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11Feb

Doing What’s Right, For Both Sides of the Contract

by Tim Griggs

In one of my first official contract actions in Afghanistan in 2007, I made a common but avoidable mistake, and the result serves as a good lesson for both industry and government contracting personnel – that it is important to do the right thing, for both the government and the contractor.  I cannot recall the...

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31Dec

The Government Isn’t Always Right

by Christi Gilbert

We’ve all heard the expression “The customer is always right…” which may have a place in customer service but should not be blindly adopted in the performance of government contracts. In a recent example, a government contracting officer provided incorrect instructions to a contractor that were totally inconsistent with the basic contract terms. The RFP...

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3Dec

Subcontracting Plans

by Scott Syring

When a company graduates to a large business, one area I have often observed as being overlooked is the small business subcontracting plan.  The plan is required for contracts exceeding $700,000 ($1,500,000 for construction) with subcontracting opportunities.  The exception to this rule would be under contracts performed entirely outside of the United States and those...

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29Oct

Post Award Debriefs for Awardees

by Scott Syring

After receiving notification that your proposal was selected for award, the last thing you are thinking about is to request a debrief.  Some companies may even be of the mindset that it does not matter how they got there, so long as they got the award — the debriefing is only for the unsuccessful offeror. ...

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22Oct

When the Government is the Supplier

by Steve Lucianetti

This blog is really for the contracting people out there that buy hardware.  The government is always looking to reduce cost when buying hardware systems.  If there is a production contract for anything these days, most prime vendors purchase many components from sub-contractors.  In my experience I have seen the Government make the decision to...

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