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Global Supply Chain: Human Trafficking, Sourcing, and Transparency – Do Your Suppliers Know What You Expect From Them? Do You?

Companies with global supply chains are rapidly imposing detailed standards for their suppliers that go way beyond the traditional performance and quality specifications. Until recently, the most obvious categories of concerns for global manufacturers were rules of origin for products and parts for purposes of customs valuations and treaties, heightened by protectionist legislation such as … Continue Reading

The Ten Commandments of Federal Supply Schedule Contracting

With more than 50 years of combined experience in Federal Supply Schedule (“FSS”) contracting, we have negotiated, administered, reviewed, investigated, litigated, and testified as experts about FSS contracts. Today’s FSS contracts can last up to 20 years. It’s difficult enough to look back over the prior 10 years of a contract life and try to … Continue Reading

Support Your Contracting Officer!

Being a Contracting Officer may be the most thankless job in government. Let’s just say it, it IS the most thankless job, period. Unfortunately, the government acquisition personnel are often overworked and understaffed. Earlier this year, Peter Orzag, the former OMB Director, stated that while there is more than $500 billion in federal contracts, and … Continue Reading