Karen Long

When “Other than Full and Open Competition” Applies to Federal Government Purchases

The Federal Government encourages full and open competition because it generally reduces the price and increases innovation. However, it does not apply to: Micropurchases which are contracts up to $10,000; Contracts awarded for between $10,000-$250,000 under the Simplified Acquisition Threshold (SAT); Contract modifications that were previously evaluated in the initial award (e.g. option years, optional …

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HUBZone Program Changes Effective December 26, 2019

Effective December 26, 2019 there will be changes to the HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) Program that should benefit both small businesses and the Government. Small businesses should benefit because the restrictions will be slightly less rigorous both in order to get certified and to maintain certification. With the less stringent regulations, it will most …

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What Government Contractors Should Know About Revocable Trusts

Recently I had a chance to interview Katherine David, an attorney at the law firm of David, Brody & Dondershine, LLP, which is located in Reston, Virginia. I interviewed Katherine about the ability of Government Contractors to transfer their certified small businesses to their revocable trusts. Karen: Can a certified small business owner transfer their …

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How to Prepare for a Recompete from a Contract Manager’s Perspective

Approximately two years before the end of a contract, your company should begin preparing for the Re-Compete. There are several tasks that should and can be done in advance of the solicitation being released. These activities include reviewing lessons learned, debriefings, contract growth and history, work to be performed, and business size status (if applicable). …

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What is the Difference Between Contract Administration and Contract Management?

Many people use Contract Administration (CA) and Contract Management (CM) interchangeably.  However, in my opinion, they are very different.  There is not necessarily a correlation between the title of Contracts Administrator and Contracts Manager.  Titles are simply titles.  I am referring to someone’s skill level and how he/she performs his/her job.  CA is reviewing a …

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When and Why to Contact a Contracts Professional

Your company is currently a Government Contractor or Subcontractor and needs to review a Contract or Subcontract. When you are a subcontractor, a Contracts Professional can help you negotiate and clearly define reasonable terms and conditions including payment terms, non-solicitation of customer, delineation of SOW, etc. The nuances of the language incorporated and what is …

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Subcontractor, Independent Consultant, or Employee? What is the difference?

I often hear my clients or other Government Contractors use “Subcontractor” and “Independent Consultant” interchangeably; however, they are not synonymous. Sometimes I hear Independent Consultants being referred to as “1099s”, which is a misnomer because 1099s shall be issued to both unless the Subcontractor is an S or C Corporation. An individual may be working …

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Does Your Company Have Government Reports Due in October? Check Your Contracts.

‘Tis the season of new Government Contract Awards! It’s also the month where there are many Government Contract Reports due either to the Prime or Government. Here are three of the more common contract requirements, their purposes, and why they’re important to the Government. Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System (eSRS) – FAR 52.219-9 – The Government …

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