Archive for the ‘Government Contracts’ Category

Government Complexity and the New Federal Healthcare Mandate

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

As a follow up to my last post (“U.S. government operations can be incredibly complex”), I wanted to provide a chart of the new U.S. health care system.  Healthcare represents 17% of the U.S. economy.  Unfortunately, Obamacare was passed with no one having actually read the bill.

Obamacare is modeled on Romneycare, the system in place in Massachusetts since 2006.  In the several years since Romneycare has gone into effect, healthcare costs have soared far beyond the national average.  Massachusetts now has the highest health insurance costs, the highest medical costs, the fastest rising costs and the longest waits for doctors in the nation.

Complexity itself is a major problem in organizational function.  The chart below does not bode well for the nation as a whole.  A larger version of the chart can be accessed here.

How to Develop, Sell and Maintain Gear for the Military

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

U.S. government operations can be incredibly complex.  The KISS philosophy (“Keep It Simple Stupid”) doesn’t always apply even when those involved want it to, due to numerous laws and regulations.

The chart below, a summary published by the Pentagon’s Defense Acquisitions University, covers the process for purchasing equipment.  It serves as a pictorial roadmap of key activities in the systems acquisition processes.  It is available here in greater detail (You can click on any box within the chart on that page to zoom in.).  The back of the chart is available here.  This is version 5.3 of the chart; version 5.4 is available, but is not interactive.

Federal Acquisition Regulations and then some …

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

Rules that govern purchases made by the federal government’s executive agencies are known as Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARs). They’re available in the Code of Federal Regulations at 48 C.F.R. § 1 and at the FAR Home at Acquisition Central, the government’s website for the federal acquisition community and the government’s business partners. Acquisition Central also has the FARs available in a variety of downloadable formats, along with proposed rules, compliance guides, references and other pertinent information.

48 C.F.R chapters 2-99 contain the supplemental acquisition regulations of specific federal agencies. Acquisition Central has hyperlinks to each agency and its procurement regulation websites. These include the DFARs, the supplementary acquisition regulations of the Department of Defense (Military branches also have their own supplementary acquisition regulations.). The National Archives and Records Administration publishes most current titles of the C.F.R. online.

Ken Larson, a SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) Volunteer Counselor, has a blog dedicated to small business federal government contracting. Deborah Kluge has a detailed website on doing business with the federal government and a blog on writing proposals for government grants and contracts.