The US Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released the base budget figure requested for US intelligence programs Thursday, with a request for $45.6 billion as part of the president’s 2015 budget. via Intelligence Agencies Ask for 5 Percent Less in 2015 | C4ISR & Networks | c4isrnet.com.
Let’s face it, how business is done today is very different than it was even just a few years ago. Everything from how agencies communicate with industry to how they execute buys and make the awards looks different, if you’re paying attention. via Is your government contracting strategy based on outdated understanding and tactics? – … Continue reading
The Public Spend Forum article “Just How Much Does the Federal Government Spend on Office Supplies?” by Jonathan Messinger, is a classic example of the need for federal contractors to conduct (and be able to efficiently and proficiently conduct) their own market research when it comes to opportunities, spending, etc. This is why The American … Continue reading
I\’ve written a few pieces on this subject previously. Because of that, some of the companies awarded the GSA STARS II GWAC will most likely think I\’m just pouring salt in their wounds by writing this piece. via For 8(a) IT buys, agencies reach for the STARS often, open market standalone contracts even more. – … Continue reading
Recent contracting missteps, as reported by the Washington Business Journal (WBJ) and Microtech by the Washington Post, seem to have endangered the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) programs for certifying firms as either Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) or Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB). via Will VA certifications of SDVOSB go away? We in the … Continue reading
The Department of Veterans Affairs abruptly ended a three-year contract with an Alexandria company nearly three months earlier than planned, leaving in limbo the crucial task of processing applications from contractors hoping to be verified as veteran-owned small businesses. via Contract misstep puts VA’s small business contracting program at risk – Washington Business Journal.
The Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) is the entity responsible for verifying Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSB) who want to participate in the VA’s Veterans First Contracting Program. via Misunderstanding and inactivity. Factors costing VA dollars and Veteran businesses opportunity? – The American Small Business Coalition.
Perhaps no single aspect of federal government contracting causes more confusion than the fact that the government currently runs two SDVOSB programs: one under the VA’s rules and the other under the SBA’s. via SDVOSB Programs: SBA OHA Explains A Critical SBA/VA Difference – SmallGovCon.
Members of the House Small Business and Veterans Affairs committees are pushing for new procurement legislation in the wake of unflattering revelations about the Veterans Affairs Department\’s contracting certification processes. via Affiliation rules muddy small business contracting waters — FCW.
In 2011, MicroTechnologies, one of the nation’s fastest-growing small federal contractors, had a problem. It would soon be too big to continue to qualify for a certain contracting program reserved for small firms owned by service-disabled veterans. via MicroTech grows too big for a technology contract, but the work stays in the family – The … Continue reading
As the Northern Virginia firm MicroTechnologies soared to the top tier of the nation’s small federal contractors, competitors and others in the contracting world asked the same question: How could such a firm still be eligible for deals reserved for small businesses? via VA called it a small-business contract, but a big firm got 90 … Continue reading
After nearly ten years at the helm of The American Small Business Coalition, and three years since the birth of Ethical Stalking for Government Contractors™, some key reasons I believe many companies do not leverage basic market research techniques is because most don’t understand the efficiencies that can be gained through collecting, qualifying and exploiting … Continue reading
Since the start of FY12, federal agencies have made thousands of buys worth billions of dollars that were not placed against an established agreement or contract. In fact, if we take just those buys that were competitively awarded, the total comes in at just over $40 billion. via Going at it without a contract vehicle? … Continue reading
A few of my recent posts have addressed federal agency Requests For Information RFI that seemed to reach far beyond what could or should be considered reasonable. After all, RFI’s and Sources Sought Notices are tools to help agencies assess the viability of their approach to a particular need and/or to determine what parts of … Continue reading
If you want to discover the secrets to success in the federal sector, read this article. Now that I have your attention, let me start by saying that there are no shortcuts or low-hanging fruit in that marketplace. Think about it. If opportunities of any size were lying around waiting to be scooped up, wouldn’t … Continue reading