One of the highlighted findings in Onvia’s recent survey of government procurement professionals revealed was that procurement professionals expect to publish fewer formal bids & RFPs in the coming year due to multiple constraints. Here’s more:
In our last two postings, we discussed last Friday’s regulation dump where the FAR regulators presented us with a fiscal year-end gift. On Friday we discussed the prohibition against awarding contracts to companies with delinquent taxes or felony convictions. Yesterday we discussed the prohibition against retaliating against employees who share their compensation information with one another. Today we take up the new regulation on contractor employee compensation caps.
A mentor-protege agreement template for the new SBA all small mentor-protege program has been released by the SBA, with accompanying application information.
State and local governments were expected to spend over $71 billion on IT in 2016, and many reported sharing similar challenges and viewpoints.
By December, a half-billion-dollar spend on laptops and desktops will be in three contracts.
Last week the FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulation) Councils published a spate of new regulations. We discussed one of those last Friday (see Prohibition on Contracting with Delinquent Taxpayers and Felons) and will continue our coverage this week on several that directly affect Government contractors (and prospective contractors). Today we’ll discuss the new prohibition on retaliating against employees who disclose or discuss compensation matters. Now you might think that this is old news and it is, in a way. In 2014, the President issued an executive order (E.O.) called “Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information“. That was followed in September 2015 with the Department of Labor’s implementing rule entitled “Government Contractors, Prohibitions Against Pay Secrecy Policies and Actions“. So, why is it necessary to add more rules; rules upon rules? The FAR Council’s rationalize it this way:
The FBI’s IT budget has contracted, but there are growing opportunities around information sharing, the cloud, biometrics, cyber and big data.
Expansion of data.gov website is aimed at easing cross-agency comparisons.
Professional Services Council Executive Vice President Alan Chvotkin joins host Mark Amtower to discuss issues affecting professional services contractors.
State CIOs are not immune to the enterprise transformation issues that are hitting IT organizations everywhere. Here’s a look inside the trends at the state government level, from the annual NASCIO State CIO Survey for 2016.