September 19, 2011The DataQs system was made available in February 2004 as a way to challenge data maintained in the Motor Carrier Management Information System, but since the launch of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety, and Accountability program (formerly CSA 2010), the questions and answers surrounding efficient and appropriate use of DataQs as part of a carrier’s safety program has become a seemingly unsolvable maze. This paper will address some of the most frequently asked questions we receive regarding DataQs, including what can and cannot be challenged through the system, state vs. federal review policies, and how court rulings apply to the challenge process.
August 5, 2011The institutional market -- aka the .org, .gov and .edu segments -- are a thriving, growing and potentially highly profitable target market. But many firms quickly hit roadblocks as they attempt to use their typical business approach with institutional customers. You’ll need to adapt your marketing efforts, the way you conduct business and the manner in which you handle billing and payments to work with institutions.
February 25, 2011Whether functioning in a not-for-profit or for-profit environment, the fraud, waste and misuse of funds is a serious threat to financial accountability. Procurement policies have become increasingly complex. Segregating responsibilities throughout the procurement process – from procurement request to approval of payment for goods / services received – to individual parties within the organization has become common practice to help mitigate inappropriate use of funds. Additionally, documentation for each step of the procurement process is often required and varies according to corporate or agency policy for auditing purposes.
November 15, 2010Federal government procurement policies are complex, stringent and increasingly require more transparency. Because government services are funded by taxpayer dollars, due diligence is a necessary component to ensure optimal and appropriate use of available funding. In recent years, the Department of Defense (DoD) has made significant progress in adopting custom purchase and payment programs to help streamline complex procurement of commercial products and services. This paper will address the rationale and advantages behind custom purchase and payment program adoption and the options that should be considered to achieve further cost saving enhancements. It will address closed-loop, private procurement and payment solutions and why they are advantageous over traditional off-the-shelf solutions in specific industries in the domestic and overseas marketplace.