types of security incidents that require reporting; what information must be included in reports; appropriate privacy protections for these reports; time periods for reporting (but not more than 72 hours for most serious breaches); additional reporting requirements; and which contractors need to report breaches. The EO is attempting to get more information quicker so that the government can respond to problems, and ideally, potential problems faster. The administration recognizes that much of the information necessary resides in the hands of government contractors. The government’s lack of visibility will increase as the government pushes more of its IT infrastructure into the cloud, as discussed below. It is too early to say definitively what these new clauses will look like, as it will likely take more than a month before proposed language is circulated. However, if post is prologue, look for STIX and TAXII requirements, and a web-based breach reporting portal with certificate requirements. There will be lots of opportunity for work. There are significant IT modernization goals in the EO. The EO pushes the government to fully adopt cloud services and move towards Zero Trust Architecture. IT modernization has been a government “priority” for years, but the EO provides more direction. What it does not provide is funding. Parts of the government have been moving to the cloud for years, but the challenge is perfectly illustrated by DoD’s JEDI contract. IT modernization has been notoriously underfunded for years, and a complete change architecture is an enormous lift. Service providers who can assist with this transition and cloud providers should have significant opportunities as federal agencies grapple with this transition. If you develop software… Your development life cycle may fundamentally change. The EO has a section focused on securing the software supply chain. Recognizing government’s lack of expertise in this area, the EO directs NIST to solicit input from both public and private sector to develop guidelines for enhancing software supply chain security. The preliminary guidelines are supposed to be published within six months, so the solicitation will happen quickly. The guidelines will address: separate build environments; auditing trust relationships; multi-factor, risk based authentication and conditional access; documented dependencies; minimized dependencies on build environments; data encryption; and monitoring. Further, the government will likely require that software developers keep artifacts showing compliance with these guidelines, as well as automation to meet the requirements. In fact, it sounds like DevSecOps, but instead of referencing that concept, the EO spells it out at length. The EO also calls for a Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) for each product. Various organizations have been calling for SBOM requirements for years. If SBOMs are required, software developers will have to be more diligent in documenting what components their developers use in creating new software and providing that list to the government. This is a requirement that will need to flow-down to ensure that the end product actually represents all of the components that exist in a piece of software. Part of the EO will include attestations to the integrity of open source software used in a product, which would naturally be part of an SBOM. Ultimately, organizations developing software that will be sold to the government, either directly or through the supply chain, will need to develop a robust software development life cycle that involves robust infrastructure, advanced automation, mature compliance and documentation, and vulnerability monitoring. If you consult with the government… There are a lot of opportunities. The EO calls for the development of new FAR clauses, organizations, programs, and documents. First, if the EO is followed closely, a number of new FAR and DFARS clauses related to cybersecurity will be proposed and developed in the coming months. These clauses will address data collection, breach notification, software development requirements, among others. Second, the EO orders the establishment of a Cyber Safety Review Board, which will, among other things, review and assess significant cyber incidents. The Board will include representatives from various agencies, private sector suppliers, and others. Third, the EO calls a standardization of the government’s playbook for incident response. This playbook will be a set of standard operational procedures for planning and conducting cybersecurity vulnerability and incident response activities. Fourth, the EO requires the government to improve the detection of cybersecurity vulnerabilities and incidents on federal networks as a separate task from the FAR clauses and playbook discussed above. This includes the deployment of EDR software throughout the government’s IT infrastructure, the development of a continuous diagnostic and mitigation program, the writing of a report on how to conduct threat hunting on certain federal networks without prior authorization from agencies, and other tasks. Ultimately, the EO will impact everyone The EO has a lot of moving parts. Some will be scaled back, while others won’t be sufficiently funded. But even a scaled back