When we last left the US District Court, it was making mincemeat out of the attorney-client privilege usually afforded to contractors when such discussions are part of a company’s internal investigations. But, don’t start handing over any documents just yet.
Creative employees are able to solve problems that others find intractable … Spot opportunities that everyone else walks past … Develop products or services that can revolutionize industries (or companies). So, how do you find them? What makes them tick?
If there’s one thing courts agree on concerning the impact of confidentiality agreements upon False Claims Act (FCA) suits, it’s that they don’t really agree on anything. Nevertheless, a US District Court ruling bolsters a new trend in FCA defenses.
GSA is certainly the 300-lb gorilla when it comes to government buying. Roughly ten cents out of every federal purchasing dollar goes through the agency. So, when DoD told its contract officers to verify GSA’s “low” prices, people took notice.
Procter and Gamble is running a campaign for its Pantene product line called, Shine Strong. One ad entitled, “Not Sorry,” urges women to stop apologizing so much. With gender equality growing on many fronts, we began wondering: What about government contracting?
In 1621, a new “exception” to English common law emerged that put a restriction on trade in specific geographic circumstances. Thus was born the non-compete clause. Today, they’re used routinely by contractors, but Courts are looking more dimly on them.
When contractor services firm Deltek was hacked earlier this year, pretty much every contractor dealing with sensitive information probably wondered about the security of their own IT systems. Now that a few months have passed, how is your security doing?
Creativity … Innovation … Taking risks … It doesn’t matter if you sell pens, build rocket engines or cultivate gardens. Filling unmet needs and improving products and services must be part of your DNA. Perhaps, Steve Jobs said it best:
Everyone love disruption. It’s big. It’s sexy. Disruptive innovations launch industries and birth billionaires. What’s not to love? But, most innovation comes in the form of singles, not grand slams. Companies that don’t nurture it are missing out – big time.
In March, we wrote about DCAA’s revised policy for delinquent incurred cost proposals (IRP). Considering that all calendar-year contractors must submit their IRPs by June 30th, we thought it was worth revisiting … especially since late submissions may cost you.