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.
As the prognostication progresses regarding the incoming administration, we haven’t taken a deep dive into the potential legal ramifications of the election — until now. So, here’s an exploration of the regulatory and business environment contractors may encounter in 2017.
As FY 2016 came to a close, the FAR Council backed up their regulation truck and dumped ten new amendments onto government contractors. Many of them are final versions of interim rules. Still, that’s a lot of stuff to sift.
Regulation changes are like the tide. One minute, you’re standing in water being gently rocked by rolling waves. The next, your flat on your keister, and your mojito is now part shell fragments. Today is closer to that second thing.
Finding federal contracting opportunities that fit well with your company is difficult. Trying to forecast future opportunities is nearly impossible — or it used to be. Thanks to the GSA’s 18F unit, contractual crystal ball gazing has never been easier.
For years, the GSA was basically thought of as the federal government’s landlord. Lately, however, with program like the Presidential Fellows and 18F, the agency has striven for something different. Now, the GSA is taking innovation to a new level.
Since 1984, the bedrock of federal contracting has been the Competition in Contracting Act. The legislation outlined the procedures for ensuring that competition for federal contracts was fair and open. Now, major changes are coming to the bid protest rules.
“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?
If your firm still has an outstanding Incurred Cost Submission (ICS), you need to be aware that time is running out. Any contractors that haven’t met the deadline for submitting late may find that the Contract Officer cut your rates.
In the summer of 2014, GSA began touting the latest in its strategic sourcing initiatives for office supplies: OS3. The agency promised big savings, streamlined buying — and big biz for small biz. But, have these vehicles fulfilled their promise?