Let’s face it; audits make us nervous. Tax audits … Compliance audits … Investigative audits. They’re all nerve-wracking. But, there is one type of federal contracting audit that may indicate your company is doing something right: a GSA IG audit.
The House of Representatives is turning out to be everything Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) thought it would be. That could mean legislation crafted in the Upper Chamber could carry more weight, which would be very good news for small contractors.
Let’s face it: no one like protests. Not even companies filing them. They’re expensive … Complicated … And, they clog the contracting system. So, the Senate is taking steps in its NDAA to make GAO protests harder and more expensive.
Government contracting is so complicated that a “top ten” anything seems presumptuous. But, these recommendations were developed by an attorney who has spent a lot of time in the trenches, and they cover the pre-award, the post-award and everything in-between.
If you’ve been watching the NDAA 2017 legislative skirmish, you know that the Senate and House disagree on key components. Though contractors may not like everything in the bill, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter likes it a whole lot less.
Three years ago, The Washington Post wrote about the coming contracting opportunities for mid-tier contractors. The thinking was that budget cuts would give firms with experience and lower overhead an advantage in the market. So, how did that work out?
It’s frustrating to buy supplies, do work, submit a claim — and have it denied. You could hire an attorney and fight the denial. But, that means incurring more expense on a gamble. Or … You could fight it yourself.
Both House and Senate panels released their versions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2017. The two bills are only $8 billion apart in bottom line funding. But, how those funds are spent — that’s a whole different matter.
The Pentagon has been courting Silicon Valley for some time, and it’s been challenging. But, one DoD unit may have hit on a model that could work for many Defense-related initiatives … But, this one’s a long way from California.
Last year around this time, Pentagon acquisition executives were touting Better Buying Power 3.0 (BBP) and all the contracting improvements that would be riding that wave. It’s taken a year, but signs indicate a push toward incentive contracts is underway.