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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS MUST ABIDE BY ANTI-HARASSMENT RULES, TOO

It’s not just media moguls that can get in trouble for sexual harassment or related issues.  Government contractors have a host of anti-discrimination provisions that they must follow as well.  Putting aside all of the entertainment industry news on this topic, consider this:  Both the House and Senate have recently passed anti-discrimination laws that they must follow.  It’s not a long road, at all, before they begin looking at how your company measures up in these areas.  Executive Order 11246 – dating all the way back to the mid-1960’s – prohibits Read more

DON’T BE AFRAID OF YOUR OWN CONTRACT’S SHADOW

To borrow a phrase, “What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?”  Don’t let this reflect your GSA Schedule attitude!  If your Schedule business is stuck, or you haven’t done a compliance check lately, you may be the next person asking the local constabulary, “Too early for flapjacks?”  Thankfully, Allen Federal can help.  We’ve helped dozens of companies get out of their Schedule business rut and build their business.  To find out what we can do you for your company, contact us today at info@allenfederal.com.  We’re not the “nice young man from the auto club”, but we can fix what’s flat and have you quoting Chekov in no time!

FOCUS, BE REALISTIC, AND PLAN – THREE THINGS CONTRACTORS SHOULD BE DOING NOW

There’s a tendency to try and cram everything into the end of the calendar year right now.  Here are some tips to help you to make the most of your time without having to take that double-dog dare.  Try not to get distracted about a shutdown: Yes, we are looking at a possible shutdown if Congress doesn’t pass a new spending bill by midnight December 8th.  Congress will have an entire week, though, before then to get it together after they return from Thanksgiving break.  Understand that some of your customers will be distracted by the possibility of a shutdown, but Read more

CIO’S SEE FITARA GRADES SLIP, BUT ARE ANY AROUND TO GET THE REPORT CARD?

Data center consolidation and software licensing are the two largest areas where federal CIO’s and their staffs need to make progress, according to the latest round of FITARA report cards released this week.  “Since the last scorecard, 3 agencies’ grades increased, 15 agencies’ grades stayed the same, and 6 decreased”, according to Representative Will Hurd (R-TX), a leading Congressional supporter of improved federal IT operations.  At the same time, however, Read more

MAIL BAG: THE DEVIL IS IN THE E-MAIL

Sometime reader A. Fonzerelli of Milwaukee, WI writes:  “I’ve heard you say that it’s important to keep an e-mail record of discussions with my CO, but I thought e-mail could also cause trouble.  Which view is right?”  It is important to remember that e-mail is a tool, A. And, just like any tool, it can be used to build or destroy things (just see some of my weekend projects).  It is, indeed vital for contractors to keep a record of discussions with CO’s and other government people on Read more