Last summer, the Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision in the Kingdomware case that meant the VA must apply the veteran owned small business “rule of two” for pretty much all its procurements.And, the good news is still coming.
One of the unexpected developments of the Iraq war under George W. Bush was the explosion of contracting. From security to supplies, tasks that used to be the responsibility of the military got farmed out. Everything old is new again.
Lots of people are wondering about the future of lots of government-related things in the new Administration, from national security to the economy. Add contractors to that list. So, consider this the first of many glimpses into the crystal ball.
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.
The 8(a) program was designed to give disadvantaged small business owners a leg up in government contracting. It takes a lot to earn the designation, which is why the Court wasn’t going to let the SBA take it away easily.
As we reach the midway point in the primaries and have essentially pared the race for President to four people, the headlines are filled with politics. So, a procedural story about contractor disbarment can easily get lost in the shuffle.
LA Times columnist Michael Hiltzik wrote that “2016 is shaping up as the year of ransomware.” Ransomware refers to malware that takes your computer – or network – hostage until a ransom is paid. How long before contractors are targeted?
Contracting can be screwy. But, there’s one sure rule … Go where the money is. Since the biggest pots of contracting gold are in defense and cybersecurity, we decided to see what the experts are saying about threats in 2016.
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.
Quick word association: Congress and gusher – GO! Gusher of PAC money … Gusher of partisan bickering … Gusher of manufactured crises … How about a “gusher of bills about to be passed?” Yeah, right. Seriously, that’s what they’re saying.