Ideas are like buried treasure. Ideas can transform companies … Launch movements … Catapult entire industries. Right now, employees in your company are probably hoarding ideas. Probably a lot of them. Why? Well, that’s the million dollar question … Literally.
Remember when the White House started its own beehive? Lately, the beehive is as much a metaphor as it is a source for honey. Part of the President’s agenda is to make 21st century government a reality. That includes contractors.
Usually, the prime contractor is the big company, the experienced contractor. But, with the fed’s increasing emphasis on doing business with small and disadvantaged firms, contractor roles are becoming increasingly reversed. And, that can mean troubles for the subcontractor’s receivables.
As governments budgets shrink and price competition among provider intensifies, the GSA finds itself in the cross-hairs of agencies demanding better pricing and easier buying. The government’s chief buyer believes it’s found a solution by walking down a few “hallways.”
The most extraordinary part of the American Revolution is the story of how a rag-tag group of farmers and merchants defeated the fiercest military force in the world. Now, we’ve become that force and our enemies are the rag-tag mob.
Whenever an idea starts off being “fair and ____,” it often means trouble. “Fair and square” often means anything but. Fox’s “fair and balanced?” You decide. But, the phrase that raises the most contractor eyebrows is GSA’s “fair and reasonable.”
So, the Ides of August … When Congress flies the coop, and tourists flock in … When two-hour commutes shrink to an hour-forty-five … When vinyl seat covers turn into George Forman grills. It’s also time to reboot your brain.
The GSA’s Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI) OS3 awards were announced yesterday. When the dust finally settled – and there was a lot with SBA concern and protests – twenty out of twenty-one contracts were awarded to small business firms.
Last week, we looked at what the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order means for government contractors. One component requires contractors to report labor violations. Irresponsible contractors face delays or much worse. So, what does “irresponsible” actually mean, anyway?
From an increased efficiency in energy consumption to the higher use of energy from renewable sources to reducing agency carbon footprints, the future of green government contracting opportunities for firms able to steer agencies in that direction is, well, blooming.