Entries by Paul McVeigh

Consolidation of Mentor- Protégé Programs and other Government Contracting Amendments

The U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) initiated a review of their regulations in order to determine which might be revised or eliminated because of government wide regulatory reform initiative. As a result, 8(a) Business Development (BD) Mentor-Protégé Program and the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program merges in order to eliminate unnecessary duplication of functions within SBA. […]

Sabre88 – Celebrating Our Veterans

Veteran’s day is more than a federal holiday. The date in which we celebrate our veterans, November 11th annually, is set aside in remembrance of the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” which marked the end of World War I. Our great republic and all its citizens are forever indebted to […]

The four pillars of focus for the Army’s new technology office

In the last two months the army split its technology management organization into two, creating a new office of the chief information officer and an office for the G6. Lt. Gen. John Morrison Jr., the deputy chief of staff, G-6, said Tuesday as part of this new organization reaching initial operating capability, its roles and […]

DISA Success Says Small Business is Key

The governmentwide small business contracting goal has been at 23% since 1997. Agencies have done well for the most part in meeting this goal in the last five years, though there are still many hurdles facing small business contractors as primes and subcontractors. One notable contract vehicle which makes this fact evident is 8(a) STARS […]

Pentagon officials see ‘troubling’ small business decline since COVID

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a decrease in the number of small businesses competing for contracts as disclosed by the Pentagon contracting arm. Although the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency has awarded lucrative contracts in response to COVID-19, it is questionable whether the department’s regular vendors, notably its small business vendors, have […]

DoD’s new data strategy

Department of Defense, the Pentagon has finished drafting a new data management strategy and it is likely to release within next 30 days, the Defense Department’s chief information officer said Wednesday. The draft will attempt to answer some of the department’s key questions about becoming a “data-centric” organization , including how a more disciplined approach […]

The Pentagon: Defense Assisted Acquisition Cell (DA2C) – Born of COVID-19

COVID-19 has changed the world in many ways, not excluding the United States’ federal procurement strategies. During the pandemic, the US federal government spent nearly $17 billion on COVID-related contracts. Due to the overwhelming nature of this beast, a new assisted acquisition organization has been born from the Joint Acquisition Task Force the Pentagon set […]

‘Huawei ban’ Means Contract Modifications

Agency contract managers at the General Service Administration (GSA) revealed GSA has begun to ban several China-based telecommunications gear manufacturers. According to Jack Tekus, a GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Program Management Office analyst, by the end of August, 81% of the MAS contract supply chain modifications were accepted. These modifications are of significance to […]

DOD’s Ethical Principles Challenges for AI

The Department of Defense issued five Ethical Principles for Artificial Intelligence(AI) this February. They are Responsible, Equitable, Traceable, Reliable and Governable. The DoD AI principles were developed by the Defense Intelligence Board. The recommendations were developed over a 15-month period by AI leaders in government and the private sector and were based on existing Law […]

The Department of Defense plans to modernize acquisition following the impacts of COVID-19

In the midst of the social, economic and political impacts the pandemic, COVID-19, has brought to the American population; the Department of Defense has committed to updating its acquisition system for the post-pandemic era. Doing so by implementing the DoD Directive 5000.01 on September 8, 2020, and by so adapting the departments roles and responsibilities […]