The Administration has conceded that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“ARRA”) has not worked as planned. With unemployment numbers continuing to climb, the Administration now acknowledges it “misread the economy.” But from the beginning not everyone believed ARRA would achieve the desired stimulative effect. After all, $787 billion cannot be disbursed without some complication.

Continue Reading The President Admits the Stimulus Is Not Working as Hoped. Well, Duh.

With its mission to discuss and recommend changes to the MAS program, including price reductions provisions, most favored customer status, and practices in commercial pricing, the Multiple Award Schedule (“MAS”) Advisory Panel has voted on several recommendations to present to the Administrator of GSA.  The Panel has been meeting since April last year, and currently is preparing its final recommendations.  This Blog obtained a copy of the recommendations already adopted by the Panel. 

Continue Reading On Their Way: The MAS Advisory Panel Recommendations

On January 15, 2009, the FAR Councils issued the final rule on the purchase of commercial-off-the-shelf ("COTS") products, adding a new section to the FAR to be effective on February 17, 2009.  See 74 Federal Register 2713.

Continue Reading New Rules For Commercial Off-The-Shelf Products Exempts BAA Components And Exempts Recycled Content Reporting Requirement