Already, 2015 has seen a substantial increase in cyber-attacks by cyber criminals to steal large volumes of data and credentials. These attacks include theft of users’ credentials—such as passwords, usernames, e-mail addresses—and other forms of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) used by customers, employees, and third parties. User credentials can be stolen in many ways and the cyber-attack taxonomy can be quite confusing. Among them can include:
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The GSA Multiple Award Schedule program has grown exponentially over the past ten years. Fueled by increased government spending during the wars in the Middle East, and then again by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), contractors under the GSA Schedule program have certainly benefited from the extra funding. In the 2014 fiscal year, there were 22,176 contractors on the GSA Schedule who accounted for $32,842,659,165 in total sales. That is a significant market size, regardless of what industry you compare it against. However, where there is opportunity, there is also risk. Too often, executives and business leaders chase federal sales opportunities without worrying about the contract requirements until afterwards. Consequently, many GSA Schedule contractors learning of the importance of compliance the hard way. After all, is it really “success” if you win a multi-million dollar contract, only to be forced to give the money back a few years later?
As you may know, GSA Mass Modifications are government-initiated modifications that occur when a uniform change occurs schedule-wide. They come out about two to three times per year, usually coincide with a Solicitation refresh, and every GSA Schedule contractor must review, accept and incorporate these new legal changes into their contract/business. Most of the time GSA Schedule contractors go through this routine and accept changes without reading and understanding the binding language (SF30). But the NEW mass modification, in particular, is a significant one, updating and adding about 30 new clauses. The most relevant clauses focus on HR/labor issues, incorporating recent Executive Orders issued by President Obama. I strongly recommend that you review each one but I have summarized some of the most important changes below:
For years, GSA did not enforce the cancellation of contracts when they did not meet the minimum sales criteria before the end of the five-year contract period. Recently, this has changed.
If you have a 58 I GSA Schedule Contract, this could be pretty significant news. It was recently announced that beginning in March 2013, federal buyers will only be purchasing televisions and monitors that are EPEAT registered. EPEAT is the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, and GSA describes it as “a multi-attribute, multi-tier environmental and energy efficiency rating system and registry for electronic equipment. The criteria address more than energy efficiency and, in essence, define what it means for products to be environmentally preferable.”