News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

Acquisition Today: News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

October 17, 2018

Hurricane Michael

DOL Temporary Waiver of Certain FAR Requirements

Due to the devastation of Hurricane Michael, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued a temporary exemption from certain federal contracting requirements. For a period of three months, from October 11, 2018 to January 11, 2019, subject to possible extension, new Federal contracts to provide Hurricane Michael relief efforts will be exempt from having to develop written affirmative action programs as required by Executive Order 11246; The Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act; and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

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Spotlight Webinar: Could the New Micro Thresholds have Revolutionary Effects?

One of the first changes during the procurement reform era of the 1990s was the introduction of a “micro-purchase” authority in the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1995. Since that time, the micro-purchase limit has been raised to $10k, making it practical, for the first time, to use micro-purchases to buy services, and not just products. This has the potential to be revolutionary for the procurement system.  Learn more during the Professional Services Category's Spotlight webinar on November 1.  Register today.   

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Fabulous and Free!

FAI has a fabulous array of free FAC-C, FAC-COR, and FAC-P/PM training available now to the Federal workforce. There is no tuition cost charged to students or their agencies for this training.  Review the schedule and enroll in these classes through FAITAS as soon as you can.  Seats will fill quickly.


Registration is LIVE for Gateway U (Oct 29 - Nov 9)!

Acquisition Gateway University is a two-week program of daily webinars designed to help you get the most from the tools and resources on the Gateway.  Topics for this session cover acquisition planning, market research, live demos of the IGCE tool, and much more! Gateway U is open exclusively to federal agency personnel.  Earn 1 CLP for each fully attended class.  Register today!

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FCN 190 - A Shorter Alternative to CON 090

Did you know that civilian employees don't have to take the four (4) week CON 090 for FAC-C Level 1 certification? FAI has a two (2) week alternative, FCN 190 FAR Fundamentals, which can be used for FAC-C Level 1. FAI offers this course FREE of charge to Federal Acquisition Professionals.  Check out FAITAS for all the FCN 190 offerings!

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