Many a contractor has submitted a proposal feeling great about the company’s chances only to be told their offers didn’t provide enough information or that content was misplaced. But, as one contractor discovered, too much info is just as bad.
Beginning January 19, all agencies are barred from contracting with companies that that require employees or subcontractors to sign “internal confidentiality agreements or statements prohibiting or otherwise restricting such employees or subcontractors from lawfully reporting such waste, fraud, or abuse.”
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.
As FY 2016 came to a close, the FAR Council backed up their regulation truck and dumped ten new amendments onto government contractors. Many of them are final versions of interim rules. Still, that’s a lot of stuff to sift.
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.
Contractors have been frustrated for years because of the backlog of incurred cost audits at DCAA. Though some progress has been made, it’s still common to bump against the six-year statute of limitations. So, DoE looked for a better option.
OK, we’ve been writing a lot lately about the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Kingdomware Technologies case — and, we’ve got one more. In testimony before Congress, the VA stated it would comply immediately with the Court’s ruling.
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.
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.
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.