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Knocking on the door of GSA Schedule spending

The GSA Federal Supply Schedule is an important tool in the U.S. Government’s procurement arsenal but its importance has waned for some agencies to include the biggest spender, the Department of Defense. For the last nine fiscal years, DoD and other agencies have consistently increased their spend using Simplified Acquisition Procedures while leveling off or reducing FSS spending. Continue reading

GAO Faults Contractor for General Manager’s Sickness

the incumbent had already proposed to use the same general manager for the next contract. Continue reading

Fundamental reorganization needed for DoD acquisition

It really needs to fundamentally reorganize the offices and functions involved Continue reading

SBA Plans to Consolidate All Small and 8(a) Mentor-Protégé Programs

The SBA plans to issue a proposed rule consolidating the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program and the 8(a) Mentor-Protégé Program. Continue reading

GAO: Subcontracting Plan Required by Solicitation Must be in Proposal

It’s a basic tenet of government contracting that a contractor must comply with the requirements of an agency solicitation. Continue reading

Populated or Unpopulated? Ambiguous JV Agreement Sinks 8(a) Award

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims upheld the SBA’s decision to reject a joint venture agreement that was ambiguous about whether the joint venture was populated or unpopulated. Continue reading

Riding the Wave of Simplified Buying

 Agencies are already on-track for another record-breaking fiscal year in Simplified Acquisition spending without the benefit of the increased obligations that will surely occur due to the threshold increase, coupled with a late-arriving budget. Continue reading

Fair Opportunity is Not the Best Value

For me, fair opportunity is not the best value in Simplified Acquisitions for agencies or small business concerns. Continue reading

Possible VMware-Dell deal has all the hallmarks of a rapidly changing market

I will pretend to understand all the financial nuances of this rumored deal. But I have to share some of the reporting about the possibility of a reverse merger where VMware would buy its majority owner in Dell Technologies. Source: Possible VMware-Dell deal has all the hallmarks of a rapidly changing market — Washington Technology

Nope! Your LinkedIn Approach Still Doesn’t Work For Me.

Many things have changed in life and business since I penned my original post in 2016. For example, I updated my headshot.  I’m coaching my daughter’s field hockey team. We moved and more! One change I was not a fan of was LinkedIn removing the ‘Advice for Contacting…‘ section from profiles. Another change on LinkedIn … Continue reading