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June 10th OSD A&S COVID Conference Call Notes:
- Two large areas for discussion—upcoming beta launch of DLA Fed Mall program and Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).
- Pentagon is currently under a Phase 0 staffing situation, which equals 80% teleworking and no more than 20% on site at any moment.
- On June 15th the Pentagon goes to Phase 1 work structure which equals no more than 40% of staff on site at any given moment. Visitor access will remain very limited, screened with temp check, etc.
- NO ability to “free float” a meeting as visitors would diminish the number of staff allowed in at any moment to maintain no more than 40% on site.
- P&R review and legal review with respect to DoD requirements for contract personnel PPE is being finalized and should be published soon.
- Recent DPA Title 3 awards announced later today—Bethel Industries public private partner contract for an industrial base expansion for soldier armor gear.
- GE Aviation public private partnership for advanced aviation material development; Spirit Aero award for manufacturing complex structures used across many platforms; Steel America contract award looking at fragility in shaft repair and production; Allied Systems re material handling across shipyards for increased capacity.
OSD Small Business:
- Last week Future of Telework Webinar went well -- see their OSD site for the report.
- Five Webinars to date have reached over 3,000 small businesses.
- Wednesday June 24th next event—"small business roadmap to get facility clearance”—allowing more small businesses to enter the DoD small business market.
- DLA Fed Mall small business corridor—working closely with DLA to launch this program.
- Fed Mall Small Business Contingency Corridor—for the provision of nonmedical PPE to select small businesses (masks, shoe covers, hand sanitizer, wipes).
- Targeted 138 vendors to start the program which OSD/DLA determined to be Fed Mall ready.
- Working implementation and last night deployed program for code and testing.
- Unfortunately, finding very few vendors actually willing to support the Fed Mall effort—two going on contract and a few others working to get on contract, but far less than the original 138 identified as interested.
- DLA will send the flyer to us to pass to industry shortly that explains the program and how to be a supplier and a user of the portal. Chamber asked why companies are not participating: issues of start-up capital sited by most as well as the inability to access government sites absent CAC cards, etc.-- DLA is working to ensure sufficient participation.
- The site will not open for orders until the supplier matter is corrected and at most there will be a soft opening to manage expectations.
- LTG David Bassett has now taken over DCMA and VADM David Lewis is in the process of retiring; DIB now has only 9 contractors closed; international only 1 closure and that is in the UK; great progress; 13 companies impacted by layoffs, strikes -- primarily in the commercial sector vice DIB.
- DCMA Baltimore office remains closed pending calming of civil unrest in that City; seeing a decline in number of progress payments for week ending 5 June—dollar value and individual actions all declining; shipment decreases—May report for April data clear reduction in number of deliveries DCMA processed--a reduction of 40% mostly in the aviation sector, engines and combat vehicles.
- Sec 3610--adjusting draft policy and working thru the inputs and coordination to get published by end of June; working other policy positions on such issues as PPE and cleaning costs associated with COVID.
- OSD DPC attended this week’s entrance GAO conference yesterday on Section 3610 implementation during which DPC highlighted key industry concerns and need for additional DoD funding to cover COVID-19 REA claims.
- DoD IG announced they are starting an audit on Sec 3610 costs. Continued Congressional discussion on Sec 889 implementation.
Small Business Offices at Service Level:
- Army: no update.
- Navy updates: as of June 3rd $145.8M obligated for COVID small business support; $9.44B obligated overall to date for Navy small business community; various webinars planned in the coming weeks—see their website for details.
- Air Force: COVID activity--awarded 500 contract actions to 340 small businesses for $188M in obligations specific to COVID.
CMMC Lead at OSD A&S:
- Interagency coordination is underway and the public comment period will begin in July which is a major CMMC milestone; robust team of 8 people in OSD to adjudicate comments as they are posted—60 day open period and OSD will let us all know as soon as they open up for comment.
- DFAR rule change is expected to go into effect within two weeks post close of the comment period.
- Working to finalize a couple of RFIs and hope to get the RFIs out soon.
- Working audit training program to include distance learning; started CMMC pathfinder with MDA and aligning the CMMC program to the pathfinder effort with MDA.
- Another table top exercise tomorrow; RFIs to role out as soon as they have their first batch of trained auditors; some legislation proposals in the works—grant programs for small businesses to assist their CMMC efforts as part of NDAA 2021.
- Possible amendment to Sarbanes Oxley and OSD ask to partner as the impact of such an amendment is something they are trying to manage.
Associations and Chamber: no major issues raised.