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THREE THINGS FOR CONTRACTORS TO KNOW RIGHT NOW

Contractors can be forgiven if they’re on “information overload” right now.  Let’s cut through the murk to three things that will actually impact your federal business now:

1.  Money is coming:  OMB is working with individual agencies to get them their final appropriations numbers for the rest of FY’17.  Look for your customers to have their numbers around Memorial Day or shortly after.

2.  All of this Washington chatter IS a distraction:  The President’s troubles with the FBI, Russia, and a seemingly constant stream of “issues du jour” are distracting from important budget and policy work getting done according to executive and legislative branch officials. This is all extremely frustrating for contractors who prefer consistent strategic plans and discussions with people who can say “yes”.

3. Things are likely to stay this was for a while:  This is your new normal.  The Administration has made it clear that they won’t make appointments for many positions.  We’ll be right back to government via CR in October.  There may also be a showdown on spending priorities between Congress and the Administration that could include a shutdown.  Believe it or not, the situation right now is as good as it gets.  Plan accordingly.

431 CLAUSES FOR “SIMPLIFIED ACQUISITION”?

The Interim Report of the Section 809 DOD Acquisition Reform Panel was released last week and contained such nuggets as the one in the headline.  When there are potentially as many as 431 contract clauses that must be reviewed for possible inclusion in a simplified acquisition RFP, is it any wonder DOD acquisition needs to be streamlined?  Among the interim reports other findings are that DOD is no longer the market driver for many of the things or services it buys.  Read more

ADMINISTRATION NAMES PEOPLE TO GSA TEAM – IN GOV. AFFAIRS

The Trump Administration named five appointees to the General Services Administration last week, but all five will work on the agency’s legislative and government affairs portfolio.  The impact on acquisition policy or innovative acquisition will likely be minimal.  The agency’s additional appointees, however, include Chief Staff Jack St. John.  He and his team are certainly reviewing recommendations for action.  Without a permanent Administrator or Deputy Administrator, however, the agency will continue to have an uphill climb to implement new Read more

DON’T GET LEFT AT THE M&A ALTAR

June is nearly upon us and so, too, are a slew of June brides.  If your company is going to the merger or acquisition altar, make sure you’ve looked at your “something old” to ensure that your suiter won’t leave you at the altar, thus making you “something blue”.  Allen Federal can help ensure that your business nuptials go off without a hitch.  Look at our knowledge and insight as “something borrowed” that can clean up any dark pasts and put you on the course for “something new” and a happily ever after.  Contact Allen Federal today at info@allenfederal.com to see what we can do for you.

GSA CHIEF OF STAFF PLEDGES REDUCED REGULATORY BURDEN

Saying that GSA must improve both customer and contractor relations, new GSA Chief of Staff Jack St. John offered last week that the main thrust of the Trump Administration’s plan for the agency will be to reduce the number of regulations that govern the agency’s contracts.  Speaking at the Coalition for Government Procurement Spring Conference, St. John further Read more