On June 25, 2015, Partner John C. Horan testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce regarding GSA’s proposed rule that would require contractors to electronically report the price the federal government paid for an item or service bought through the GSA Federal Supply Schedule and other GSA government-wide contract vehicles. The controversial rule, which was published on March 4, 2015, has received a great deal of opposition not only by industry, but also by the GSA Inspector General. Mr. Horan testified that the proposed rule is problematic for contractors – particularly small business contractors – for the following reasons: (1) the rule creates a significant and unnecessary reporting burden on these contractors; and (2) the rule is subject to misuse that could result in considerable harm. Additionally, there is no evidence that the transactional data will improve GSA’s ability to purchase items on a more cost-effective basis. Read more from Mr. Horan’s testimony here: Horan Committee on Small BusinessTestimony
About Phillip Seckman
Phillip Seckman represents clients concerning government and commercial contract matters. His practice spans a broad range of subjects related to federal procurement law, state and local procurement law, and complex federal regulatory issues. He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial item acquisitions, GSA schedule contracting, cybersecurity, compliance, internal investigations, and bid protests (both federal and state). A significant component of his practice involves government contract cost allowability, proper cost accounting, and contract cost and pricing issues.