Most Government contractors and prospective contractors realize that an “adequate” accounting system is a necessary prerequisite to winning a negotiated contract. And, there is no mystery to what constitutes an “adequate” system. The attribute are listed on SF Form 1408 – Pre-Award Survey of Prospective Contractor Accounting System. We’ve covered these attributes on this blog several times. See, for example Preaward Surveys – SF From 1408 and Two Kinds of Accounting System Audits. Contractors (and prospective contractors) should not underestimate the importance of an adequate accounting system. Companies have lost out on opportunities by not having adequate systems. See, for example Accounting System Adequacy and Bidder Disqualified for Failing to Provide Evidence of an Adequate Accounting System.
In a best value acquisition, the final decision is typically made by a Source Selection Authority. But what happens when the SSA disagrees with the ratings assigned by the evaluators, such as a Source Selection Evaluation Board?
Here at Washington Technology, we’ve conducted a quarterly Contractor Confidence Index survey to measure how people feel about the market and the direction it is headed.
Situations sometimes occur during contract performance where work is suspended for one reason or another. There are several categories of work suspension identified in the FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulations).
The Air Force has scheduled an industry day for Feb. 12 in Washington, D.C. that is free for both small and large companies.
It will be held at the Washington Hilton. Officials plan to discuss the Air Force District of Washington Contracting Directorate’s mission and its contracting trends and requirements for fiscal years 2018 and 2019.
Reservations must be made by Feb. 16.
This final rule amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation to clarify the training requirements for contractors whose employees will have access to a system of records on individuals or handle personally identifiable information. These training requirements are consistent with the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. 552a, and OMB Circular A–130, Managing Federal Information as a Strategic Resource. Prime contractors are required to flow down these requirements to all applicable subcontracts.
I am excited to announce the publication of Government Contracts Joint Ventures, the first in a new series of new government contracting guides we’re calling “Koprince Law LLC GovCon Handbooks.” Packed with easy-to-understand examples and written in plain English, Government Contracts Joint Ventures should help you maximize your understanding of this important option for pursuing federal contracts.
Do proposal managers and contracting officers (COs) have anything in common? Most likely, what we have in common is that we are on each other’s list of pet peeves. Or, one could argue, proposal managers think about the CO much more often than the CO thinks about us! As in, “When will the CO answer the questions? Will the CO extend the due date?”
Here’s a sampling of what to expect in 2018, including how cybersecurity will evolve and how agencies will build on cloud migrations.
There are many findings in the Rand Corp.’s bid protest study but two things are clear: The bid protest process is not necessarily broken but contract debriefings certainly are.