Entries by Paul McVeigh

Department of Defense Plans New JEDI Amendment

Chapter 6 Individual Factors: Moral Philosophies And Values he Defense Department says it will need until Aug. 17 to decide on a new award in its controversial $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud procurement. Amazon Web Services is suing DOD over its award of the JEDI contract to Microsoft last October, citing technical problems […]

Re-opening Plans for Federal Contractors

After months of federal agency closures, and a wide expansion of teleworking and other remote work policies crafted in response to the novel coronavirus, the federal government is planning for a phased re-opening. On April 20, 2020, the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published Memorandum M-20-23 on “Aligning Federal […]

DoD Adds 5G Sites – Catching Up to China

Staying ahead of the curve as it pertains to new technology is integral to maintaining superior national security. This is exactly why the Department of Defense is ramping up efforts to catch up with Chinese 5G infrastructure. Joseph Evans, DoD technical director of 5G, recently announced that the agency is adding seven new installation sites […]

Department of Labor’s Ombuds Service Established to Help Federal Contractors/Employees

Have you heard of the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)? Chances are you have not if you are outside of the world of federal contracting. The agency is prominent in the government contracting community, as it serves as a civil rights agency holding government contractors accountable for complying with non-discrimination […]

The Future of Government Contracting

As technological improvements continue to change the way the world does business, it is critical that we look ahead to what the future may hold. To remain competitive in an ever-changing market, government contractors must adapt, learn, and grow. To this point, The National Association of Contract Management (NCMA) has recently released a white paper […]

8(a) STARS II Hits Ceiling: Implications for Small Business Contractors

The General Services Administration’s 8(a) STARS II program has been one of the most popular governmentwide acquisition contracts (GWAC) in history. So much so, that for the first time since the GWAC has been around, it hit its $15 billion ceiling. Other notable GWACs for reference would be Alliant at $50 billion, Networx at $20 […]

Artificial Intelligence and Federal Agencies

Artificial intelligence stands to revolutionize government agencies — as long as they understand how to procure, implement and use it, according to a new report. The Administrative Conference of the United States commissioned the report, titled “Government by Algorithm: Artificial Intelligence in Federal Administrative Agencies,” from researchers at Stanford and New York Universities. Released in […]

IG Report: GSA Missed out on $1.1 Billion in Potential Savings

The General Services Administrations inspector general issued its annual review this month of 130 pre-award audits of new or renewed schedule contracts. The report outlines several adjustments to price and discounts that amount to an alarming $1.1 billion in potential savings that the agency has missed out on. “By not effectively using all of the […]

Navy Contract Spending: 30% Increase Despite COVID-19

For many across the country, across the world for that matter, the effects of COVID-19 have had a significant impact on everyday businesses. For most, this impact is negative, costing tens of millions of Americans their jobs and forcing small businesses to hang on for dear life. Within Federal contracting, contractors have had the fortunate […]

Small Business Association’s Paycheck Protection Program and Benefits

The Paycheck Protection Program is a forgivable loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. The Small Business Association will forgive loans if used for expenses related to payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Starting April 10th, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply. Officials are […]