When the Greek craftsman Daedalus designed the labyrinth, he knew it had to be so mystifying and so complex that the fabled Minotaur would be unable to escape. However, even Daedalus would likely be humbled by federal IT procurement procedures.
Strap yourselves in. There’s a lot happening today. For starters, President Obama plans to use his Executive Order authority to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 for all federal contractor employees. So, what does the raise really mean?
In a recent false claims act (FCA) opinion, the US Fourth Circuit ruled that a $24 million penalty was not “excessive” under the Constitution though the government paid only $3.3 million for services in question and no damages were proven.
Today’s headlines are a bit like a junk drawer with items all over the place. But, first is a plan by the Veterans Administration to target veteran-owned businesses for contracts. This initiative will encompass indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts.
Contractors providing building maintenance and repair services should pay close attention. The General Services Administration (GSA) was given $1 billion in the new spending bill President Obama signed into law last week that will pay for long overdue building improvements.
It’s no secret that federal agencies will be scrutinizing cost-price issues more than ever since sequestration is no longer an aberration but has become the new norm. Five key principles have emerged from bid protests that will affect all contractors.
Regular readers of PROCAS Connect know we track legislative trends and updates on a routine basis. But, it’s always nice to have a list of the key issues that will affect contractors in 2014 and beyond in one convenient place.
Every contractor has his/her own way of finding new opportunities. But, where do you find the hidden gems? The opportunities that slip under the radar and, perhaps, offer a much higher chance getting an award? Jennifer Sakole offers some insight.
As sequester stripped away defense funds, most branches decided to take money from research and development to pay routine military functions. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wants to change that and is pushing to increase R&D by 15 percent in 2015.
A handful of legal odds ‘n ends have been accumulating. DCAA issued two new audit memorandums, a primer was published to help new contractors, oh, and you may need to make sure you’re up to speed on anti-human trafficking compliance.