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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

What's ahead for contractors in 2014?

Bob Lohfeld, CEO of Lohfeld Consulting, and Ray Bjorklund, president of BirchGrove Consulting will give their thoughts on the government shutdown and the top contracting issues in 2014.
September 30, 2013

Monday - 09/30/2013, 10:47pm EDT
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DHS makes first set of large business awards under EAGLE II

The Homeland Security Department chose 15 large businesses to provide technology development, implementation and maintenance services under the EAGLE II multiple award contract.

Monday - 09/30/2013, 05:53am EDT

Air Force warns industry to expect delayed acquisition decisions

The Air Force says budget uncertainty will mean a lot of delayed contracting decisions in the first portion of 2014. Meanwhile, the service is hurriedly trying to spend every last dollar in its 2013 procurement accounts.

Friday - 09/27/2013, 11:40am EDT
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Weapons and budget cuts

On this week's edition of Bgov's Capital Impact show, host Allen Scott looks at the Air Force's budget problems and the effect of sequestration on weapons systems.

Thursday - 09/26/2013, 02:39pm EDT

Coburn asks for details on year-end spending spree

OMB Director Sylvia Burwell received a letter from Sen. Tom Coburn earlier this month asking for the facts and figures on how agencies are spending acquisition funds in the fourth quarter.

Tuesday - 09/24/2013, 11:31am EDT
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