When the saloon door opens, the bartender looks up to see none other than Thomas Edison walk in and sit at his bar. The tavern keeper eyes him suspiciously and says, “OK, I’ll serve ya, but don’t get any ideas.”
On February 2nd, the DoD is expected to submit its budget request to Congress right at the intersection of sequestration, the new Republican majorities in both houses, and a more assertive President Obama. Suffice to say, the games have begun.
Surely, no one would deny the Veterans Administration’s (VA) commitment to improving the welfare of the men and women who bravely serve their country. But, sometimes, decisions are made that leave you scratching your head. Take contractor eligibility, for example.
In The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene writes: “There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.” The Professional Services Council (PSC) says the door for acquisition professionals is doing just that.
When the Veterans Affairs Inspector General’s report was issued last September that slammed reverse auction contractor, FedBid, many wondered if the company would survive. One way the firm is picking up the pieces is by spinning off its commercial business.
In one memorable scene from the 1989 film, Dead Poets Society, Professor Keating prompts his students to stand on his desk to illustrate the importance of viewing the world in new ways. The same could also be said for FedBizOpps.
In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, the surveillance court issued a milestone ruling often referred to as the “Raw Take” order. Previously, intelligence agencies could only share info from court-approved sources like wiretaps, etc. Raw Take changed everything.
In September, it looked like the the Pentagon’s controversial Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program (CSPTP) would be put out to pasture. That would be good news for small defense contractors. However, the final 2015 defense bill extends CSPTP through 2017.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has been overhauling its small business sizing, eligibility and contract management rules for a couple of months. That trend shows no end in sight with the SBA proposing changes to the ostensible subcontractor affiliation rule.
During a week when the world’s hearts are focused on the people of France, it’s easy to overlook Congress. However, the new majority is busy laying out its 2015 agenda. Perusing the initial bills, cutting spending rises to the top.