Guidance and Support for Government Contractors

By: s.m.amend | September 12, 2017

Did you know that over the summer there was a class deviation to the definition of the micro-purchase threshold?  Most people didn't! Unless you are keen on reading FAR Part 2 daily, you may have missed this deviation.


Class Deviation- 2017-O0007, Increased Micro-Purchase Threshold. This clause deviation is effective on Sept 01, 2017, and remains in effect until incorporated into the DFARS, or until otherwise rescinded.

“Micro-purchase threshold,” means $5,000 (10 U.S.C. 2338), except it means-

    (1) For DoD acquisition of supplies or services for basic research programs and for activities of the DoD science and technology reinvention laboratories, $10,000 (10 U.S.C. 2339);

    (4) For acquisitions of supplies or services that, as determined by ...

By: s.m.amend | April 09, 2017

Effective June 15, 2016, the DoD, GSA, and NASA issued a final rule “amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to add a new subpart and contract clause for the basic safeguarding of contractor information systems that process, store or transmit Federal contract information.” (Federalregister.gov).

The new subpart FAR 4.19, Basic Safeguarding of Covered Contractor Information Systems, includes contract clause 52.204-21.  The rule is mandatory, and effective immediately upon contract award or contract modification execution.  

Law.Cornell.edu notes that the clause, “Does not relieve the Contractor of any other specific safeguarding requirements specified by Federal agencies and departments relating to covered contractor info...

By: Jordan M. Lebowitz | October 01, 2015

Note the following changes:

  • The micro-purchase base threshold increased from $3,000 to $3,500. FAR 2.101.
  • The ceiling for the use of simplified acquisition procedures for the purchase of commercial items increased from $6.5 million to $7 million. FAR 13.500.
  • The threshold for obtaining certified cost or pricing data increased from $700,000 to $750,000. FAR 15.403-4.
  • The threshold for applicability of the Cost Accounting Standards increased from $700,000 to $750,000. FAR 30.201-4; FAR 52.230-1–52.230-5.
  • The prime contractor subcontracting plan floor increased from $650,000 to $700,000, although the construction threshold will remain $1.5 million. FAR 19.702.
  • The threshold for reporting first-tier subcontract information, including executive compen...

By: Jordan M. Lebowitz | August 28, 2015

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The Department of Defense (DOD) earlier today issued an interim rule, effective immediately, that significantly increases existing cybersecurity requirements for DOD contractors. The requirements in the interim rule, available here, have broad applicability to DOD contractors at both the prime and subcontract levels, including commercial item and small business contractors. Contractors can expect these requirements to begin showing up in new DOD contracts immediately and should begin taking steps to ensure compliance.


The interim rule contains a number of new and revised DOD cybersecurity requirements. The key issues are summarized below.


Scope of the DOD requirements

The interim rule significantly expands the scope of the prior unclassified c...

By: Jordan M. Lebowitz | July 09, 2015

FAR compliance is important regardless of DCAA being involved, as it is still required by your contract, and good accounting is inherent to good business practices.


Ensuring compliance related to DCAA requirements will allow your business to continue a successful relationship with the government, while avoiding: repayments, penalties, delay or loss of contract and wasted resources on administrative duties.

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