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29Apr

Pay Attention to OCIs or Pay the Cost

by Troy Small

If your company is active in the federal market performing on existing contracts and competing for new contracts, then you should pay attention to Organizational Conflicts of Interest (OCI).  An Organizational conflict of interest means that because of other activities or relationships with other entities, a person or entity is unable or potentially unable to...

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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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