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Posted by on Dec 14, 2020

DoD Contractors Score 99% with OSHA and FLSA Compliance

DoD Contractors Score 99% with OSHA and FLSA Compliance

A few months ago, the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) annual review of DOD contractor labor practices was published. The report culls through practice standards established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to distinguish between willful, repeated, and willful and repeated violations. The Data The study analyzed […]

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Posted by on Oct 21, 2020

Learning to Take Risks on the Acquisitions Battlefield

Learning to Take Risks on the Acquisitions Battlefield

Defense One magazine recently published a compelling article about the challenges of getting employees to take an entrepreneurial attitude in organizational roles. In the article, retired U.S. Army Colonel Peter A. Newell likens his battlefield experiences in Iraq to organizations’ difficulties. He cites the need for simulated, real-world training that captures the pressures and risks […]

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Posted by on Sep 8, 2020

No Price, No Problem for New Multiple-Award IDIQ Contracts

No Price, No Problem for New Multiple-Award IDIQ Contracts

For decades, a standard requirement in the federal contracting process has been that price must be an evaluation factor in award decisions. That requirement is no longer true for certain contracts issued by the Department of Defense (DoD), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and Coast Guard. Section 825 of the Fiscal Year 2017 National […]

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Posted by on May 28, 2020

OTA Offers Big Benefits…If You Know How to Use It

OTA Offers Big Benefits…If You Know How to Use It

Other Transaction Authorities (OTA) were created to provide selected agencies the flexibility necessary to adopt and incorporate business practices reflecting commercial industry standards and best practices into its award instruments. OTA allows for rapid procurement from non-traditional contractors without FAR-based competition.   Although the provision of OTA has been around for decades, it has generally […]

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Posted by on Mar 5, 2020

The Bearer of Bad News in Project and Program Management and Beyond

The Bearer of Bad News in Project and Program Management and Beyond

According to the PMI 2020 Pulse of the Profession, the focus in the field of project and program management is leaders — leaders who can pivot quickly when their plan isn’t working, who understand how to apply emerging technologies, and who have exceptional interpersonal skills to communicate and motivate their teams effectively. All three of […]

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Posted by on Feb 11, 2020

Putting Robotic Process Automation to Work in the Federal Government

Putting Robotic Process Automation to Work in the Federal Government

In response to the strong emphasis on modernizing technology and utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) throughout the Federal Government, the General Services Administration (GSA) has partnered with Federal Chief Information Officer, Suzette Kent, to establish a governmentwide Artificial Intelligence Community of Practice (CoP). The AI CoP enables leaders to share lessons learned and new ideas for implementing machine learning, human-centered interactions, natural language processing, rule-based automation, and robotic process automation (RPA).  Artificial Intelligence in Action Among the various forms of artificial intelligence, RPA stands out […]

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