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Steve's Peeve About A Common Contracting Phrase

Ask yourself the following question: What is the adjective most commonly used to modify the phrase “government contracts” in mainstream-media articles? The answer, I’m pretty sure, is “lucrative.” As in, “X company or individual won lucrative government contracts for…” Pay attention to the...


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SmallGovCon Week in Review: September 24-28, 2018

Happy end of FY 2018, everybody! Let’s celebrate properly, with the SmallGovCon Week In Review. In this week’s edition, we’ll discuss end-of-fiscal-year spending (appropriately enough), new FAR regulations, and government contracting officials behaving badly. Have a great weekend! Federal...






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Project Management vs. Product Management

Search USAJobs under the keyword “project management” and you will find hundreds of postings, Chris Johnston and Kelly O’Connor of the U.S. Digital Service write in a new blog post . But search under “product management,” they note, and you will come up empty. The post landed on my reading...



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CO Identifies Wrong Appeals Board, Appeal Dismissed Anyway

An Air Force Contracting Officer, asked by a contractor where to send an appeal, provided the contractor with information about the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, not the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. Despite the Contracting Officer’s erroneous advice, the CBCA dismissed the...