Author Archive

Jonathan Aronie

Aronie: The profit margin

GSA’s inspector general squeezes profit margins of vendors selling services under schedule contracts.


Aronie: Keep GSA schedules humming

In its current crisis, GSA cannot afford to neglect the schedule contracts program.


Aronie: Don't be a target

Using the False Claims Act as a weapon has moved to the GSA schedules.

Aronie: That's 'Dee' to my friends

A chance meeting ends up recruiting a partner in the quest to 'get it right'


Aronie: Foolish consistency

Some people hide behind the 'this is the way we always do it' shield.


Aronie: Paying the subcontractors

GSA and DOD apparently disagree about who gets to reap any savings.


Aronie: The lesson of time

When it comes to procurement protests, late is late.


Aronie: The simple made complex

Complex procurements render GSA buys more susceptible to protest.


Aronie: Contractors? thorny position

Don't presume that federal clients are acting properly, says columnist Jonathan Aronie.


Aronie: Defining small by committee

Crisscrossing regulations often have unintended consequences, columnist Jonathan Aronie says.


Gone in 60 seconds

Timing is everything ? even in bid protests.


Learning from the past

The skills developed and the lessons learned in 2003 are as valuable now as they were then.

A controversial clause

Few provisions of the schedule contracts create as much confusion and heartburn as the price reductions clause.


See you in court

Aronie: Companies are too hesitant to turn to the courts or the general accounting office to protect their rights

Discussing debarment

The government has many arrows in its compliance enforcement quiver, but few are as lethal as debarment

Fudging on fees

Since 1995, the General Services Administration has financed its schedule purchasing program through the collection of a 1 percent (soon to be 0.75 percent) Industrial Funding Fee (IFF)

Advice to contractors: Be compliant

Companies are often reluctant to look at how well they comply with federal contract requirements


Advice and appeals

Commentary: Advice from contracting officers should mark the beginning of a contractor's inquiry, not the end


No guarantees

Commentary: Even under requirements contracts, courts will not let vendors recover lost profits

Small-business confusion

Commentary: Contractors should be alert to the possibility that the subcontracting plan flow-down requirement could find its way into their subcontracting plans