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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

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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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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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Contracting officers have a lot of authority when it comes to deciding who wins federal contracts, but they don't have unlimited discretion. That's what the contracting officer who awarded a deal to USIS found out. In a sustaining protest, the Government Accountability Office says the contracting officer should have paid more attention to allegations of fraud against the company. In this week's Legal Loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this case.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 08:38am EST
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Increasing building security may be a problem for FPS, GAO says

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has said he wants to increase security at federal buildings. But the FPS, the agency responsible for doing so, may not be up to the task. GAO's Mark Goldstein said the FPS has a number of long-standing problems to solve before it can adequately protect anyone.

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 02:46pm 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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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Government and commercial contracting are two very different beasts. In the government, the buck stops with the contracting officer. Tim Sullivan, a veteran of the contracting world, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain the third myth in his "10 Myths of Government Contracting" series.

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 08:41am EST
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Government Contracting Myth No. 3: The contracting officer really isn't our customer

Contracting expert Tim Sullivan says vendors that want to have good relationships with the agencies they do business with must remember one thing. Nothing happens in government contracting unless the contracting officer says it does.

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 03:52am EST

All things Channel

Bob Laclede, vice president of Channels for the immixGroup, joins host Mark Amtower to discuss how his organization is helping channel participants do more business with the government.
November 3, 2014

Monday - 11/03/2014, 09:57pm 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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Jeffrey Koses, Senior Procurement Executive, GSA

The General Services Administration is using new data to enhance its customer service. At the National Contract Management Association's 33rd annual Government Contract Management Symposium, GSA Senior Procurement Executive Jeff Koses spoke with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about the agency's recent survey results and the improved vendor interactions the data is pointing them toward.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 09:08am 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

Cars, toasters, medical devices add to DHS' cyber headaches

The Science and Technology Directorate's Cybersecurity Division received dozens of proposals to protect the next emerging area for cybersecurity, called physical systems. S&T will receive 70 proposals across four major areas and award $95 million to the best ideas in early 2015.

Friday - 10/31/2014, 04:36am EDT
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Norton's proposed bill rewards contractors for fair labor practices

When Congress resumes, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton is set to introduce a bill that directs federal agencies to give preferential points to federal government vendors based on their labor practices. Norton's is the latest in a series of bills and orders designed to improve working conditions for federal contracting employees.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 05:04pm 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

DOD asks leaders to grade RFPs earlier in acquisitions

Katrina McFarland, the assistant secretary of Defense for acquisition, said senior officials review solicitations before they get Milestone A approval to move into the technology development phase. This type of analysis had been missing previously or only done after it was too late.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:33am EDT
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An "under the hood" look at procurement

Tom Sisti, chief legislative counsel at SAP will discuss procurement reform and the challenges facing the procurement system.
October 28, 2014

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 06:01pm EDT
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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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