Key Changes and Developments for Government Contractors

Jan 23, 2024

Unlocking Defense Sector Opportunities: Key Takeaways for Small Businesses

In November 2023, the Department of Defense unveiled its first National Defense Industrial Strategy (NDIS), a pivotal move for small businesses looking to engage with the defense sector. The 59-page document outlines long-term priorities for modernizing the defense industrial ecosystem, ensuring it meets the evolving demands of national security. The NDIS focuses on enhancing the defense industry through resilient supply chains, skilled workforce development, and flexible acquisition strategies.

Small businesses can tap into areas like cybersecurity and advanced manufacturing, aligning with efforts to strengthen U.S. manufacturing. This strategy offers an actionable plan for small businesses to actively contribute to and benefit from the evolving defense industry.

Review it and reach out to your local GCAP counselor to assist with those strategies.

Important Update for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

As of January 1, 2024, a critical change will impact Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs). According to the “Class Deviation CD-2024-02” memorandum from the GSA Office of Governmentwide Policy, all SDVOSBs must be certified by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to be eligible for set-asides or sole-source awards under the SDVOSB Program. This requirement arises from new SBA regulations.

If you operate an SDVOSB, it’s crucial to ensure your business is duly certified through the SBA’s Veteran Small Business Certification system. Contracting officers are also now mandated to confirm SDVOSB eligibility through this system. Please note, if your business submitted a complete certification application by December 31, 2023, it is considered compliant until further notice. This policy change signifies a significant shift in how SDVOSBs are recognized and engaged within federal procurement processes.

Attention Small Business Owners in Cloud Computing: New DoD Compliance Requirements

Are you a small business owner offering cloud services and aspiring to work with the Department of Defense (DoD)? It’s crucial to understand the latest guidelines on FedRAMP Moderate security standards. The DoD now requires cloud service providers (CSPs) to strictly adhere to these standards for storing, processing, or transmitting defense-related information. Compliance involves detailed assessments and certifications, emphasizing cybersecurity and incident response capabilities. Meeting these standards is not just about eligibility for DoD contracts but also about ensuring the security of your services in a highly sensitive sector. Your diligence in meeting these requirements is key to unlocking opportunities in government contracting. Stay informed and compliant! Reach out to us to connect you to reliable resources to assist you.

For further details and assistance on these updates, visit the provided links or contact your local SBTDC office. The Government Contracting Assistance Program (GCAP) is dedicated to helping small businesses navigate the complexities of government contracting.

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