Last month, DCAA issued new guidance regarding late indirect rate proposals (IRPs). The memo included a list of contractors whose IRPs were late as of January 5th. The memo has been removed but, we’re gonna tell you about it anyway.
Generating business from the government means understanding and predicting the business of the government. From the looks of things, one of the biggest drivers of American defense and cyber activity in the future will come from our relationship with Iran.
The inelegantly titled Small Business Improve Competition Act was recently introduced by Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH). The bill is intended to increase the number of federal contracts targeted for small companies and is something those contractors may want to track.
Clearly, whoever said, “Rules were made to be broken,” was never a federal contractor. Take the case of the firm that submitted a proposal via email (as instructed) but saw it bounce back. Guess who then had a big problem.
Remember the famous Otto van Bismarck quote: “Laws are like sausages. Better not to see them made.” Turns out, he probably never said it. But, with fat, pork and mess, lawmaking and sausage-making still have an awful lot in common.
“The future ain’t what it used to be.” Just yesterday, we were binge-watching “House of Cards;” today we’re binge-listening to “Serial.” But, if you want to know the future of federal acquisition, we have two words for you: Category Management.
In Catch-22, Yossarian marvels at a “catch” so ingenious that the only way to stop flying combat is to be crazy, but the moment you ask to stop, you are no longer crazy: “That’s some catch, that catch-22.” Enter the GSA.
Yesterday, during a break from fomenting email scandals and crafting threatening letters to foreign governments, the Senate managed to pass a “cyber sharing” bill. Ostensibly, it will help businesses avoid what happened to Sony. So, why is it so controversial?
Americans pride themselves on being rule-breakers. Thomas Edison was once quoted, “Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something.” But, if you’re a contractor, you’d better know the rules if you want to win the game.
If you were an expert in tasseography, you could look at the cup on the left and see a dog running around the top chasing a black bird. (Sure.) And, if you want big bucks, bring those skills to D.C.