August 9, 2016

Bloomberg Government Releases Suggestions on Mid-Tier Paradox

Bloomberg Government recently released a report titled, Mid-Tier Paradox, Too Small to Compete, Too Big to Survive, in which they studied mid-tier successes in federal contracting. It was found that mid-tier performance was steady over the past five fiscal years (FY11-FY15), though they attribute this finding not to remedies in federal procurement policies, but rather, to other various trends that …

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August 8, 2016

David vs. Goliath

This entry features an infographic that illustrates the tough reality mid-tier businesses face upon graduating small business federal size codes. It briefly explores the undesirable scenarios mid-tiers often encounter, and possible remedies as suggested by Bloomberg Government.

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August 8, 2016

Advanced Small Business Pilot Program: Worth the Fight

Mid-Tier Advocacy (MTA) fully supports the passage of the Advanced Small Business (ASB) Pilot Program, which was included in section 1611 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA) and passed by both the House Armed Services Committee and the House of Representatives. Unfortunately, before the NDAA (2013) was passed into law, language to establish the ASB Pilot program …

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May 30, 2016

We Honor Those Who Paid the Ultimate Price

Mid-Tier Advocacy and it’s partners would like to take the time honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. We we remember the fallen men and women who gave so unselfishly. To their families, love ones, and friends there are no words to share. However, Mid-Tier Advocacy Remembers and shall not forget the debt.

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May 16, 2016

Beware What You Post: Federal Employees May Face Government Scrutiny on Social Media

Eric Yoder May 12, 2016 Washington Post Federal employees may want to be more prudent when posting to social media and more selective about selfies, as the government eyes their online activities to gauge their trustworthiness. Two subcommittees of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing Friday on whether scrutinizing their social media accounts should become …

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May 16, 2016

Implementing Contracting Best Practices: The Challenge Ahead

Michael P. Fischetti, National Contract Management Association 2:06 p.m. EDT April 21, 2016 Federal Times As the current administration heads to the finish line, political appointees are focusing on leaving a legacy in concrete accomplishments from their agendas. But what can the acquisition community expect for the remainder of this presidential term? We know that acquisition change will semi-repeat through …

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May 10, 2016

DHS Pitches Silicon Valley: Innovate with Us

Salvador Rodriguez, Special to Federal Times 3:50 p.m. EDT May 3, 2016 The Department of Homeland Security wants Silicon Valley’s help defending the nation from cyber threats and issued the first call for help: securing the Internet of Things. Using the more flexible Other Transaction Solicitation funding method, DHS released the first request for proposals in its Silicon Valley Office …

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May 10, 2016

New DHA Mandate Routes All IT Buys Through GSA

Aaron Boyd, Federal Times 4:47 p.m. EDT May 2, 2016 Going forward, the Defense Health Agency will contract for its health IT needs solely through the General Services Administration, according to a DHA memo dated April 25. The memo — signed by DHA Component Acquisition Executive Michael O’Bar — requires health agency procurement officers use GSA governmentwide acquisition contracts (GWACs) …

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May 10, 2016

GSA Stakes Claim on Tech Innovation with New Business Line

Aaron Boyd, Federal Times 2:44 p.m. EDT May 3, 2016 The General Services Administration is known as the government’s landlord — currently managed under the Public Buildings Service — and the government’s buyer — through the Federal Acquisition Service. Now, GSA is staking its claim as the government’s technology innovation center with the creation of a new business line: the …

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May 6, 2016

2017 NDAA Markup Makes Subcontract Plan Compliance Failure a “Material Breach”

Paul Murphy, Senior Data Analyst at Bloomberg Government April 29, 2016 Congress is finally getting serious about the woefully inadequate subcontract reporting contained in the federal government’s Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System (ESRS). Section 1821 of the just-passed Chairman’s Mark of H.R. 4909, the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act contains a potentially game-changing procurement reform innocently called, “Good Faith in Subcontracting.” …

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