The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA” or “Act”) includes changes that could make the Department of Defense (“DoD”) a more effective and knowledgeable purchaser of Intellectual Property (“IP”) and promote more flexible IP acquisition strategies. These same changes also could encourage Contracting Officers to insist on broader IP rights and delivery requirements. While it has always been important for contractors to protect their IP (click here for our list of “Top 10 Ways to Lose Rights in Your IP”), with the passage of the 2018 NDAA, avoiding the loss of valuable IP rights could require even more sophistication and vigilance.
I have worked with immixGroup’s suppliers and partners on a wide range of federal agencies and their IT requirements and buying patterns. And one department consistently stands out as the most commonly asked about: Health and Human Services (HHS).
Date/time: March 22, 2018 at 2:40 pm
Location: Cobb Energy Performance Arts Center (CEPAC), Atlanta
Proposal best practices dictate that we hold color team reviews — Blue, Pink, Red, and Gold — practically the entire rainbow. Yet, often our proposal reviews prevent us from successfully reaching the finish line for three primary reasons. First, typical review teams are bloated with unprepared, un-briefed, unqualified, and/or uninterested reviewers. Second, our proposal reviews place incorrect focus on the likes and dislikes of the reviewers rather than on how customer proposal evaluators will score and rank proposals. Third, we rarely give reviewers enough time to perform their assignments effectively. This presentation will present and solve these problems, with ample audience polling and discussion.
Yes, modernization is one.
For our recent State and Local Procurement Snapshot of Q4 2017, we interviewed two leading thought leaders in the cooperative purchasing space to gather useful insights on cooperative trends among SLED governments and to help suppliers appreciate and consider this maturing form of government buying.
Part 1 of this 2-part series focuses on tracking and understanding where cooperative purchasing is today.
DCAA (Defense Contract Audit Agency) employs a cadre of individuals that act as Financial Liaison Advisors (FLAs). These individuals are generally auditors with a significant amount of audit experience and are assigned to support DoD procurement and contract administration offices to assist them in achieving the objectives of sound contracting by providing onsite accounting and financial advice to contracting officers, negotiators, and buyers. While contract auditors are independent under GAGAS (Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards), FLAs are not. They sit side by side with Government procurement and advocate on behalf of the Government. Perhaps you’ve met some when sitting at the negotiating table.
The SBA has released its proposed consolidated rule for SDVOSB eligibility, which was published in the Federal Register today. Once the rule becomes final, it will apply government-wide, to both VA and non-VA SDVOSB contracts.
Views from the Corner Office is a new show designed to talk to the private sector leaders that influence and impact the federal market. The goal of this monthly discussion is for federal executives, lawmakers and other industry experts to gain insights and a better understanding into the trends, the challenges and the evaluation of the technology, acquisition and leadership in the federal market by the executives who lead the federal practices of government contractors.
PV Puvvada, the president of Unisys Federal and the show’s first guest, sat down with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller at the Federal News Radio’s studios in Washington, D.C.
Here are some excerpts from that discussion.
GAO interprets its bid protest timeliness rules very strictly, as readers of this blog will know. These timeliness rules typically pertain to the initial protest, but are equally important when a protester files a supplemental protest. Often, supplemental protests are filed after the protester receives the agency’s response and comes to learn new information that wasn’t previously available.
How many new rules were published in the FAR in 2017?
One. It rescinded a previous rule – see Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces.
The President ordered agencies to rescind two old rules for every new one. Guess they couldn’t find any old rules to eliminate.