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DOD: “Primes Should Help Small Business With CMMC”

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“The Defense Department is hoping large defense contractors will be cyber mentors for small businesses and startups as it rolls out its new cybersecurity standard next month”

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“Ellen Lord, DOD’s acquisition chief, told reporters during a Dec. 10 briefing the department was attuned to small businesses cost-related concerns of its new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification. While there’s no mandate at work, Lord said big companies and industry associations should pitch in with help as the standard is implemented in 2020.

“We know that this can be a burden to small companies in particular,” Lord said. “At this point, I don’t rule anything out, but I’m not envisioning waivers. I am envisioning the primes and the industry associations and the government with industrial policy really working as kind of the help desk, the help agent, enabling these companies to be compliant with a lot of support.”

The CMMC model has been praised by senior defense officials, such as Navy CIO Andrew Weis, for having the “right perspective” and criticized by small business advocates over cost concerns.

Lord stressed that supply chain vulnerabilities are most prevalent six to seven levels down from prime contractors, and the Defense Department is working to minimize costs so small businesses can be more compliant with CMMC over the next two to three months. Katie Arrington, DOD’s chief information security officer, previously said part of that transition will be considering reciprocity for other cyber certifications, such as the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP.

“This is a U.S. economic security issue as well as a U.S. security issue,” Lord said. “When we look at cybersecurity standards, I believe it is absolutely critical to be crystal clear as to what expectations, measurements are, what the metrics are, and how we will basically audit against those.”

Contractors will have to get certified by a designated accrediting body. Lord said DOD is working with multiple companies but has not designated an accrediting body but indicated there will be more than one.

Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel of the Professional Services Council, says it’s a good time to start focusing attention on CMMC.

“I think she’s right to focus on raising the visibility of CMMC,” Chvotkin said. “It will be market affecting. Those companies that have the certification will be able to compete for work at DOD; those who don’t have the certification will not be able to work on DOD contracts. That’s pretty important.”

The final CMMC framework, as well as the list of accrediting bodies, will be released and fully available in January. Lord said DOD is considering a “rolling roll out” for requests for proposals and contracts that incorporate the new standard starting in July.

Mike Hettinger, a lobbyist who advises tech vendors on government relations and strategy, has been following CMMC and is concerned that the July timetable means that the big companies Lord expects to offer guidance on the new standards will have their own compliance issues to contend with.

“To think that between now and next summer a big company is going to get through the certification process and set up a mentor-protégé process with their partners seems like a bit much,” Hettinger said.”

https://fcw.com/articles/2019/12/10/dod-cmmc-primes-help.aspx?oly_enc_id=

FREE SMALL BUSINESS GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING BOOKS AND SUPPLEMENTS

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The table of contents below reflects free small business federal government contracting books and reference materials.   You may download the book, Small Business Federal Government Contracting and its supplement from the “Box” in the right margin of http://www.smalltofeds.com. Blue topic titles are the basic book and red topics are contained in the Supplement.

Use the links beneath the table to access more recent articles since the publication of the book and the supplement.

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RECENT MATERIAL LINKS (Not included in Above)

SMALL BUSINESS COMPANY TRAINING

MANAGING INDUSTRY TEAMING RELATIONSHIPS

UTILIZING THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA)

GOVERNMENT CONTRACT BID PROTESTS

UNSOLICITED GOVERNMENT CONTRACT PROPOSALS

VITAL TIPS FOR PROJECT MANAGEMENT

FIXED PRICE VS. COST PLUS IN CONTRACTING

MAKING AN ASUTE BID/NO BID DECISION

THE TRUTH IN NEGOTIATIONS ACT (TINA)

You may also benefit from the free “Reference Materials” in the second, vertical “Box” in the left margin of the site.   Contract agreements, incorporation instructions for all the US states, guidance on marketing and business planning are all included.

Other books by Ken available as free downloads in the “Box” include:

“A Veteran’s Photo/Poetry Journal of Recovery
From Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ” 

“Odyssey of Armaments” My Journey Through the Defense Industrial Complex”

Finding the Best Small Business Resources for Veterans

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Veterans Boots to Business

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“FORBES By Rohit Aurora”

“The Operation Boots to Business program guides veterans through the process of launching and growing an enterprise.

Additionally, the Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD) is devoted to promoting entrepreneurship opportunities for veterans, service-disabled vets, reservists, active-duty service men and women, and their dependents or survivors.”


“People often confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day, which takes place at the end of May, honors members of the military who have sacrificed their lives in combat. On November 11, Veterans Day celebrates members of the armed services who are still among us. The holiday, formalized in 1919, began following the end of WWI, which ended exactly a century ago on November 11, 1918.

Many former service men and women are entrepreneurs. In fact, veteran-owned firms represent 9% of all U.S. firms, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Of the 26 million veterans in the United States, nearly 2.5 million vets own small businesses, and those companies employ nearly 6 million workers.

To help service men and women make the transition into civilian life, the Small Business Administration (SBA) offers a broad range of support for vets opting to go into business for themselves. The SBA provides workshops that offer assistance in writing business plans and also connects veterans with mentorship and training programs.

Visit the SBA site to find the nearest OVBD center.

Government agencies and large corporations set goals to include veteran-owned businesses in their supply chains. The federal government encourages veteran-owned businesses to register with the VA’s Center for Veterans Enterprise and its System for Award Management that veterans can use to get government contracts. Further, the average American consumer typically prefers to purchase from a veteran-owned business, according to Buyveteran.com, which publishes an online directory that veteran-owned companies can join.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/rohitarora/2018/11/07/finding-the-best-small-business-resources-for-veterans/#6ea527eb771d