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GSA News

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Shining a light on GSA contract awards; Congress continues battle over E-Gov Fund

News and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed this week.

Friday - 08/02/2013, 01:34pm EDT

Final rule sets new categories, factors for evaluating past performance

The Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA issued a final rule today amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation. FAR must now include performance rating categories and different factors for past performance evaluations.

Thursday - 08/01/2013, 07:09pm EDT

Rep. Barletta wants new rules for SESers under investigation

Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) is sponsoring a bill that would impact the federal workforce as well as a bill to restrict the growth of federal real estate. Barletta is the chairman of the Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Thursday - 08/01/2013, 02:19pm EDT
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GSA releases final RFPs for OASIS

The multiple award contract for professional services will cover seven functional areas. GSA will make up to 40 awards per functional area.

Thursday - 08/01/2013, 05:39am EDT

Senate committee introduces bill to mark up real property legislation

Senate committee members introduced the Federal Real Property Asset Management Reform Act of 2013 to address the management of federal real property. The government is the largest owner of property in the country, owning more than 1 million properties.

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 06:28am EDT

OMB says PortfolioStat's impact measured by billions of dollars in savings

Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel is testifying this morning before the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on the progress of several IT reform initiatives. He says agencies are on track to close or consolidate more than 850 data centers in 2013.

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 10:47am EDT

GSA, lawmakers favor innovative approach to dispose of federal property

A roundtable sponsored by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee explored how public-private partnerships could work to get rid of federal property more quickly.

Wednesday - 07/24/2013, 05:28am EDT

Strategic sourcing

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners will discuss the top strategic sourcing issues with host Mark Amtower.
July 22, 2013

Monday - 07/22/2013, 09:00pm EDT
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Sharpe designs expanded role for the Federal Acquisition Service

Tom Sharpe wants to make the General Services Administration the first choice for most commodity buys for the government. He said he wants to increase the amount of spending agencies through FAS contracts by billions.

Friday - 07/19/2013, 05:57am EDT
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GSA, Treasury officials decry House committee budget shortfalls

Top officials at the Treasury Department and the General Services Administration say budget cuts being considered by House lawmakers - and that have since adopted by the House Appropriations Committee - would erode their agencies' missions. In sharply divided vote mostly along partisan lines Wednesday, the committee approved the fiscal 2014 Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill.

Thursday - 07/18/2013, 06:25pm EDT

House again aims to merge E-Gov funding

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government passed the fiscal 2014 appropriations bill with a provision to merge the E-Government Fund and the Federal Citizen Services Fund to create an Information and Engagement Fund for citizens. Appropriators also would cut the total request for the merged funds by about $15 million.

Tuesday - 07/16/2013, 07:14pm EDT

GSA names Sisk as deputy FAS Commissioner

Bill Sisk gets to remove the acting from his title as he takes on the deputy commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service on a permanent basis.

Tuesday - 07/16/2013, 01:12pm EDT

Bill turns up heat on agency use of strategic sourcing

A group of Democrats and Republicans, called the No Labels Caucus, plans to introduce nine bills this week focused on government effectiveness and efficiency. The strategic sourcing legislation would require agencies to save at least $10 billion a year. Senators say agencies need the right incentives to buy smarter.

Tuesday - 07/16/2013, 12:21pm EDT
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GSA close to releasing final RFP for OASIS

The General Services Administration plans to award the $60 billion multiple award contract for complex professional services by October. Concerns again arise over whether there are too many multiple award contracts.

Friday - 07/12/2013, 05:35am EDT
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House subcommittee approves 24 percent cut to IRS budget

The embattled Internal Revenue Service faces a 24 percent cut to its budget next year, under a spending plan introduced by the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday. The IRS funding was included in the committee's Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, which also includes funding for the Treasury Department, the General Services Administration and the Executive Office of the President. The subcommittee is set to mark up the proposal Wednesday.

Tuesday - 07/09/2013, 08:35pm EDT

GSA produced movie parody videos, skits

Conservative watchdog group releases half dozen GSA movie parody videos, skits

Wednesday - 07/03/2013, 04:48pm EDT

Senate confirms GSA's Tangherlini, others to key agency posts

The top spots at a few key federal agencies are now officially filled following Senate confirmation votes this week. The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to approve Dan Tangherlini to be the administrator of the General Services Administration and Howard Shelanski to serve as the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget. Senators also OK'd Brian Deese to serve as OMB deputy director for budget.

Friday - 06/28/2013, 04:26pm EDT

GSA to decide if cloud broker services work

Mark Day, GSA's director of the Office of Strategic Programs in the Federal Acquisition Service, said the Homeland Security Department and one other large agency have signed up for the short-term pilot.
June 27, 2013

Thursday - 06/27/2013, 08:42pm EDT
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Industry fears 'chilling effect' in GSA review of acquisition managers

In a letter to Tom Sharpe, the commissioner of the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service, three industry groups -- the Coalition for Government Procurement, the Professional Services Council and TechAmerica -- wrote that restricting communication between managers and contractors could have a "chilling effect" on managers' role in the Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) program.

Thursday - 06/27/2013, 05:53pm EDT

Federal mobile apps lack standard security processes

DHS, DISA and GSA are heading down similar but different paths to ensure mobile apps are secure before being allowed on devices or networks. NIST is developing voluntary guidelines to improve mobile software security based on work done in other industry sectors.

Wednesday - 06/26/2013, 05:18am EDT
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