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

DOD Authorizes DOD Litigation Support Contractors to Access Sensitive Information Under Certain Conditions - 03/05/2014
On February 28, 2014, DOD issued an interim rule amending the DFARS to grant DOD litigation support contractors the authority to access sensitive information (confidential, commercial, financial, or proprietary information; technical data; or other privileged information) so long as the contractor abides by certain restrictions on the use and disclosure of such information.

DOD Enhances Whistleblower Protections for Employees of Contractors and Subcontractors - 03/05/2014
On February 28, 2014, DOD adopted as final, with minor changes, an interim rule, published on September 30, 2013 (78 Fed. Reg. 59851, 9/30/2013), amending the DFARS to expand whistleblower protections for employees of contractors and subcontractors of DOD, NASA, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

DOD Proposes to Update ASBCA Rules - 03/05/2014
On February 28, 2014, DOD issued a proposed rule to amend the DFARS to update the “Rules of the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA).”

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