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Tim Sullivan, Thompson Coburn and Public Contracting Institute

Subcontractors live in a sort of netherworld. They often don't deal directly with the government, and they're subject to capriciousness by the primes. Tim Sullivan is a veteran of the contracting world and writer of the blog, 10 Myths of Government Contracting. In today's installment, Sullivan tackles myth number four: It's better to work as a subcontractor because our company won't be exposed directly to the government the way a prime is. He spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , 10 Myths of Government Contracting , contracting , workforce , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Public Contracting Institute , Thompson Coburn

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 07:30am EST
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Government Contracting Myth No. 4: It's better to be a subcontractor because primes are too exposed

Every contract presents risk, but a smart subcontractor realizes this and takes careful and prudent steps to mitigate that risk, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan. This column is the latest in the series, 10 Myths of Government Contracting.

Tags: Ten Myths of Government Contracting , Tim Sullivan , acquisition , contracting , subcontractors , prime contractors , Thompson Coburn , industry , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 02:50am EST

Tim Sullivan,Thompson Coburn LLP

As a government contractor, you don't want to be known as a whiner. Companies fear that if they get reputations for protesting bids it could hurt them in the long run. That's according to Tim Sullivan, a veteran of the contracting world and writer of the blog, 10 Myths of Government Contracting. For the next nine Tuesdays, we'll be talking about these myths with him. In today's installment, Sullivan joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss myth number two: that you should always lodge a protest.

Tags: contracting , Tom Temin , Tim Sullivan , bid protests

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 09:20am EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Contracting officers have a lot of authority when it comes to deciding who wins federal contracts, but they don't have unlimited discretion. That's what the contracting officer who awarded a deal to USIS found out. In a sustaining protest, the Government Accountability Office says the contracting officer should have paid more attention to allegations of fraud against the company. In this week's Legal Loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this case.

Tags: Joe Petrillo , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Petrillo and Powell , Contracting officers , USIS , GAO , contracting , acquisition

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 08:38am EST
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Increasing building security may be a problem for FPS, GAO says

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has said he wants to increase security at federal buildings. But the FPS, the agency responsible for doing so, may not be up to the task. GAO's Mark Goldstein said the FPS has a number of long-standing problems to solve before it can adequately protect anyone.

Tags: building security , workforce , DHS , GAO , FPS , Mark Goldstein , federal buildings , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Jeh Johnson , Matt Wingfield , management , contracting

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 02:46pm EST
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What does real procurement reform look like?

Steve Schooner, Nash & Cibinic professor of Government Procurement Law and co-director of the Government Procurement Law Program at the George Washington University Law School, will discuss procurement reform and other acquisition issues with host Roger Waldron.
November 4, 2014

Tags: acquisition , contracting , procurement , Steve Schooner , George Washington University Law School , procurement reform , acquisition workforce , Better Buying Power , Better Buying Power 3.0 , oversight , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf , Coalition for Government Procurement

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 08:57pm EST
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Next man up: Booz Allen tries its hand to modernize GSA's IAE

GSA awarded Booz Allen a $64.5 million contract over the next five years to develop a cloud service broker model using open source and cloud technologies to modernize the 10 databases that make up IAE.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Booz Allen Hamilton , GSA , Integrated Acquisition Environment , IBM , System for Award Management , Jason Miller , Inside the Reporters Notebook

Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:44am EST
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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Government and commercial contracting are two very different beasts. In the government, the buck stops with the contracting officer. Tim Sullivan, a veteran of the contracting world, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain the third myth in his "10 Myths of Government Contracting" series.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Timothy Sullivan , Thompson Coburn , acquisition , contracting , contract officers , Ten Myths of Government Contracting

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 08:41am EST
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Government Contracting Myth No. 3: The contracting officer really isn't our customer

Contracting expert Tim Sullivan says vendors that want to have good relationships with the agencies they do business with must remember one thing. Nothing happens in government contracting unless the contracting officer says it does.

Tags: acquisition , Contracting officers , Timothy Sullivan , Thompson Coburn , contracting , Ten Myths of Government Contracting

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 03:52am EST

All things Channel

Bob Laclede, vice president of Channels for the immixGroup, joins host Mark Amtower to discuss how his organization is helping channel participants do more business with the government.
November 3, 2014

Tags: acquisition , contracting , channel , Bob Laclede , immixGroup , VAR , marketing , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center , GSA , SEWP , government contracts

Monday - 11/03/2014, 09:57pm EST
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