The budget process in Washington DC has a direct impact on contracts available to small businesses. Understanding the process and how money is authorized and appropriated can help small businesses identify potential areas for growth. Additionally, small businesses can work together to leverage changes in the procurement system. Read More. ...
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BACK TO BASICS - The Government’s Contracting Officer
The role of the contracting officer is unique to government contracts and an essential aspect of working with the Government because the contracting officer is the sole person with authority to award, modify, administer or terminate a contract.
The issue of contract authority arises most frequently during the performance of a contract when a government employee who is not a contracting officer directs a company to perform work that is not within the scope of the contract.
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Building a Compliance Program - How the Grinch Learned to Embrace Compliance
Everyone knows the story of how the Grinch hated the Whos in Whoville with their singing, gifts, food, and good cheer. In fact, he went to great lengths to try to destroy it. In the end, the Grinch fully embraced everything about Whoville after he opened up to the new concept. Consider compliance to be the equivalent of Whoville. The vast majority of small businesses view compliance from the view of the Grinch in the beginning of the story. While there is a low probability you will actually learn to love compliance by the end of the class, the class will present helpful, practical tips on how to implement an effective compliance program.
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Special Topic - Cybersecurity Requirements
December 31st is fast approaching and so is the deadline for the Defense Department’s cybersecurity requirements for all government contractors and subcontractors. For those who are not aware, in 2001, the federal government started the process for protecting classified information when stored or shared by electronic means. If contractors maintain a government IT system or si ...
Impact of Multiple Award Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contract Vehicles on Small Businesses and Innovation
The multiple award IDIQ contracts are too heavily weighted towards efficiencies at the expense of the small business community. Specifically, the use of the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) multiple award, Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract provides a great example of the concern of the impact of these contract vehicles on the small ...
BACK TO BASICS Government as a Sovereign
I can still remember sitting at the Army JAG School, one of the few blue uniforms in a sea of green, to be taught the magic of government contracting. Still jet-lagged after the flight from Tokyo to Virginia, I was pounding coffee as the professors started educating us on fundamentals. Weeks later, I emerged as a new acquisition professional. Flash forward to present day and I ...
2017 SBDC CO State of Small Business
Tuesday, June 6 – The Pikes Peak SBDC “2nd Annual State of Small Business” with the UCCS Economic Forum was an informative and fun-filled morning. The speakers (Kelly Manning, Tatiana Bailey, Aikta Marcoulier, Dennis Casey, Rosy McDonough, Mike Hardin, Sarah Humbargar) provided insights into the economics of small business at the national, state and local levels; the economic i ...
Colorado & the Aerospace Industry: A Match Made at 5,280 Feet
Colorado is home to the second largest space economy in the United States, making it an ideal location for small businesses in the aerospace industry. While attending the Colorado Aerospace Day event on March 20, I was impressed by the wide variety of small businesses and the high degree of innovation focused on aerospace in this state. The latest statistics are impressive: ...
OASIS Position Paper - Impact of Multiple Award Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contract Vehicles on Small Businesses and Innovation
The multiple award IDIQ contracts are too heavily weighted towards efficiencies at the expense of the small business community. Specifically, the use of the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) multiple award, Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract provides a great example of the concern of the impact of these contract vehicles on the small business community and on innovation. OASIS provides a great example of the concerns for these multiple award contacts because the structure, eligibility criteria and evaluation process used in OASIS are setting a trend for future multiple award contracts to adopt the same system.