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.

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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.

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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.

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Key Protest Decision – Red Team Consulting

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 Key Protest Decision When pricing a federal contract, it is common for a prime contractor to include assumptions as part of their Price Volume. Pricing assumptions allow offerors to explain the conventions and rules that set the foundation for their price estimate. Federal contractors

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Contractors Can File Claims Pertaining to Novated Contracts

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The Government filed a motion to dismiss a claim filed by Cooper/Ports America (CPA) with the ASBCA (Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals) because the company was not the contractor within the meaning of the Contract Disputes Act at the time the claim accrued.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: Contractors Can File Claims Pertaining to Novated Contracts

OOPS 2018 Preview: Contractors and Cybersecurity – Government Contracts Legal Forum

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With even DoD officials acknowledging cyber threats ranging from exfiltrating our top military secrets (“the terabyte of death” per DISA’s Director) to seizing control of SECDEF’s car to sinking Navy vessels with critical infrastructure attacks, both federal agencies and government contractors are in the pressure cooker.  For contractors, bad cybersecurity not only opens the door to cyber espionage and privacy breaches followed by costly clean-up and lost trade secrets, but now – with the latest DoD guidance – may put critical contract awards at risk.  Join us this Thursday, May 17, at 1:00 PM Eastern, as Crowell & Moring attorneys Paul Rosen, Evan Wolff, David Bodenheimer, and Michael Gruden lead a discussion highlighting recent developments impacting the volatile privacy and cybersecurity sector.  Specific topics include:

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More Government Bids and RFPs for Funding Pensions and Retirement Plans | GovWin+Onvia

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In the most recent report released by GovWin+Onvia, 10 Hotspots in Government Contracting for 2018, our SLED Market Analysis team studied data from our unmatched government market intelligence database. One of the key findings from that report revealed that state, local and education (SLED) government agencies are spending more money on funding pensions.

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New DoD Rule on Review, Audit, and Approval of Electronic Parts Purchases

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DoD issued a final rule last week that makes contractors and subcontractors subject to approval, review and audit by DoD officials when identifying a contractor-approved supplier of electronic parts.

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VA Suspends SDVOSB/VOSB Applications Effective May 21 – SmallGovCon

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The VA will suspend processing new SDVOSB and VOSB applications on May 21, 2018 while the VA transitions to a new case management system. Existing applications filed by May 21 will continue to be processed.

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Agency That Vets Pentagon Contractors’ Security Isn’t Keeping Up With the Threat, Audit Finds

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The Defense Security Service plans to shift to a risk-based approach, but needs to reach out to stakeholders, GAO says.

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