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SBA proposed size standard change riles small IT resellers

The Small Business Administration received more than 200 comments about a proposed rule to eliminate the exception to how IT value-added resellers are classified as small contractors. Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), chairman of the Small Business Committee, wrote a letter to SBA asking for the rule to be retracted and improved.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 04:03am EST
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The new face of the Army

Former Army CIO Susan Lawrence discusses the challenges her agency faces in modernizing its network systems and the future of women in the service.

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 12:03pm EST

Government Contracting Myth No. 4: It's better to be a subcontractor because primes are too exposed

Every contract presents risk, but a smart subcontractor realizes this and takes careful and prudent steps to mitigate that risk, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan. This column is the latest in the series, 10 Myths of Government Contracting.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 02:50am EST

What are you doing to help our returning heroes transition to civilian jobs?

More than 1 million veterans are expected to re-enter the workforce during the next five years and it's the business community's responsibility to help them, says Deloitte's Janet Foutty. She says the nation owes it to today's newest veterans to help them find the right opportunities, the right access to education and the chance to enjoy the future they fought so hard to protect.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 02:23am EST

Cooperative purchasing agreements: How can they benefit you?

Consultant Harold Good and immixGrop co-founder and Senior Vice President Steve Charles give us their take on cooperative purchasing agreements.
November 10, 2014

Monday - 11/10/2014, 08:15pm EST
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Is the political gauntlet tougher for women than men?

In this edition of the Women of Washington radio show, hosts Gigi Schumm and Aileen Black speak to Linda Moore, president and CEO of TechNet, and former strategist for the Clinton White House Office of Political Affairs.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 04:32pm EST

GSA seeks help to improve back-end management of NS2020 program

The General Services Administration released an RFI seeking industry input on how best to improve the "management and operations functions that include ordering, billing, inventory and service level agreements management" and "pricing concepts."

Friday - 11/07/2014, 11:33am EST

Pentagon pushes data transparency to get better deals

DoD contracting officers now are required to upload the outcomes of their large sole-source procurements into a centralized database. This is part of a Pentagon effort to make sure the government has as much information as possible when it strikes deals with vendors for the same products it's bought before.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 03:32am EST
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Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

Contractors are looking for new approaches for reaching out to your agency. Some out-of-the-box business opportunities may make a big difference to your bottom line. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared some thoughts about three of those business opportunities.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 04:57pm EST
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Michael Brown, Vice President of Security Product Management, BlackBerry

The Defense Department is upgrading its military networks to increase its access to different types mobile technology. But many secruity experts say the gold standard for smartphones is still the Blackberry. Michael Brown is vice president of security product management and research for BlackBerry. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the importance of mobile security for federal agencies.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 04:26pm EST
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What does real procurement reform look like?

Steve Schooner, Nash & Cibinic professor of Government Procurement Law and co-director of the Government Procurement Law Program at the George Washington University Law School, will discuss procurement reform and other acquisition issues with host Roger Waldron.
November 4, 2014

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 08:57pm EST
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GSA puts more category management pieces in place

Kevin Youel Page is named the new deputy commissioner of FAS, replacing Bill Sisk, who shifted to an assistant commissioner position. GSA also publicly unveils the first three hallways under category management.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 02:17pm EST
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Aaron Raddock, Manager, Baker Tilly

Some vendors use the phrase "contractors as pinatas" to describe how they feel about the assortment of new rules and regulations coming from the Obama administration. Aaron Raddock, a manager in the government contractor advisory services practice at the consulting firm Baker Tilly, spoke with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller at the National Contract Management Association's 33rd annual Government Contract Management Symposium to discuss how vendors can avoid the strike zone.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 09:10am EST
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Next man up: Booz Allen tries its hand to modernize GSA's IAE

GSA awarded Booz Allen a $64.5 million contract over the next five years to develop a cloud service broker model using open source and cloud technologies to modernize the 10 databases that make up IAE.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:44am EST
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Takeaways from TechAmerica's Vision conference Civilian style

TechAmerica reports that O&M spending has and will continue to hold steady between 2011 and 2015 ranging from 70 percent to 78 percent of the total IT budget.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:26am EST

Former Boeing procurement officer, two subcontractors sentenced for kickbacks

Three individuals parties were implicated in a bribery/kickback scheme involving Boeing military aircraft parts.

Friday - 10/31/2014, 10:00am EDT

Feds, contractors confused by Ebola guidance

An agency denies a federal contractor access to its facility after learning that he's visited family in West Africa, in one sign of the confusion amid contradictory guidance from the White House, Pentagon and elsewhere.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 03:04pm EDT

Supply rocket headed to space station explodes

Unmanned supply rocket headed to space station explodes seconds after launch in Virginia

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:29am EDT

Rob Burton, partner, Venable

The list of business grievances against the contracting company USIS is growing. The Government Accountability Offices says a five-year, nearly $200 million contract it has with the Homeland Security Department wasn't properly awarded. GAO cites in its decision a recent service history of contracting turbulence as grounds for further review, which includes thousands of incomplete background checks and a massive data breach that affected the Office of Personnel Management. Rob Burton is a partner at Venable law firm. He's also former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he weighed the chances that debarment is in USIS's future.

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 04:38pm EDT
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Government Contracting Myth No. 2: We should always protest

A company's reputation is an important part of its success and its reputation could be harmed if it is known as a business that protests everything, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan. This post is the second in the 10-part series, "10 Myths of Government Contracting."

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 05:00am EDT
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