Common Accounting System Deficiencies

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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.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: Common Accounting System Deficiencies

SSA vs. SSEB: Protest Sustained Where Ratings Changes Weren’t Reasonable – SmallGovCon

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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?

Source: SSA vs. SSEB: Protest Sustained Where Ratings Changes Weren’t Reasonable – SmallGovCon

What’s your outlook for 2018? — Washington Technology

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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.

Source: What’s your outlook for 2018? — Washington Technology

Suspension of Work, Stop-Work Orders, and Government Caused Delays

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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).

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: Suspension of Work, Stop-Work Orders, and Government Caused Delays

Air Force schedules industry day for FY 2018, 2019 opportunities — Washington Technology

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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.

Source: Air Force schedules industry day for FY 2018, 2019 opportunities — Washington Technology

Department of Navy Chief Information Officer – Resources: Federal Acquisition Regulation – Privacy Training

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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.

Source: Department of Navy Chief Information Officer – Resources: Federal Acquisition Regulation – Privacy Training

Government Contracts Joint Ventures: Our New Handbook is Now Available – SmallGovCon

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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.

Source: Government Contracts Joint Ventures: Our New Handbook is Now Available – SmallGovCon

Can proposal managers and contracting officers find common ground? | Lohfeld

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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?”

Source: Can proposal managers and contracting officers find common ground? | Lohfeld

What Items Are on Feds’ 2018 IT To-Do Lists?

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Here’s a sampling of what to expect in 2018, including how cybersecurity will evolve and how agencies will build on cloud migrations.

Source: What Items Are on Feds’ 2018 IT To-Do Lists?

Rand finds poor debriefings the major culprit of bid protests — Washington Technology

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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.

Source: Rand finds poor debriefings the major culprit of bid protests — Washington Technology

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