Jim Gallatin

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Companies with global supply chains are rapidly imposing detailed standards for their suppliers that go way beyond the traditional performance and quality specifications. Until recently, the most obvious categories of concerns for global manufacturers were rules of origin for products and parts for purposes of customs valuations and treaties, heightened by protectionist legislation such as that recently introduced in the U.S. Congress regarding steel. Now come laws regarding the use of conflict minerals and…
With more than 50 years of combined experience in Federal Supply Schedule (“FSS”) contracting, we have negotiated, administered, reviewed, investigated, litigated, and testified as experts about FSS contracts. Today’s FSS contracts can last up to 20 years. It’s difficult enough to look back over the prior 10 years of a contract life and try to determine what the parties meant and understood when it all began. But a 20-year lookback is a challenge of biblical…
Being a Contracting Officer may be the most thankless job in government. Let’s just say it, it IS the most thankless job, period. Unfortunately, the government acquisition personnel are often overworked and understaffed. Earlier this year, Peter Orzag, the former OMB Director, stated that while there is more than $500 billion in federal contracts, and while those contracts have doubled in size over the past eight to nine years, the acquisition workforce has generally remained…