GSA released its much-anticipated proposed rule last week that would require contractors to track and submit transactional data for every sale made through their Schedule contracts. In exchange, contractors would no longer have to track sales made to a commercial tracking customer to ensure compliance with the Price Reductions Clause. Read more
Bloomberg Government reported last week that GSA’s IT 70 Schedule is still the largest central contract through which information technology solutions are acquired in the federal government. Using FPDS data, Bloomberg found that nearly $7.5 billion in sales were made through that schedule in GFY’14. Bloomberg speculated, however, that contracts such as Alliant or some of the “Mega MAC’s” in DOD might catch the Schedule. Well, not exactly. FPDS data, after all, counts only Read more
It’s usually a good thing to be an incumbent contractor on a project. If you’ve taken the time to build strong relationships, shown your company to be indispensable to the client, and everyone’s happy, it’s easy to adopt the Alfred E. Neuman “What, me worry?” stance. Don’t think that you can’t be replaced, though. The contracting graveyards are full of one-time incumbents that failed to keep their pencils sharp, failed to Read more
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Congress did technically manage to avoid shutting down the Department of Homeland Security late Friday night. But make no mistake, the damage has already been done. Similarly, unless Congress manages to pass a longer-term funding measure, contractors can expect that much of DHS will be on a “virtual” shutdown, even if it is technically open. Read more