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Agencies delaying more RFPs, industry days as shutdown persists

Govini, a market analysis and research firm, found agencies amended slightly more acquisitions this year as compared to last year -- 2.6 percent compared to 2 percent. But the average delay in 2013 compared to 2012 was 11 days longer -- 15 days compared to four days.

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 10:25am EDT

Small businesses carrying weight of shutdown on their payrolls

Many small and large businesses are turning to cash reserves to pay bills, including employee salaries, as the government stops processing invoices. There could be a silver lining for some, as the government may be liable for the cost of a shutdown-related stop work order under specific types of contracts.

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 04:16am EDT
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What is the impact of the government shutdown?

Bloomberg Government's Chris Payne and Cameron Leuthy will talk about the government shutdown and how it is affecting contracting and agency missions.
October 15, 2013

Tuesday - 10/15/2013, 07:39pm EDT
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Business development opportunities in Maryland

Walt Townsend, CEO of the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce, and Patrick Wynn, director of the Howard Tech Council, give us an update on what their organizations are doing to boost business in Maryland.
Octoer 14, 2013

Monday - 10/14/2013, 09:33pm EDT
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Contractors do their best to weather shutdown storm

While furloughed federal employees can hang onto the hope Congress will authorize backpay once the shutdown ends, government contractors will likely face the reality of lost wages and revenue.

Monday - 10/14/2013, 03:45pm EDT
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8 agencies commit to using next strategic sourcing contracts

The General Services Administration issued two request for quotes for janitorial and sanitation supplies and equipment, and for maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) equipment and supplies. Agencies spend almost $2 billion on these services annually.

Friday - 10/11/2013, 02:49pm EDT

GOP Lawmakers lambaste DoD over shutdown furloughs

Nearly all of the Defense Department's civilians are now working, despite the government shutdown. Many members of Congress believe none of those civilians should have been furloughed to begin with. DoD remains unsure how to address contractors under the Pay Our Military Act.

Friday - 10/11/2013, 04:07am EDT
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Morin paints challenging way ahead for Air Force's audit readiness

Jamie Morin, the outgoing comptroller and President Barack Obama's nominee to be DoD's second director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office, told lawmakers Thursday that the Air Force would struggle to meet the 2014 financial management deadline. Jo Ann Rooney, the nominee to be undersecretary of the Navy, said furloughs from sequestration and the government shutdown have delayed progress on several programs.

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 06:27pm EDT
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Furloughs, debt ceiling and lobbying

On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts discuss how the debt limit and furloughs are affecting the economy, and how a case being reviewed by the Supreme Court, could impact future elections.
October 10, 2013

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 06:01pm EDT
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As shutdown stretches on, 3 things for contractors to consider

Government contractors have not been immune from the effects of the shutdown. From a flurry of stop-work orders to a heightened some say "cutthroat" sense of competition in contracts that have, so far, been unaffected by the shutdown. Top experts from the procurement realm address some of the effects and challenges of the shutdown.

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 02:24pm EDT
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DoD gives industry homework around e-health records, intel IT services

DoD's Health Management Systems Modernization Program seeks input from vendors on the current capabilities of electronic health records in the commercial market. The Defense Intelligence Agency issued a draft request for proposals in late September for the multiple-award Enhanced Solutions for the Information Technology Enterprise (E-SITE) contract, which could be worth $6 billion.

Wednesday - 10/09/2013, 02:08pm EDT

Trends in global defense spending

Jack Midgley, a director in Deloitte's Global Defense Consulting practice will discuss the findings in the company's recent report on defense spending.
October 8, 2013

Tuesday - 10/08/2013, 11:56pm EDT
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All things Events

Monica Mayk Parham, marketing director for Market Communications and Joyce Bosc, president and owner of Boscobel Marketing Communications, will discuss how budget constraints and travel restrictions are affecting attendence at government events.
October 7, 2013

Monday - 10/07/2013, 11:42pm EDT
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VA retains the decider role over veteran-owned status protests

In an interim final rule issued last week in the Federal Register, VA announced it would not cede the control of deciding on socio-economic status protests to the Small Business Administration. VA moved the decision authority to the director of the Center for Veterans Enterprise instead of the director of the Office of Small and Disadvantage Business Utilization (OSDBU).

Monday - 10/07/2013, 05:47pm EDT

Contractors' fate uncertain even as DoD civilians return from furloughs

With the announcement from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recalling most Defense Department civilians from furloughs, some large defense companies, which had been planning to furlough their employees, have canceled or scaled back their initial plans. However, DoD's move could wind up having only a limited impact on contractors more broadly.

Monday - 10/07/2013, 04:30pm EDT
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The contractor perspective on federal government issues

Stan Soloway and Robin Lineberger from the Professional Services Council, join host Debra Roth to discuss how sequestration and other issues are affecting contractors.
October 4, 2013

Friday - 10/04/2013, 08:42pm EDT
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Affordable care is here

On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts will discuss signficance and impact of the Affordable Care Act.
October 3, 2013

Thursday - 10/03/2013, 10:27pm EDT
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Small business contractors to feel burden of government shutdown

Even though government agencies are in shutdown mode, contractors are still moving ahead in making business decisions. Small businesses are likely to hurt more from the shutdown due to smaller cash reserves and slimmer margins.

Thursday - 10/03/2013, 10:21am EDT
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The government shutdown and its impact on contracting

Beth Ferrell, partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, will discuss best practices for contractors in a government shutdown environment.
October 1, 2013

Tuesday - 10/01/2013, 10:01pm EDT
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Under shutdown, a complicated picture emerges for contractor employees

Service contractors will continue to work as long as they don't need supervision by government employees, if their contracts are unaffected by the absence of a 2014 budget, and as long as they can actually get into their worksites.

Tuesday - 10/01/2013, 12:00am EDT
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