The end of the calendar year brings endless lists. There are the biggest news stories of the year … Weirdest science stories … And, dumbest criminals. But, there are also forward-looking lists – like those highlighting trends that affect contractors.
When you think of the massive National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), small business is not the first thing that leaps to mind. However, there are several provisions contained in NDAA 2016 that will have a big impact on small contractors.
Teaming is often an afterthought for many government contractors. After all, it’s hard enough to work in the nation’s capital without having to worry about partners, right? Wrong. As set-asides increase, it’s time for contractors to think strategically about teaming.
When Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates published her memo entitled, “Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing,” a few months ago, she changed the rules. Gone are the days of indemnification. Do something wrong now, and the DoJ could come after you.
By the time you read this, the House may have approved the $1.1 trillion omnibus budget bill. The Senate passed it last Saturday. Common sense presumes it will pass. But, this is the House where common sense goes to die.
First, the Pentagon set up shop in Silicon Valley. Now, Homeland Security is getting into the action. Innovation OTS is the name of a new program aimed at helping tech companies new to government contracting get the help they need.
After many stops and starts, President Obama signed the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on November 25th. Passing and signing bills used to be routine. Now, it’s a cause for celebration – particularly, this time, for small defense contractors.
The federal government will spend $86 billion on IT in FY2016 – and still agencies are saddled with legacy software and Windows XP computers. Someone should come up with a better method of buying IT. In fact, maybe someone has.
When Denise Turner Roth was growing up in southeast D.C., she said, “There were times when the lights were on and times when they weren’t.” Now, as GSA Administrator, she’s working to keep the agency’s lights focused on new ideas.
Most experts are predicting that government contracting dollars will shrink in the future. But, there’s one area that’s growing — small business set-asides. As competition increases, more size protests are being filed to reduce competitors — but, timing’s still everything.