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Acquisition News

OFPP's proposed increase in contractor salary cap upsets all

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy issued a memo to agencies setting the new benchmark for reimbursable costs at $952,308, up from $763,029 in 2011 for certain contractor employee salaries. The contractor cap has increased 55 percent over the last four years. OFPP blames Congress for not acting to change the formula for calculating the annual increases.

Thursday - 12/05/2013, 04:27am EST

Government management is not an oxymoron

As much as I would like to improve the procurement process, there is much more to this story than how we buy IT. How we manage IT projects is equally or more important.

Wednesday - 12/04/2013, 12:20pm EST

Critics say federal design-build construction contracts stifling competition

Representatives of the construction and building design industries told lawmakers Tuesday that agencies' practices in issuing design-build construction contracts are dissuading qualified contractors from even offering bids.

Wednesday - 12/04/2013, 04:15am EST
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Back to the Future: Bring back the Raines Rules for IT procurement?

Two key contributors to the 1996 Clinger-Cohen Act say there is nothing wrong with the current IT management laws. Agencies and Congress just need to improve how they implement and enforce the IT management directives set out by the law. The Senate is expected to pass the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act next week.

Wednesday - 12/04/2013, 03:46am EST
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All issues procurement

Jon Etherton, president of Etherton and Associates, Inc., joins host Roger Waldron for a wide ranging discussion of the issues affecting contractors.
December 3, 2013

Tuesday - 12/03/2013, 08:15pm EST
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Dodd-Frank update and trans fat goes away

On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts give us an update on Dodd-Frank, and how businesses would be impacted if trans fat is eliminated from the nation's food supply.
December 5, 2013

Tuesday - 12/03/2013, 07:16pm EST
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Mobile app puts 'hoards' of solicitation information in your hand

GovTribe's new app provides instant delivery of changes in solicitations from specific agencies or specific product categories.

Tuesday - 12/03/2013, 11:26am EST

Market research and business development

Randy Richter, president and founder of Richter and Company will discuss what contractors can do to grow their businesses in the government market.
December 2, 2013

Monday - 12/02/2013, 11:31pm EST
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Online courses re-shaping higher education

On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts will examine how online college courses are afffecting higher education in the U.S.
November 28, 2013

Thursday - 11/28/2013, 06:31pm EST
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EPA, GSA want help in applying commercial standards to green purchasing

The agencies issued draft guidelines on how best to assess non-governmental environmental standards and ecolabels already in the marketplace for use in government. Comments are due in February.

Wednesday - 11/27/2013, 12:33pm EST

The impact of LPTA

Market Connections CEO Lisa Dezzutti and Michael Fischetti, executive director of the National Contract Manager's Association will discuss some of the big issues affecting contractors including lowest price, technically acceptable (LPTA).
November 25, 2013

Monday - 11/25/2013, 09:10pm EST
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Defense cuts impact our ability to upgrade

On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government Senior Defense analyst Dr. Kevin Brancato will examine how budget cuts will impact the Defense Department's ability to upgrade its aircraft.
November 21, 2013

Thursday - 11/21/2013, 05:15pm EST
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On DoD: Procurement, R&D take brunt of cuts from sequestration

While sequestration took a bite out of nearly everything the Defense Department obligates funds toward, the areas of procurement and R&D took a disproportionate hit, as the department was forced to move money out of those accounts to protect current operations.

Thursday - 11/21/2013, 01:24pm EST
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Commerce reaps savings through collaborative strategic-sourcing effort

The chief information and chief technology offices at the Commerce Department have generated more than $200 million in savings by taking a collaborative approach to purchasing IT and cybersecurity products.

Wednesday - 11/20/2013, 01:39pm EST
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GSA schedules, strategic sourcing, and more

Carolyn Alston, executive vice president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, discusses a number of contracting issues with host Roger Waldron.
November 19, 2013 (Encore presentation November 26, 2013)

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 08:08pm EST
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GSA to bring Microsoft under strategic sourcing umbrella

The agency issues a request for quotes to Schedule 70 vendors to provide 10 different software and services.

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 06:22pm EST

Emerging technologies alter the way agencies, industry do business

The federal market is in flux. New companies are popping up, and established contractors, big and small, are altering the way they do business to take advantage of emerging technologies and the way that technology is delivered. As part of Federal News Radio's special report, A New Era in Technology, we examine the sea change that will force federal agencies and contractors to think differently as they learn how to master these new technologies together.

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 01:00pm EST

Lowest price becoming primary factor in IT, services acquisitions

New data from Govini, a market research firm, finds the number of lowest price, technically acceptable awards doubled from 2009 to 2013. Vendors also are seeing more and more agencies issue solicitations where price is the only or a major evaluation criterion. DoD, civilian agency official acquisition officials say LPTA is one tool in a large toolbox.

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 03:50am EST
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What's ahead for mid-size contractors?

American Systems President and CEO Bill Hoover, and Brad Antle, CEO of Salient Federal Solutions, will discuss the challenges facing mid-size contractors in the current federal marketplace.
November 18, 2013

Monday - 11/18/2013, 04:04pm EST
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Risk, cyber and physical security

On this week's Capital Impact show, Liberty Group Ventures President Kiersten Todt will discuss how corporations and the general public are handling the rollout of the cybersecurity framework.
November 13, 2013

Wednesday - 11/13/2013, 07:52pm EST
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