Add these federal IT influencers to your call list

November 12, 2014 by

Technology leaders Steve VanRoekel and Todd Park have left the White House, but an important structure they helped devise and set in place remains.

usds logoThe U.S. Digital Service headed by Mikey Dickerson, leader of the well-documented HealthCare.gov turnaround, is the latest attempt to tackle perennial problems of over-budget, late, and under-functioning government IT projects. A sister effort, the Defense Department’s Better Buying Power 3.0, shares those aims, but with an acquisition process oriented approach.

VanRoekel’s Digital Government Strategy called for a group like Digital Service a couple of years ago, but HealthCare.gov has given USDS the strategic purpose of helping other government agencies get up to speed on how to develop and deploy digital services the way Silicon Valley does. Its advent should be no surprise; besides, the idea is not even original to the United States.

My advice to vendors regarding the U.S. Digital Services office is to understand it and make sure its couple dozen members understand the domains where your technology offers the best value.

Keep reading this article at: http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/fedbiz_daily/2014/10/add-these-federal-it-influencers-to-your-call-list.html?page=all

Here are the Georgia companies who won federal contracts in October 2014

November 3, 2014 by

Ever wonder who’s winning federal contracts in Georgia?

Wouldn’t this information be helpful if you are looking for subcontracting prospects?  Or when you’re trying to figure out who your competitors are?  Or when considering who might be a good partner on an upcoming bid proposal?

Federal Contract Award Winners in GeorgiaEach month, the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC) publishes a list of federal contracts awarded to Georgia businesses.  The list comes complete with point-of-contact information on the awardees, the name of the awarding agency, the dollar value of the contract, and much more.

Download details on the award winners for October 2014 right here: FEDERAL CONTRACT AWARDS IN GEORGIA – OCT. 2014

Winners of federal contracts earlier this year may be found at the links below:

For information on Georgia businesses who won federal contracts in 2013, click here.

A cautionary tale: Claims must be submitted to the CO first

October 31, 2014 by

As a contractor on a federal project, how often do you interact with the agency’s contracting officer?

Given the state of today’s understaffed acquisition workforce, the answer is probably not very often, if at all. Instead, you more often find yourself dealing with a varied cast of characters during contract performance – including CORs, COTRs, and resident engineers. While these government representatives can act with the authority of the CO under many circumstances, there are certain times when only the CO will do.

One example of a communication that must go directly to the CO is a written claim for time or money under the Contract Disputes Act.

Keep reading this article at: http://www.mondaq.com/article.asp?articleid=343048

A new way to find federal contracting information

October 24, 2014 by

When I started writing up a post about a new alternative to FedBizOpps — the intimidatingly clumsy government website for contracting notices — I actually got distracted by it.

The new site was created by GovTribe, a four-man team of former federal contractors that aims to make it easier to track “projects, competitors, agencies, contracting officers and much more.”

(These are the guys who brought us a popular but infuriating list of “annoying” Department of Homeland Security contracting officers and a ranking of agencies whose contract awards are most often protested.)

Keep reading this article at: http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/emerging-tech-blog/2014/10/new-way-find-federal-contracting-information/96584

 

Comments invited on proposal to require government contractors to report on employee compensation

October 17, 2014 by

On August 8, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) of the Department of Labor released a proposed rule to require certain contractors to submit reports on employee compensation.

The rule would apply to employers who file Employer Information Reports (EEO-1 Report), have more than 100 employees, and a contract, subcontract or purchase orders amounting to $50,000 or more.

The rule requires them to submit a new Equal Pay report.  This report would include summary data on employee compensation by sex, race, ethnicity, specified job categories, and other relevant data points such as hours worked and the number of employees.

Submit comments here by November 6, 2014.

8(a) subcontracting limitations: Compliance oversight lacking

October 15, 2014 by

Compliance with the limitations on subcontracting are not adequately being monitored by the contracting officers responsible for 8(a) contracts, according to a recent GAO report.

