What’s in and what’s out in NDAA?

According to an article from Set-Aside Alert, there are new rules to expand HUBZones and to increase micro-purchase and simplified acquisition limits. There are also new restrictions on agencies from getting credit for small business contracts, and the SCORE program for small businesses did not get reauthorized, and a senate proposed provision to lower the employees-living-in-HUBZone requirements to 33% was dropped. Those are just a few of the latest developments in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2018 (NDAA). 
 
A conference of House and Senate members has negotiated a final version of the NDAA. The Conference Report version of the bill can be found here. For more information see the Set Aside Alert Vol. 25, No. 23, 2

Will NDAA’s “Amazon” market hurt small business?

According to an article in the same Set-Aside Alert, even though the latest version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2018 (“NDAA”) waters down the so-called ‘Amazon’ provision, its still presents a potential threat to GSA Multiple-Award Schedule contract holders, many of which are small businesses. 
 
Section 846 of the NDAA authorizes the development of one or more e-commerce platforms for commercial items that could be purchased by the Defense Department. The newer version requires substantially more market and legal research in order to fulfill the requirements of the section. The NDAA says that GSA must assess the impact on small business set-asides and GSA schedule holders. However, specialists are warning small business GSA schedule holders to monitor the marketplace carefully because it could have major repercussions on them.