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Inside the June 2014 issue...
The Government Must Administer its Contracts Fairly and Reasonably
The Metcalf decision revives the federal government's implied duty of good faith and fair dealing, which benefits not only government contractors, but likely also the federal government for less obvious reasons.
By: Eric A. Frechtel
A New Career Path: The Dawn of the Acquisition Consultant
Many acquisition professionals have lamented that while they are educated in the profession or had received comparable training, they are not competitive for federal contracting jobs. So how does one engage in the federal acquisition community without being a contract specialist? Perhaps, as an acquisition consultant?
By: James N. Phillips Jr.
Outcomes-Based Contracting: A Results-Based Approach to Program Success
Outcomes-based contracting prioritizes results for better citizen service and more effective government. This contract vehicle drives performance, encourages innovation, fosters the sharing of both risk and reward, and, finally, motivates positive change in program operations for the long-term success of both government and industry.
By: Thomas Romeo
Our Chat with Elliott Branch
In April 2014, NCMA Executive Director Michael Fischetti interviewed Mr. Branch to talk about his organization and what it takes to succeed in the contracts field.
By: Ryan Burke
Export Compliance: An Important Component of USAID Contract Management
Contract management professionals must take into account export controls and sanctions regulations in U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) contract management activities. The alternative could have serious implications for contractors and could impact the successful implementation of a contract.
By: Julio A. Fernandez
Acquisition Strategy: Technology is the Key
Technology, especially MBE technology, will play an important role in government program management's development of an acquisition strategy; one that creates and sustains a competitive environment from program inception through sustainment.
By: Mitzi Whittenburg and Roy Whittenburg
The Big Squeeze: An Analysis of the Findings of the 2013 Annual Review of Government Contracting
By: Brian Friel
Top Ten Tips for Professionals Switching to the Contracting Field
By: Ryan Aubert
The Customer Isn't Always Right
By: Jack Horan and Patrick J. Stanton