version of the EO will result in increased breach and vulnerability reporting requirements, more mature compliance programs, and disruption of the federal IT infrastructure. The EO will impact some industries more than others, but no one will completely escape its reach. Prudent organizations will watch the proposed FAR clauses and take the opportunity to guide the discussion, either through submitting comments or through less formal mechanisms. The federal government has a long way to go to adequately securing its IT infrastructure, but this EO should be a good first step. Download Article About the Author Brandon Graves is a Partner at Centre Law & Consulting focusing on cybersecurity practices. He helps clients manage everything from crises related to security breaches, regulatory investigations, and disputes, to helping companies operate more securely in their normal course of business. Recently, Brandon assisted companies develop information security programs, prepare for certifications under the DoD’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model, and manage their supply chain risk. Learn more Interested in Connecting with our Legal Practice about Cybersecurity and Privacy? Contact US Explore More Insights Biden’s Cybersecurity Order and You On May 12, 2021, President Biden signed the Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity (EO). Driven in part by recent cyberattacks on network tools, enterprise software, and critical infrastructure, the EO implements (or attempts to implement; more on that later) a veritable wish-list of cybersecurity provisions. Read More » May 19, 2021 Pipeline Cyberattack Highlights Fragile Infrastructure The Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack is a wake up call to many regarding the state of their cybersecurity infrastructure. Centre Cybersecurity Partner Brandon Graves provides insight on how organizations can protect themselves against threats and reduce vulnerabilities. Read More » May 11, 2021 Navigating the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Learn how Centre’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Accreditation Board (AB) Registered Practitioner Organization (RPO) designation help contractors. Read More » March 28, 2021 Receive the latest news Subscribe To Our Newsletter Email Address subscribe Privacy Terms & Policies Contact Menu Privacy Terms & Policies Contact Find Us Here Linkedin-in Facebook-f Envelope Phone 8330 Boone Blvd STE 300 Tysons, VA 22182 All Rights Reserved © 2020 The post Biden’s Cybersecurity Order and You appeared first on Centre Law & Consulting. View the full article
  7. Legal Services Government Contracts Law Bid Protests Contract Claims & Disputes Government Contracts Litigation Service Contract Labor Standards Small Business Subcontracting Subcontracts & Teaming Agreements Terminations, Suspensions, and Debarment Buy American Act & Trade Agreements Act Other Transaction Authority (OTA) Litigation, Bid Protests, Claims and Disputes Bid Protests Commercial Litigation Employment Litigation Government Contracts Litigation Cybersecurity & Privacy Law Corporate Law Labor & Employment Law Service Contract Labor Standards Export Controls, ITAR, and EAR GSA GSA & VA Schedule Offerings GSA Alerts GSA & VA Schedule FAQs Contract Administration Training CSCM Program Course Calendar Courseware Development Our Training Center Government Human Capital Solutions Government Training Courses Legal & Acquisition Services Contract Vehicles NAICS Codes Government Clients News & Articles Insights Centre in the News White Papers, Webinars, & Mini Guides Wine and Wisdom Virtual Talk Show About Us About Our People Careers Contact Menu Legal Services Government Contracts Law Bid Protests Contract Claims & Disputes Government Contracts Litigation Service Contract Labor Standards Small Business Subcontracting Subcontracts & Teaming Agreements Terminations, Suspensions, and Debarment Buy American Act & Trade Agreements Act Other Transaction Authority (OTA) Litigation, Bid Protests, Claims and Disputes Bid Protests Commercial Litigation Employment Litigation Government Contracts Litigation Cybersecurity & Privacy Law Corporate Law Labor & Employment Law Service Contract Labor Standards Export Controls, ITAR, and EAR GSA GSA & VA Schedule Offerings GSA Alerts GSA & VA Schedule FAQs Contract Administration Training CSCM Program Course Calendar Courseware Development Our Training Center Government Human Capital Solutions Government Training Courses Legal & Acquisition Services Contract Vehicles NAICS Codes Government Clients News & Articles Insights Centre in the News White Papers, Webinars, & Mini Guides Wine and Wisdom Virtual Talk Show About Us About Our People Careers Contact Search Close INSIGHTS America’s Fragile Cybersecurity Infrastructure How do I avoid being next? By: Brandon Graves Share on linkedin Share on twitter Share on facebook Share on email Share on print KEY TOPICS Infrastructure Cybersecurity What Comes Next? On May 8, 2021, Colonial Pipeline announced that it was the victim of a ransomware attack. According to the statement, Colonial’s response to the breach shut down all pipeline operations. Colonial is responsible for 45% of fuel consumed on the East Coast. While this security incident is grabbing headlines, it