Government to Apple: Open the Back Door!

Feb 24, 2016

By Rich Zimmerman A high-stakes drama is erupting! The issue revolves around a Government need to break the encryption on an iPhone. The FBI wants Apple’s ‘help’ to hack into the data on an iPhone used by a terrorist. Here are the basic facts: First, some ‘data’ on an iPhone (or any cell phone?) exists… Read more »

2016 First Quarter Must-Win IDIQs

Feb 11, 2016

2016 is shaping up to be one of the most active Federal contracting years in history. Every Federal contractor who performs IT services needs to be actively engaged as a prime or subcontractor on at least several of these contracts or risk being shut out of large portions of the federal market for the next… Read more »

No Glass Ceilings in a “Transparent” Workplace?

Feb 3, 2016

By Marina Blickley This year has started off with continued efforts by the administration to promote disclosure of compensation information and increase minimum wages. A few recent developments are highlighted below. Pay Transparency EEO-1 Reporting Requirement Coming On February 1, the EEOC published a proposed revision of the employer information report (EEO-1) to require that… Read more »

Reasons to Use the Federal Procurement Data System—Next Generation

Jan 27, 2016

By Wayne Simpson I frequently hear from small businesses who express their dissatisfaction with government procurement strategies which fail to embrace small business socioeconomic procurement preference programs.  These procurements are generally conducted using full and open competition and do not use a small business or other socioeconomic procurement preference program set-aside. Often when I look… Read more »

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 »