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DOD PROPOSED RULE ON COUNTERFEIT IT ADDRESSES HALF OF THE PROBLEM

Commercial IT providers would have to put in place systems that track BOTH end items and major IT components from the OEM to the government agency under a proposed rule issued by DOD last week.  Yet the rule, at best, will only address half of the counterfeit product issue.  Left untouched is the drive toward LPTA or other deep discount buying that creates situations Read more

AS NEW FY CLOSES IN, UNCERTAINTY RULES

All that is really known about the start of the 2016 Fiscal Year is that it will start with a Continuing Resolution.  How long it lasts, or even whether the year will start on time, remains unknown despite the fact that less than 2 weeks remain to get these, and other, answers.  Read more

HHS IG REPORT SHOWS AGENCIES SOMETIMES AT FAULT FOR BAD OUTCOMES- DOES THAT MATTER?

Nearly two full years after the healthcare.gov meltdown the HHS IG came out with their report last week.  The report stated, “Contracting officers and contracting officer’s representatives did not always manage and oversee contractor performance as required by Federal requirements and contract terms. CMS did not always comply with Federal regulations regarding designation Read more

MAIL BAG: WHAT TO DO TO PREPARE FOR A SHUTDOWN

Loyal reader Darren Stevens writes, “My advertising firm has a federal contract.  Our program manager said not to worry about doing work during any shut down.  He promises we’ll be paid.  Will we?”  Very timely question, Mr. Stevens.  With the possibility of a shutdown it’s important not to become bewitched by customer promises.  Only work on “essential” contracts, or those Read more