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FSSI CONTRACTORS UNDERSTAND: DIVERSIFY OR CLOSE

GSA held its kick-off meeting for the third iteration of its office supplies strategic sourcing contract this week and contractors heard the unspoken message loud and clear:  If you’re relying on this contract to make you money, your firm could be out of business at the end of the 5 year term.  Experienced firms had already figured that out.  Read more

DON’T LOOK NOW, BUT DHS RUNS OUT OF MONEY SOON

It’s a new calendar year with new focus areas, in addition to some old ones (see above).  Don’t forget, though, that way back in 2014 Congress passed legislation hat funded the Department of Homeland Security only through the end of February.  Without Congressional action before then, some parts of the agency will shut down. Read more

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