When a big department spends 40 percent of it contract dollars through indefinite delivery – indefinite quantity contracts, it is worth checking to see if IDIQs offer enough competition. The Government Accountability Office looked at two years worth of IDIQ spending by the Defense Department. Bill Woods, director of contracting and national security acquisition issues at the GAO, talked with Federal Drive with Tom Temin about what auditors found.
The federal government remains on a hot streak in meeting its small business contracting goals.
For the fifth year in a row, it exceeded its governmentwide small business contracting goal — about 23 percent of its contracting spending — on small businesses.
The General Services Administration started down the path using the Technology Business Management (TBM) framework more than two years ago.
David Shive, the chief information officer for GSA, said he began with TBM for purely selfish reasons.
The military services are not giving small businesses a fair shake when it comes to awarding contracts.
The Defense Department Inspector General Office unearthed some disturbing trends over the past few years for small business owners trying to do business with the military.
“We’ve done five different audits,” said Michael J. Roark, assistant inspector general for readiness and global operations at DoD IG, while testifying before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce on May 17. “The consistent challenges contracting officials face is monitoring prime contractors’ compliance with individual subcontracting plans and determining why individual contractors with subcontracting plans did not meet their small business subcontracting goals.”
The Defense Department may not be getting enough competition for a popular form of contracting. DoD spends 40 percent of its procurement budget through indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity or IDIQ type contracts and 75 percent of those competitions were open to a single contractor instead of multiple contractors. The Government Accountability Office said that between 2015 and 2017 the military included provisions that while not explicitly limiting competition, may have the potential, under certain circumstances, to reduce the number of contractors who are eligible to compete for the orders. GAO said the reasons vary including task orders set-aside for small businesses. (Government Accountability Office)
This week on Amtower Off Center, host Mark Amtower’s guests are Katie Helwig, director of Small Business Programs at AFCEA, and Eric Strauss, director of Business Development for Connected Logistics and a member of the leadership committee at the FT Belvoir Chapter of AFCEA. The discussion focused on relationships, networking and AFCEA.
- how both Katie and Eric got involved in AFCEA
- AFCEAs geographic reach (over 130 chapters worldwide)
- the value of face-to-face networking
- how and why to get involved in chapter activities
With no fewer than three different panels examining defense acquisition rules to see which ones can be done away with, they have got their work cut out for them. There is plenty of evidence to show that defense acquisitions may need even more scrutiny. That could mean whatever recommendations the panels make may are muted by legislators looking to enact more rules. To find out more, Federal News Radio’s Eric White spoke with Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Federal agencies are under orders to configure their email systems to the domain message authentication and reporting conformance DMARC standard. It’s a strategy for ensuring incoming mail is coming from whom it says its from. Agencies are making progress, but the federal contractor community is a little behind. Phil Reitinger, president and CEO of the Global Cyber Alliance, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.
Few processes command more ongoing attention than bid protests. Starting a week ago, the Government Accountability Office, which hears and decides most of the federal bid protests each year, made some significant rules changes for filing protests. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo, of Petrillo and Powell, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.