Far from Boring—An Interesting Year Ahead
January 25, 2013
By: Barbara Kinosky
Happy belated New Year to regulatory geeks everywhere! Today, I am writing about predictions for 2013. This blog post will not cover sequestration or the fiscal cliff because we have already heard enough about this along with swirling rumors about a Kardashian divorce and doping by a known cyclist. So let’s just move on to the important stuff. This year already promises to be very busy for acquisition regulations. Here’s my hot list:
- Organizational Conflicts of Interest (OCI) – This has been limping along since 2011 as a draft rule but is really a product of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2009 which forced the Department of Defense (DoD) to address this area. In dog years this topic would be celebrating its first birthday soon. For those of you that want to know the whole lurid history, DoD had its first public meeting on this topic in November 2009 and issued a draft rule in 2010, which was pilloried by industry groups. Enter the FAR Council in 2011, which issued a draft rule totally changing the FAR definition of OCI into two main categories: giving advice and access to information. A rule is due on this in April.