New Opportunities with SFMTA

Washington Consulting Corporation, O’Riordan Bethel and CMH & Associates have teamed to assist clients in capturing and delivering on the more than $600 million in transportation and infrastructure projects scheduled for San Francisco and the Bay Area.  We will serve as our client’s business intelligence consultants during the capture management process for these projects, identifying […]

This Is Time for FCPA Compliance, Not for ‘Reform’ of the Statute

By Pamela J. Bethel The latest Wal-Mart news is that the company has been active in a concerted campaign by an arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to weaken the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), which prohibits U.S. companies from bribing officials of foreign governments. The Washington Post reported on its front page on […]

Wal-Mart Lesson: Compliance Program Works Only When You Follow It

By Pamela J. Bethel Even a carefully designed corporate compliance program will do a company no good if its top executives intentionally decide to ignore the program’s dictates. That is one of the many lessons that can be gleaned from the Wal-Mart bribery scandal, which was first highlighted in an 8,000-word New York Times article this past […]

GSA Unveiling Streamlined Procurement System: Will It Work?

By Carol L. O’Riordan The federal government is beginning the launch of its new System for Award Management, known briefly as SAM. This is an attempt by the government to combine nine currently separate federal procurement systems and databases into one, in order to make life easier for government contractors and for the agencies that […]

D.C. Area Ranks 3rd in Eastern U.S. for Small Business Climate

The Washington Business Journal is reporting that according to a set of statistical measures that it uses, the D.C. area has the third strongest small business sector among Eastern U.S. cities, behind only Pittsburgh and New York City. According to the survey, the D.C. area had 136,711 small businesses in 2009, evidently the most recent […]

Brief Transportation Funding Extension Is Much Better Than None

On March 30, 2012, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives finally approved a 90-day extension that will continue a program that provides federal funds to transportation projects across the nation. Without any action, the funnel of federal money would have ended at close of business March 31, with a devastating impact on those projects. Nearly everyone […]