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PROTESTS ARE STARTING TO GET ON EVERYONE’S NERVES

With almost 2,800 GAO contract-related protests filed in FY’16, contractors, federal acquisition officials, and the oversight community are starting to take a serious look at their impact on timely federal acquisition.  According to a recent report on Federal News Radio, acquisition officials, in particular, are increasingly frustrated with the prevalence, time and cost associated with protest actions.  The total number of protests is up by 86% over the past decade.  Congress has now directed DOD to look at ways to decrease protests and the time they take.  Similar Read more

CONGRESS MAY KICK TRUMP BUDGET REQUESTS DOWN THE ROAD

Congress must pass a new spending measure by midnight April 28th to avoid a partial government shut-down.  It looks like they will do so, however any measure will likely not incorporate the spending increases or decreases called for earlier this month by President Trump.   Congressional appropriators believe that the deep civilian agency cuts that would take effect this year under the President’s plan would significantly disrupt government operations, Read more

TRUMP STANDS UP OFFICE OF AMERICAN INNOVATION – SEEKS PRIVATE SECTOR INPUT

Do you have ideas on how to improve the delivery of government services?  If so, the White House wants to hear from you.  President Trump established the Office of American Innovation (OAI) this week designed to receive input from the private sector and other “external thought leaders.”  Headed by son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner, the new office will, “… bring a creative and strategic approach to many critical issues and intractable problems that affect Read more

A DIFFERENT TYPE OF AUDIT FOR YOUR COMPANY

These columns often discuss government contract audits, including what can trigger them and the fact that the type of audit matters.  As much as your company might not like outside audits, however, a government contractor best practice is to conduct an internal audit – and not only on its government contract.  What types of checks, if any, does your company have to ensure Read more

NEW PEOPLE, NEW MONTH, NEW TRAINING:

Has your company hired new contract or federal sales professionals this year?  Do they know what’s in your contract or what to do and not to do?  Unlike the old adage, you must teach new people new tricks.  Do not wait ‘til the audit letter arrives!  Allen Federal can train your new staff, and bring veterans up to speed, on all of the latest information on federal business trends, contract management issues, and compliance.  Contact us today at info@allenfederal.com and we’ll put customized training together just for you!