Posts Tagged: Contractors

Putting “Commercial” Back in Commercial Item Contracting

As GSA works to establish the “Next Generation” of the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program, it is a wonderful opportunity to reinvigorate commercial best practices in the federal market place. As its best, the MAS program provides access to millions of commercial services and products to customer agencies. It is the largest, most successful commercialRead… Read more »

A Future in the Clouds

Originally posted on Iron Bow TechSource Blog. By Lee Koepping, Client Computing Practice Director, Iron Bow Technologies In his first major policy speech, the new Federal CIO, Steven VanRoekel, announced that he’s going to build on his predecessor’s “cloud first” initiative and expand it in significant ways. “Future First,” as VanRoekel dubbed it, envisions aRead… Read more »

Will Rules Standoff Result In Compromise? It’s Up To OFPP

Contractors rarely get up on their collective hind legs and counter an administration head on. But it happened this month. After the Office of Management and Budget issued it’s ninth or 10th interim rule, the members of TechAmerica, the Professional Services Council, the National Defense Industrial Association and the Aerospace Industries Association said enough isRead… Read more »

My Cup of IT: Schwarzenegger and the SIs

By Steve O’Keeffe http://bit.ly/iIKaf8 Between Arnie’s revelations and DSK’s advances it’s been a tough week for the service industry. And, while shorter on hanky panky, the outlook for Uncle Sam’s help ain’t very romantic. Torn by a series of tech trysts – cloud, data center consolidation, consumerization, mobile apps – seems the Fed/contractor marriage isRead… Read more »

Delay of Bad-News 3% Rule Provides Time to Kill It

The 3% rule, developed by the IRS, requires federal, state and local governments to withhold 3% of payments they make to contractors for taxes, much like employers withhold a percentage of employees’ income for tax purposes. Last week the IRS delayed the rule going into effect, which means there might be time to kill it.Read… Read more »

Political Spending Order is a Dud

President Obama’s executive order, “Disclosure of Political Spending ByGovernment Contractors” appears to have some flaws. The purpose of theorder is to ensure that contracting decisions are “merit-based” and are “freefrom undue influence of factors extraneous to the underlying merits ofcontracting decision-making…” Nobody can argue with that, but the reportingabout political contributions by contractors that theRead… Read more »

Preparing Winning Multiple Award and Task Order Proposals

Multiple award contracts make up more than 50% of all government contracts. Now every agency has to have its own multiple award vehicle. But all these new vehicles do not necessarily mean more money to businesses, because: Many companies run into difficulties in winning these vehicles: • Many don’t know how to win multiple awardRead… Read more »

Executive Orders on Contractors Can Protect Library Workers

On the Government Info Pro… Thanks to Kathy Kelly, MSLS, C.A. for this guest post on the Government Info Pro: Executive Orders on Contractors Can Protect Library Workers. Here’s an excerpt: Library professionals familiar with the challenges faced by federal libraries know that due to budget constraints some of these libraries are partially or fullyRead… Read more »

Latest Federal Acquisition News You Don’t Want To Miss

There have been a number of changes lately that are important to government contracting that you need to know about. But before I delve into them, I wanted to let you know that our November capture and proposal 2-day training courses in Rockville, MD are now half-full, with some people traveling from out of townRead… Read more »

HR=Humans Represent: Pedal to the Metal or Foot on the Breaks?

The Federal Government fiscal year 2011 budget indicates the intent to hire more federal employees. How many you ask? Over the next few years, the Center for Human Capital Information (who happens to be a member of the Portal for Talent Management in Government) indicates the number to be between 300,000 to 400,000 new federalRead… Read more »