I read an article by Matthew Berry, ESPN senior writer on ESPN.com on Love, Hate and seven dirty words. I did not know he worked in Hollywood, where his first job was working as George Carlin’s [the famous comedian] assistant. I remember hearing the, “Seven words you can never say on television,” skit. Most of those words I had heard on the playground, but couldn’t admit to my parents.
The Defense Department, last month, issued a Class Deviation that should effectively reduce some of the paperwork associated with Government Contracting for small businesses and non-traditional contractors. It exempts from certified cost or pricing data requirements (see FAR 15.403-1(b)) contracts and subcontracts awarded pursuant to (i) the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR), (ii) the Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) and (iii) a technical, merit-based selection procedure, such as a broad agency announcement.
Nearly lost in all of the discussion over the administration’s 2019 budget proposal and the two-year deal supposedly hammered out in Congress is the fact that the government is still operating under a continuing resolution. For services contractors, that’s a field of daisies they’ve got to move through on tip-toes, said Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
There was good news for firms doing business with the government in the most recent quarterly market snapshot report from GovWin+Onvia, the State, Local and Education (SLED) Procurement Snapshot for Q4 2017. Our market analysis found that the SLED market finished with a year-over-year growth rate of 5.5%, the strongest growth rate of an already strong year.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) was requested by Congress to review the career paths, development, and incentives for program managers responsible for delivering DoD’s most expensive new weapon systems. Congress noted that DoD major acquisition programs continue to experience cost and schedule overruns and previous studies have concluded that selecting skilled program managers is a key factor to achieving successful program outcomes.
The picture surrounding the Defense Department’s effort to field a massive cloud contract should get a little clearer next month as DOD will host an industry day to outline its plans.
Schemes targeting small business contractors proliferate
PTAC small business clients are reporting alarming new tactics being used by some for-profit firms trying to get them to sign up for services. In one case, a company “cloned” an SBA webpage, to make it appear that the SBA was recommending registration in a specific subcontractor database. In another example, a firm has been reaching out to “potential subcontractors” claiming to be working on a specific DoD project; further investigation has shown this to be false and fraudulent.
As lawmakers and regulators weigh increased action on the rules and laws governing data breach disclosures, a survey of more than 1,200 federal contractors found a significant number of firms have suffered breaches since 2016.
One feature of the 2018 NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) is a requirement that DOD provide additional information to contractors competing for contracts. For contracts greater than $100 million, the Government must provide a redacted version of the Agency’s written source selection award decision. For contracts between $10 and $100 million, small businesses and nontraditional contractors are allowed to request redacted versions of the source selection decision.
The government can add new Blanket Purchase Agreements through an “on-ramp” provision contained in the FAR, according to a recent GAO bid protest decision.