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1:40 pm, December 22, 2014

GSA News

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration has an emerging, new vision for its Federal Acquisition Service. That could affect every federal agency that buys anything. In the next six weeks, GSA will launch the first set of initiatives under what officials call category management. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the Hallways project. Read Jason's related article.

Friday - 08/22/2014, 09:42am EDT
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GSA predicts new initiatives will light the path toward better governmentwide acquisition

The General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service will launch the first set of initiatives under its new category management approach, called hallways, in the next six weeks to cover office supplies, IT hardware and IT software. FAS Commissioner Tom Sharpe detailed the strategy to give customer agencies more data to make better acquisition decisions.

Friday - 08/22/2014, 04:11am EDT
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GSA applying its IT model to overhaul of services schedules

Tiffany Hixson, the Federal Acquisition Service's professional services category executive, said the goal is to consolidate seven professional services schedules, such as MOBIS, FABS and professional engineering, into a handful of schedules. She said GSA is using the same approach for services as it did with IT by awarding the OASIS contracts to compliment the professional services schedule modernization.

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 03:57am EDT
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What does strategic sourcing mean for contractors?

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joins host Roger Waldron to talk about how the federal government is impacted by strategic sourcing.
August 19, 2014

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 07:39pm EDT
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An update on GSA's SmartPay program

Host Mark Amtower discusses the SmartPay program with David Shea, director, Office of Charge Card Management at the General Services Administration.
August 18, 2014

Monday - 08/18/2014, 07:31pm EDT
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Bill Woods, Acquisition & Sourcing Management Issues Director, GAO

Huge holes in past performance history make decision making at agencies more difficult. For example, the General Services Administration is missing 87 percent of its contractor performance history. But GSA does have about four times more information on its contractors than it did a year ago. Bill Woods is Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how well agencies are adapting to a mandate to improve their records on contract performance.

Monday - 08/18/2014, 04:31pm EDT
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Terry Weaver, President, Weaver Consulting, LLC

Making websites accessible to people with disabilities is a challenge all federal agencies face. But they've got to do it by law. Now the General Services Administration has been hit by a lawsuit. Three blind contractors say a crucial site, the System for Award Management (SAM), is not accessible to them. GSA wants the suit dismissed. Terry Weaver, former director of IT Accessibility at GSA, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the issues.

Monday - 08/18/2014, 09:57am EDT
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Per diem rates to go unchanged in fiscal 2015

The General Services Administration announced Friday the standard per diem rate wouldn't increase, but the agency did outline some new non-standard areas.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 09:07am EDT

Brian Miller, Navigant & Cal Scovel, IG, Transportation Department

The spotlight is on the gederal government's Inspector General community. Coverage in the news media isn't common for IGs in government, nor is a chance to learn more about how they do their jobs. Brian Miller is former IG at the General Services Administration and Calvin Scovel is the Inspector General at the Transportation Department. Cal described the overall mission and work done by his office on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 04:28pm EDT
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GSA reignites strategic sourcing of office supplies with new contract awards

The General Services Administration chose 21 companies for its latest Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative for Office Supplies contract (OS3) -- 20 of which are small businesses. GSA said it expects this newest generation of contracts to build on the savings and success of OS2 and particularly benefit small businesses.

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 04:27pm EDT

OMB wants HealthCare.gov lessons to endure in new Digital Service Office

The White House named Mikey Dickerson to lead the Digital Service Office and to be federal deputy CIO. OMB also releases the TechFAR and Digital Service Playbook to help agencies implement agile and other innovative contracting types.

Monday - 08/11/2014, 06:13pm EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Swinging exit doors at VA, DHS, GSA; Procurement fun at HHS

Executive Editor Jason Miller looks at the news and information you may have missed or that slipped through the cracks at conferences, hearings and the like.

Friday - 08/08/2014, 05:52pm EDT

Why industry and women need to take more chances

Industry needs to be "more creative and bold" when it comes to helping agencies solve their biggest challenges, says AT&T executive Casey Coleman, the former chief information officer at the General Services Administration. (This is an archive program that originally aired July 9, 2014.)

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 02:23am EDT

GSA pushing agencies to reuse, recycle electronics

The General Services Administration plans to have draft governmentwide policies for reusing and recycling used electronics by the end of this fiscal year. Kevin Kampschroer, deputy senior sustainability official for GSA, announced the agency's efforts at the release of the updated national strategy for sustainable electronics.

Monday - 08/04/2014, 06:27pm EDT
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GSA CIO calls for open source to be considered first

Sonny Hashmi issued a memo requiring agency software developers to look at open source before they consider traditional commercial solutions.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:35pm EDT

Online Chat: Ask the CIO with GSA's Sonny Hashmi

Sonny Hashmi, chief information officer at the General Services Administration, joins Federal News Radio for a free online chat to discuss everything from mobility to zero-based budgeting and collaboration, among other topics.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 11:00am EDT

Feds to feel the squeeze as cubicles and offices shrink

Federal workers to see as much as 50 percent less cubicle or office space as part of how agencies are reducing office space costs. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) pressed GSA and others on their preparation to more efficiently deal with 100 million square feet of leased space that is scheduled to expire in the next five years.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:28am EDT
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GSA cuts 1,000 noncompliant vendors from IT schedule

Kay Ely, GSA's director of IT schedule programs in the Federal Acquisition Service, said removing 1,000 vendors who weren't meeting the minimum annual sales requirement of $25,000 a year is saving the agency about $3.2 million a year in administrative costs. At the same time, GSA is adding 30-to-40 new vendors each month to Schedule 70 as part of its effort to make sure agency customers have access to new, innovative companies.

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 04:48am EDT
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FAS's roles in professional services

Tiffany Hixson, the professional services category executive at GSA's Federal Acquisition Service discusses the new professional services category management agenda for FAS and what it means for customer agencies and contractors.
July 29, 2014

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 10:16pm EDT
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FBI narrows down final locations for new headquarters

The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations wants to know how agencies plan to dispose of and consolidate more than 7,000 federal properties worth $350 billion. On the same day, the FBI announced the finalists for the site of its consolidated relocation.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 06:21pm EDT
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