President Donald Trump’s signature campaign promise to build a wall on the southern border faces delays due to a bid protest. The White House said construction on prototypes for the wall will have to wait until November because of two companies who were not selected for further consideration. The contractors selected will have to create 30-foot long samples of the wall they would build. (Associated Press)
This column was originally published on Roger Waldron’s blog at The Coalition for Government Procurement and was republished here with permission from the author.
On Oct. 7, 2016, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy issued a draft Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular, Implementing Category Management for Common Goods and Services. The circular sought to establish “key principles, and strategies and policies, roles and responsibilities, and metrics to measure success” for category management (CM) across the government. Best-in-class criteria for contracts was one of the key policies set forth in the circular.
Last March, we reported on a case where a former contracting official and her husband pleaded guilty to engaging in a nepotism scheme in which they conspired to fraudulently obtain employment from U.S. Government and private federal contractors with which the (former) GSA official had some form of official oversight (see Guy Just Can’t Get a Decent Job – Even With Wife’s Assistance).
Rep. Cartwright argues that public-private competition has not produced savings.
We are in the process of bringing you synopses of a recent ASBCA decision that decided a number of issues related to DCAA’s (Defense Contract Audit Agency) audit of Technology Systems, Inc (TSI) fiscal year 2007 incurred costs, the ACO’s subsequent sustention of the DCAA findings and recommendations, and TCI’s appeal of the ACO’s decision before the ASBCA. Wednesday we discussed the issue of capitalization versus expensing costs. Bottom line on that one is you can’t use IRS regulations to justify your capitalization and depreciation practices. Yesterday we discussed TCI’s claim for travel expenses that exceeded the JTR (Joint Travel Regulations) maximums for lodging and per diem. In that one, TCI’s arguments were unpersuasive. Today we look at TCI’s failure to obtain “consents to subcontract” prior to awarding subcontracts.
The Senate’s current version of the 2018 NDAA prematurely reintroduces severely flawed GAO bid protest “reforms.”
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We recently released our 14th edition of Onvia’s quarterly Market Snapshot report, revealing the latest trends in government contracting in the state, local and education (SLED) marketplace. The 2nd quarter of 2017 continues the strong growth seen in Q1, following three quarters in a row of slight declines during the uncertainty leading up to the 2016 elections. But this recent shift was not the only one over the last few years. The year-over-year percentages of growth rates in formal bids haven’t remained consistent or progressed in a single direction but have shown some strong cyclical or “up” vs. “down” phases since we began this series in early 2014.
On July 19, I had the honor of joining a panel at an event, Outlook for federal agency program management and acquisition, held by Bloomberg Government and the Project Management Institute.
Whether privately held, employee-owned or a public corporation, revenue growth is usually a prime concern. Billings, bookings and backlog are continually monitored and measured, and stagnating or declining revenue won’t be tolerated. Faced with uncertain growth, leaders must continue to make course corrections to compensate for the ever changing political and economic environments.
Here are five common limits on growth and possible solutions.