The strategic planners at the Pentagon must look at Russia/NATO/Ukraine … ISIL/Syria/Yemen … South China Sea … North Korea … And pass the antacids. But, since the military can’t sit on the sidelines, they have to build their own future.
There are few human endeavors that kill as many trees as government contracting. But … That may change. Two big initiatives – one by the GSA, one by the DoD – demonstrate there are more efficient ways to buy things.
Confucius once said, “Life is really simple, but we make it complicated.” (Say hello to government contracting. ) Simplified acquisitions procedures (SAP), however, are making life better and better for small contractors. The good news is, they’re big and growing.
Many things keep contractors up at night: Budget cuts … Key contacts retiring … Increasing competition. But, few scenarios pack the punch to the gut of a visit from a DCAA auditor. Wouldn’t you like to know what they’re thinking?
With the focus on Iran, endless debates regarding ISIL and whatever Russia’s doing; it’s easy to forget that just three years ago the Pentagon announced a “pivot to Asia” – a move expected to drive everything from budgeting to contracting.
Anyone reading a newspaper these days shouldn’t be surprised to learn that the federal government is working on new cyber security contracting regulations that will be added to FAR in 2016. Two recent Executive Agency Actions lay out the groundwork.
Lots of attention is deservedly being paid to protecting networks these days. Just ask OPM, Home Depot, or any organizational victim of cyber theft. But, the thing that keeps IT security staff up at night is right in your hand.
Because of the historic nature of the Iran nuclear deal, we’re departing from our normal focus on government business to add, we hope, some value to the discourse by ferreting out facts from the hyper-charged politics that surrounds the agreement.
When the House added language to NADA 2016 to raise the Simplified Acquisition Threshold from $150,000 to $500,000, Guy Timberlake asked a great question: Like a tree falling in the woods, if small businesses aren’t listening, would an increase matter?
Mostly, you read about something in D.C. and say, “That can’t be real.” Then, you find out it is. Such is the case with the ongoing budget games being played out in Congress … And, then there’s the OPM hack.