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Contracting Doodle Videos Doodle Videos2020-05-21T16:00:00Z Blog pic.jpg, Blog pic.jpg Blog pic.jpg<div class="ExternalClass367E315F86F846DEAA11DA9B9390DA09">To Make Learning Fun, eight (8) New Contracting Doodle Videos are now available here on <a href="">DAU Media</a>.<br> <br> These 8 doodles are approximately five to eight minutes long. Originally designed to compliment CON 091 material, they are short, fun, informative and teach basic concepts in a cool way. They are great to watch in a pinch as a break from your work or during lunch and can help you on your job. The doodles are:<br> <br> 1. <a href="">FAR Citations and parts</a><br> 2. <a href="">Proper Citation Writing</a><br> 3. <a href="">More FAR Citations</a><br> 4. <a href="">What is the FAR mantra?</a><br> 5. <a href="">Essential Elements of a Contract</a><br> 6. <a href="">Uniform Contract Format</a><br> 7. <a href="">Contract Line Item Numbers</a><br> 8. <a href="">Contract Closeout</a><br> <br> Another way to find them is to search the DAU Media Contracting channel at <a href=""></a>.<br> <br> Make learning fun, go watch these videos!</div>string;#/training/career-development/contracting/blog/Contracting-Doodle-Videos
Defense Small Business Webinar May 13 Recap Small Business Webinar May 13 Recap2020-05-15T16:00:00Z Webinar.jpg, Webinar.jpg Webinar.jpg<div class="ExternalClass4BA9909617254B02995F4453FD10B5C2">The Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) and the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) held their second joint Defense Small Business Webinar on Wednesday, May 13<sup>th</sup> on the topic of “Defense Pricing and Contracting Update.” Mr. Kim Herrington, Acting Principal Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Acquisition and Sustainment) was the speaker. Mr. Herrington addressed DPC’s mission of providing policy and pricing guidance to the DoD contracting workforce of over 30,000 contracting professionals that obligate over $300B annually. He also addressed the policy that DPC has been focusing on during the COVID-19 pandemic. He cited several key examples including; allowing companies to continue to work, providing liquidity to the defense industrial base (DIB), implementing legislation that benefits industry, improving the speed of contracting activity, and providing spending transparency. He also covered the DoD guidance on Section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. He stressed to the audience how important it is for the government to keep communicating with industry, particularly during the pandemic. As an example, he cited the frequently asked questions on the CARES Act that are updated based on feedback from industry. Lastly, he assured the audience that “DoD has and will continue to partner with industry to ensure the DIB remains strong and able to fulfill warfighter requirements.”<br> <br> Mr. Herrington also fielded multiple questions from the audience on topics ranging from accelerated payments to paid leave reimbursements to how a small business can enter into the DoD marketplace. During his closing remarks at the end of the question and answer period, he highlighted that DoD is looking for non-traditional suppliers and innovation from the small business community in support of the pandemic and more broadly the National Defense Strategy. Finally, he reminded the audience of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification standard for future DoD acquisitions. We really appreciated Mr. Herrington coming back to speak to this forum again. Over 400 government and industry representatives participated in the event.<br> <br> <strong>More information about this webinar series and the slides from Mr. Herrington’s May 13<sup>th</sup> presentation can be found on the DoD OSBP website at <a href=""></a></strong><br> <br> You can also refer to the DAU Calendar of Events at the bottom of the DAU Industry Support Page at <a href="/industry-support/p/doing-business-with-the-department-of-defense"></a> to learn more.<br> <br> <strong>The next webinar in the series is scheduled for Wednesday, June 3rd from 3:00 EST to 4:00 EST. The topic and speaker are to be determined.</strong></div>string;#/training/career-development/contracting/blog/Defense-Small-Business-Webinar-May-13-Recap
Outcome of DCMA Procurement Management Review Program FY 2019 of DCMA Procurement Management Review Program FY 20192020-05-06T16:00:00Z ltr.JPG, ltr.JPG ltr.JPG<div class="ExternalClass2254F88CF19445F88DC4B5E39D805D52"><a href=""><strong>Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) FY 2019 Procurement Management Review (PMR) Program “Year in Review” Newsletter</strong></a><br> <br> To facilitate management oversight DCMA, on behalf of Defense Pricing and Contracting (DPC), leads annual independent procurement function reviews of Other Defense Agency (ODA), Defense Field Activity, and 4th Estate Contracting organizations that perform contracting operations. To promote awareness and enhance personnel performance, DCMA prepares an annual newsletter of observations, best practices, and lessons learned.