is far from the worst case scenario. We should consider it another wake-up call in a long line of them. Infrastructure Cybersecurity Companies responsible for infrastructure typically run at least two types of networks. The first is a standard network for business operations, such as customer service, billing, and the like. The other is a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) network, which is responsible for the actual infrastructure. SCADA security has been a concern for years. In 2009, someone used vulnerabilities in Sieman computer systems to cause physical damage to Iran’s nuclear program. The Department of Homeland Security’s critical infrastructure work focuses in large part on SCADA systems. Unfortunately, the desire for more functions has led to closer ties between SCADA systems and other network infrastructure. These functions include remote administration, data gathering, and financial tasks. In fact, as local utilities across the country have decreased staff, the need for remote administration has increased. This increase led to a dangerous attack on a water treatment plant in Florida earlier this year. Luckily, a worker saw the intrusion and was able to stop the attack before the attacker was able to add dangerous levels of sodium hydroxide to the water supply. Other infrastructure attacks have led to extensive damage. For instance, intruders were able to damage a blast furnace in Germany through remote access. As more of these systems are connected to external networks, more attacks will occur. What Comes Next? President Biden’s infrastructure bill was already subject to widespread criticism for its lack of cybersecurity funding. We expect that to change. We also anticipate Executive Orders addressing this infrastructure security. Congress was already considering mandatory breach and vulnerability reporting, and it will likely move faster. This breach highlights the need for resiliency in networks of all types. Colonial Pipeline had to shut down its pipeline operations to mitigate a ransomware attack. Incident response plans should integrate with disaster recovery/business continuity plans, all of which should be tested at least annually. Sensitive systems and data should be segmented, but network testing should assume that the segmentation will fail. Download Article About the Author Brandon Graves is a Partner at Centre Law & Consulting focusing on cybersecurity practices. He helps clients manage everything from crises related to security breaches, regulatory investigations, and disputes, to helping companies operate more securely in their normal course of business. Recently, Brandon assisted companies develop information security programs, prepare for certifications under the DoD’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model, and manage their supply chain risk. Learn more Interested in Connecting with our Legal Practice about Cybersecurity and Privacy? Contact US Explore More Insights America’s Fragile Cybersecurity Infrastructure Learn how Centre’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Accreditation Board (AB) Registered Practitioner Organization (RPO) designation help contractors. Read More » May 11, 2021 Navigating the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Learn how Centre’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Accreditation Board (AB) Registered Practitioner Organization (RPO) designation help contractors. Read More » March 28, 2021 Virginia’s New Data Privacy Law On March 2, 2020, Virginia’s governor signed into law the Consumer Data Protection Act. Who does this law apply to and what does it mean for consumers? Understand what else must controllers do and what is the path forward. Read More » March 9, 2021 Receive the latest news Subscribe To Our Newsletter Email Address subscribe Privacy Terms & Policies Contact Menu Privacy Terms & Policies Contact Find Us Here Linkedin-in Facebook-f Envelope Phone 8330 Boone Blvd STE 300 Tysons, VA 22182 All Rights Reserved © 2020 The post America’s Fragile Cybersecurity Infrastructure appeared first on Centre Law & Consulting. View the full article
  8. GSA Alerts May 24th, 2021 SAM.gov Will Merge With beta.SAM.gov Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Industry is invited to the next Integrated Award Environment online Stakeholder Forum on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT to see the new SAM.gov changes. Please register here for a meeting link to learn more about many of the upcoming changes. Several systems have merged into what is now beta.SAM.gov (e.g. FBO.gov, WDOL.gov, and CFDA.gov). On May 24th, SAM.gov will be the next to integrate. The SAM.gov functions that users visit the site for today – where entities register to do business with the federal government, find exclusion records, search entity registrations –will move into the new SAM.gov system. Changes SAM.gov users can expect after May 24 include but are not limited to: A single user URL (no more “beta”) and login for all functions currently in beta.SAM.gov and SAM.gov A single personalized user Workspace based on your roles and the entity registrations you manage Landing pages with help specific to entity registrations, exclusions, and entity reporting Service Contract Reporting (SCR) and Bio-Preferred