NES Pricing & Negotiating Commercial Item Contracts March 2019

Join the NCMA Sacramento Gold Rush Chapter for a day of education and learning with Dr. Rene Rendon of the Naval Post Graduate School. Provides hands-on experience in how commercial item contracts are priced and negotiated. Participants will work in buyer and seller teams (either government-to-industry or businessto- business perspectives) to perform the following tasks: • Analyze a request for proposal (RFP) […]

World Congress 2019 Call for Presentations

World Congress 2019 Call for Presentations Submit Proposal Submission Deadline January 7, 201911:59 PMET Share your knowledge by speaking on the issues facing the contract management profession today and in the future. Submitting a presentation is easier than you think. You don’t need to submit a full presentation—you’re submitting just enough information for us to […]

There’s One Less Option for Agencies Now on GSA’s Next-Gen Telecom Contract

OCTOBER 3, 2018 04:21 PM ET With last year’s acquisition of Level 3 by CenturyLink, the companies’ offerings on the Enterprise Infrastructure Services contract have been consolidated. The pool of vendors on the General Services Administration’s $50 billion replacement telecommunications infrastructure contract has shrunk from 10 to nine. The agency announced last week that Level […]

The Next Phase in the Improper Payments Battle: Prevention

Of the roughly $4 trillion spent by the government in fiscal 2017, an estimated $141 billion was spent improperly, meaning it was paid out in the wrong amount or to the wrong recipient or it was not properly justified. Some of that was the result of fraud, some simply paperwork errors. A positive step toward addressing this […]

Federal Pay Scale Changes

Could there be changes to the outdated Federal GS Payscale in the near future? First, a new Government Accountability Office report argued that “a lack of technical knowledge presents challenges for effectively planning and executing complex IT acquisitions.” The inadequacy of federal IT skills has been reported a number of times. The second was a new Korn […]

Anti-Deficiency Reform and Enforcement Act (H.R. 6891)

“Federal employees that violate the Anti-Deficiency Act are subject to two types of sanctions: administrative and punitive discipline, including suspensions without pay or removal from office,” he said. “Additionally, there are fines and imprisonment, but there have been almost no instances of prosecutions of individuals in violation of the act, and no consequences to the […]

Government Contractor Found Guilty of Theft of Government Property

Government Contractor Found Guilty of Theft of Government Property A former government contractor was found guilty today for his role in a scheme to unlawfully convert U.S. government property from the U.S military base at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, shipping items to his home in Arizona for resale. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the […]

Lockheed Martin Corporation/Mission Support Alliance Employee Enters Settlement of Alleged False Claims Act Violations in Connection With Contracts at Hanford Site

Lockheed Martin Corporation/Mission Support Alliance Employee Enters Settlement of Alleged False Claims Act Violations in Connection With Contracts at Hanford Site The Justice Department announced today that Richard A. Olsen agreed to pay $124,440 to resolve claims that he violated the False Claims Act by submitting inflated prices in connection with a subcontract between Mission […]

What is the next big thing in contracting – Artificial Intelligent Robotics

At World Congress the next big thing in contracting was Artificial Intelligent Robotics. There are 26 federal agencies that are implementing AI intelligent software in their contracting practices. I dug into the NCMA data bases and found some articles of interest for your research. US Air Force looks to accelerate artificial intelligence contracts https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/farnborough/2018/07/17/air-force-looks-to-accelerate-artificial-intelligence-contracts/ Can AI […]

Scrapped: $24M Plan to Replace Refrigerators On Air Force One

The U.S. Air Force has scrapped a $24 million plan to buy new refrigerators for its presidential jets, according to Pentagon documents released Monday by Rep. Joe Coutrney. “The Air Force, working with the White House Military Office, recently reviewed the investment for the VC-25A chiller replacement and jointly decided to terminate the effort,” Air […]