Defense IT Contract Rekindles Pricing Complaints | Government | E-Commerce Times

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What’s not to like about the U.S. government offering IT vendors $17.5 billion for products and services? The opportunity is attractive, and many vendors have expressed interest in a Department of Defense contract that covers the acquisition of a broad range of IT capabilities. A request for proposals for the Encore III contract was issued in March. Bids were accepted through late April.

Source: Defense IT Contract Rekindles Pricing Complaints | Government | E-Commerce Times

DoD Wants to Help Contractors Remove Clutter | PNWC’s Government Contracting Update

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The Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and individual agency FAR supplements, contain several provisions requiring Government contractors to display posters advising employees of their rights and duties in certain areas. One well-known poster requirement is the Hotline poster where anyone (contractor or Government employee) can call to report suspicions of fraud, waste and abuse (see DFARS 252.203-7004 for example).  We’ve discussed this requirement numerous times on these pages.

Source: DoD Wants to Help Contractors Remove Clutter | PNWC’s Government Contracting Update

8 tech trends that will drive public sector change | Amanda Ziadeh | GCN

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What: “Innovating in the Digital Era: A Public Sector Perspective,” Deloitte’s annual Technology Trends report capturing perspectives on IT trends from clients, industries, academia, start-ups, venture capitalists and leading tech vendors

Why: With technology’s potential to rapidly disrupt the enterprise, it’s important for agencies to build a foundation to support changes in the IT landscape.

Findings:  The report identified eight trends likely to disrupt government business in the next 18-24 months, and highlighted how organizations can take advantage of these developments.

Source: 8 tech trends that will drive public sector change | Amanda Ziadeh | GCN

OOPS Preview: Executive Actions: How Do Contractors Deal with Labor-Related Burdens? | Jason M. Crawford | Government Contracts Legal Forum

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With national elections just around the corner, the steady drumbeat of new labor-related requirements has not waned.  Indeed, four national trade associations wrote to the White House in August requesting “that no further presidential directives primarily focused on government contractors be issued for the foreseeable future.”  The letter cited the 16 contractor-focused regulations issued by the Obama Administration that have resulted in a significant increase in the cost of doing business with the government.

Source: OOPS Preview: Executive Actions: How Do Contractors Deal with Labor-Related Burdens? | Jason M. Crawford | Government Contracts Legal Forum

Protester Must Show Awardee’s Specific Exception to Subcontracting Limitation | Matthew Schoonover | SmallGovCon

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A protester challenging an awardee’s compliance with the FAR’s limitation on subcontracting faces an uphill battle.

Source: Protester Must Show Awardee’s Specific Exception to Subcontracting Limitation | Matthew Schoonover | SmallGovCon

Cornerstones of Winning Bids and Proposals-Make it Collaborative | Steve Robinson | Xait

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In our first article of this series we discussed the importance of making your bid or proposal more personalized to make it effective. So having created something that is truly unique and client focused we now need to look at how else we can ensure a winning submission.

Source: Cornerstones of Winning Bids and Proposals-Make it Collaborative | Steve Robinson | Xait

Are you paying too much for outsourced resources? | Peter Bendor-Samuel | CIO

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Many companies in mature, offshore, FTE-based outsourcing environments experience substantial bloat and are paying too much for the resources. And they’re blissfully unaware of the outsourcing bloat.

Source: Are you paying too much for outsourced resources? | Peter Bendor-Samuel | CIO

How your team manage your contract has a huge impact on your rebid | Rebidding Solutions Ltd

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Contract management can have a huge impact on your chances of winning the rebid. But the impact of how you manage your contract is often missed.

Source: How your team manage your contract has a huge impact on your rebid | Rebidding Solutions Ltd

GAO Bid Protest Annual Report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2015 | GAO

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This letter responds to the requirements of the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984, 31 U.S.C. § 3554(e)(2) (CICA), that the Comptroller General report to Congress each instance in which a federal agency did not fully implement a recommendation made by our Office in connection with a bid protest decided the prior fiscal year. We also provide data concerning our overall protest filings for the fiscal year. Finally, this letter addresses the requirement that our report “include a summary of the most prevalent grounds for sustaining protests” during the preceding year.

Source: GAO Bid Protest Annual Report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2015 | GAO

Success Requires A Blend of Leadership Styles | Hank Barnes | Gartner

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Like markets, all companies evolve.  For some, that evolution can be very brief (we all know that many startups fail).  For others, that evolution can occur over a period of many, many years.   But, like markets, that life cycle has some well defined periods with clear characteristics.   And, in order to survive and …

Source: Success Requires A Blend of Leadership Styles | Hank Barnes | Gartner

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