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In-sourcing, say hello to political reality

There always seems to be a tug of war between how much work should be performed by government employees and how much work should be performed by contractors.  It’s no surprise that unions that represent government employees want more work performed by government employees and trade associations that represent private contractors want more work performed […]

One small step for women…oh, forget it. SBA’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program.

In 1994, a law was enacted that set a goal of awarding 5% of all federal contracting dollars to women-owned small businesses.  That statute, the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act, Publ.L.No. 103-355 (Oct. 13, 1994) and codified in scattered sections of Title 10 of the U.S. Code for military agencies and Title 41 for civilian agencies, […]

A Cautionary Tale for New Government Contractors: Ignorance is Not Bliss

A government contract or solicitation can sometimes feel like a puzzle or a set of matryoshkas.  You may read all sorts of obligations and requirements that incorporate even more obligations and requirements.  Those obligations and requirements may refer to even more obligations and requirements.  However, no matter how complicated this puzzle may seem to you, […]

Litigation Reform–Part 1

Sometimes attorneys file lawsuits that they shouldn’t file.  Other times, they get bad press for filing suits that are proper.  An excerpt from a February 1, 2011 Decision of the U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals reads: “Here, performance under the contract ended on June 24, 1993.  There is no documentary evidence that Marut made […]

House Republicans to White House – Outsource Now (or at least think about it if you want to).

Last November we predicted that one of the outcomes of Republican electoral successes would be an effort to reverse the Obama administration’s drive to return outsourced work from the private sector to the Government.  The battle has now been joined – sort of. On January 24, 2011, leaders of the Republican Study Committee (a caucus of conservative […]