Four Trains Running: The Race to Unscramble Technology Procurement

Oct 22, 2015

By Ron Smith All the great quotes come from the great villains. For example the archenemy in the Dudley Doright cartoons, Snidely Whiplash, who delighted in roping the heroine to the railroad tracks, said: “It’s hard to sneak up on somebody with a train.” However we respectfully disagree, because for the past six months there… Read more »

“Meet” the Federal Procurement Data System—Next Generation

Oct 15, 2015

By Wayne Simpson Many folks engaged in the Federal Marketplace, or thinking about jumping in, have never “met” the Federal Procurement Data System—Next Generation. FPDS, as it is acronymically called, can make a major difference in understanding and succeeding in an ever-increasingly competitive market. I use FPDS constantly to benefit clients. FPDS allows clients to… Read more »

Don’t Stress with PSS

Oct 8, 2015

By Carmen Calloway The Professional Services Schedule (PSS) has finally arrived. For many schedule holders, this has been a long time coming. Although GSA has done a great job in communicating the PSS changes, you may still be feeling some stress and uncertainty in how to proceed. On October 1st 2015, the General Services Administration… Read more »

You Are Now Largely Precluded From Disciplining Employees For Disclosing Their Compensation To Others (and, “Newsflash,” You Generally Were Beforehand)

Oct 1, 2015

By David Warner Earlier this month, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”), published the final rule ( implementing Executive Order 13665, which prohibits federal contractors from taking adverse action against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their own compensation or the compensation of another employee or applicant…. Read more »

Obama Signs Executive Order: Paid Sick Leave for Government Contractor Employees

Sep 10, 2015

By Marina Blickley This past Monday (Labor Day), President Obama signed his latest Executive Order implicating federal government contractor employment practices and increasing required benefits for their workers. This most recent Executive Order requires contractors and subcontractors to provide employees with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked up to 7… Read more »

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 »