The Defense Department is preparing to ask for a round of base closures in 2017 and is making the case to defense communities and lawmakers, according to Army officials via DoD pushing Congress, communities for 2017 base closures | Federal Times | federaltimes.com.
More than three quarters of the small and disadvantaged businesses questioned in a recent study doubted the value of a Small Business Administration business development plan aimed at helping them garner federal contracts. via Some small firms doubt efficacy of SBA assistance — FCW.
The Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA are proposing to amend federal acquisition guidelines to help streamline small business purchasing, according to a notice in the Feb. 3 Federal Register. via Proposed rule streamlines agency small business spending | Federal Times | federaltimes.com.
Facing a steep decline in government spending on support contractors, companies in this sector are rushing to consolidate and cut expense as price-based competitions become the norm in service contracts. via Market for Service Contracts Shrinking, and So Is the Number of Competitors – Blog.
Editor’s Note: If you are a small federal contractor, you need to read this. http://www.forbes.com/sites/cherylsnappconner/2014/02/01/when-the-government-closes-your-business/
A contractor’s technical problems in accessing a solicitation did not entitle the contractor to an extension to submit its proposal, because the contractor delayed attempting to read the solicitation until nearly three weeks after it was issued. via Contractor Delays Reading Solicitation; GAO Denies Extension – SmallGovCon.
Editors Note: For me, the more important aspect of the RFP-IT legislation is the fact they want to increase the Simplified Acquisition Threshold to $500K vs the current $150K. I’m additionally encouraging Eshoo and Connolly to include language that attaches the ‘small business reservation’ to Simplified Acquisition buys when the Commercial Item Exception is applied, … Continue reading
It has been more than four months since the Navy Yard shooting, more than six since the Edward Snowden insider leaks began and four years since Bradley (Chelsea) Manning downloaded the first of hundreds of thousands of documents for illegal release. But the security clearance process that granted access to three of the most serious … Continue reading
Editors Note: If STARS II and the other GSA GWAC’s are easier for agencies to place orders against, why is it that the same agencies using the vehicle have actually made more obligations to competitive and non-competitive 8(a) buys using definitive contracts and purchase orders (where IDV numbers are not referenced in FPDS-NG) than to … Continue reading
The General Services Administration issued a request for proposals Jan. 31 for the third generation of its office supplies strategic sourcing contract. via GSA issues RFP for office supplies contract | Federal Times | federaltimes.com.