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Brexit Negotiations – The Danger Of “Goodwill” Concessions

Keir Starmer has said that EU citizens will retain the right to stay in the UK post Brexit, and that he would concede that in the negotiation with the EU representatives.

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Provisions in a company’s Shareholders Agreement, requiring the service-disabled veteran to sell his shares back to the company in the event of the veteran’s death or incapacity, were contrary to the SBA’s SDVOSB regulations. According to a recent SBA Office of Hearings and ...
In late 2016, the SBA rolled out a fantastic tool to help small business grow in the marketplace. Here are five things you should know about the SBA All Small Mentor-Protégé Program: It’s a business development program. I’m often asked by small business owners,   What ...
Although a lease may be a “contract” in common parlance, does a lease qualify as a contract under the Contract Disputes Act? The answer is important, because the Contract Disputes Act provides jurisdiction for the Court of Federal Claims and Board of Contract Appeals to decide ...
As we get closer to the end of the fiscal year, things can get a little crazy in the world of government contracts.  This week is no exception, with plenty of news and commentary in our   SmallGovCon Week In Review . In this mid-September edition, court documents reveal a bribery ...
Contracting officers have wide discretion to determine that a business can perform the work in question—even if the business is about to enter bankruptcy. In a recent GAO protest, an unsuccessful offeror challenged just such a determination, saying that there is no way the awarded ...
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The “procurement guys” of the future probably won’t recognize the term. And they certainly won’t have the word “procurement” in their job titles. They won’t work in in a stand-alone department at some distance from customers, taxpayers or decision-makers. They won’t have their ...
When I went out for pizza with my family the other night, the only number that mattered to me when I got the check was the bottom-line price. It didn’t matter to me what the price for each pizza or each lemonade was, as long as the total price was within my budget. For an a ...
Hosted by The World Bank, the Fourth Colloquium on Suspension and Debarment taking place on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 , showcases recent developments in suspension and debarment systems worldwide, examining the various uses of suspension and debarment in the procurement and ...
  • Right on, thanks for the baseline info on the p-card limits. Pegging limit increases to federal actions is probably a good call, but I presume every procurement official would need to look at their current transaction limits and similar disaster spending and make some kind of ...

  • Frank, I can't recall the exact limits on the Emrgency Action Center cards that were distributed on EAC activation. Typically we had two card limits that agencies established with our card program administrator: a single transaction limit and a monthly billing cycle limit, tied ...

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  • Hi Richard, Thanks for sharing - great information here and a good "plan of action" that others can follow as they prepare for or react to a disaster contingency. One question - you mentioned raising your p-card limit to $500k - what was it before you raised? Interesting also ...

  • One other thought/question. The Uniform Guidance distinguishes between states and other government entities with respect to procurement standards. States are required to follow their own laws and regulations. The Federal Transit Administration three years ago approved of local ...

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  • My experience is dated, but Hurricsne Katrina hit in September 2005 when I was Chief Procurement Official for the state of Colorado. We became an evacuee location because the decommissioned Lowry Air Force Base (a former training base) had vacant student barracks.  So I have ...

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  • We recently received an interesting query from a CPO about how states handle contingency contracting & purchase thresholds in the wake of natural disasters. A relevant question to be sure given the tremendous damage in Texas and now Florida, and the clean up effort that awaits. ...

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