This week on Amtower Off Center, host Mark Amtower’s guests are Katie Helwig, director of Small Business Programs at AFCEA, and Eric Strauss, director of Business Development for Connected Logistics and a member of the leadership committee at the FT Belvoir Chapter of AFCEA. The discussion focused on relationships, networking and AFCEA.
- how both Katie and Eric got involved in AFCEA
- AFCEAs geographic reach (over 130 chapters worldwide)
- the value of face-to-face networking
- how and why to get involved in chapter activities
Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) or Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) contract holders can expect a roaring third and fourth quarter 2018, since many bids expected in the Q1 and Q2 were stalled in procurement. Exhibit 1 lists our pick of the Top IT Task Orders, Exhibit 2 lists our picks of Top Professional Services Task Orders for Q3 and Q4.
Companies have until May 25 to volunteer to test the new API interface between FBO.gov and beta.SAM.gov.
With no fewer than three different panels examining defense acquisition rules to see which ones can be done away with, they have got their work cut out for them. There is plenty of evidence to show that defense acquisitions may need even more scrutiny. That could mean whatever recommendations the panels make may are muted by legislators looking to enact more rules. To find out more, Federal News Radio’s Eric White spoke with Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
DCMA (Defense Contract Management Agency) has an ombudsman to investigate contractor complaints against maladministration. This ombudsman is not exactly a specific person but an email address that serves the same purpose.
Using the small claims procedure at the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, a contractor successfully appealed the VA’s denial of a claim for approximately $7,300. The decision is a good reminder of the streamlined small claims process at CBCA.
Federal agencies are under orders to configure their email systems to the domain message authentication and reporting conformance DMARC standard. It’s a strategy for ensuring incoming mail is coming from whom it says its from. Agencies are making progress, but the federal contractor community is a little behind. Phil Reitinger, president and CEO of the Global Cyber Alliance, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.
Few processes command more ongoing attention than bid protests. Starting a week ago, the Government Accountability Office, which hears and decides most of the federal bid protests each year, made some significant rules changes for filing protests. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo, of Petrillo and Powell, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
Last month, the Defense Department issued a class deviation to the FAR that will raise the threshold for certified cost or pricing data from $750 thousand to $2 million (see TINA Threshold Rises to $2 Million on July 1st 2018). This class deviation was made to comply with Section 811 of the 2018 NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act).
Federal procurement laws exist for a reason. Whether it’s protecting national interests or helping American businesses succeed, the lawmakers and public servants who crafted these statutes had the greater public good in mind.