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.
Right after the the November election, many contractors got excited. Visions of a new administration with new business-friendly policies caused the stocks of defense contractors to rise. But, now that the Trump team is here, are contractors still as optimistic?
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.”
Slow payments to small businesses can be a real problem. Without the luxury of corporate cash reserves, sluggish cash flow can make it difficult to even meet payroll. To address the issue, OMB published a faster-pay memo in July 2011.
For some time, the American Small Business League (ASBL) has been on a crusade to prove its assertions that small contractors are being shortchanged by rules that give unfair advantage to large corporations. However, on one front a setback occurred.
There have been a lot of complaints, lately, about bid protests: They slow down the process … They favor incumbents … There are way too many of them. But, in the midst of that, the GAO has some good news.
Small business government contracting has been controversial of late with organizations challenging the SBA’s methods for determining small biz awards. Still, most agree that more small contractors are getting work. The question is, can they afford all this good fortune?
Here’s a hypothetical: What do you do when a government agency requires your company to disclose information that could result in your company being permanently disqualified if it was uncovered? And, here’s the fun part — this isn’t a hypothetical.
Last summer, the Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision in the Kingdomware case that meant the VA must apply the veteran owned small business “rule of two” for pretty much all its procurements.And, the good news is still coming.
As the 114th Congress limped to its legislative finish line, the House and Senate did manage to pass the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2017 by margins that make it veto-proof. Since we know it’ll pass, what’s in it?