What a difference a week makes. Last week, Congress was about to be “Speaker-less,” had no plan to keep the government’s lights on and was staring (again) at the fiscal cliff. Suddenly – POOF! – all that’s left is NDAA.
Everything about the budget deal is so fluid, that as soon as any news is published, it’s obsolete. But … Considering that this deal eliminates shutdowns and defaults for the rest of Barack Obama’s Presidency, we’re writing about it anyway.
In this edition of the Toolkit, we’ll look at FAR’s file retention requirements and provide tips for constructing successful bid protests. But, first, being certified as a small business brings many benefits, so it makes sense to maximize that designation.
You’ve probably heard the joke: “Where does an 800-pound gorilla sit?” Anywhere he wants. That’s also behind the thinking of government buyers, who remind vendors they’re the “world’s biggest customer.” But, if you ask contractors, that line is getting old.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a set of purchasing directives on October 16th that change the way agencies will buy laptops and PCs. These directives were limited to computer hardware, but they signal big acquisition changes ahead.
U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates sent a memo to DoJ attorneys indicating that corporate False Claims Act (FCA) cases should focus more on responsible individuals to “combat corporate misconduct” and to increase the likelihood of recovering misappropriated funds.
Winning anything in government contracting – especially in the beginning – is a great feeling. Important work … Sure Payment … Establishing your bona fides. Then, you make one tiny mistake, and – POOF! – It’s all gone. Now what?
When the NIST cybersecurity framework was released in 2014, it was meant to get the ball rolling on a government-wide standard. A lot happened since – OPM, Joint Chiefs, etc. – So, the push is on to make contracts more specific.
For several months, the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) did not publish audit memoranda. Lots of people wondered why. Well, it now looks like the agency’s “printer finally got unjammed.” A trio of memos was recently published. So, buckle up.
When Guggenheim Securities analyst Chris Krueger learned that Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) withdrew his name from the Speaker of the House race, he didn’t mince words: “This is the political equivalent of a dumpster fire.” Question is – now what?