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NO “IDIQ WITHIN AN IDIQ” GAO SAYS

Although Blanket Purchase Agreements are alive and well on the GSA Schedules program, other GWAC and MAC vehicles do not have similar capabilities.  The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently made that clear in sustaining a protest filed by Harris Corp over FBI plans to restrict competition and set up a BPA-like construct using DHS’s Tacom IDIQ.  GAO stated that the FBI’s plans violated the “Fair Read more

KEY PEOPLE AS IMPORTANT AS KEY CONTRACTS

A lot of digital ink, including some in this space, is dedicated to ensuring that government contractors have the right contracts.  That’s true, especially in IT where standing contracts account for at least half of federal business.   No matter how many contracts your firm holds, though, you have to have the right people to pursue business and ensure proper management of those contracts.  Few of us would use a Read more

GSA SCHEDULE DISCLOSURES: WHAT PART OF “ALL” IS SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND?

We thought the answers to what a company  has to disclose in terms of commercial sales when obtaining a GSA Schedule contract, modification, or extension were well understood.  Judging by recent questions, however, perhaps we should not have so assumed.  To be clear, when submitting a new offer or extension package to GSA, ALL commercial sales practices need to be disclosed.  That means “All”.  Read more

INNOVATION & NEW IDEAS ARE GREAT, BUT NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR EXPERIENCE

Federal programs promoting innovative technology and acquisition methods are getting a lot of ink, and even some traction, these days as the government looks for ways to keep its technological edge on everything from cyber to national defense applications.  These are generally good things and we don’t want to dismiss them.  Neither, however, should we blithely dismiss people with experience.  Sometimes there is, truly, no substitute for it.

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DON’T (PROVIDE) LABOR IN VAIN

As GSA winds down the consolidation of its professional service schedules and launches the new consolidated PSS, it’s important to keep in mind another critical service issue:  making sure you use the right labor categories, inside the scope of your contract, for each task order.  The Read more