reporting access from the entity’s Workspace System account functionalities for non-federal users Login requirement to search entity registration data Optional identity verification for entity administrators (not required until 2022) Streamlined search filter functionality Search for contract opportunities Find wage determinations Current SAM.gov registration functions Please be aware of these changes, as “selling season” for proposals will so be picking up. Having fluency with this new system will be useful in federal contractors’ business development efforts. Stay in the know. Get industry alerts from our GSA Consulting Team. See More GSA Alerts May 24th, 2021 SAM.gov Will Merge With beta.SAM.gov Changes SAM.gov users can expect after May 24 include but are not limited to the following. Read More » April 30, 2021 Unilateral GSA Schedule Modifications – Have You Seen a Change in Your CS/CO Assignment? With the GSA seeking to streamline Phase 3 processes, many schedule holders have received unilateral modifications with a new CS/CO assigned to their contract(s). Read More » April 30, 2021 MAS Consolidation Phase 3 Plans Due Sept. 30, 2021 GSA has officially moved into Phase 3 of MAS Consolidation in August 2020. This requires contractors with multiple MAS contracts to consolidate down to one contract per Unique Entity Identifier. Read More » April 30, 2021 Interested in Connecting with our GSA or Legal Practice? Contact US The post May 24th, 2021 SAM.gov Will Merge With beta.SAM.gov appeared first on Centre Law & Consulting. View the full article
  9. GSA Alerts Unilateral GSA Schedule Modifications – Have You Seen a Change in Your CS/CO Assignment? Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin With the GSA seeking to streamline Phase 3 processes, many schedule holders have received unilateral modifications with a new CS/CO assigned to their contract(s). The GSA is seeking to consolidate schedules to one Procurement Contracting Officer (PCO), when possible. This will enable contractors to have one PCO to work with during consolidation activities. This is to lessen administrative burdens and prevent the need to coordinate across multiple PCOs, as GSA and industry affects contract actions for consolidation. Some schedule holders with only one contract may be reassigned a new CS/CO, as the GSA seeks to balance the workload across regions and contracting workforce. Prior to moving any contracts, the PCO will be completing a series of checks of the contract file to prepare the file for transfer. If you receive any requests for information from your PCO, please seek to clarify the reasoning for the request. If the request is due to consolidation the GSA asks vendors to promptly respond. The GSA has stated that contracts will only be reassigned to a new PCO after transfer requirements are met and documented. If you are a multi-schedule holder and are seeking to start consolidating your contracts before they are transferred, the GSA asks that industry please communicate your intentions to all of your PCOs. For assistance with your consolidation plan, and to answer any new CS/CO assignment questions, please contact Centre. Stay in the know. Get industry alerts from our GSA Consulting Team. See More GSA Alerts Unilateral GSA Schedule Modifications – Have You Seen a Change in Your CS/CO Assignment? With the GSA seeking to streamline Phase 3 processes, many schedule holders have received unilateral modifications with a new CS/CO assigned to their contract(s). Read More » April 30, 2021 MAS Consolidation Phase 3 Plans Due Sept. 30, 2021 GSA has officially moved into Phase 3 of MAS Consolidation in August 2020. This requires contractors with multiple MAS contracts to consolidate down to one contract per Unique Entity Identifier. Read More » April 30, 2021 The GSA Has Completed Its Routine Review ETS Items. If you are a product vendor on GSA schedule, please be aware that GSA recently conducted a review of electronic catalogs on GSA Advantage. Read More » April 29, 2021 Interested in Connecting with our GSA or Legal Practice? Contact US The post Unilateral GSA Schedule Modifications – Have You Seen a Change in Your CS/CO Assignment? appeared first on Centre Law & Consulting. View the full article
  10. GSA Alerts MAS Consolidation Phase 3 Plans Due Sept. 30, 2021 Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin GSA has officially moved into Phase 3 of MAS Consolidation in August 2020. This requires contractors with multiple MAS contracts to consolidate down to one contract per Unique Entity Identifier (UEI), e.g. Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. Vendors who manage two or more contracts under the same DUNS number have a deadline to meet for Phase 3 MAS Consolidation. Specifically, contractors with multiple MAS contracts must complete a “Phase 3 Checklist and Plan” to consolidate down to one contract per Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) (e.g. Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number) by September 30, 2021. These plans are the first step in determining your surviving contract and beginning the process to get to one contract per UEI. No Phase 3 modifications will be approved without a completed and approved plan. The GSA is asking only for the plan at this time – the timing and process of the contract consolidation will be decided between vendors and their COs. For assistance with the Phase 3 Checklist and Plan requirement, please contact Centre. Stay in the know. Get industry alerts from our GSA Consulting Team. See More GSA Alerts Unilateral GSA Schedule Modifications – Have You Seen a Change in Your CS/CO Assignment? With the GSA seeking to streamline Phase 3 processes, many schedule holders have received unilateral modifications with a new CS/CO assigned to their contract(s). Read More » April 30, 2021 MAS Consolidation Phase 3 Plans Due Sept. 30, 2021 GSA has officially moved into Phase 3 of MAS Consolidation in August 2020. This requires contractors with multiple MAS contracts to consolidate down to one contract per Unique Entity Identifier. Read More » April 30, 2021 The GSA Has Completed Its Routine Review ETS Items. If you are a product vendor on GSA schedule, please be aware that GSA recently conducted a review of electronic catalogs on GSA Advantage. Read More » April 29, 2021 Interested in Connecting with our GSA or Legal Practice? Contact US The post MAS Consolidation Phase 3 Plans Due Sept. 30, 2021 appeared first on Centre Law & Consulting. View the full article
  11. GSA Alerts The GSA Has Completed Its Routine Review ETS Items. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin If you are a product vendor on GSA schedule, please be aware that GSA has recently conducted a review of electronic catalogs on GSA Advantage! to identify commercial items that are “Essentially The Same” (ETS) as mandatory AbilityOne procurement list items. Products and services on the AbilityOne Program procurement list are required to be purchased by the government when available, per FAR part 8.7. The AbilityOne Program is outlined in the Javits-Wagner-O’Day (JWOD) Act (41 U.S.C. 46 – 48c) and must be adhered to by all government contract holders. Vendors must continually monitor their contract offerings to ensure ETS items are not made available for sale. If you are a product vendor, the GSA may be contacting you with a list of identified ETS items and derivative part numbers found on your contract(s). Vendors have 10 business days from receipt of the notification email to challenge removal of these ETS items from contracts. Vendors are asked to provide a brief, specific description of why to challenge the ETS determination(s) for GSA and the AbilityOne Commission to review and make a final determination. If vendors do not submit a challenge, GSA will unilaterally remove all identified ETS items from GSA Advantage! and issue an electronic modification to remove them from contracts. Vendors will have to adjust catalog upload files (SIP/EDI) to ensure ETS items are not incorrectly re-entered into GSA systems. Please contact Centre’s GSA Consulting team for assistance if you are a product vendor seeking to challenge an ETS determination. Stay in the know. Get industry alerts from our GSA Consulting Team. See More GSA Alerts SBA Launches Supplemental Targeted Advance for Small Businesses Most Affected by COVID-19 The SBA has issued a new round of Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance – called Supplemental Targeted Advances. Read More » April 29, 2021 American Rescue Plan Tax Credits Are Now Available to Small Employers to Provide Paid Leave to Employees Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines An update has been issued by the The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department offering additional credits under the American Rescue Plan to help small businesses, including providing paid leave for employees receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. Read More » April 29, 2021 GSA Issues Temporary Waiver of Certain MAS Solicitation Requirements The GSA has issued a temporary waiver of certain MAS solicitation requirements to support the government’s response to COVID-19. This is especially relevant to vendors who already have a schedule, and are seeking to add SINs to expand their offerings. Read More » April 16, 2021 Interested in Connecting with our GSA or Legal Practice? Contact US The post The GSA Has Completed Its Routine Review ETS Items. appeared first on Centre Law & Consulting. View the full article
  12. GSA Alerts The GSA Has Completed Its Routine Review ETS Items. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin If you are a product vendor on GSA schedule, please be aware that GSA has recently conducted a review of electronic catalogs on GSA Advantage! to identify commercial items that are “Essentially The Same” (ETS) as mandatory AbilityOne procurement list items. Products and services on the AbilityOne Program procurement list are required to be purchased by the government when available, per FAR part 8.7. The AbilityOne Program is outlined in the Javits-Wagner-O’Day (JWOD) Act (41 U.S.C. 46 – 48c) and must be adhered to by all government contract holders. Vendors must continually monitor their contract offerings to ensure ETS items are not made available for sale. If you are a product vendor, the GSA may be contacting you with a list of identified ETS items and derivative part numbers found on your contract(s). Vendors have 10 business days from receipt of the notification email to challenge removal of these ETS