A new contracting clause from the General Service Administration has potentially big implications for anyone buying from the schedule vendors. It has to do with so-called unenforceable terms companies haven’t removed from their contracts. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more about the rule and why you need to pay attention.
The Navy issued a solicitation under GSA’s (General Services Administration) FSS (Federal Supply Schedule) for pressure washers. The RFQ (Request for Quotation) called for a Landa brand pressure washer with a specific manufacturer part number, or equivalent.
On March 22, 2018, the Department of Defense (DoD), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense issued a Class Deviation letter to the heads of all Department of Defense agencies requiring, effective immediately, that every DoD agency ensure that its contracting officers implement the recommendations for enhanced post-award debriefings set forth in Section 818 of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
The Department of Defense recently published its Fiscal Year 2017 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Annual Report, a report that DoD prominently displays on the cover page as costing $583 thousand to prepare. That’s only the beginning of the cost to administer FOIA requests in the Department. Department-wide, Defense spent nearly $81 million to respond to 54 thousand requests, an average of $1,500 per request. Is that a wise expenditure of Government funds? Depends on who you ask, we suppose.
GSA’s role in helping to modernize the government’s digital infrastructure has presented Emily Murphy with a lot of opportunities.
As we move into the second half of the fiscal year, what can we take away from the last six months?
As most analysts have pointed out, we can say with some confidence that despite the budget chaos and uncertainty, the market continues to be strong. Both professional and IT services showed meaningful growth in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 and it is reasonable to expect that trend continued in the second quarter.
Billions of dollars in higher education government contracts are available each year to firms involved in selling to the public sector. And few industry segments within that market are more fruitful for vendors than higher education information technology – a market that GovWin’s State, Local and Education (SLED) Market Analysis team explored in their latest report.
Maryann Lesnick explores how principles of agile and scrum provide opportunities to improve proposal processes and outcome —improving our win rates.
The David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award recognizes organizations, groups, and teams that have demonstrated exemplary innovation using best acquisition practices that achieve acquisition excellence in the Defense Department.
GSA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is actively investigating alleged, third party fraudulent activity in the System for Award Management (SAM). At this time, only a limited number of entities registered in SAM are suspected of being impacted by this fraudulent activity. GSA is in the process of notifying these affected entities.IMPORTANT NOTE: In a proactive step to address this issue, GSA is now requiring an original, signed notarized letter identifying the authorized Entity Administrator for the entity (company) associated with the DUNS number before a new SAM.gov entity registration will be activated. GSA has very specific requirements for this notarized letter—click here for Federal Service Desk (FSD) guidelines. A template has been developed by Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) experts that can serve as the starting point for this document. It must be completed with the specified information, printed on company letterhead, notarized, and mailed to the Federal Service Desk at the address indicated. Download Template here.