Mention capturing almost $10 billion in lost revenue and even federal agencies will sit up and take notice. That’s the amount Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman hopes to collect if his Tax Accountability Act passes.
Second verse, same as the first … It’s incredibly fitting that the final act of the 114th Congress would be a last-minute effort to avert a government shutdown. Forget crafting an actual budget. Continuing resolution or bust’s the theme here.
Remember the new overtime rules that had you grumbling? You weren’t the only one. More than 55 state and national business groups have filed lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the new rules – and that doesn’t include the state governments.
Republican or Democrat, conservative or progressive, much to everyone’s relief, the election will soon be over. For the first time in eight years, we’ll have a new team leading the federal government. So, what kind of agenda should contractors support?
In Charlie Wilson’s War, Joanne Herring asks the lawmaker, “Why is Congress saying one thing and doing nothing?” Tom Hanks’ Wilson responds, “Well, tradition mostly.” And, that pretty much sums up what’s currently happening with Defense and other appropriations bills.
At a Bloomberg webinar held earlier this week, Duncan Amos, a government contracts research expert, proclaimed federal agencies had hit the bottom in contracting dollars and brighter days were ahead. But, that presumes the 114th Congress actually passes a budget.
After a long wait, the Small Business Administration (SBA) published the final rule governing mentor-protégé relationships. This set of rules provides regulations that will work government wide to give all contract officers a single set of standards for them to follow.
Tucked inside the President’s 2017 budget is the $3.1 billion Technology Modernization Fund (TMF), which provides money for agencies upgrading from their ancient legacy IT systems. Turns out, however, that Congress has a different solution: move it to the cloud.
Two articles caught our attention and made us wonder whether we were seeing acquisition prototypes or catching glimpses of the future. Both would require contractors to toss out their old paradigms and learn to embrace new ways of doing business.
The Supreme Court handed veteran owned and disabled veteran owned businesses a huge win in the Kingdomware Technologies case, voting 8-0 in favor of the small contractor and against the VA. The decision will have major ramifications for VA contracting.