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Acquisition News

OFPP updates rules for how agencies should analyze ways to lower costs

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy revised Circular A-131 for the first time in 20 years. A-131 promotes the use of value engineering (VE), which is an organized effort by an integrated product team to evaluate functions of systems, facilities, services and supplies with an eye toward lowering costs and maintaining performance, quality, safety and reliability.

Thursday - 01/02/2014, 02:35pm EST

What's ahead for GSA's MAS program?

Jonathan Aronie, partner at Sheppard Mullin will give his take on the GSA Multiple Award Schedule program.
December 31, 2013

Tuesday - 12/31/2013, 08:20pm EST
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BGOV roundtable

On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts participate in a roundtable discussion of the budget deal, the Volker Rule, and Bitcoin.
December 26, 2013

Thursday - 12/26/2013, 04:13pm EST
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Acquistion reform & organizational transformation

Gormley Group president Bill Gormley and Tom Sisti, chief legislative consel for SAP will discuss how to reform the federal government's procurement system.
December 24, 2013

Tuesday - 12/24/2013, 08:09pm EST
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Amid bribery scandal, Navy changes business practices for overseas port calls

Navy moves to centralize its contracting and payment processes for overseas husbanding services after its investigators find tens of millions of dollars in overcharges resulting from bribes.

Monday - 12/23/2013, 03:51am EST
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OFPP's Jordan leaving for the private sector

Joe Jordan will become the president of the public sector at FedBid. He's leaving OFPP after 18 months.

Friday - 12/20/2013, 02:45pm EST

Air Force commits to use OASIS for most professional services contracts

Under an agreement signed Thursday, the Air Force will use OASIS as its default option for professional service contracts. The service agrees to spend at least $500 million under the multiple award contract.

Friday - 12/20/2013, 03:50am EST
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Budget, sequestration and defense sales

On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts will discuss how the budget deal will affect next year's government funding,and how budget cuts are affecting U.S. defense industrial capabilities.
December 19, 2013

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 05:48pm EST
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GSA plots path ahead for once-troubled acquisition management system

GSA says its problem-plagued System for Award Management is now working, but its failures have pushed agency officials to pursue a new path to consolidate the government's approach to procurement data.

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 04:02am EST
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Five roadblocks afflicting DoD's procurement

Bill Greenwalt, visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, was Francis Rose's guest on Pentagon Solutions.

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 05:38pm EST
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OFPP refreshes program, project management certification requirements

A new memo from OFPP Administrator Joe Jordan outlines eight changes since 2007. Among the major changes is the requirement for program and project managers to meet all the certification prerequisites.

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 12:57pm EST

What's ahead for GSA's MAS program?

Jonathan Aronie, partner at Sheppard Mullin will give his take on the GSA Multiple Award Schedule program.
December 17, 2013

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 08:20pm EST
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IRS vendors owe $589 million in back taxes

The Internal Revenue Service has been doing business with nearly 1,200 vendors that owe back taxes, including one unnamed contractor that owed a whopping $525 million, a new inspector general's report says.

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 08:00pm EST

New DoD guidance infused with Better Buying Power principles

Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall the update to Instruction 5000.02 incorporates Better Buying Power principles, such as making cutting costs fundamental for program managers.

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 05:09pm EST
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A year end review and what's ahead for 2014

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joins host Mark Amtower to discuss this year's top contracting stories, and what will be the big issues in 2014.
December 16, 2013 (Encore presentation December 23, 2013 & December 30, 2013)

Monday - 12/16/2013, 06:41pm EST
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27 vendors protest awards under DHS $22B IT services contract

Unsuccessful bidders of one unrestricted portion of the EAGLE II contract are taking their arguments to GAO to try to get a spot on the multiple-award contract. Documents show DHS made no awards to any company whose total bid was more than $500 million.

Friday - 12/13/2013, 12:18pm EST
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Is the budget deal the final word on contractor compensation?

Tucked away inside the bipartisan budget deal announced with much fanfare this week is a proposal limiting the maximum level contractors can charge the government to pay the salaries of their top executives to nearly half of what it is currently. But it may not be the final word on the issue on the sticky issue of contractor compensation. the budget deal's proposed changes to taxpayer-funded contractor salaries are competing with another piece of bipartisan legislation currently before Congress. The annual Defense Authorization Act seeks to lower the compensation limit but by far less than the budget deal.

Friday - 12/13/2013, 11:03am EST

BGOV roundtable

On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts participate in a roundtable discussion of the budget deal, the Volker Rule, and Bitcoin.
December 12, 2013

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 04:13pm EST
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Air Force tells program managers: Don't expect reprieve from sequestration

Any relief the Air Force gets from a pending budget deal will be pushed into rebuilding lost military readiness, not bolstering investment programs, a top acquisition official said Wednesday.

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 08:35am EST
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