Small Business Liaison Officer

Small Business Liaison Officer

A Small Business Liaison Officer (SBLO) usually works for a large government contractor. The SBLO plays the critical role of helping small businesses successfully win subcontracts. There is a problem though. These small subcontractors must comply with the same...
Help for Small Government Contractors

Help for Small Government Contractors

Small government contractors now have a simple way to comply with Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) Case 2015-D035 and the IUID/UII requirements of DFARS 252.211-7003 and 252.211-7007. In broad strokes, we are talking about Federal Acquisition...
DFARS Case 2015-D035

DFARS Case 2015-D035

On April 30, 2019, the Defense Acquisition Regulations System (DARS), Department of Defense (DoD), posted to the Federal Register a strict interpretation of DFARS 245.107(1)(i) to “require the use of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) clause 52.245-1,...
National Police Week

National Police Week

National Police Week is an opportunity to say you care. It’s unfortunate that police and deputies don’t always feel supported by their communities, but it’s important for law enforcement professionals to know that the vast majority of us law-abiding...
Matériel: Expanded Definition

Matériel: Expanded Definition

Words matter and avoiding word confusion in day-to-day communications is very important. Are all the things you own—lawn mower, weed whacker, game system, cell phone, laptop, electric drill, circular saw, bicycle and etc.—property, assets or matériel? Do all three...
A Letter to the Editor

A Letter to the Editor

It’s always nice to get a letter published in my local newspaper, The Des Moines Register. It’s also always of interest to me to see how the letter is titled and what edits are made. Below is my original letter and then the edited version. Background to my...
Crime Prevention

Crime Prevention

It is much, much less expensive—think tax dollars—to prevent a crime than to go to the time and expense of arresting, prosecuting and incarcerating criminals. Being the victim of a crime is also hugely traumatizing and costly—think insurance deductibles and hospital...
Peer Recognition

Peer Recognition

In common parlance, assets are often thought of as money; property is often thought of as real estate. But assets and property have another meaning that has to do with all the stuff large institutions, small businesses and homeowners own. What is...
Scouts of America Support Operation ID

Scouts of America Support Operation ID

The Scouts of America offer a crime prevention merit badge. …and sure enough, on page 22, is an entire section on the importance of Operation Identification. What exactly is crime prevention? “Preventing crime, which can be as simple as reducing the...
The Other Asset Managers

The Other Asset Managers

Most people will assume that “asset managers” means people who oversee a pool of accumulated wealth. But there is a whole other hidden use for the phrase that means the professionals who keep track of the “personal property” that belongs to...