First, I think it is hard to follow up the DFARS Proposal Adequacy Checklist post, but fortunately, the FAR Cost series posted on Tuesday and gave me some time to figure out an encore. I have been listening, carefully, to what everyone has been saying and I want to keep it fun (hence the seemingly zany pictures I tend to attach to posts). But there really hasn’t been much fun the past week or so, except the following 2 things you may have missed.
I struggled with what picture to include here – the British band or the desert paradise. The way this relates to government is the GSA is looking to create a MASSIVE, overarching contract vehicle for professional services. Two draft RFPs (Standard here and Small Business here) were issued for One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services. The contract would include IDIQ verbiage for a 10-year term covering accounting, communication, security, transportation, and other services. The goal is to harness the purchasing power of the federal government for such services. I always wait to see how it is implemented. I guess it is time to dust off the pencils and dig in. If you aren’t already registered, it may be a good time to sign up in SAM (good luck).
President Obama signed into law the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013, averting a potential government shutdown on March 27. The $984-billion measure will keep the federal government operating through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2013 on September 30. Fortunately, this stop-gap legislation provides full-year funding levels for Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, Commerce, Justice and Science, and Agriculture, in order to ease the impact of sequestration. However, it leaves other federal departments and agencies, including the Treasury and the IRS, at FY 2012 levels. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a real budget sometime soon?
What did you see this week that caught your eye? With the range of viewers from proposals to closeouts and accounting to program management, I am always interested to see what you found.