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Grant and Loan Programs for Small Businesses and Nonprofits You Might Not Be Tracking

By now you are aware of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), small business programs set forth by the Small Business Administration (SBA). These programs have a set pool of funding available, which, due to high demand, Congress is looking to expand further in new stimulus bills. There is no […]

COVID-19 Emergency Opens GSA and VA Schedules to State and Local Use

On March 13, 2020, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) in order to “successfully contain and combat the virus in the United States.” The declaration allows state, local, territorial, and tribal governments (and some educational institutions) to purchase supplies and services from GSA and VA Schedule […]

This is the Real Threat Posed by Hacked Medical Devices at VA

By Nextgov – As the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs work to make the digital medical records that each manages for some 10 million beneficiaries compatible, they face an unassuming foe. Medical devices in their hospitals are vulnerable to malware that could allow attackers to compromise all that patient health data.

How Will Minimum Wage Increases Affect Your Restaurant or Hotel Business?

While recent changes to the minimum wage have had a big impact on the restaurant and hotel industries, business owners should be aware that we expect to see another wave of increases over the next couple of years.  Staying ahead of the curve and knowing when these changes are set to occur will greatly reduce […]

Are Reverse Auctions Actually Meeting the Intended Competition and Cost Intentions?

Federal agencies hope to generate lower prices on non-complex commodities and simple services (from office supplies to medical equipment) via reverse auctions but are reverse auctions actually meeting the intended competition and cost intentions? A U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) study on this topic was released December 9, 2013. Entitled “Reverse Auctions – Guidance Is Needed […]

Will Sequestration Affect My VA Schedule Contract?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reminded readers of a special sequestration exclusion in their March 2013 eNewsletter.  A special rule exempts all programs administered by VA (including VA Medical Care) from sequestration (but not federal pay or “federal administrative expenses”).  Due to this exemption, VA programs such as the Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) Service will not […]

VA and GSA Contracts and H1N1 – Are You "Disaster Recovery" Ready?

On October 24, 2009, President Barack Obama declared the H1N1 “swine” flu outbreak a national emergency.  As a result of the H1N1 emergency declaration, state, local, territorial, and tribal governments can now purchase needed supplies from all GSA Schedule Contract and VA Schedule Contracts participating in the Disaster Recovery Purchasing Program. As noted in our […]