Tag Archives: small business

Laura Stanton: On-Ramps, No-Price Awards Among Features GSA Wants for Polaris GWAC

Laura Stanton

Laura Stanton, assistant commissioner for the office of information technology category at the General Services Administration’s (GSA)  Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), said GSA is looking to integrate key features to the Polaris governmentwide acquisition contract for small IT businesses. Those features include on-ramps, access to emerging technologies and no-price awards with pricing negotiated at the task order level to drive competition.

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Pentagon Seeks Input on Barriers Facing Small Businesses


The Department of Defense has released a notice in the Federal Register asking small businesses to share insights on the barriers they face in contracting with DOD. The Pentagon will use industry feedback to inform the development of its small business strategy and seek ways how to utilize small companies’ capabilities to further build up domestic supply chains, improve competition and advance equity and inclusion in the department’s procurement efforts.

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Farooq Mitha: DOD to Reduce Entry Barriers for Small Businesses

Farooq Mitha

Farooq Mitha, who leads the Department of Defense's Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), said his team is working to reduce the barriers that make it difficult for small businesses to work with the military. He said DOD seeks industry input on the challenges faced by small businesses, as the department develops a small business engagement strategy.

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Kathleen Hicks: DOD Looks to Address Admin Barriers Facing Small Businesses

Kathleen Hicks

Kathleen Hicks, deputy secretary of the Department of Defense and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said DOD is committed to looking at the administration barriers facing small companies seeking to do business with the Pentagon and will initiate measures to address those challenges where it can.

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Air Force Department’s New Innovation Arm to Focus on Space Tech Development; Lt. Col. Walter McMillan Quoted

U.S. Air Force Program

The Department of the Air Force will formally launch a new entity on Aug. 19th under the larger AFWERX innovation group to develop on-orbit technologies for the U.S. Space Force in collaboration with small businesses and university researchers. SpaceWERX will use existing AFWERX tools to connect space personnel and acquisition professionals with the commercial and academic sectors for development work. 

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DOE Awards $127M in Grants to 110 Small Businesses for Clean Energy R&D Projects; Secretary Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Jennifer Granholm

The Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a total of $127 million in funding to small businesses across 26 states working on clean energy technologies. The 110 projects cover various technological areas such as renewable and fusion energy, carbon management and cybersecurity. Emissol from Washington state received $1.65 million to research a low-cost pathway. 

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DOD to Explore Ways to Address Small Business Concerns Over CMMC Program


A spokesperson for the Department of Defense said DOD will “look for avenues” to lower costs associated with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program for small businesses while keeping CMMC’s focus on addressing supply chain risks as part of its internal review. DOD’s statement comes after small enterprises raised concerns over the CMMC program during a House Committee on Small Business subcommittee hearing Thursday.

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Jesse Salazar Outlines 3 Goals of Pentagon’s CMMC Program Review

Jesse Salazar

Jesse Salazar, deputy assistant secretary of defense for industrial policy, said the Department of Defense’s (DOD) review of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program has three “broad goals” and the first is managing cyber costs for small businesses. The other two goals he discussed are clarifying cyber regulations and reinforcing trust in CMMC assessment process.

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IPC’s John Mitchell: DOD Should Consider CMMC Compliance’s Impact on Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises


John Mitchell, president and CEO of electronics manufacturing industry association IPC, said the Department of Defense (DOD) should give careful consideration to small and medium-sized businesses seeking to comply with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program. Leslie Weinstein, author of the IPC report on CMMC, said DOD can use existing industry certifications and standards to help reduce the costs and address uncertainties associated with CMMC compliance.

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DOE Announces $54M Clean Energy R&D Funding for 235 Small Businesses; Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Department of Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) will award $54 million worth of federal funding to 235 small businesses to support 266 research and development projects focused on advanced grid technologies, artificial intelligence, carbon capture and storage, solar and hydrogen power, electric vehicle batteries and other technological products that could help DOE record net-zero emissions by 2050.

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