After reviewing a representative sample of ten 8(a) contracts, the GAO determined that contracting officers effectively monitored subcontracting limit compliance on two of those contracts.  In other cases, agency contracting officers failed to effectively monitor compliance, even in situations presenting a heightened risk of potential violations–such as where ineligible incumbents were serving as subcontractors.

The GAO report documents “confusion” among contracting officers regarding their obligations to ensure compliance with subcontracting limits.  Some contracting officers were confused about what sba-logothe FAR, Small Business Act, and SBA partnership agreements require.  Other contracting officers seemed to assume that their CORs were primarily responsible for ensuring compliance with the subcontracting limits – although all 10 of the CORs in question “stated that contracting officers have not delegated this responsibility to them and they do not take steps to monitor the amount of subcontracted work.”

Keep reading this article at: http://smallgovcon.com/statutes-and-regulations/8a-subcontracting-limitations-compliance-oversight-lacking/

What does GTPAC do?

October 13, 2014 by

Last week, Government Product News, an on-line publication of American City & County magazine, published an interview with Georgia Tech’s Chuck Schadl.  The interview is helpful in outlining the services offered by the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC) as well as other procurement technical assistance centers (PTACs) across the country.

You can read the full article by clicking here: Procurement Technical Assistance Centers Are a Useful Resource

Here are the Georgia companies who won federal contracts in September 2014

October 2, 2014 by

Ever wonder who’s winning federal contracts in Georgia?

Wouldn’t this information be helpful if you are looking for subcontracting prospects?  Or when you’re trying to figure out who your competitors are?  Or when considering who might be a good partner on an upcoming bid proposal?

Federal Contract Award Winners in GeorgiaEach month, the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC) publishes a list of federal contracts awarded to Georgia businesses.  The list comes complete with point-of-contact information on the awardees, the name of the awarding agency, the dollar value of the contract, and much more.

Download details on the award winners for September 2014 right here: FEDERAL CONTRACT AWARDS IN GEORGIA – SEPTEMBER 2014

Winners of federal contracts earlier this year may be found at the links below:

For information on Georgia businesses that won federal contracts in 2013, click here.

When it comes to task order contracting, patience and strategy are needed

September 26, 2014 by

Years ago, federal agencies jumped on the indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract bandwagon and never got off. The preference for agency-specific IDIQ contracts and government-wide acquisition contracts continues as agencies seek ways to centralize and reduce contract spending. This is especially true for IT, where more than half of spending flows through such contracting programs.

However, this is not just an IT story. The prevalence, size and complexity of task order contracts make them market-shaping now and in the future. Here are the factors involved in navigating this market:

Jockey for strategic positioning.

Don’t rely on incumbency.

Be ready for the long haul.

Perform well – then measure and share.

Engage with your agency program managers.

Find more details and read the rest of this article at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/capitalbusiness/deltek-when-it-comes-to-task-order-contracting-patience-and-strategy-are-needed/2014/09/19/e76d5668-3de1-11e4-9587-5dafd96295f0_story.html

The intricacies of government contract rules

September 24, 2014 by

Lexy Kessler, a partner at public accounting and consulting firm Aronson LLC, speaks to Risk & Compliance Journal about the impact of new regulations on government contractors and the uncertainties that arise when lawmakers can’t agree on a federal budget.

What is the Service Contract Act and how is it changing the landscape for companies trying to win government contracts?

Ms. Kessler: The Service Contract Act is a set of labor laws in place relative to certain categories of employees. We are seeing a lot of companies that don’t understand what the regulations are, what is required in having to classify employees. Under these regulations they have to pay them a certain dollar amount that is required for health and welfare benefits. We have had situations where companies come to us and say they didn’t know that and now they have to go back and quantify and capture the appropriate pay and, as importantly, communicate to their employees that they are paying these benefits and how. A lot of times what people, as far as more professional services firms, IT firms, don’t realize is that some of their help desk functions may be subject to the SCA and that they can be fined from the Department of Labor.

Keep reading this interview at: http://blogs.wsj.com/riskandcompliance/2014/08/19/the-intricacies-of-meeting-government-contract-compliance-rules/