items from contracts. Vendors are asked to provide a brief, specific description of why to challenge the ETS determination(s) for GSA and the AbilityOne Commission to review and make a final determination. If vendors do not submit a challenge, GSA will unilaterally remove all identified ETS items from GSA Advantage! and issue an electronic modification to remove them from contracts. Vendors will have to adjust catalog upload files (SIP/EDI) to ensure ETS items are not incorrectly re-entered into GSA systems. Please contact Centre’s GSA Consulting team for assistance if you are a product vendor seeking to challenge an ETS determination. Stay in the know. Get industry alerts from our GSA Consulting Team. See More GSA Alerts SBA Launches Supplemental Targeted Advance for Small Businesses Most Affected by COVID-19 The SBA has issued a new round of Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance – called Supplemental Targeted Advances. Read More » April 29, 2021 American Rescue Plan Tax Credits Are Now Available to Small Employers to Provide Paid Leave to Employees Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines An update has been issued by the The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department offering additional credits under the American Rescue Plan to help small businesses, including providing paid leave for employees receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. Read More » April 29, 2021 GSA Issues Temporary Waiver of Certain MAS Solicitation Requirements The GSA has issued a temporary waiver of certain MAS solicitation requirements to support the government’s response to COVID-19. This is especially relevant to vendors who already have a schedule, and are seeking to add SINs to expand their offerings. Read More » April 16, 2021 Interested in Connecting with our GSA or Legal Practice? Contact US The post The GSA Has Completed Its Routine Review ETS Items. appeared first on Centre Law & Consulting. View the full article
  13. GSA Alerts SBA Launches Supplemental Targeted Advance for Small Businesses Affected Most by COVID-19 Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin The SBA has issued a new round of Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance – called Supplemental Targeted Advances. This program went into effect on April 22, 2021 to provide $5 billion in additional assistance to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have been most severely affected by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The SBA modified the Targeted EIDL Advance application process to determine if businesses also qualify for the additional $5,000 Supplemental Targeted Advance. SBA will contact eligible business entities to apply and applications will be processed on a first–come, first–served basis. To qualify for the Supplemental Targeted Advance, an eligible business entity must be in a low-income community, have suffered greater than 50% economic loss, and have 10 or fewer employees. SBA has also announced on March 12 that the agency would extend deferment periods for all disaster loans, including COVID-19 EIDLs, until 2022 to provide more time for businesses to build back. Stay in the know. Get industry alerts from our GSA Consulting Team. See More GSA Alerts SBA Launches Supplemental Targeted Advance for Small Businesses Most Affected by COVID-19 The SBA has issued a new round of Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance – called Supplemental Targeted Advances. Read More » April 29, 2021 American Rescue Plan Tax Credits Are Now Available to Small Employers to Provide Paid Leave to Employees Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines An update has been issued by the The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department offering additional credits under the American Rescue Plan to help small businesses, including providing paid leave for employees receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. Read More » April 29, 2021 GSA Issues Temporary Waiver of Certain MAS Solicitation Requirements The GSA has issued a temporary waiver of certain MAS solicitation requirements to support the government’s response to COVID-19. This is especially relevant to vendors who already have a schedule, and are seeking to add SINs to expand their offerings. Read More » April 16, 2021 Interested in Connecting with our GSA or Legal Practice? Contact US The post SBA Launches Supplemental Targeted Advance for Small Businesses Most Affected by COVID-19 appeared first on Centre Law & Consulting. View the full article
