Past performance information is one indicator of an offeror’s ability to successfully perform the contract and is often considered by agencies when making contract awards. While there is a mechanism to log and retrieve past performance information for prime contractors (e.g. Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS)), there is no comparable system to track past performance for information for subcontractors. That is about to change.
So, what do Qualcomm, Symantec, iRobot, and Sonicare Toothbrush have in common? The answer: these are all businesses were seated by money from the federal government, through the Small Business Innovative Research Program. Here in the region, about 250 million dollars a year goes into startups developing high technology.They get to keep their commercialization rights, and sell to the government as a prime if they develop something meaningful. This program is a fantastic opportunity for startups in the D.C. region, and to talk about it, we were joined by Robert Brooke, director of federal funding programs at the Virginia Center for Innovative Technology.
The U.S. government has launched two new programs designed to modernize and upgrade IT performance at federal agencies. Each program will involve significant participation of private sector providers as both advisors and contractors for IT equipment and services.
To help state CIOs better navigate the shifting political, technological and funding landscape and changing stakeholder demands, the National Association of State CIOs is working on a project called “The CIO Operating System: Managing Complexity in a Sustainable Way.”
We are returning once again to our coverage of the Section 809 Panel’s first of three reports. The first one was issued back in January of this year. Volume 2 is scheduled to be released in June and the final report, Volume 3 is scheduled for January 2019. Previous coverage of Volume 1 recommendations can be found at the following links.
Crowell & Moring’s “All Things Protest” podcast keeps you up to date on major trends in bid protest litigation, key developments in high-profile cases, and best practices in state and federal procurement. In this episode, your hosts break down GAO’s pre- and post-award timeliness rules, as well as recent changes to GAO’s regulations and DoD… Continue Reading
How do we truly begin the process of innovating the government? It’s an age-old question that seems to have no definitive answer.
For the fourth year in a row, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is pushing a package of legislation that he says will modernize and accelerate the Defense acquisition system.
This year’s version includes at least a couple of key differences though. For one, it attempts to prod the Defense Department to implement the changes Congress has already passed as part of prior-year reform bills.
Over the course of this series, we’ve covered a lot of the ins and outs of government contracting in the IT and COTS space.
Of course, the government buys products and services across the full range of the American economy, in addition to its role in monitoring, reporting on and regulating American industry. That led to the need for a classification system to bucket American companies based on the service or product they provide – the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS).
Nine agencies have submitted plans to tap the first $100 million available via the Technology Modernization Fund, but no decisions have been made yet.