Federal Officials Say Privately They Are ‘Pretty Certain’ Layoffs Are Coming – Pay & Benefits – GovExec.com

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Agencies are asking OPM with help to RIF, assist workers to find new jobs.

Source: Federal Officials Say Privately They Are ‘Pretty Certain’ Layoffs Are Coming – Pay & Benefits – GovExec.com

Eileen Kent: Contractors have opportunities at the end of the federal fiscal year | Government Product News

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Eileen Kent, “The Federal Sales Sherpa,” offers advice to businesses interested in selling to the federal government before the federal fiscal year ends Sept. 30.

Source: Eileen Kent: Contractors have opportunities at the end of the federal fiscal year

DCAA Questions $50 Million of a Contractor’s Incurred Costs | PNWC’s Government Contracting Update

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About a year ago, DCAA (Defense Contract Audit Agency) issued an audit report on costs incurred by Legacy East, New Century Consulting (NCC) questioning more than $50 million in costs billed to the Army between 2008 and 2013. This audit report just came to light after Senator McCaskill (MO) publicized the findings in a letter to the Secretary of Defense.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: DCAA Questions $50 Million of a Contractor’s Incurred Costs

Contractor CEOs walk fine line on Trump’s manufacturing council — Washington Technology

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The protests and violence in Charlottesville, Va. this past weekend again show how far we have to go as a country to address racial injustice and inequality. It also raised serious questions about the kind of leadership President Trump and the White House exhibit on these issues.

Source: Contractor CEOs walk fine line on Trump’s manufacturing council — Washington Technology

immixGroup: Expect a more chaotic end to federal fiscal year 2017 | Government Product News

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Chris Wiedemann of the immixGroup offers some winning strategies for firms seeking to land federal contracts as FY 2017 comes to a close on Sept. 30.

Source: immixGroup: Expect a more chaotic end to federal fiscal year 2017

4 things for contractors to remember in planning for a possible government shutdown – FederalNewsRadio.com

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With six weeks left in fiscal 2017, budget experts are warning federal contractors that it’s only prudent to begin preparations for the possibility of a government shutdown on Oct. 1.

Source: 4 things for contractors to remember in planning for a possible government shutdown – FederalNewsRadio.com

Contractors Begin Early Shutdown Preparations – Contracting – GovExec.com

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Private firms are already ahead of the government in their planning, experts say.

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Contractors should prepare now for government shutdown, debt ceiling breach

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With so much on Congress’ plate when its members come back from recess, fears of another government shutdown loom once again. And with statements from key administration officials, it seems this year’s budget debate will be even more fierce than years past.

To help contractors understand and prepare, David Berteau, John Cooney, and Alan Chvotkin spoke during the Professional Services Council webinar entitled “Government Shutdown? Debt Ceiling Breach? Are You Prepared?”

Source: Contractors should prepare now for government shutdown, debt ceiling breach

GSA Releases Per Diem Rates for Fiscal Year 2018 | PNWC’s Government Contracting Update

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The General Services Administration (GSA) just released Government per diem rates for fiscal year 2018 (effective October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018). Most Government contractors are well aware that travel costs charged to Government contracts are considered reasonable and allowable as long as they do not exceed the maximum rates in the JTRs (Joint Travel Regulations) and the FTRs (Federal Travel Regulations). Although FAR 31.205-46 provides for situations where higher rates are justified, many contractors will go out of their way to avoid the extra Government scrutiny that such justification attracts.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: GSA Releases Per Diem Rates for Fiscal Year 2018

Price Realism: Agency Didn’t Compare Proposed Rates To Incumbent Rates – SmallGovCon

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A price realism evaluation was flawed because the agency didn’t compare proposed professional compensation rates to incumbent pay rates.

Source: Price Realism: Agency Didn’t Compare Proposed Rates To Incumbent Rates – SmallGovCon

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