Annual Update on Government Contracts
These are unsettling times for government contractors. Reductions in government spending will certainly occur, but how, when, and in which areas? The government continues to shift compliance responsibilities to contractors, leading to an explosion of suspension and debarment actions. The benefits of commercial item contracting introduced in the 1990s are under attack. The “procurement reform” agenda is dominated by calls for greater transparency, more accountability, stiffer penalties, and more “bang for the buck.”
At the same time, even with the expected expenditure reductions, federal funding for contracts and grants will remain at very high levels. Savvy contractors will continue to succeed and avoid the pitfalls, whatever they may be, but only through vigilant efforts.
This year’s seminar focuses on topics you will need to understand to navigate the treacherous landscape ahead. We will cover the latest developments and proposals on commercial item contracting, the potential impact of sequestration, the onset of new requirements for contractors to detect and weed out counterfeit electronic parts, and the most recent developments in small business contracting. We also will provide guidance on maximizing your recovery for contract changes and the importance of pre-award protests in improving your competitive position. We will cover the most important Web sites you need to bookmark as a government contractor and update you on compliance requirements along with late-breaking developments as we prepare for a presidential election. There also will be ample time for questions.