<br> <br> DCMA PMR teams are augmented by volunteers from ODAs and military departments. Each review assesses three areas: Compliance with statutes, regulations, and policies; Structure, processes, and practices of the Contracting office as they relate to meeting requirements; and Training, morale, and other environmental factors that enable success. Review results are presented in a seven chapter report for agency review and action as appropriate.<br> <br> In FY 2019 PMR teams reviewed eight activities. Common findings were found in the areas of Contracting, Solicitation and Selection Procedures; Procurement Planning, Post Award, and Documentation. Workforce members are encouraged to thoroughly examine the newsletter, as many findings have broad application throughout the contracting community and across DoD Components. Additionally, the DAU website (<a href="/"></a>) and iCatalog (<a href=""></a>) contain training assets and tools which may address findings. For example:<br> <br> <strong><em>Area:</em></strong><strong> Contracting, Solicitation and Selection Procedures</strong><br> <strong><em>Finding:</em></strong> Clauses: Include required FAR and DFARS clauses in solicitations and awards tailored to the specific requirement and contract type (FAR Subpart 52.1).<br> <strong><em>DAU asset</em></strong><strong>:</strong> CON 091 Contract Fundamentals, <a href=""></a><br> Provision and Clause Matrix, <a href="/tools/t/FAR,-DFARS,-VAAR,-DEAR-Provision-and-Clause-Matrix">,-DFARS,-VAAR,-DEAR-Provision-and-Clause-Matrix</a><br> Contract Types, <a href="/tools/t/Comparison-of-Major-Contract-Types-Chart"></a><br> <br> <strong><em>Area:</em></strong><strong> Procurement Planning</strong><br> <strong><em>Finding:</em></strong> DD2579 Small Business Coordination Record: Ensure DD2579s are consistently completed, coordinated/signed by Small Business Specialist, and retained in the contract file (DFARS 219.201(c)(10)(b)).<br> <strong><em>DAU asset</em></strong><strong>:</strong> SBP (Small Business Programs) 101, SBP 102, SBP 210 <a href=""></a><br> CLC 059 Management of Subcontracting Compliance, <a href=""></a><br> <br> <strong><em>Area</em></strong><strong>: Post Award</strong>:<br> <strong><em>Finding</em></strong><em>:</em> Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR): Ensure a copy of the COR appointment letter is provided to the contractor, documented in the COR Tracking (CORT) Tool with copy retained in the hard copy contract folder (DoD COR Handbook).<br> <strong><em>DAU asset</em></strong>: COR 222 Contracting Officer’s Representative Course, <a href=""></a><br> CLC 106 Contracting Officer's Representative with a Mission Focus, <a href=""></a><br> <br> Contracting professionals are further encouraged to volunteer to augment DCMA PMR teams. POCs for questions and comments are Mr. Michael Pelkey, DPC, 703-614-1253, <a href=""></a> or COL Joseph M. Davis, DCMA PMR Program Manager, 804-734-1642, <a href=""></a>.<br> <br> Reference DPC Memorandum and FY 2019 Newsletter: <a href=""></a><br> <br> <strong>Note: </strong>The FY 2019 newsletter was prepared prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent DOD personnel travel, relocation, and social distancing restrictions. For information on possible PMR schedule changes for your agency please contact the PMR program manager identified in the newsletter.</div>string;#/training/career-development/contracting/blog/Outcome-of-DCMA-Procurement-Management-Review-Program-FY-2019
The Defense Small Business Webinar Series Defense Small Business Webinar Series2020-05-02T12:00:00Z Webinar.jpg, Webinar.jpg Webinar.jpg<div class="ExternalClassC26EFA2E17E74C3DB57472E3D32364B3">The Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) and the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) recently commenced their joint Defense Small Business Webinar series partnership. Ms. Amy Murray, Director of the DoD OSBP, was the driving force behind this partnership. When asked about the genesis of this initiative, she stated “The Defense Small Business Webinar Series was initially launched in response to challenges presented by COVID-19. Thus far, these engaging webinars have attracted approximately 2,500 small business attendees and provided critical information about the CARES Act, cybersecurity, and foreign investment. I am thankful for our partnership with Defense Acquisition University in this endeavor to create an innovative educational tool for small business.” Based on the questions and answers during these events and the feedback obtained from the participants the events are an overwhelming success. It is obvious that communication between the government and small businesses that support our defense industrial base, particularly during the pandemic is vital to meeting the National Defense Strategy. More information about this webinar series can be found on the DoD OSBP website at <a href=""></a><br> <br> You can also refer to the DAU Calendar of Events at the bottom of the DAU Industry Support Page at <a href="/industry-support/p/doing-business-with-the-department-of-defense"></a> to learn more.<br> <br> The next webinar in the series is scheduled for Wednesday May 13<sup>th</sup> from 3:00 EST to 4:00 EST. The speaker will be Mr. Kim Herrington, Acting Principal Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting. He will be discussing the COVID-19 Guidance and Resources.<br></div>string;#/training/career-development/contracting/blog/The-Defense-Small-Business-Webinar-Series