Trends for 2016

Jan 21, 2016

By Barbara Kinosky Trends to watch in 2016. Small business set asides of all kinds will be up and incumbent wins will be down. Both are continuing trends. Since Congress kept the lights on in government offices in December, I am thinking this is a trend that will continue. Look for actual individual agency appropriations… Read more »

The Hammer of Debarment and Shield of Compliance

Jan 14, 2016

By Wojciech Kornacki Humans developed shields to protect from weapons. By analogy, strong compliance may mitigate or protect from various enforcement tools in the arsenal of the U.S. Government. Since at least the Civil War, the U.S. Government has been utilizing criminal penalties, civil liabilities, and administrative and contractual remedies to deter and punish procurement… Read more »

CPSR Easy As I-2-3?

Jan 6, 2016

By Jack Hott Before Microsoft and Excel there was a very popular electronic spreadsheet call Lotus 1-2-3 with the slogan “easy as 1-2-3”. To be honest, preparing for and passing a CPSR isn’t that easy, but there are three steps in the preparation and audit process that if consistently followed will result in a favorable… Read more »

12 Days of the BPA (or IDIQ?)

Dec 16, 2015

By Rich Zimmerman The requirement is an (seemingly) indefinite quantity of goods and services, e.g. Lords a Leaping, Pipers Piping, Turtle Doves – well, you know the drill! Is Buyer better served using an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) vehicle or a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA)? Is there a difference? In a recent BPA Fundamentals… Read more »

Don’t Let the Service Contract Report (SCR) Add to Your Holiday Stress!

Dec 10, 2015

By Carmen Calloway This is a busy time of year so hopefully you have already submitted your Service Contract Report (SCR), if required. If not, you have less than one (1) week to submit your SCR! The following is a summary of the steps for submitting the SCR, including the reporting requirements, applicable FAR clauses… Read more »

“Ho! Ho! D’oh!!” – Celebrate The Season But Be Mindful Of Potential Liability Risks

Dec 2, 2015

By David Warner With your social media news feed full of articles about insufficiently Christmas-y coffee cups ( and not-quite-tree-shaped candy bars (, it’s clear that the holiday season is upon us. And, what says “Happy christmahanakwanzika” more than some employment lawyer type posting a scolding blog that dashes any and all hope for a… Read more »

Turkeys, Turkeys Everywhere

Nov 18, 2015

By Barbara Kinosky For those of you who have had it with all the election debates, here’s a Thanksgiving joke. What is the difference between Election day and Thanksgiving day? On Thanksgiving, you get a turkey for the day; on Election day, you get a turkey for four years. Which leads me to my opening on… Read more »

For Our Veterans – Unique Employment Protections & Rights

Nov 12, 2015

By Marina Blickley There are a variety of unique laws and regulations related to men and women who served in, are serving in, or will be serving in the uniformed services. As we celebrate those who have served our country, employers and human resources personnel should take a moment to ensure they are familiar with… Read more »