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The Longest Six Months: Final Rule on Hiring Predecessor’s Service Workers Still in Limbo

Ten days after taking office in 2009, President Obama issued Executive Order 13495 entitled “Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers under Service Contracts.”  The Order directed the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (“FAR Council”)–the body that manages the Federal Acquisition Regulation or “FAR”–to publish a contract clause and accompanying regulations to require contractors and subcontractors to “in good […]

Another case of a newly formed small business taking advantage of a large Government contractor

What’s a multibillion-dollar health services company to do when it wants to take advantage of federal small business contracts available only to veteran-owned businesses with much lower annual revenues? In the case of Health Net Federal Services (Health Net), a company with nearly $12 billion in annual revenues, the Inspector General (IG) of the Department […]

The thin line between grants and contracts

The Government spends mucho dinero to buy stuff and help people. The money flows through contracts, grants and cooperative agreements. Awarding contracts involve a gigantic amount of hoops and hurdles. Grants and cooperatives only require an enormous amount of bureaucracy. So if an agency thinks it can save work by using a grant instead of […]

GAO Wipes Out VA Purchase of Toilet Paper

Read the recent GAO decision in Matter of The Clay Group, LLC. We hardly know where to begin. We could tell you that the protest was against a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) award of a contract for bathroom paper products to be used in Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) facilities. The contract called for […]

What’s in your wallet? If you are an executive of a Government subcontractor, everyone may know.

Getting business from the federal government comes with some strings attached. Now, one of those strings will require certain executives of subcontractors to report publicly their compensation. On July 27, 2012 the federal government published a rule requiring prime contractors to report the names and total compensation of each of the five most highly compensated […]