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GSA-DOD SIGN UPDATED MOA

Increased spend analysis and incorporation of all relevant DFAR’s clauses are just two parts of a recently signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between GSA and the Department of Defense.  DOD is the largest user of GSA’s Multiple Award Schedules program and has long wanted spend-related information, such as that referenced above, as well as Wide-Area-Workflow, Electronic Document Access, and other specialized DOD terms.  Read more

WHEN THE GOVERNMENT SAYS THEY WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU, RESPOND

Two recent efforts show that the government does want to hear from contractors.  Miss the opportunity to respond and you’ll be forced to keep future grumbling to yourself.

In the first case, GSA is asking for comments about a policy that would actually benefit contractors more than existing rules.  Driven by the Enterprise User License Agreement (EULA) nightmare, GSA is seeking to create a deviation from the FAR that would essentially allow the agency to give greater consideration to commercial terms.  Comments on this notice are due to GSA April 20th. Whether you sell software or another type of commercial item with its own Read more

REGARDLESS OF OVERALL PROSPECTS, HOUSE BUDGET SHOWS DESIRE TO INCREASE DOD SPENDING

The House of Representatives last week announced plans to increase defense spending as part of its overall approach to the federal budget.  While the House GOP budget has as much chance of being passed as Georgia State does of winning the NCAA basketball tournament, the budget does likely foretell of increased appropriations for DOD in FY’16 and beyond.   Specifically, Read more

SMALL BUSINESSES & FEDS SMALL BUSINESS GOALS WOULD SUFFER FROM PROPOSED RULE

The proposed rule published by GSA March 4th is getting strong push back from industry over the increased costs the requirement to track and report every Schedule sale would create.  That these costs would disproportionately fall on small firms is not in doubt.  Here’s the “so what” for government, though, and one that GSA should think about carefully before it proceeds.  Read more

AS FEDERAL APPOINTEES HEAD TO THE EXITS CONTRACTORS MUST BE PREPARED

Although there are still 22 months left before the credits begin to role on the Obama Administration, some political appointees are already heading for the exits.  Just last week the GSA CIO, who has been in the position for 14 months, is leaving, as is GSA’s 18F head, in place for a similar period of time.  The Agriculture CIO recently left after the comparatively long tenure of almost three years.  Place on top of that the recent departure of Read more