Be Prepared for How New Government Procurement Policy and Procedure Impact Your Business.
When it comes to government procurement policies and procedure, the government has set rules and regulations to ensure that procurement integrity is maintained. It must show that it spends taxpayer dollars wisely. The crux of federal policy is to ensure that government contractors offer proposals for services and products which offer the best value to the government.
Both small businesses are large DOD contractors are impacted by current and future legislation. However, many do not participate in giving their input and presenting concerns when the Federal Register publishes proposed rules for comment.
When the final rule is published, it is too late. As a government contractor, federal legislative developments are important to the future of your organization. Knowing and tracking when federal procurement policy and procedural laws are introduced for comment in the Federal Register is critical to the outcome of federal contract and public procurement law.
Get your opinion heard before laws are finalized.Contractors find themselves simply following the procurement procedures and laws after they have become final but with no prior input. However, government procurement policy generally goes through the rulemaking process before becoming a final rule.
The legislative bodies can receive input that might have an effect on the final rule. With an experienced federal procurement policy specialist that understands how new policy and procurement procedures can impact a company’s bottom line, contractors can have a voice that matters.
Procurement Management and Procedures Consulting Services
With law offices in Washington, DC and in Denver, Colorado, the government procurement policy lawyers and regulatory law attorneys at Watson & Associates, LLC provide guidance and counsel to large DOD contractors and small businesses about the emerging purchasing policy and laws, and how the newly-proposed procurement policies and procedures can impact their business.
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With former government contracting officials, we can help you to better adjust your buying habits, keep abreast of proposed procurement laws and regulations, and provide internal inspection and oversight. This keeps executives in compliance with FAR regulations while helping the federal government to maintain a sustainable procurement policy.
Develop a strong procurement management strategy: Small businesses and large DOD government contractors alike protect their future interests by staying in tune with government contract laws at the early stages. See our article on green procurement policy.
You want to take a proactive approach and have some say in purchasing policy making and regulatory laws. Watson & Associates provides cost-effective surveillance and government procurement services that focus on developments that your company.
Many of our regulatory law attorneys have worked in government contracting agencies. oversaw small business programs and managed agency policy programs on a regional and national level.
What is Government Procurement Policy? Procurement policy as it pertains to federal contracting includes a set of rules that agencies must follow when procuring commercial services and products. It starts with the budgeting process. This is followed by the initial planning and market research stage. Once the planning stage is complete, agencies then advertise their requirements on FBO. This starts the bidding and evaluation stages. As stated, procurement law is heavily regulated.
Knowing how current government contracting procedure impacts your day-to-day operations is how our government contracts and government procurement attorneys can benefit you.
Voice Your Opinion Before Policies Become Law: Federal procurement policy allows for contractors to become aware of the various laws and regulations that serve as the legal framework for procuring and awarding contracts.
- If you are a large DOD contractor, regulatory changes will impact you;
- Develop a proactive approach to federal procurement policy in Washington, DC;
- Train your key personnel on basic aspects of the Federal Acquisition Regulation;
- Gain valuable procurement consulting for lawyers that have actually worked for the federal government;
- Minimize impact to your company’s revenues.
Federal Purchasing Policy and Procurement Process
The government starts the federal procurement process by planning a researching its requirements. Since purchasing policies align with the government’s purchase of commercial services and products, the agency will conduct market research. Whether the agency is looking for sustainable procurement, construction, or trying to meet its small business goals, this procedure gives the agency an idea of similar processes in the commercial sector and how to attract viable candidates to bid on the published requirements.
The government procurement process also allows the contracting agency to see whether there is a reasonable expectation that small businesses could potentially bid on its upcoming requirements.
After market research and the initial procurement procedures for planning, the agency then publicizes its requirements for bid. There are various vehicles that the government can use to solicit bidders.
The important aspect of the government’s procurement process is after bid submission. Each agency will conduct a source selection that is based on the solicitation’s stated criteria. After a proper evaluation, the next stage of the procurement process is the contract award stage.
Federal Purchasing Policy and Procedure for Small Business Contractors
One of the fastest changing aspects of government contracting are the regulations that govern purchasing policy and procedure for small business contractors. For example, the SBA recently changed its regulations about small business teaming and subcontracting. These are all critical aspects of the government’s purchasing policy and narrows the procedure for small business contractors to compete for federal projects.
Federal government procurement policy and regulatory law have a significant impact on small businesses. For example, 8(a) Program Final Rule (Federal Register, 2016) changes that impacted procurement procedures for teaming, joint ventures and 8(A) participants include significant changes in how businesses join forces for government contracts. Our government policy lawyers and federal contracting experts follow developments that can further impact you as a small business.
As a result of the recent changes, contractors that are not familiar with new policies find themselves applying the old rules only finding themselves subject to bid protests or even suspension and debarment. You want to stay informed and avoid such harsh consequences.
Government Procurement Procedures – Help for Large Businesses
As competition becomes fiercer in government procurement, the legislature has placed more of a focus on large businesses. For example, more scrutiny is placed upon large businesses and their procurement procedures for compliance with subcontracting plan goals. Other focuses include fraud and noncompliance with disclosure requirements and internal controls required by law. These are areas where we can help your company with procurement process best practices.
To avoid exposure to media and headlines, retain our government contract law attorneys to keep watch and provide advice on the continuing public policy changes.
Relevant Issues in Government Procurement
- Green Policy Need for Vendor Participation
- Turning Tide on Contract Spending
- The Federal Acquisition Certification for Contracting Officer Technical Representatives
- Revisions to the Federal Acquisition Certification for Contracting Officer’s Representatives (FAC-COR)
- The Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers
- Dan Gordon’s Testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
VA Policy For Government Contractors
Office of Federal Procurement Policy
- Revisions to the Federal Acquisition Certification for Contracting Officer’s Representatives (FAC-COR)
- Policy Letter 92-4, Procurement of Environmentally-Sound and Energy-Efficient Products and Services
- Policy Letter 93-1, Management Oversight of Service Contracting
Proposed Rules in The Federal Register
Cost Accounting Standards: Revision of the Exemption From Cost Accounting Standards for Contracts and Subcontracts for the Acquisition of Commercial Items
The OFPP and CAS Board invite public comments concerning this proposed rule to clarify the exemption for contracts or subcontracts for the acquisition of commercial items (hereafter referred to as the “(b)(6) commercial item exemption”) so that the regulatory text is more consistent with the statutory text.
Specifically, the proposed rule clarification will eliminate the detailed listing of permissible contract and subcontract types, and instead, the revised provision will contain more generalized language that reads “contracts and subcontracts for the acquisition of commercial items,” which reflects the statutory text.
Nationwide Help For Contractor Involved in the Federal Procurement Process
Our Federal Procurement Policy lawyers and purchasing policy consultants provide legal counsel to contractors throughout the United States and overseas that are somehow involved in the public procurement process. This includes Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Virgin Islands. For help with procurement procedures or consulting services, call our government contracting attorneys and procurement policy consultants today for immediate help.
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If you are a large corporation or small business that needs advocacy with eyes and ears in the Washington, DC areas, a government contract and feeral procurement policy attorney at our law firm can help. Our legislative, research and policy lawyers can provide detailed guidance and consulting on the various aspects of procurement law. Companies come to us to find out what recent developments can impact them and to have a voice in the Washington, DC areas.
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