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19Aug

Organizational Conflicts of Interest

by Stephen Seaberry

The US Government is a unique customer. To maintain the public’s confidence, the Government mandates at FAR 3.101-1 that its business be conducted “with complete impartiality and with preferential treatment for none.”  At the same time, the FAR based approach that drives most Government purchasing decisions tends to reward offerors possessing the deepest understanding of...

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5Aug

There is No “One Way” To Do This

by Steve Lucianetti

Recently some of the Skyway members commented that in the forum, there sometimes seemed to be conflicting answers from the former contracting officers who work for Skyway.  I’ve found that, after working for at least 4 different government agencies, no one does it the same way!  I know that can be confusing at times, but...

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29Jul

Case Study: Blanket Purchase Agreements

by Tim Griggs

In a previous article, I related my experiences in contracting for a hotel rooms cell phones, and rental cars in Jordan, in support of a military exercise being conducted there.  To support that exercise, I personally traveled to Jordan three times and spent more than a month in five-star hotels (a necessity, given the security...

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22Jul

Nabbing End of Fiscal Year “Fall Out” Money

by Kevin Jans

The government fiscal year (1 Oct – 30 Sep) is full of opportunities. However, certain windows of time within each year are better than others for getting funds added to your contract. For example, Oct – Dec (the first quarter) tends to be quieter, while the last two quarters tend to be more active. This...

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15Jul

Beneficial Occupancy

by Tim Griggs

In a recent Skyway staff meeting, I mentioned that I had nearly finished the construction of a new, improved chicken coop. (NOTE – My family and I live on a small acreage that is almost, but not quite, a hobby farm; we have chickens, dogs, kittens and a few ducks and geese.) Anyway, to relate...

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