By: s.m.amend | September 07, 2016

New FAR Subpart Requires Government Contractors to Safeguard Information Systems

Over the summer, a new subpart was added to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) that adds to contractor compliance requirements.  Effective June 15, 2016, GSA, NASA, and the DoD issued a final rule to add new clause and Subpart 4.19 for the protection of contractor information systems that “process, store or transmit Federal contract information.”--federalregister.gov

The clause applies to any contractor system with federal information; the goal of the language is to be “reflective of actions a prudent business person would employ” and is one of several regulatory measures coordinated with other government agencies to guard information systems.  For exampl...

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By: s.m.amend | August 25, 2016

The General Services Administration issued the final version of its much-discussed Transactional Data Reporting (TDR) rule; on June 23, 2016, it was published in the Federal Register and will be phased in through a pilot program affecting select schedule and special item numbers.  The GSA’s goal is to remove contractors’ difficult reporting requirements and save millions of taxpayer dollars.   

The TDR rule also marks the elimination of the Commercial Sales Practices disclosure and Price Reductions Clause. 

On the CSP-1 document, a GSA schedule holder was required to disclose each category of customer to whom they offered similar products/services and the discounts each received. 

One of the most challenging aspects of PRC compliance req...

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By: s.m.amend | August 05, 2016

The General Services Administration issued the final version of its much-discussed Transactional Data Reporting (TDR) rule; on June 23, 2016, it was published in the Federal Register and will be phased in through a pilot program affecting select schedule and special item numbers.  The GSA’s goal is to remove contractors’ difficult reporting requirements and save millions of taxpayer dollars.   

The TDR rule also marks the elimination of the Commercial Sales Practices disclosure and Price Reductions Clause. 

On the CSP-1 document, a GSA schedule holder was required to disclose each category of customer to whom they offered similar products/services and the discounts each received. 

One of the most challenging aspects of PRC compliance req...

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