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  • Defense Contracting

    May 2018

    Strong Military Spending Propels Industry Mergers

    Expected boosts in defense spending are encouraging companies to broaden their portfolios through mergers and acquisitions to better provide high-end capabilities to the U.S. military, according to a recent report.
  • Defense Contracting

    May 2018

    Cost Overruns, Schedule Slips: The Norm, Not the Exception

    By John C. Johnson
    Numerous past government projects, such as infrastructure, federal buildings, hospitals, satellite programs and weapon systems, have suffered under cost overruns and schedule slips that resulted in billions of dollars of unplanned expenditures.
  • Defense Contracting

    April 2018

    The Corporate Monitor: An Enigma No More

    By Amy E. McDougal
    It is a piece of paper that sends chills up any government contractor’s spine — the Notice of Proposed Suspension or Debarment for an ethical failure.
  • Defense Contracting

    April 2018

    GSA Unveils Plan for New Online Shopping Portal

    By Jennifer Plitsch , Susan B. Cassidy , Michael Wagner and Evan R. Sherwood
    Following instructions from Congress to create a new online shopping system leveraging existing commercial practices, the General Services Administration, in coordination with the Office of Management and Budget, has released an implementation plan to begin e-commerce purchases by 2019.
  • Viewpoint

    April 2018

    Industry Perspective: Intellectual Property Rights Demands Stifle Innovation

    By Philip J. Jasper
    Progress has been made recently, but ongoing attempts to acquire commercial items in non-commercial ways — and to seek overreaching unlimited access to intellectual property — are creating a barrier for many companies.
  • Defense Contracting

    March 2018

    For Those Confused About Sexual Harassment

    By Anne R. Harris
    A colleague recently relayed a conversation with a male business executive client who was seeking clarity on do’s and don’ts to avoid crossing the line with regard to sexual harassment. Kudos for wanting to do the right thing, but this person said things such as, “If I’m on a business trip with a female employee, why can’t I suggest we meet in my hotel room?
  • Defense Contracting

    March 2018

    Problems Persist with Commercial Item Rule

    By Kevin T. Barnett , Bryan Byrd , Jason Workmaster and Ryan Burnette
    On Jan. 31, the Defense Department published a final rule regarding commercial item purchasing. Among other amendments, the rule modifies the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement by: formalizing a presumption of commerciality for items that the department previously treated as commercial; providing commercial treatment to items offered by nontraditional defense contractors; and prioritizing the types of information that the contracting officer can consider when determining price reasonableness in the absence of adequate competition.
  • Defense Contracting

    March 2018

    An Assessment Tool for Measuring Ethical Fitness

    By Joan Elise Dubinsky
    It was once said that measuring a corporation’s commitment to ethics was like nailing Jell-O to the wall.
  • Defense Contracting

    March 2018

    Pilot Program Will Streamline Contracting

    By Ray Biagini , Herb Fenster , Sandy Hoe and Michelle Willauer
    On Jan. 9, the Defense Department issued Class Deviation 2018-O0009, designed to reduce barriers to entry for innovative entities through streamlining the awards process for research-and-development contracts.
  • Defense Contracting

    March 2018

    Contractors Face Changes to Bid Protest Strategies

    By Richard Arnholt and Sylvia Yi
    The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2018 includes some significant changes affecting contractors, particularly with regard to challenges to requests for proposals and contract awards, otherwise known as “bid protests.”
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