News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

Acquisition Today: News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

December 12, 2018


Access to ATLAS is Ending 12/14/2018

Access to the Defense Acquisition University’s Legacy Virtual Campus (ATLAS Pro) will end and students must complete courses in it by COB Friday, December 14, 2018.  After this date, access to ATLAS will no longer be available and courses will be dropped.  If students wish to complete courses after this date, they must re-enroll in the new DAU Virtual Campus and re-start the courses.


DoL/OFCCP Issues Temporary FAR Clause Waiver for Wildfires and Earthquake

In light of the devastation created by the California Wildfires and the Alaska Earthquake, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued a temporary exemption from certain FAR contracting requirements as follows: 1) The California Wildfires exemption period runs from November 19, 2018 to February 19, 2019; 2) The Alaska Earthquake exemption period runs from December 3, 2018 to March 3, 2019. These exemptions might be extended by OFCCP.  For the period of the exemption, new Federal contracts to provide relief efforts should contain a provision exempting the contractor 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.


GSA to Consolidate 24 Multiple Award Schedules into One

On November 27, 2018, The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced that it will modernize federal acquisition by consolidating the agency’s 24 Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) into one single schedule for products and services. The MAS transformation is part of GSA’s Federal Marketplace strategy to make the government buying and selling experience easy, efficient and modern. It supports GSA’s strategic goal to establish the agency as the premier provider of efficient and effective acquisition solutions across the government .


Check out FAI's Free Acquisition Courses

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.


Professional Services Office Hours: Effective Market Research Tools 101

Register today for the next GSA Professional Services Office Hours on Effective Market Research 101 -Tool Demos on December 13, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET. This session will cover GSA eLibrary, eBuy, GSA Advantage and the Acquisition Gateway to provide insight on the resources you need to conduct market research for your acquisition.  Earn 1 CLP.  Each Office Hours webinar is an open-forum session connecting federal Contracting Officers and other federal contracting professionals with GSA experts. 

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