A new rule is expected any time now that will overhaul how the Defense Department buys from the Ability One program. That is the vehicle for non-profit employers of people with disabilities to deliver goods and services to the government. Contractors under the Ability One program worry the new rule will hinder a chief program goal of helping those very employees.
A recent argument a contractor made to the Contract Board of Appeals might lead companies to the wrong conclusion. It is another case of a company trying to recover unanticipated costs under a fixed price contract, costs incurred because of the COVID pandemic. The case is about jurisdiction, though, and not cost recovery.
Brian Goodger, the NITAAC director, said the number of potential awardees under the CIO-SP4 contract increased by more than 30 vendors.
Contractors probably know as much about the risks to national security as the Defense and Homeland Security Departments. One view suggests the federal acquisition system hinders those departments from obtaining what they really need.
It is important to remember that burdensome contract pricing procedures are especially hard on small businesses and new entrants. These procedures delay the delivery of new and cutting-edge products and services, while ultimately raising administrative costs for the contractor that may eventually be passed on to the Government.
Michael Derrios, the senior procurement executive at the State Department, said he’s building acquisition centers across four major lines of business.
Unless Congress says otherwise, federal contractors will have a raft of new disclosure requirements imposed by the Biden administration. Specifically climate, ESG and cybersecurity.
Tech startups and DoD continue to talk past each other. SOCOM hopes to close that communication gap by meeting with VCs throughout the year to better startups’ challenges.
Contractors are questioning how the White House could ask for compliance with a procurement rule that is not even formally proposed yet.
Mike Shepherd, the director of the catalog management office at GSA, said the next step for the catalog modernization effort is to bring in service contractors.
On January 25, 2024, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memo to Chief Acquisition Officers and Senior Procurement Executives
Sometimes paperwork is just paper. A contractor submitted three bids for a contract to remove medical waste at facilities operated by the Health and Human Services. Only the middle of the three bids included an attachment. When it won the contract on the third bid, the company figured, the terms in the attachment applied. The government disagreed.
Things are moving fast on the federal procurement front. New small business rules, GSA data gathering to club contractors with, all while appropriations seem to be forever in the future.
Scott Simpson, the digital transformation lead for the Procurement Innovation Lab at the Homeland Security Department, said it’s planning a “hack the policy” event this year to update or eliminate acquisition requirements that are out of date.