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- July 9, 2024 -



Cyber Friday: Building a CMMC Program: 3.1.3 Audit and Accountability Policy, Log Review Procedure


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15th NDIA Great Lakes Chapter Annual Meeting – Itasca, IL


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Emerging Issues: Beyond Contracts: Conducting Business with the Federal Government


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Government Certification Workshop – State and Local Certifications – Madison, WI


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WPI now publishes a monthly Cyber Newsletter

See previous editions here or subscribe here.

If your organization needs assistance meeting Federal or Department of Defense cyber security requirements, contact Marc Violante, Director of Federal Market Strategies at, or Matt Frost, Government Contract Specialist at

JCP Portal Activation

Beginning August 1st 2024 all JCP account registrants must log into the JCP Portal at least every 35 days to keep their accounts active. Accounts not active past 35 days will be disabled. A warning email from will be sent five (5) days and then one (1) day prior to your account being locked. If you find that your account is locked/disabled, please go to the DACS Portal: and click the "Unlock Account" link . You will need to provide your username and email address to unlock/enable your JCP Portal account. 

Federal Advertising: Fourteen Percent of Contract Obligations in the Past Decade Went to Small Disadvantaged Businesses and Those Owned by Women and Minorities

The federal government spent $14.9 billion on advertising contracts over the last 10 fiscal years to inform the public about programs and services, among other things. The government provides contract opportunities to businesses owned by minorities, women, and other socially or economically disadvantaged groups.

We found that contracts with these businesses represented about 14% of total federal advertising spending, or $2.1 billion, during FYs 2014-2023.

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Eliminating Self-Certification for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

Effective August 5, 2024. This direct final rule contains amendments to the regulations governing the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Veteran Small Business Certification (VetCert) Program. The SBA is revising its regulations to implement a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024 (NDAA 2024), which eliminates self-certification for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses that are awarded Federal Government contracts or subcontracts that count towards agency or subcontracting goals This direct final rule amends SBA’s regulations to carry out the changes made by NDAA 2024. 

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SBA Certification Upgrade

JUNE 24, 2024

The SBA is upgrading how our customers apply for and manage their federal contracting certifications.

SBA’s certification upgrade will start on August 1st, 2024:

  • Initial certification applications will not be accepted during the upgrade period.
  • The upgraded system is expected to be available for new applications in early September.
  • New and prospective applicants for federal small business certification are encouraged to wait until the upgrade is complete before applying.
  • Most certified firms will not be impacted by the pause in applications. Firms needing to renew during the upgrade period will receive guidance from their certification program.
  • Applications submitted before August 1 will continue to be processed during the upgrade period in the order received.
  • If your firm is facing a deadline on a proposal that will be impacted by your certification status before August 1, 2024, please contact and provide the contract number, agency, and bid due date.

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Latest issue of THE LINK – Connecting Suppliers with DLA

This is the 33rd issue of "The Link" newsletter, a quarterly publication highlighting information important to our DLA suppliers.

Articles in this issue:

  • The Small Business Programs
  • Changes to DIBBS Quoting and Auto Solicitation/Evaluation
  • Vendor Request (VR) Post Award Request (PAR) Reason Codes
  • Quoting Price Breaks in DIBBS
  • DIBBS / CFOLDERS Bypass Information
  • Land Supply Chain

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July 18

Center for Technology Commercialization

780 Regent St. | Madison, WI 53715


America’s Seed Fund Road Tour is a national outreach effort to connect innovators and entrepreneurs to non-dilutive, technology funding opportunities provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, known as “America’s Seed Fund.” America’s Seed Fund Road Tour encourages participation in innovation and entrepreneurship by members of underrepresented groups while supporting the mission of the SBIR/STTR programs to support scientific excellence and technological innovation to build a strong national economy.

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15th NDIA Great Lakes Chapter Annual Meeting

July 24

 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

W.S. Darley & Co.

325 Spring Lake Dr. | Itasca, IL 60143

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