The EPA told a “sold out” crowd of contractors this week that the mobile application development portion its upcoming $200 million Blanket Purchasing Agreement (BPA) will be restricted solely to small business contractors. That should brighten small tech companies’ summer.
After a long wait, the Small Business Administration (SBA) published the final rule governing mentor-protégé relationships. This set of rules provides regulations that will work government wide to give all contract officers a single set of standards for them to follow.
Figuring out how to structure a partnership between two or more companies in order to compete for a federal contract has always been tricky. Should you form a separate legal entity or affiliate yourselves? Like everything in contracting, it depends.
When analyzing federal procurement, it’s easy to focus on Defense. That’s where the money is. But, at an average-annual-growth-rate of 27 percent from FY 2011 to 2015, health IT spending is moving out of the shadows and into the spotlight.
Tucked inside the President’s 2017 budget is the $3.1 billion Technology Modernization Fund (TMF), which provides money for agencies upgrading from their ancient legacy IT systems. Turns out, however, that Congress has a different solution: move it to the cloud.
In May, something amazing happened: the Senate, House and the President all agreed on something. As a result, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) was signed into law. The Act will protect contractors but also requires some business changes.
Cybersecurity concerns have created such universal anxiety among federal agencies that they’re becoming the driving force behind new thinking among purchasing policy makers. Ground zero for all this is Silicon Valley - right at the corner of Innovation and Opportunity.
Almost every aspect of our lives is touched by cybersecurity, from the power that lights our homes to shadow people trying to steal our identities. So, the White House announced a new strategy to dramatically bolster our nation’s cyber workforce.
Ask a coach or general, and he’ll tell you that losing hurts. But, you learn more from losses. If that also applies to contract bid protests, then the learning never ends because almost all fail. So, why do some win?
The Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) is an enormous federal agency tasked with keeping America safe. But, DHS is also taking on another role: managing a “procurement laboratory,” which is intended to shake up the way the government buys things.