Monthly Archives: June 2017

GSA SHAKE-UP IMPACT ON CONTRACTORS

The departure of the Commissioner and the Deputy Commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service will likely result in the slowing of some FAS initiatives and potentially the reversal of others.  Overall, contractors and FAS staff can expect some confusion and delays as the reorganization dust settles.  Although the departure of FAS Commissioner Tom Sharpe had been expected, the simultaneous resignation of Deputy Kevin Youel Page caught many by surprise.  A new politically-appointed Commissioner, Alan Thomas, is slated to take over this Read more

DHS ADMISSION POINTS TO OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR CONTRACTORS

Department of Homeland Security acquisition officials get an “A” for honesty in discussing what went wrong with their recently-cancelled Flexible Agile Support for the Homeland (FLASH) procurement.  It’s not terrible to try and fail, especially in the name of innovation in a market that can be very risk averse.  One key admission, however, points out the challenges contractors face when offering state of the art solutions in the federal sector.  In addition to Read more

POOR RECORD KEEPING COULD RESULT IN “PRESUMPTION” OF NON-COMPLIANCE

How complete is your contract file?  Do you have information on your company’s current discounting practices?  How about country of origin information for Trade Agreements Act (TAA) compliance?  While maintaining a complete contract file may be a tedious undertaking, incomplete records can cost your company a lot.   A recent US District Court ruling in United States ex rel. Louis Scutellaro v. Capitol Supply, Inc., found that the company’s failure to retain country of origin documentation for its GSA Schedule items entitled the whistleblower and the Read more

GSA NAMES ALAN THOMAS NEW FAS COMMISSIONER

GSA and the Trump Administration took a new route last week by switching the Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner position to a political spot and naming industry veteran Alan Thomas to the post.  Thomas has spent most of his professional life in industry, specifically in Read more

TRANSFORMATIONAL TECHNOLOGY SERVICE NOW PART OF FAS

The status of GSA’s Transformational Technology Service (TTS) as a full-blown, national service was short-lived.  Per an announcement from acting GSA Administrator Tim Horne last week, TTS will now be part of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service.  TTS will continue to manage core missions like 18F, but will work more closely with the acquisition and federal arena expertise of FAS’ Read more