Inside the August 2013 issue...
Overseas Contracts: Navigating the Compliance Minefield
This article addresses the newly enhanced reporting requirements under DFARS 252.225-7040, and also provides an outline of several other personnel-related requirements unique to government contractors performing work outside the United States.
By: Holly Chapin and C. Bradford Jorgensen
Technology "Crowdsourcing": The Intersection of the Competition in Contracting Act and the Quest for Innovation
Technology crowdsourcing seeks to incorporate existing yet unknown knowledge that could never be exploited by traditional contracting methods. It is time to address the ways this method of problem solving can benefit the governmental procurement process, reduce operational costs (both government and industry), and lead the free markets through technology development.
By: Vincent M. Krivda
Complying with the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program: Guidance From a Recent Major Court Decision
Complying with the government regulations surrounding the federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program can present government entities and recipients of federal funds with a variety of challenges. A significant ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit provides important guidance in administering government contracts receiving federal financial assistance.
By: Keith M. Wiener
The Hazards of Not Relying on Contracts and Acquisition Resources
The adage "pay me now or pay me later" holds true in the area of contracts and acquisition. Spending more time involving contracts and acquisition people as early as possible can help avoid major problems and impacts later.
By: Bryan Felber
Becoming a Great Business Partner: An Organizational Culture Survey
The Great Lakes State Chapter of NCMA recently commissioned a survey of its members to ascertain the perceptions of its membership to their professional surroundings. The results were interesting and insightful for anyone on the acquisition team, particularly supporting the importance of soft skills and the challenge of poor management practices.
By: James N. Phillips Jr. and Donna Cappabianca
Understanding Bonding Requirements for Federal Construction Contracts
The U.S. federal government often requires construction contractors to provide various types of bonding and/or payment protections, which act as a form of insurance on the contract. Since there are few exceptions to bonding requirements, contracting officers and supporting contract specialists need to understand when the requirements for bonding and/or payment protections are applicable.
By: Kathleen A. Ellis
Brain-Based Behavior: Our Choices Determine Our Happiness and Success at Work
By: Marlys Norby
Read the Solicitation as Carefully as a Contract
By: Jack Horan and Katherine M. John