  14. GSA Alerts SBA Launches Supplemental Targeted Advance for Small Businesses Affected Most by COVID-19 Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin The SBA has issued a new round of Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance – called Supplemental Targeted Advances. This program went into effect on April 22, 2021 to provide $5 billion in additional assistance to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have been most severely affected by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The SBA modified the Targeted EIDL Advance application process to determine if businesses also qualify for the additional $5,000 Supplemental Targeted Advance. SBA will contact eligible business entities to apply and applications will be processed on a first–come, first–served basis. To qualify for the Supplemental Targeted Advance, an eligible business entity must be in a low-income community, have suffered greater than 50% economic loss, and have 10 or fewer employees. SBA has also announced on March 12 that the agency would extend deferment periods for all disaster loans, including COVID-19 EIDLs, until 2022 to provide more time for businesses to build back. Stay in the know. Get industry alerts from our GSA Consulting Team. See More GSA Alerts SBA Launches Supplemental Targeted Advance for Small Businesses Most Affected by COVID-19 The SBA has issued a new round of Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance – called Supplemental Targeted Advances. Read More » April 29, 2021 American Rescue Plan Tax Credits Are Now Available to Small Employers to Provide Paid Leave to Employees Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines An update has been issued by the The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department offering additional credits under the American Rescue Plan to help small businesses, including providing paid leave for employees receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. Read More » April 29, 2021 GSA Issues Temporary Waiver of Certain MAS Solicitation Requirements The GSA has issued a temporary waiver of certain MAS solicitation requirements to support the government’s response to COVID-19. This is especially relevant to vendors who already have a schedule, and are seeking to add SINs to expand their offerings. Read More » April 16, 2021 Interested in Connecting with our GSA or Legal Practice? Contact US The post SBA Launches Supplemental Targeted Advance for Small Businesses Most Affected by COVID-19 appeared first on Centre Law & Consulting. View the full article
  15. GSA Alerts American Rescue Plan Tax Credits Are Now Available to Small Employers to Provide Paid Leave to Employees Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin An update has been issued by the The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department offering additional credits under the American Rescue Plan to help small businesses, including providing paid leave for employees receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. Please reference this fact sheet for basic information about the employers eligible for the tax credits, as well as for how employers may claim the credit for leave paid to employees related to COVID-19 vaccinations Eligible employers, such as businesses and tax-exempt organizations with fewer than 500 employees and certain governmental employers, can receive a tax credit for providing paid time off for each employee receiving the vaccine and for any time needed to recover from the vaccine. For example, if an eligible employer offers employees a paid day off in order to get vaccinated, the employer can receive a tax credit equal to the wages paid to employees for that day (up to certain limits). The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) allows small and midsize employers, and certain governmental employers to claim refundable tax credits that reimburse them for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave to their employees due to COVID-19, including leave taken by employees to receive or recover from COVID-19 vaccinations. Self-employed individuals are eligible for similar tax credits. The ARP tax credits are available to eligible employers that pay sick and family leave for leave from April 1, 2021, through Sept. 30, 2021. Self-employed individuals may claim comparable credits on the Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return PDF. More details are available on this fact sheet and at this link to Learn more. Stay in the know. Get industry alerts from our GSA Consulting Team. See More GSA Alerts SBA Launches Supplemental Targeted Advance for Small Businesses Most Affected by COVID-19 The SBA has issued a new round of Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance – called Supplemental Targeted Advances. Read More » April 29, 2021 American Rescue Plan Tax Credits Are Now Available to Small Employers to Provide Paid Leave to Employees Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines An update has been issued by the The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department offering additional credits under the American Rescue Plan to help small businesses, including providing paid leave for employees receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. Read More » April 29, 2021 GSA Issues Temporary Waiver of Certain MAS Solicitation Requirements The GSA has issued a temporary waiver of certain MAS solicitation requirements to support the government’s response to COVID-19. This is especially relevant to vendors who already have a schedule, and are seeking to add SINs to expand their offerings. Read More » April 16, 2021 Interested in Connecting with our GSA or Legal Practice? Contact US The post American Rescue Plan Tax Credits Are Now Available to Small Employers to Provide Paid Leave to Employees Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines appeared first on Centre Law & Consulting. View the full article
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