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.”
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.
If your firm still has an outstanding Incurred Cost Submission (ICS), you need to be aware that time is running out. Any contractors that haven’t met the deadline for submitting late may find that the Contract Officer cut your rates.
To mount a successful bid protest, your company will have to do one thing: prove competitive prejudice. The term means your firm is an “interested party” and was harmed by an unfair decision. Without it, your protest will be DOA.
There are exceptions, and there are rules. There are exceptions that “prove the rule.” And, then, there is government contracting, which seems to have an exception to every rule – especially those governing the eligibility and certification of joint ventures.
In 2014, the SBA reported that roughly one-quarter of the $367 billion eligible to small businesses were made to those firms as prime contractors. Some doubted the numbers, but the growth is undeniable – which drew the DoJ perked up.
Contracting with the federal government can be very lucrative. Of course, it can also be very frustrating – especially for small contractors unaccustomed to the vagaries of agencies. So, we found some tips that may make things a bit easier.
Last month, DCAA issued new guidance regarding late indirect rate proposals (IRPs). The memo included a list of contractors whose IRPs were late as of January 5th. The memo has been removed but, we’re gonna tell you about it anyway.
John Adams once stated, “In politics, the middle way is none at all.” Principals are certainly important. They can serve as beacons in dark times. But, as Congressional conservatives and progressives line up for battle, where does that leave us?