Most of us have heard about the famous biblical battle of David and Goliath. Wikipedia identifies it now as a phrase that has ‘taken on a more secular meaning, denoting an underdog situation, a contest where a smaller, weaker opponent faces a much bigger, stronger adversary.’ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goliath)
Let me introduce you to a recent Supreme Court of the United States decision on Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States.
Amy Howe, a SCOTUS blog reporter, summarizes it here:
“When Congress uses the word “shall,” it intends to create a mandatory obligation. That was the unanimous conclusion of the Supreme Court today in the case of Kingdomware Technologies, a Maryland-based company that provides web, software, and technology services. The issue before the Court was whether a federal law which provides that, as long as certain conditions are met, the Department of Veterans Affairs “shall award” contracts to small businesses owned by veterans applies every time the department awards contracts. The federal government had argued that the rule left some room for discretion, but today the Court rejected that argument. “Shall,” the Court emphasized, was meant as “a command.”
You can read her whole blog here: http://www.scotusblog.com/2016/06/opinion-analysis-unanimous-court-hands-victory-to-veterans-in-contracting-dispute/
But what does all this mean? This is a total win for organizations like Regan Technologies, who is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and a provider of cutting edge technologies. We are continually trying to carve our way into healthcare communities and organizations like the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). It’s been an uphill battle as the Goliath’s of the world are already firmly embedded in these organizations controlling the purse strings.
Over the past few weeks, since the decision, we have seen a shift. The VA prefers to use the government wide acquisition contract (GWAC) issued by NASA known as the Solutions for Enterprise Wide Procurement (SEWP). The VA has started to move almost 100% of their procurement to the 25 designated SDVOSB’s on that contract.
There is tremendous opportunity here. The David’s of the IT world, Regan Technologies and all the other small businesses, need to partner with each other to tackle Goliath. We’re not just looking for SDVOSB’s; we are looking for any other partners who are looking to carve their way into one of the largest IT environments in the world. We’ll work together with your capabilities to market effectively in front of the federal government.
To read the whole decision: http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/kingdomware-technologies-inc-v-united-states/
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~Christopher Regan, CEO