Apr 29, 2015

Irony: a situation that is strange or funny because things happen in a way that seems to be the opposite of what you expected.

The following information comes courtesy of alert FAR follower, Marcia King, Associate Director of Contracts at Abt Associates. After I spoke about the new and potentially burdensome reporting requirements under GSA’s proposed rule on transactional data, Marsha sent me the following:

The Chief Acquisition Officers Council, Department of Health and Human Services, and the General Services Administration (GSA) are conducting a national dialogue to discuss ideas on how to reduce the costs (compliance and other) associated with reporting compliance under Federal awards (contracts, subcontracts, grants, subgrants, and cooperative agreements). This dialogue is part of an effort to improve the economy and efficiency of the federal award system by identifying impactful steps that can be taken to streamline, reporting, reduce burden, and reduce costs. https://federalregister.gov/a/2015-07441

So dear readers, just when you thought you heard it all, here comes this very funny contretemps. GSA is proposed a rule on Reporting Transactional Data (hear my Fed News Radio interview on that one) that will cause burdensome reporting requirements for contractors at the same time it is conducting a national dialogue on how to reduce reporting compliance. Hmmm, let’s mull that one over.

And now on a different note but still on GSA… You may recall that about a year ago I wrote about a GSA Schedule scam operation in Oldsmar, FL. Well justice is finally coming. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi sued Federal Verification after receiving over 200 complaints about their GSA Schedule services or lack thereof. Federal Verification has more than 60 business names, including GSA Application Services and Government Awards Consulting and more than 50 websites. Some websites used logos that were “likely to be confused with the federal government websites,” the lawsuit said. The Florida telemarketer has filed for bankruptcy. http://blogs.wsj.com/bankruptcy/2015/04/17/florida-telemarketer-offering-gsa-work-files-for-bankruptcy/

If you are one of those scammed contact the Florida Attorney General’s office for more information.

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  • Mike says:

    Great information!! I wish there was a way that the creditible firms in the industry could bond together to flush out the trash. Gsa is a great program for many small businesses it’s a shame that these companies are destroying the public perception of b2g.. FEMA, Bids, certs etc they scam on all of them! I would highly recommend purchasing services from a legal firm. Especially if you’re on the smaller side of a small business. Once on contract in order to maximize the opportunities in the government marketplace you may need additional consulting help from a legal team! Teaming, co-ops, sub/prime contracting. FYI the Florida is still selling with shell companies beware!! I know all about them