Federal contractors welcome civilian and defense rule changes | Federal News Network
Federal contractors are happy to see two procurement rule changes, one for civilian agencies and one for defense. They sharply limit the government’s use of lowest-priced, technically-acceptable deals in services acquisitions. Both changes were mandated by law, but they took a while. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for his take.
Source: Federal contractors welcome civilian and defense rule changes | Federal News Network
R.I.P. PPIRS | Government Contracts & Investigations Blog
First things first, I’m sorry about the title; I couldn’t resist. The longer, alternate title would have been “Rest In Peace – the Past Performance Information Retrieval System Sleeps with the Fishes.” But that doesn’t have the same kind of obscure, punchy, epitaph-type quality that I’m aiming for. So instead, I give you get a garbled mess of an acronym to remind us that the Past Performance Information Retrieval System (“PPIRS”) – the system once used by the U.S. Government to house the final performance assessments for government contractors – is no more. As far as epitaphs go, I think that most of us would agree that “R.I.P.” is just about what an acronym deserves.
Source: R.I.P. PPIRS | Government Contracts & Investigations Blog
It’s Finally Here: GSA’s New Consolidated Schedule
Tuesday’s solicitation will begin the process of turning 24 award schedules into a single contracting vehicle for products and services.
SMALL BUSINESS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING (“Smalltofeds”): Small Business Federal Government Contract Proposal Preparation
Your marketing efforts have resulted in locating a solicitation for supplies and services that is exactly suited to your business. The solicitation by the government may be a result of your self-marketing efforts or you may have located it at FEDBIZOPS, the gateway for all federal government business in excess of $25K. The fact that the government has now converted a project requirement into a formal solicitation means that the funding is available for a contract and the authorities within the government agency have authorized a source selection process.
Source: SMALL BUSINESS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING (“Smalltofeds”): Small Business Federal Government Contract Proposal Preparation
SBA Updates All Small Mentor-Protege Template with Affiliation Questions
With little fanfare, the SBA has updated the template for agreements under the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program (ASMPP). The new template adds a series of check box-style questions, mainly about potential affiliation between the mentor and protege. Be sure to check out the new template if you are working on a mentor-protégé agreement.
SOURCE: SBA Updates All Small Mentor-Protege Template with Affiliation Questions
5 (More) Things You Should Know: Bid Protests
It’s early October, which means that the federal government’s end-of-fiscal-year contracting binge has drawn to an end. With the spate of contract awards, this time of year typically sees an increase in the number of bid protests being filed, or at least contemplated.
Small businesses showcase their skills on 2019 Fast 50 — Washington Technology
The 2019 Fast 50 is a real showcase of the skills and capabilities of small businesses across the government.
Source: Small businesses showcase their skills on 2019 Fast 50 — Washington Technology
Introducing the 2019 Washington Technology Fast 50 — Washington Technology
Our annual ranking of the fastest-growing small businesses in the government market puts a spotlight on the diversity of the small business community.
Companies on the 2019 edition of the Fast 50 represent the full spectrum of capabilities, technologies and customers that make up the GovCon market.
Source: Introducing the 2019 Washington Technology Fast 50 — Washington Technology
GSA Demystifies DUNS Replacement ID
“Change can be confusing. Change can be frustrating.” No, this is not from the cover of a self-help book. This is GSA’s acknowledgment that, often, we fear change.
7 simple steps to a healthy relationship with your subcontractors — Washington Technology
Every successful relationship in our lives – whether business or personal – requires a combination of honesty, trust, mutual respect and cooperation. The same principles that govern our personal relationships should be used to foster successful subcontractor relationships.
Source: 7 simple steps to a healthy relationship with your subcontractors — Washington Technology