Advocating for the Contract Management Community

NCMA represents the contract management community—its members, organizations and practices—to the people and institutions that matter. As part of our advocacy efforts, we provide information to our members on issues, trends, legislation, and regulations that will affect them and their organizations, and information to legislators, regulators, employers, the press, and the public to help them understand the issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the contract management community. Advocacy is part of NCMA′s core mission and it is provided as part of your basic membership benefits. NCMA does not lobby—we don′t propose specific legislation per se, but we do inform and educate the people that make the rules under which our members operate. We encourage members to engage in our advocacy program by staying informed and providing feedback through this Web site on issues and actions as they occur.

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Position Papers

Open Letter to Government Employees: Becoming Engaged with NCMA Enhances Professionalism and Mission Success

August 2010

In November 2009, NCMA published an Open Letter to Government Employees that provided our guidance on how government employees could interact with NCMA (and other professional associations) effectively within federal code of conduct rules. This letter has been revised slightly to correct some typographical errors and to improve clarity of certain guidelines, and to be consistent with input from the Office of Government Ethics and the Department of Defense Standards of Conduct Office. We have also provided a link to the SOCO guidance for your information. Please contact NCMA Executive Director Michael Fischetti at 800-344-8096 x1123 or email with any comments or questions.

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Legislation and Regulation

DHS Issues Final Rule Regarding Restrictions on Lead Systems Integrators - 11/14/2014
On September 23, 2014, DHS issued a final rule amending the Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation.

DOD Issues Final Rule Aligning DFARS with Statutory Requirements Governing Toxic and Hazardous Materials - 11/14/2014
On September 30, 2014, DOD issued a final rule clarifying DFARS 223.71 to assure compliance with statutory requirements governing the storage, treatment, and disposal of non-defense toxic and hazardous materials.

DOD Issues Final Rule Clarifying Flowdown Requirements for Specialty Metals Clause - 11/14/2014
On October 14, 2014, DOD issued a final rule clarifying the flowdown requirements for the DFARS clause titled “Restriction on Acquisition of Certain Articles Containing Specialty Metals.”

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