It’s Time To Get Your Head Into The Cloud

Sep 3, 2015

By Carmen Calloway ”To Cloud or Not To Cloud”: That is the question. You’ve probably asked yourself this question regarding the Cloud concept. What is it and how does it work? I admit that the concept of cloud is not easy, but here are some basics of cloud that helped me. The term “cloud computing”… Read more »

I’d Gladly Pay You Tuesday for a Hamburger Today!

Aug 26, 2015

By Rich Zimmerman Readers of E.G. Segar’s comic strip Popeye may recognize the famous title line of J. Wellington Wimpy, known to readers as Wimpy. A recurring joke in this strip involves Wimpy’s attempts to convince  others to buy a meal for him with only a vague promise of payment. Government subcontracts present a not-quite-parallel but well… Read more »

Keeping It Simple (Sometimes): Acquisition Thresholds Are Changing (or Not)

Aug 19, 2015

By Guest Blogger, Ron Smith On July 2, 2015, the new 5-year adjustments to Federal acquisition-related thresholds were published in the Federal Register. This news attracted all the media attention and publicity sizzle of a half-time basketball score, even within the acquisition community where these thresholds mean huge differences in the speed of the acquisition… Read more »

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Schedules

Aug 12, 2015

By Paul Skalman The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Schedules are a major contractual source that play a major role in a significant growth area of the federal market – health care products/equipment, pharmaceuticals, and services.  The VA’s National Acquisition Center (VANAC) manages nine (9) separate FSS Schedules dedicated to this growing market segment.  The… Read more »

DOL to Uber (and, ahem, all you other employers using independent contractors), “You’re Doing It Wrong!”

Aug 5, 2015

By David Warner With relatively little fanfare, less than a month ago the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued an Administrator’s Interpretation concerning the application of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “suffer or permit to work” standard in identifying employees misclassified as independent contractors . Some commentators have suggested that the guidance was a manifestation… Read more »

Vacation, Data Mining, and Marketing

Jul 29, 2015

By Wayne Simpson Most people would not wake up on their first day of vacation, pack, and head to the airport without a planned destination, reservation, a ticket or any idea where they are going to end up. But this is still how some folks plan to enter and expand in the Federal Marketplace. I… Read more »

Sadly Predictable: Donald Trump and Another VA Audit plus Important New FAR Changes, OPM Passes the Hat, New DOL Guidance and the Truth about the McDonalds Hot Coffee Case

Jul 22, 2015

By Barbara Kinosky Donald Trump continued his rampage against his Republican colleagues by calling Lindsey Graham (Rep SC) an idiot and giving out Graham’s cell phone number during an interview. Graham responded by calling Trump a jackass, a word I have never used before in any of my blogs. This is better than the Bachelorette… Read more »

Are You Smarter Than Your GSA Contracting Officer?

Jul 15, 2015

By Julia Coon The General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) Contracting Officers have a great deal of responsibilities. They manage thousands of schedules that generated more than $34.8 billion during the 2013 fiscal year. Their job is to ensure the government is getting the best value. It is important that these individuals are… Read more »

Are Your Pay Practices Compliant with Recent Wage and Hour Law Developments?

Jul 9, 2015

By Marina Blickley With an increased focus at federal, state, and local level on “fair” employment practices, compliance continues to be an ongoing process for businesses countrywide. Below is a quick overview of developments that companies should be keeping an eye on: – Paid Sick (and Safe) Leave is now required in many states and… Read more »

The Dyckman Stipend: A Revolutionary Lesson in Ethics and Compliance

Jul 1, 2015

By Guest Blogger, Ron Smith Boscobel is a beautiful Federal period manor house on a bluff overlooking the Hudson River. The grounds offer a southward view of the river toward Bear Mountain, the Appalachian Trail, and the US Military Academy at West Point. On summer evenings after dinner on the grounds, Shakespeare is performed under… Read more »