Dear Pentagon: $10 Billion is Plenty to Share

Aug 23, 2018

By Barbara Kinosky, The Pentagon is in quite the tussle with tech giant, Oracle – who filed a pre-award protest challenging the DoD’s single-award approach on the much anticipated $10 billion cloud computing contract. This massive contract called the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, cleverly abbreviated as JEDI, is causing a lot of hoopla in the… Read more »

What Government Contractors Need to Know About the 2019 NDAA

Aug 16, 2018

By Heather Mims, On August 13, 2018, President Trump signed the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (2019 NDAA), which sets funding levels and outlines policy priorities for the Department of Defense (DoD). The 2019 NDAA allocated $616.9 billion for the DoD’s base budget, $69 billion for overseas contingency operations funding, $8.9 billion for… Read more »

Contractors: Think Your Government Doesn’t Care? — Think Again!

Aug 9, 2018

By Wayne Simpson, CFCM, CSCM Proposed Rule seeks public’s input, especially from government contractors. The government has on occasion been accused of treating offerors and contractors unfairly, if not downright poorly.  Perhaps from time to time you even perceive being treated unfairly in the conduct of a procurement.  Sadly, we hear this all the time. … Read more »

More Changes to SAM: GSA Updates SAM Log-in Process

Aug 2, 2018

By Maureen Jamieson, Many companies were caught by surprise when they attempted to log into the System for Award Management (SAM) on or after June 11, 2018, and read the alert: Entities registering in SAM must submit a notarized letter appointing their authorized Entity Administrator. Some companies discovered that they were no longer active in SAM due… Read more »

VETS-4212 Reporting Requirement Approaching

Jul 19, 2018

By Wayne Simpson, CFCM, CSCM Federal Contractor and Subcontractor Labor Reporting Requirements Under the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) VEVRAA requires Federal contractors and subcontractors covered by the Act’s affirmative action provisions to report annually to the Secretary of Labor the number of employees in their workforces, by job category and hiring location,… Read more »

Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the Coming Political “Kabuki Theater”

Jul 12, 2018

By David Warner, I have been fascinated with the political theater around U.S. Supreme Court nominees ever since the contentious Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings gave rise to one of the greatest Saturday Night Live cold openings of all time. (Viewer beware, 2018 “sensitivities” might conflict with 1991 standards of humor. It’s still a classic.) Given… Read more »

The Strange Case of Daniel Horowitz and His Three Years of Paid Leave

Jun 28, 2018

By Barbara Kinosky, For exactly three years Daniel Horowitz was paid his full GS-15 salary of $161,000 to do – well – exactly nothing. That delicious gravy train finally ended. We can now say that Dr. Horowitz was employed (past tense) by the Chemical Safety Board (CSB), a small independent agency that I never heard… Read more »

Commercial Supplier Agreement (CSA) and Order-Level Materials (OLMs) Roll-Out

Jun 14, 2018

By Julia Coon, The General Services Administration (GSA) started the mass modification roll-out of the Commercial Supplier Agreement (CSA) final rule into all Federal Supply Schedules this week. Mass modification roll-out for Order-Level Materials (OLMs) eligible Schedules will begin following acceptance of the CSA mass modification. Following is a summary of the steps for accepting… Read more »