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OFPP calls for Fed to contractor ratio analysis

A new memo from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy gives agencies until June to determine whether the number of contractors performing services is appropriate. First, however, agencies must develop a service contract inventory and make it public. OFPP said for agencies to initially focus on professional and management services and technology services.

Friday - 11/12/2010, 12:44pm EST

AcqStat sessions give broader view of challenges

OFPP is holding these meetings with large agencies to understand how they are meeting the Obama administration's acquisition goals. The sessions are similar to the TechStat sessions, but they're not at the program level. OFPP also is finalizing rules around multiple award contracts and schedule bidding.

Wednesday - 11/03/2010, 07:03am EDT
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Scorecard adds heat to insourcing debate

A coalition of businesses, associations and citizen groups rate members of Congress on how they voted on bills that promote or hurt private sector companies and forces industry to compete with the government. But some experts say the business coalition is taking a too narrow view of what the government does.

Friday - 10/29/2010, 07:24am EDT
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OFPP looks for better green purchasing data

A new survey on how well agencies contract for sustainable products and services is under development. GSA and OFPP also are taking other steps to promote green purchasing including training courses and changes to acquisition regulations.

Tuesday - 10/19/2010, 01:04pm EDT
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GSA's office supply contract causes concern

The General Services Administration freezes Schedule 75 to new vendors shortly after awarding a new strategic sourcing contract for office supplies. Small businesses say the combination of the two could have a detrimental effect on their ability to sell to the government. GSA expects to save $52 million a year across government from the BPA's lower prices.

Thursday - 09/23/2010, 07:28am EDT
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OFPP details increased oversight of interagency contracts

A new report to Congress says OFPP will release new policies this fall to improve the management and use of multiple award contracts. One of the policies will require business cases for all multi- and inter-agency contracts. OFPP found that agencies spent more than $52 billion on these contracts in 2009.

Wednesday - 09/22/2010, 03:10pm EDT

NIH issues $20 billion CIO-SP3 RFP

The GWAC is focused on providing health IT services along with other general technology functions. Vendors must have specific health IT capabilities to bid on the contract. NIH said a small business RFP of the contract will be issued soon.

Tuesday - 09/21/2010, 07:10am EDT

OFPP sees millions in taming cell phone contracts

Most agencies do not have an accurate inventory of how many devices they are paying for or how much those devices are being used. Officials estimate the government could save as much as $200 million a year by improving the management and optimization of contracts for wireless devices. The administration plans to revive the wireless communications strategic sourcing initiative.

Friday - 08/20/2010, 07:20am EDT
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Keeping track of federal cellphones

Few agencies know how many cell phones they are paying for. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller tells what's being done about it.

Thursday - 08/19/2010, 06:01pm EDT
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OMB to post contractor information

The federal database of contractor integrity information is about to go public. Rob Burton, the former deputy administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy.

Monday - 08/09/2010, 10:08am EDT
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EPA experiences the upside of contracting reforms

OMB issues a fact sheet detailing successes across the government. Agencies are using fewer risky contracts and achieving more competition. One expert, however, wonders if the insourcing initiative is part of the reason for the changes.

Thursday - 07/08/2010, 06:42am EDT
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Are contracting reforms working?

WFED's Jason Miller reports.

Wednesday - 07/07/2010, 06:35pm EDT
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Countdown: $100B in Pentagon savings, Petraeus confirmed

The most important Federal news stories of the week as selected by Larry Allen of the Coalition for Government Procurement, and Federal News Radio's Tom Temin.

Friday - 07/02/2010, 04:16pm EDT
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OFPP tries new approach to reign in MACs

Administrator Gordon says strategic sourcing is one way to ensure the government gets the lowest price and to consolidate existing contracts. Gordon also wants agencies to submit business cases for new multi-agency contracts, but doesn't commit to asking agencies to justify all types of multiple award contracts.

Thursday - 07/01/2010, 06:40am EDT
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OFPP's proposals could change federal contracting

WFED's Jason Miller reports.

Wednesday - 06/30/2010, 05:48pm EDT
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OFPP previews the future of in and outsourcing

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is recommending all agencies use only the definition of inherently governmental as defined in the Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act, and create a test to determine whether other jobs should be done only by federal employees. OFPP's Dan Gordon has details.

Tuesday - 06/15/2010, 09:08am EDT
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'Inherently Governmental' still too fuzzy say contractors

The Professional Services Council is concerned that agencies could misinterpreted the policy letter as a mandate to insource. PSC's Alan Chvotkin explains why.

Thursday - 06/10/2010, 10:31am EDT
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A candid discussion with a procurement policy honcho

Daniel Gordon, Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy, joins host Larry Allen this week.
Encore Presentation

Tuesday - 06/01/2010, 11:00am EDT
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GAO's John Needham on smooth insourcing

Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management shares ideas to implement OMB insourcing guidelines.

Tuesday - 05/25/2010, 06:54pm EDT
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Contract Overload: GAO finds continued problems with MACs

Audit agency calls for business cases to justify new multiple award contracts, and a database listing all existing contracts. Sen. McCaskill plans to hold a second hearing on interagency contracting in June.

Tuesday - 05/25/2010, 06:44am EDT
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