November 6, 2019

In September, this author attended the 18th annual conference of the SCCE (Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics). Among the keynote speakers were the Chief Compliance Officer of Volkswagen, Dr. Kurt Michels and Chief Compliance Officer of Oderbrecht S.A., Olga Po...

September 26, 2019

According to a recent audit report of the Office of Inspector General found that SBA did not have sufficient controls in place to prevent suspended or debarred entities and individuals from receiving federal contracts. For instance, OIG found that four cases where an e...

September 11, 2019

The human stories unfold not always in the limelight of fame and fortune, they do unfold also in the confines of a business where people interact with one another where they strive day in day out to make something of their business. There are the stories of success, of...

August 19, 2019

Let’s suppose that you’re providing some service to a government agency when one employee of that agency mentions “if you do A task, I’ll recommend you receive X amount of money.” What would you do? Would you do the work you’re asked to do? You might say yes, or you mi...

August 5, 2019

I thought to share a few lines here with small businesses considering entering the government contracting space. There are many resources available to help start you: Small Business Administration (SBA), Procurement Training Centers (PTAC), and other venues, including...

July 27, 2019

On July 15, 2019, President Trump issued an Executive Order on Maximizing Use of American – Made Goods, Products, and Materials. The Executive Order “direct[s] the members of the FAR Council to consider measures” that would amend the existing FAR provisions implementin...

July 17, 2019

In the book "Great by Choice", Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen outline death line risk, asymmetric risk, and uncontrollable risk. They say that “you want to be cognizant of lurking dangers and vigilant about possible disruptions.” pg.13. Risk management is often talke...

June 25, 2019

Alert: SBA issues proposed rule to modify how SBA calculates annual average used to determine size standards for small businesses. It proposes to change the size standard providing for a 5-year averaging period instead of the current 3-year. As a matter of background,...

June 24, 2019

The more customers and suppliers a business has, the more contracts it will accumulate. These contracts need to be managed and not for logistic purposes only, rather to get a handle on the potential liability for a business should these contracts remain unattended. Whe...

June 10, 2019

Romans had an expression "Carta Canta". Generally, meaning that something is what the writing says it is. In business, the life and blood of any business are contracts. Agreements. Yet, not all businesses reduce their agreements in writing with their suppliers and cust...

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