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.
One of the unexpected developments of the Iraq war under George W. Bush was the explosion of contracting. From security to supplies, tasks that used to be the responsibility of the military got farmed out. Everything old is new again.
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.
To some extent, the Pentagon’s early efforts to streamline tech procurement have been like sinking in quicksand. The harder the military struggled, the faster it sank. But, that’s about to change with a new procurement effort aimed at new contractors.
On September 23, 2016, the DoD published proposed amendments to DFARS that would alter the agency’s Mentor-Protégé Program. The changes are in response to the NDAA 2016 requirement to overhaul the Defense Department’s small business version of the popular program.
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 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.
It’s that time of year. Hackers and cybersecurity experts the world over have descended upon Las Vegas this week for the annual Black Hat conference. Topics range from mobile hacking to network forensics, and we are barely scratching the surface.
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.
The Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) is an enormous federal agency tasked with keeping America safe. But, DHS is also taking on another role: managing a “procurement laboratory,” which is intended to shake up the way the government buys things.