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Collateral Damage of the Super Committee’s Super Failure

Well, it’s official; we have a “Super Failure by the Super Committee.”  I will not comment on how or why the failure occurred, instead, I will make just a few observations on the fallout that will surely happen as a result of their inaction.  The collateral damage will be felt on many fronts as what didn’t happen in D.C. will ripple all across America.  

CNN just ran a story talking about the cutbacks at the Pentagon over the next decade.  Many ACAT 1 programs are going to be significantly scaled back if not terminated all together.  Programs like the Air Force’s F35 that is arguably one of the greatest fighter jets ever built.  Unfortunately, the F35 is also many years and hundreds of million of dollars over budget.  Lockheed Martin is the major defense contractor on that program.  Just think about all the subcontractors on all the different tiers that contribute to that program.  That equals a lot of people earning a lot less income, but still having the same responsibilities. 

There have also been discussions about either reducing health care coverage, increasing out of pocket co-pay expenses or both.  Do you see where this is going?  Who are some of the people employed by Lockheed Martin that are about to get pink slips when funding for the F35 Program is reduced?  Some of those people were promised the government would support and defend them just like they once promised to support and defend the constitution.  Reneging on promises made to Veterans is a huge consideration for future generations of warfighters and should not to be taken lightly. 

I mentioned Lockheed, but fear not, other DoD darlings and industry giants will stumble and fall also.  These observations are just my read of the tea leaves.  What do you think?  Will there be collateral damage and fallout?  If so, how do we best prepare?  Let us know your thoughts. 

See you on the high ground!

 

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Filed under: Government Contracting, Support Our Troops, Woods Consulting Group

A Call to Arms

We have the power to reclaim our Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Contracting Programs!  That sentence sounds as if we’ve already lost them – that statement, from a purely factual basis, is not true – we have not lost our programs – at least not YET. 

Allow me to share some information for your careful review and consideration.  I make the following statements with the full and complete belief that everyone reading this post knows about the VOSB and SDVOSB federal contracting programs.  Since we already know about the programs, we also already know why other less scrupulous individuals would try to snake their way into position to tap into the $3.5 billion in fiscal 2010 procurements these programs represented for the VA alone!  Now, think about all the other federal agencies that make VOSB and SDVOSB contract awards – the total dollar spend gets quite sizeable indeed.  Obviously, this slice of the procurement pie is just too tempting for the GREEDY to pass by.  These GREEDY people place us and our program in danger – please read on.   

The VA OIG conducted a 2 year investigation and found the VA annually awarded at least $500 million in contract dollars to companies fraudulently claiming to be Veteran-Owned and controlled.  That same report said that over the next 5 years, the VA will award about $2.5 billion in VOSB and SDVOSB contracts to ineligible businesses if it does not strengthen oversight and verification procedures.  

Well my friends, the VA has stepped up to the plate!  Has anyone reading this tried to get their business registered and verified in the Vendor Information Pages (VIP) lately?  If so, you also know the burden of proof requirements have gotten considerably tougher.  So, where do we fit in?  We can support the VA’s efforts to strengthen the program – we can police ourselves as necessary – we can continue to “Study Ourselves Approved,” as a friend of mine loves to remind us.  When we’ve reached the limits of our own understanding and we’re still faced with a challenge, a dilemma, or a problem – we can reach out and get help. 

Let’s keep VOSB and SDVOSB dollars where they belong – in the Veteran community.

See you on the high ground! 

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The National Veteran Conference (some initial observations)

The 7th Annual National Veteran Small Business Conference & Expo is officially over.  All the event participants have been asked to provide constructive feedback to help shape the content delivery going forward.  When this happens, and I’m confident it will, the conference will only get better.  The VA leadership already implemented some suggested changes BEFORE we departed New Orleans!  The coming Press Releases and changes to acquisition policy all bode well for Veterans and Veteran issues.  Next year’s National Veteran Conference promises to be even better – we will soon have our battle sight zero. 

The following are some of my initial thoughts and observations of this year’s conference.  We were told early on that 4,300 registered attendees were at the conference.  Many more attendees registered onsite, easily making this the largest National Veteran Conference ever!  There were 420 exhibitors at the conference – a 51% increase over last year!  The VA repeatedly sent this message to ALL Veterans, “we are the 1st place to look for contracting opportunities.”  No matter whether you’re selling a product, service or construction, there is a department or a division within the VA that buys what you sell.   

The VA had representatives from ALL 22 VISNs (VA Hospitals) on hand to give an overview and discuss contracting opportunities for their VISN.  The VA held its first ever VA Open House in which an estimated 1,600 Veterans toured their site and participated in various educational and training seminars.  The VA extended the deadline on their Mentor Protégé program from 31 Aug to 15 Sep 11.  Other federal agencies were included in the National Veteran Conference, but make no mistake about it; this conference was clearly about Veterans, by Veterans, for Veterans. 

The National Veteran Conference happens one time each year.  If you’re a Veteran, interested in contracting with the Federal Government and you have to decide which conference to attend – this is it!  This is the one conference you don’t want to miss, period!   

NOTE:  The PPT presentations for all the instructors of all the classes will be available online.  Please keep in mind that it might take a few weeks or so before this information is available.  Check back often to Veterans Business Resources (VBR) for the official site address.  

 

See you on the high ground!

 

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