Now that Congress managed to do the bare minimum to keep the federal government open for a few months, we can turn to other issues — like security clearances. For that, the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) will soon open.
In The American President, fictional Leader of the Free World, Andrew Shepard, says a Nobel-winning economist taught him “never have an airline strike at Christmas.” Something similar could be said about shutting down the government right before a Presidential election.
The Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) has always been sort of a contractor’s IRS. But, the agency also provides tools and information intended to help vendors stay out of trouble. In that vein, DCAA has updated its Contract Audit Manual.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took to the Senate floor Thursday afternoon to schedule a vote on funding the government through Dec. 9th. The vote is expected take place next week – but, only if Democrats come on board.
Remember the new overtime rules that had you grumbling? You weren’t the only one. More than 55 state and national business groups have filed lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the new rules – and that doesn’t include the state governments.
The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) program has been helping small and disadvantaged businesses compete in the federal marketplace for over thirty years. Recently, however, the program’s constitutionality was challenged – again. And, once again, it survived – for now.
Republican or Democrat, conservative or progressive, much to everyone’s relief, the election will soon be over. For the first time in eight years, we’ll have a new team leading the federal government. So, what kind of agenda should contractors support?
In Charlie Wilson’s War, Joanne Herring asks the lawmaker, “Why is Congress saying one thing and doing nothing?” Tom Hanks’ Wilson responds, “Well, tradition mostly.” And, that pretty much sums up what’s currently happening with Defense and other appropriations bills.
In a negotiated procurement, every qualified offeror must be given an opportunity to submit a final proposal revision per FAR 15.307. The mistake some contractors make is changing parts of their proposals other than those flagged by the contracting officer.
Well, summer’s over, and Congress is back. Time to apply some elbow grease … Press noses to the grindstone … Pull out every stop. At the top of the list is passing a budget to literally keep the lights on.