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1:30 am, May 6, 2015

Industry News

Small business contracting

Guy Timberlake, chief visionary officer at the American Small Business Coalition, joins host Mark Amtower to discuss what small companies can do to generate more business with the government.
March 30, 2015

Monday - 03/30/2015, 04:48pm EDT
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Navy seeks data analytics to help overhaul personnel practices

The Department of the Navy plans to use one of the three projects in its Innovation Cell to create data analytics for talent management. The goal of the cell is to rapidly acquire commercial IT by involving industry early in the requirements process.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 03:51am EDT
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Why do feds and contractors have such a bad reputation outside DC?

Two huge steps could go a long way toward healing the frustration taxpayers have with agencies and vendors, says Federal News Radio's Francis Rose in a new commentary.

Monday - 03/23/2015, 07:30am EDT

Rep. Chabot takes new approach to increasing small business contracting

A new bill from the House Small Business Committee chairman would require SBA to develop a new methodology to measure how effective agencies are in ensuring small firms receive prime and subcontracts awards.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 05:36pm EDT

OFPP initiates 360-degree reviews of the acquisition process

New guidance from Anne Rung, the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, implements a way for vendors and program owners to rate the acquisition process in each agency. The goal of Acquisition 360 is to identify potential procurement process improvements.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 04:12am EDT
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How many contractors does the government have?

The Congressional Budget Office recently revealed that it didn't have any comprehensive information about the size of the federal government's contracted workforce. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security, says knowing that number might not matter too much to taxpayers in the long run.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 03:31pm EDT

The new Congress

Ken Gold, director of the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University, will give his thoughts on some of the issues that Congress will be addressing over the next few months.
March 9, 2015

Monday - 03/09/2015, 08:47pm EDT

Agencies, vendors influence next generation telecom contract

The General Services Administration spent almost two years listening to departments and contractors to improve how the Network Services 2020 program should work. The result is a draft Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions RFP that GSA released Feb. 28.

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 03:59am EST
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Yelp-like ratings system coming to IT procurements

OFPP Administrator Anne Rung will issue a memo in the coming weeks requiring agencies to rate vendors and for vendors to rate agencies on specific high-dollar IT procurements. Rung said OMB, GSA will hire experts to oversee vendor relationships for IT commodities.

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 04:40am EST

GSA proposes change to acquisition regulation vendors loathe

A proposed rule issued today would change the Price Reduction Clause that most contractors dislike and causes most of the False Claims Act lawsuits. Vendors have 60 days to offer comments and GSA will hold an industry day April 17.

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 03:56am EST
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Contracting Commandment 9: Thou shalt be flexible and cooperative

One of the most difficult things to learn is when and where to be flexible in terms of performing a contract, but it's critical if you want to succeed in the long run, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan in a new commentary.

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 02:44am EST

Arrow Electronics acquires immixGroup

Arrow Electronics, Inc. signed a deal on Monday to acquire IT solutions provider immixGroup, Inc.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 03:59pm EST

All things social

Geoff Livingston, president of Tenacity5 Media will discuss the state of social media with host Mark Amtower.
March 2, 2015

Monday - 03/02/2015, 08:57pm EST
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New HR training contract pushes toward RFP release

A year after canceling its $2 billion training contract, the Office of Personnel Management is getting closer to finalizing what that new procurement vehicle will look like.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 04:51am EST

GSA telecom tales from a ‘not-for-attribution' conference

The General Services Administration extended the Networx contract for three years and released the draft request for proposals for the first major piece of the Network Services 2020 vehicle Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) on Feb. 28.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 04:36am EST

Tangherlini moves quickly from GSA to new job at private equity real estate firm

Former GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini will start a new job as chief operating officer of Artemis Real Estate Partners on March 30.

Friday - 02/27/2015, 11:50am EST

How to unleash the full potential of GSA's Federal Supply Schedules

The full potential of the FSS program remains untapped, says Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. In a new commentary, he offers two key contracting reforms he believes will bring the program into the 21st century.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 03:24am EST

DHS: New cyber threat center is not strictly about cyber

The forthcoming Cyber Threat Intelligence Center would not only serve as a centralized hub for cyber intelligence, but also would fuse cyber information with other intelligence sources and serve as a central point for declassifying secret data about cyber threats.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 04:20am EST
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Eighth Commandment: Thou shalt maintain thy contracting integrity

Personal integrity should never be confused with the federal government's insistence that its contractors have codes of conduct. Integrity starts with you, says procurement expert Tim Sullivan.

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 05:00am EST

Deltek, Aronson deal shakes up contractor services market

Aronson buys the Washington Management Group to expand its GSA schedules services offerings.

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 04:12am EST
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