An ‘ombudsman’ is an official charged with addressing and/or investigating the interests of individuals’ or companies’ complaints of maladministration or violations of rights. You can find them at all levels of governments; federal, state, local, and municipal. To be effective, ombudsmen must be independent of the aggrieving organization.
Last fiscal year (2018), federal agencies spent $36 billion on construction contracts. Almost half of that went to small businesses. Most construction projects involve some degree of change as the project progresses and small businesses have been complaining that delays in processing contract changes and making payments have created financial difficulties. With the 2019 NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act), agencies are now required to report information related to how quickly they finalize contract changes.
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) recently released their fiscal year (FY) 2020 travel per diem rates, which will take effect on October 1, 2019. GSA sets these rates for the continental United States annually. Per diem rates provide caps, or maximums, to the amounts that can be reimbursed to federal employees for lodging and meals while on official travel. Lodging per diem rates are based on local market costs of mid-priced hotels.
The Government’s evaluation of bidders’ past performances sometimes seems murky. In submitting their proposals, bidders are given the opportunity to put their best foot forward – to identify “relevant” past performance and objective assessments of how well they performed the work. But what if the Government ignores the past performance submissions and uses something else to evaluate past performance? That’s what happened to JMark Services in a bid to provide intelligence instructor services for the Air Force.
McKinsey and Company offers management consulting services to improve performance issues related to strategy, organization, operations, and business technology under a GSA Multiple Award Contract. Between 2006 and 2019, McKinsey collected almost $1 billion dollars under the contract.
Earlier this year, the Navy solicited bids for custodial services at its Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The solicitation required pricing for labor to include health benefits for employees and their families based on a collective bargaining agreement between the incumbent contractor and a workers union.
Government contractors need to be careful about who they hire and Government employees need to be discerning about the companies from whom they take part-time employment.
Last week we reported on SBA’s (Small Business Administration) scorecard for achieving small business contracting (and subcontracting) goals (see Federal Government Surpasses its Small Business Contracting Goals for Fiscal Year 2018). That’s the good news. More than $121 billion dollars in contracts were awarded to small businesses in fiscal year 2018 which marked a $15 billion increase over fiscal year 2017 awards.
The SBA (Small Business Administration) announced yesterday that the Federal Government achieved its small business contracting goals for the sixth consecutive year. The Federal Government overall, awarded more than 25 percent of Federal contract dollars to small businesses. This percentage equates to about $121 billion or about $15 billion more than fiscal year 2017.
This is an update to previously posted articles on Undefinitized Contract Actions. To read previous posts, see Undefinitized Contract Actions (UCAs) and Undefinitized Contract Actions? Government May Lower Profit Percentages.