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Cracking the world of OTAs requires customer focus — Washington Technology

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When we started working on Friday’s event — Inside the Government’s Hidden Market – I caught flak from a reader who said the market wasn’t hidden at all.

Other transaction authority — OTA — has been around a long time and I was doing a disservice by calling it hidden, that reader claimed.

Source: Cracking the world of OTAs requires customer focus — Washington Technology

WIT names top female leaders — Washington Technology

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Six of the nine winners of the Women in Technology leadership awards work for organizations with strong ties to the government market.

Source: WIT names top female leaders — Washington Technology

Deficiencies in Small Business Subcontracting Goal Oversight

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PNWC's Government Contracting Update

The Federal Government does a pretty good job of meeting its small and disadvantaged subcontracting goals. (See, for example, Proposed Legislation to Increase Small/Minority/Disadvantaged Subcontracting Goals). Prime contractors have not been doing as well and some of the blame has been pinned on Government contracting officers for inattention to what their prime contractors are doing.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: Deficiencies in Small Business Subcontracting Goal Oversight

A More Cautious Environment for Spending in 2018 | GovWin+Onvia

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GovWin+Onvia recently released our latest quarterly report, the State and Local Procurement Snapshot of Q1 2018. As a special feature included within the report, we interviewed government market expert Michael Keating to get his perspective on the increasingly cautious public sector procurement environment, and his suggestions on what the best vendors and contractors can do to get ahead.

Source: A More Cautious Environment for Spending in 2018 | GovWin+Onvia

How OMB is moving CIOs from cost center to value add – FederalNewsRadio.com

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The General Services Administration started down the path using the Technology Business Management (TBM) framework more than two years ago.

David Shive, the chief information officer for GSA, said he began with TBM for purely selfish reasons.

Source: How OMB is moving CIOs from cost center to value add – FederalNewsRadio.com

Contract Disputes – Briefly

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PNWC's Government Contracting Update

It is the Government’s policy to try to resolve all contractual issues by mutual agreement at the contracting officer’s level without litigation. Often times, it does not seem like this is the Government’s policy at all. There are a few contracting officers out there that fancy themselves as the supreme authority on contractual matters and rebuff any attempts at compromise or resolution. Likewise, there are contractors out there that view any questions or queries from Government officials as personal attacks on their character and integrity. When these two meet, there is little hope of resolution so contracting officers issue their final decision and contractors submit claims.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: Contract Disputes – Briefly

Military not giving small business subcontractors a fair shake, DoD IG says – FederalNewsRadio.com

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The military services are not giving small businesses a fair shake when it comes to awarding contracts.

The Defense Department Inspector General Office unearthed some disturbing trends over the past few years for small business owners trying to do business with the military.

“We’ve done five different audits,” said Michael J. Roark, assistant inspector general for readiness and global operations at DoD IG, while testifying before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce on May 17. “The consistent challenges contracting officials face is monitoring prime contractors’ compliance with individual subcontracting plans and determining why individual contractors with subcontracting plans did not meet their small business subcontracting goals.”

Source: Military not giving small business subcontractors a fair shake, DoD IG says – FederalNewsRadio.com

Project 38: Our podcast series on the future of government contracting — Washington Technology

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Washington Technology has launched its first podcast — Project 38 — to discuss the future of government contracting.

The idea is to look at the market and where it is headed between now and 2038. We are taking a long-term view of things and will be talking to a variety of industry leaders to explore how the market is changing and what the market might look like in 20 years.

Our first guest is Stan Soloway, founder and CEO of Celero Strategies and former president and CEO of the Professional Services Council.

Source: Project 38: Our podcast series on the future of government contracting — Washington Technology

Late Bid Revision Costs Bidder The Award – SmallGovCon

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A contractor’s late bid revision cost it an award, as seen in a GAO bid protest decision.

Source: Late Bid Revision Costs Bidder The Award – SmallGovCon

Fraud Conspiracies are Hard to Detect

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PNWC's Government Contracting Update

Contractors are required by contract to have codes of ethical conduct, sound internal controls in business systems used in Government contracting, and procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent activities. Segregation of duties and levels of approvals are controls that will help prevent fraud. However, conspiracies (two or more people acting in concert to override existing internal control systems) are much more difficult to detect and tend to go on for a long time.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: Fraud Conspiracies are Hard to Detect

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