Inside the September 2011 issue...
Go Team! Creating Compliant Prime/Subcontracting Teams on Small Business Set-Aside Procurements
This article goes behind the vague regulatory text and explains how the SBA decides whether a prime/subcontractor teaming relationship has crossed the line into impermissible affiliation.
By: Steven J. Koprince
Draft Executive Order on Political Donations: Emphasizing Transparency or Politicizing Acquisitions?
The implications the new draft Executive Order could have on the acquisition process, such as undermining and facilitating abuse of the federal acquisition system and violating a business owner's right to free political speech.
By: Carly Cox
DOD's New Contractor Business Systems Rule
The U.S. Department of Defense has determined that six contractor business systems are critical to ensure success. If contractors' business systems do not meet the requirements, contracting officers may withhold most or all profit until the deficiencies are remedied to the government's satisfaction.
By: Gregory A. Garrett
Hitting the Wall: How the Breakdown of the Federal Budget Process Affects Government Procurement
A review of the current federal budget process as it has evolved from the intentions of the founding fathers into modern congressional procedure.
By: Christopher Robey
Recognizing the Value and Contribution of the COTR to the Acquisition Team
The contracting officer's technical representative is one of the most misunderstood and under-appreciated members of the acquisition team. The outcomes of this dysfunctional relationship are often seen in poor requirements development during the pre-award phase and poor compliance monitoring during the post-award phase.
By: James N. Phillips Jr.
Subcontracting Plans: Required or Exempt? What You Need to Know
Since a subcontracting plan is one of the tools used by the U.S. government to ensure small business participation, it is very important for the business community to understand its requirements and applicability.
By: Jean Marceau Lohier
Aligning Employee with Shareholder: The Role of the Leader
The leader of a publicly held corporation is faced with the difficult task of reconciling the demands of the shareholders with the desires of the employees. By being resourceful and carefully aligning incentives, the leader can create sustainable value for both.
By: Mark C. Green
Rebounding from Career Setbacks
By: John K. Borchardt
The Risks of GSA Schedule Contracts
By: Jack Horan