Right-Sized: How a Contractor and its Outside Counsel Adjusted a GSA Schedule BPA RFQ to the Appropriate Size Standard

Last summer, we helped a contractor with a case that had all of the plot twists of a Hollywood blockbuster.  The case involved an RFQ for a blanket purchase agreement (“BPA”) under a GSA Schedule Contract.  There were multiple Special Item Numbers (“SINs”) on the schedule, with different NAICS codes and size standards.  The procuring agency issued the RFQ as a total set-aside for small businesses, but the terms of the RFQ were unclear as to how size would be . . . Read More

Threat Assessment: Are You Ready for the Cybersecurity Boom?

The government buys a significant amount of information technology (IT) services from the private sector, and this will probably always be true. However, in recent years the government’s overall IT spending has stagnated. IT is still the place to be for many contractors, but understanding the direction of federal IT spending is critical to ensuring you are positioned where the government (and technology) is headed, rather than where it has already been. In fiscal year 2014, IT spending is expected . . . Read More

2014: Year of the WOSB

By Megan Connor   If current developments are any indication, 2014 very well may be a banner year for the SBA’s Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program. Recent surveys show the WOSB Program is trending up. WOSBs accounted for 4% of all small business federal contracts in fiscal year 2012, up from 3.5% in fiscal year 2009. WOSBs won $16.2 billion in federal contracts in fiscal year 2012, up from $15.7 billion in 2009, despite a 6% overall downturn in federal . . . Read More

Be a Resolved Employer in 2014

By Nichole DeVries In the spirit of the season, employers should make resolutions on ways to improve their human resource practices in 2014. And beyond simply making resolutions, you should have a plan to ensure you meet your objectives – easier said than done given everything else you must do to run your business. To help you succeed in achieving key employer resolutions this year, this article provides a roadmap to address what we believe are the top five “must-do’s” . . . Read More