Posts By Anthony Critelli

Sequestration Hearing: Contractors Dramatically Complain About Potential Job Cuts, Supplier Impacts, Lack of Guidance

In what House Armed Services Committee Chairman, Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) called perhaps the most “important hearing I have ever attended,” the committee and four defense contractor leaders discussed the impacts of sequestration on industry. Five main themes emerged: Dramatic language and colorful metaphors to describe sequestration Lack of numerical specificity on impacts Complaints about theRead… Read more »

Friday the 13th Not Feared by Government and Contractors

The government and contractors are both busy with sequestration fears, but with Friday the 13th approaching, I found myself wondering whether triskaidekaphobia was actually a more immediate concern. Knowing that many buildings, particularly older ones, do not have a 13th floor (Otis Elevators puts the figure at 85 percent for the buildings it serves), IRead… Read more »

Contractor Impacts and Benefits of CCR and Other Databases Going Extinct 5/23 to Become System for Award Management

This Wednesday, May 23, Central Contractor Registration (CCR) will go the way of the space shuttle and the dodo. The first stop for new government contractors, along with the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS), Federal Agency Registration (FedReg) and Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA) will be going dark. Data will be migrated over theRead… Read more »

GSA Conference Scandal Should Not Impact Federal Travel Market, Though Small Business Fair Share Remains an Issue

The General Services Administration (GSA) conference spending scandal will not have an impact on the travel market, according to Arthur Salus, president of both the Society of Government Travel Professionals and Duluth Travel/American Express. Salus assured GovWin that the conference issue was an “isolated” incident that will not hinder the market at all — andRead… Read more »

Discovery Space Shuttle: Northern Virginia the Final Frontier

On an ordinary work day, at Deltek’s Herndon, Va., headquarters, you’d find hundreds of analysts researching the government contracting market, peering into computer monitors. But not today. Today we flooded the parking lot and flocked to the windows. Work stopped twice this morning as a huge piece of government contracting history passed right outside ourRead… Read more »

Views from the Executive Suite: Helping Guide a New Generation of Federal Leaders

See the latest from GovWin blogger Marc Hausman. An exclusive interview with Thomas Dungan III, Chief Executive Officer, Management Concepts There is a wonderful scene in the movie The Natural when Roy Hobbs, the main character played by Robert Redford, carves a baseball bat from a tree split by lightning. Although Management Concepts CEO ThomasRead… Read more »

Contracting 101: Award-Fee Contracts

See the latest from GovWin editor Lindley Ashline Whenever possible, the government uses objective criteria to measure contract performance. However, there are times when the contractor performance cannot be measured objectively due to subjective criteria (e.g., quality/appearance, adhering to schedule/handling delays, technical ingenuity), but the government still wants to build some sort of incentiveRead… Read more »

This Day in GovCon History, March 29, 1867: Lincoln Memorial First Commissioned

See the latest from GovWin editor Anthony Critelli March 29, 1867 is the day Congress approved the Lincoln Memorial. The monument is the newest of the major iconic structures in Washington, D.C. – coming after the Capitol, White House and Washington Monument. D.C. joggers typically loop around here and start heading the two miles towardRead… Read more »

GovWin Recon Roundup, Week Ending Mar. 23, 2012

See the latest form GovWin editor Anthony Critelli: Contractor Pay Cap A bipartisan bill [PDF] has re-opened the contentious issue of the contractor pay cap. The previous rule capped pay for the top five executives of a contractor at $693,951. The Senate 2012 defense authorization bill capped defense contractors’ pay at $400,000 and applied theRead… Read more »