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Acquisition Today: News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

September 4, 2019


Sign Up For OFPP’s Exclusive VIP Group!

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) invites you to join their exclusive InReach Group on the Acquisition Gateway. As a VIP group member, you will be the first to learn about new OFPP policies, initiatives, and workforce engagement opportunities posted on the OFPP Project InReach Hub, which is the only comprehensive source of information about OFPP activities. Check out the OFPP Project InReach Hub and join the OFPP VIP InReach Group today!

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Join the GSA Cloud Team - Quarterly Webinar

Please join GSA's Cloud Acquisition Team for the quarterly webinar, 'How to Buy Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Migrate to Cloud Computing,' on September 11, 2019 from 12:00-1:00 P.M ET. To register, please follow this link.

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Tip from the GSA Labor Advisor -- SCA Fringe Benefit Rates Have Increased

On July 5, 2019, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued a memo DOL All Agency Memo (AAM) 230 that increased the health and welfare fringe benefit rate for employees covered by the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA). For more information, please read the WHD memo. Up-to-date Wage Determinations can be accessed on

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Market Research Done Right

There are a series of podcasts available on the Acquisition Gateway entitled "Market Research Done Right" - listen as leaders from various Federal agencies give their views and best practices for conducting market research.


FAITAS LMS Enrollment Will Be Closed September 26-30, 2019

If you are planning to enroll in online training through the FAITAS Learning Management System (LMS), don't delay! Enrollment in online training through the FAITAS LMS will be unavailable September 26-30, 2019, for the transition from FY19 to FY20. System users will again be able to register for FAITAS LMS courses on October 1, 2019.  Please note the FAITAS LMS will continue to be available during this period for you to work on the course(s) in which you are enrolled. If you are dropped or failed online training during this period, you will need to wait until October 1, 2019 at 7:00 a.m ET to re-enroll. 


Small Business Size Standards Have Been Adjusted For Inflation

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has adjusted monetary-based industry size standards for inflation. The new size standards went into effect on August 19, 2019. SBA adjusts size standards for inflation every 5 years as mandated by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. Receipts-based size standards for sales or leases of Government property and stockpile purchases have also been adjusted. An updated table of size standards by NAICS code is available on SBA’s website, and has been incorporated into SAM.

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