Government Contracting Newsletter | October, 2010 Everyone knows it's tough to be a federal contractor. We're pleased to send you this free newslette

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Government Contracting Newsletter | October, 2010

Everyone knows it's tough to be a federal contractor. We're pleased to send you this free newsletter to help you stay up-to-date on federal procurement news and contracting resources. In this issue:

- Contracting Principles the DoD Forgot
- Follow Your Subcontracting Plan, Or Else?
- Procurement News via Twitter
- Enhanced Standards Search
- Free Subscription Coupon


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Government News and Articles

Contracting Principles the DoD Forgot

In January of 2010, the Department of Defense proposed a change to the DFARS that would withhold payment, in some cases up to 100%, for "deficient business systems," including purchasing and accounting systems. While the proposed change has not made it into the DFARS yet, a version of it may yet be passed in the Senate version of the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act. Prime contractors risk not getting paid if they don't keep up with contracting regulations, and subcontractors risk losing work if they don't know the rules, since prime contractors won't want to be held responsible for subcontractor mistakes.

Visit our FarSmarter Contracting blog, which features an ongoing, in-depth analysis of the DoD's deficient business systems proposals and what any incarnation of them means for you.
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Follow Your Subcontracting Plan, Or Else?

President Obama just signed the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act (H.R. 5297). In it, prime contractors who don't follow subcontracting plans are taken to task. Those who don't follow these plans risk receiving negative past performance reviews--which can reduce the chance of receiving future contracts. It's not just contracting officers who might see the reviews--they could even be made public under the new Federal Awardee Performance Integrity Information System (FAPIIS).

We recently posted a series of free articles about FAPIIS and what it means for contractors.
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Government procurement news via Twitter

FARSmarterBids is on Twitter! Our daily feed delivers free news and updates about the federal procurement world from a variety of reliable sources. Simply follow us to start receiving our updates on your mobile phone or computer. For updates by mobile phone, text "follow FARSmarterBids" to 40404 (United States only). For updates by computer, visit and click "Follow." We hope to see you on our list!


Enhanced Standards Search now features an enhanced standards and specifications search. This search engine covers DoD standardization documents, government specifications, military handbooks, commercial item descriptions, technical documents, and more.

You can search by:
- Document Title
- Document ID
- Document Number
- Federal Supply Code/Area
- Status (Active, Withdrawn, etc)

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