Lame duck President and Congress (for some) … So, what does that mean for the Defense Authorization bill? Who knows. But, now that the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) passed it — 60-2 vote — we have a starting point.
It’s been another big week for politics, which means most media attention has been on the Presidential race. That gives us an opportunity to explore some of the latest news in technology-related activities that could affect the government and contractors.
Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar. The case involves the principle of “implied certification,” which basically means contractors not adhering to all federal regs could face FCA liability.
Federal contracting is a highly competitive industry and with good reason. The red tape and regulations are a total nightmare — but, government checks don’t bounce. What if things changed? What if contractors only got paid after their program/service worked?
The military has made it clear they are serious about beefing up their cyber warfare capabilities. The Navy’s Cyber Task Force asked for $300 million for 2016 with a lot earmarked for training – which is great for small contractors.
Since 1984, the bedrock of federal contracting has been the Competition in Contracting Act. The legislation outlined the procedures for ensuring that competition for federal contracts was fair and open. Now, major changes are coming to the bid protest rules.
Shaun Donovan, Director of the OMB, wrote to Congress: “Absent immediate action, the cost to operate and to maintain legacy systems will continue to grow, while security vulnerabilities and other risks will remain unresolved.” So, what will lawmakers do now?
Federal agencies have been worried for some time about falling behind in the race for newer, faster, more robust technology to secure government networks. So, the GSA is quizzing industry experts about where contract officers should be focusing their attention.
“Getting the book thrown at you” for a government contractor can mean suspension or, worse, disbarment. Avoiding either outcome can be trickier for small firms that can’t afford full time compliance staff. So, what should a small biz contractor do?
This is an unusual news day. Tons of contracting news — from specific contracts to contracting procedures and events — all came spilling out at the same time. So, we figured it was time for a good ol’ fashioned round-up.