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.
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.
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.
They say one “rule” of successful consulting is learning how to explain very simple concepts in such a complex manner that clients think their confusion is their fault. But, in government contracting, rules often determine who wins and who loses.
Two years ago, the DoD noticed something: the portion of no-bid Defense contracts was approaching 50 percent. Alarmed, the Pentagon’s chief buyer issued a memo and a manual with procedures to correct the trend. So, how’s all that been going?
The EPA told a “sold out” crowd of contractors this week that the mobile application development portion its upcoming $200 million Blanket Purchasing Agreement (BPA) will be restricted solely to small business contractors. That should brighten small tech companies’ summer.
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.
It’s funny how unrelated but similar events often happen together. In this case, there are huge looming federal contracts that are going to make a lot of companies very happy, ranging from Energy to NASA to networking and cyber security.
Lame duck President and Congress (for some) … So, what does that mean for the Defense Authorization bill? Who knows. But, now that the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) passed it — 60-2 vote — we have a starting point.
“Getting the book thrown at you” for a government contractor can mean suspension or, worse, disbarment. Avoiding either outcome can be trickier for small firms that can’t afford full time compliance staff. So, what should a small biz contractor do?