When former GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini publicly stated that his agency was on a mission to re-establish itself as the go-to agency for federal acquisition many in industry and government were skeptical. The agency was losing qualified people and had a string of high-profile embarrassments. Now, however, GSA seems poised to make good on Tangherlini’s pledge. First, sales on the GSA Schedule Read more
Large amounts of contract dollars aren’t likely to flow through the Defense Innovation Unit – Experimental (DIUx) in the next two years, but that does not mean that what happens there won’t impact how DOD buys from traditional contractors. According to an article in Defense One, how DOD does business there may be more important than how much business goes through the unit. One change may be changes to ITARS rules that govern whether and how companies can export technologies that are used for national security Read more
Alert reader F. Mulder writes in asking, “I am at least the third contract manager our company has had over the 15 years of our GSA Schedule. I can’t find documentation for the agreements we made 10 years ago, or even more recently. How much of a problem could this be?” Your situation is not alien to us, F. Many companies have had multiple Schedule contract managers, and multiple GSA contracting officers. Files on both sides are liable to be incomplete and, those that can be found, confusing. This, unfortunately, does not Read more
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When a government agency asks for comments on the same topic twice in one year it is time to sit up, take notice and act! GSA did just that last week with the issuance of a second notice seeking contractor input on a host of Price Reductions Clause compliance issues and, this time, threw in questions about Commercial Sales Practice Sheet disclosures for good measure. GSA asked for PRC comments in October of 2015, and again last April as part of their Transactional Read more