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THIS WEEK’S LIST HAS ONE ITEM: TREAT YOUR PEOPLE WELL

Instead of our occasional “Top 5”-type of list, this week we have just one thing for contractors to follow – Treat Your People Well.  No, we’re not suddenly holding ourselves out as human resources officials, but rather making an important point about how to minimize the chances that you’ll get a whistleblower suit.  Read more

TANGHERLINI LEAVING GSA, IMPACT MAY BE MINIMAL

GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini announced last week that he will leave the agency as of February 13th, marking the end of a nearly 6 year run as either acting or permanent Administrator.  Tanhgherlini’s departure is being termed “voluntary” and there is no obvious friction between Read more

WILL GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING BECOME CENTRALLY MANAGED?

Government acquisition officials at GSA, the Office of Management and Budget, VA and other federal agencies are talking a lot these days about bringing greater centralization to how their agencies, or the government as a whole, purchase IT, services, and other solutions.  The Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative and Category Management programs are just two prime examples of how some government agencies are trying to bring greater central control and have selected organizations be the sole, or primary, buyer for specific items.  Read more

DON’T LOSE AT CONTRACT JEOPARDY

CLUE:  “2010”  ANSWER:  “When was the last time my company had ethics training?”  If this is your company’s response, you stand more to lose than just the Daily Double.  Failure to hold annual training on ethics and contract compliance is a primary indication to an auditor that your company is reckless and likely not complying with important rules.  Read more