What do you do when you are awarded a Government contract and you find that you are unable to find qualified applicants to fill the positions? Or, what do you do when you are awarded a Government contract and you find that qualified applicants cost a lot more than you bid for those positions? In one case, you risk defaulting under the contract. In the other, you put your company in financial jeopardy. Or, you could falsify employee qualification records and carry on.
Government agencies continue to seek strategies for cost savings and research options for sourcing more cost effective delivery of services. Today, more than ever before, states are outsourcing services that can be more efficiently handled by private-sector partners. These partnerships allow states to be more effective and efficient, and to deliver services needed and demanded by their citizens. As we learned from the NASCIO 2017 Annual Conference recently held in Austin, Texas – government agencies continue to embrace and are aggressively seeking new ideas and best practices to improve their operations; both internally and externally.
Modernization is more than just a buzzword. According to acting federal CIO Margie Graves, it’s a crucial strategy that will help protect critical infrastructure.
Emily Murphy, the nominee to be the next administrator of the General Services Administration, sailed through her hearing Wednesday, facing few tough questions about her plans to improve federal acquisition, and promising to address long-standing issues in the Public Building Service.
However, Murphy, a former staff member for the House Small Business and Armed Services committees, did offer some further insight into where she believes federal procurement needs to go in the short term.
The other week I got an email from Jose Arrieta, the new director, arrived less than a year ago, of the General Services Administration’s Schedule 70 (IT products and services) operations. He told me his organization had awarded in late June the federal government’s first contract to use blockchain technology, involving moving FASt Lane, a service that Schedule 70 designed to speed how fast new vendors can get on schedule, onto the blockchain. Might I want to write about it, he asked?
We read this Justice Department Press Release from last Friday about a former Navy comptroller from the Norfolk Ship Support Activity being sentenced to 40 months in prison because he accepted $35,000 in gratuities over a four year period from a Government subcontractor. These gratuities were not paid in cash but consisted of cell phone service for he and his wife, and some other personal electronic items. We thought the punishment (3 plus years in prison plus restitution) seemed severe and certainly not typical of what we have come to expect based on similar prosecutions. That is, until we dug a little deeper than just the Justice Department’s press release.
There are tons of valuable government contracting events in the DC metro area, from networking happy hours to training seminars to opportunity overviews. We narrowed down three that we think you should attend in the upcoming weeks.
The Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) published a Memorandum for Regional Directors (MRD) last week that provides answers to frequently asked auditor questions regarding cost and price analyses to establish the reasonableness of proposed subcontract prices. Of particular note is the direction that DCAA auditors proceed with subcontract proposal audits even if contractor cost or price analyses are not yet available. Dentons’ Government Contracts team explains what the new guidance means for contractors and subcontractors.
Senate Bill 938 would require GSA (General Services Administration) in consultation with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), to ensure that any direct communications with small businesses about providing goods and services to the Federal Government contain a notice that technical assistance from the Federal Government on the procurement process is available to small businesses at no cost.
The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal challenging the constitutionality of the SBA’s 8(a) program–a big win for 8(a) program supporters.