What a difference a week makes. Last week, Congress was about to be “Speaker-less,” had no plan to keep the government’s lights on and was staring (again) at the fiscal cliff. Suddenly – POOF! – all that’s left is NDAA.
Everything about the budget deal is so fluid, that as soon as any news is published, it’s obsolete. But … Considering that this deal eliminates shutdowns and defaults for the rest of Barack Obama’s Presidency, we’re writing about it anyway.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a set of purchasing directives on October 16th that change the way agencies will buy laptops and PCs. These directives were limited to computer hardware, but they signal big acquisition changes ahead.
Winning anything in government contracting – especially in the beginning – is a great feeling. Important work … Sure Payment … Establishing your bona fides. Then, you make one tiny mistake, and – POOF! – It’s all gone. Now what?
When Guggenheim Securities analyst Chris Krueger learned that Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) withdrew his name from the Speaker of the House race, he didn’t mince words: “This is the political equivalent of a dumpster fire.” Question is – now what?
The Pentagon reported today that two dozen ISIL fighters attacked the Al Asad air base that houses U.S. soldiers. All were quickly killed. But, as ISIL steps up its game, you have to wonder when we’ll start stepping up ours.
Russian actor Boris Marshalov observed after his visit to the U.S. House of Representatives, “Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens. And, when he sits down, everybody disagrees.” How times have changed.
It must suck to be President in the last two years of your second term as the opposition takes over both houses of Congress and polls show that your popularity is on the decline, huh, President Bush. (Wait … What?)
The White House released details of an Executive Order outlining an new initiative to improve the cyber security of the nation’s critical infrastructure. The guidelines are considered voluntary for most private sector companies but will be mandatory for federal contractors.
In the aftermath of the “great shutdown of 2013,” what did we learn? Will we make sure that a renegade few is never allowed to endanger the future of the many? Have we eliminated ransom as a viable political strategy?