Budget wars are once again blooming in D.C. Yesterday, the White House began pushing back against the GOP’s defense budget, and the fireworks seem to just be getting started. The differences in defense spending range from Guantanamo Bay to sequester.
Graybar, a Maryland-based supply chain management contractor, recently discovered the perils of failing to meet subcontracting plan requirements when it was excluded from competition for a Defense Logistics Agency contract. So, what do contractors need to know about subcontracting plans?
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter went to Silicon Valley this week for a couple of reasons. One was to announce a new cybersecurity strategy for America’s military. The crux of his message: Mess with America, and America will hit back.
H.R. 1597, aka the Agile Acquisition to Retain Technological Edge Act, has been called a “step in the right direction” by some Pentagon reform advocates, so no one expected controversy – until the Professional Services Council took a closer look.
A 2010 Inc. article provided tips on working with proposal consultants to “give you an advantage to land a huge deal.” Certainly, they can be helpful. But, when an agency tells you not to use one, maybe you should listen.
Between 2015 and 2020, federal spending on cybersecurity is expected to rise 6.2 percent per year with cumulative spending topping $65 billion, and that doesn’t include corporate investment. One question: Where are you going to find enough trained cybersecurity people?
This week, the United Nations is holding a meeting in Geneva on lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS), aka “Killer Robots.” Though this may sound like a Hollywood plot, it’s not. And, what countries decide may determine the future of war.
Earlier this year, DCAA issued a memo to help auditors figure out how to deal with unallowable costs identified in writing, and those that weren’t. Since contractors can be fined even for the latter group, we decided to look deeper.
Google is great at asking questions. Tough questions … Creative questions … Impossible questions. Sometimes the answers to those questions can lead to dead ends; sometimes to new horizons. With that in mind, the company began wondering, “Are managers necessary?”
We live in a world of instant. Instant messages, images, even streaming video all with the click of that smart phone tucked into your back pocket. So, it’s refreshing to find people, who take the long view of government operations.