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Acquisition News

Federal News Countdown: CIOs lacking resources, Cyber insurance by 2020

Jim Beaupre, education director for ACT-IAC and head of the ACT-IAC Acquisition Academy, and Frank Reeder, co-founder and director of the Center for Internet Security, countdown the week's top stories with Francis Rose.

Friday - 09/12/2014, 04:41pm EDT

Anne Rung confirmed as OFPP administrator

The Senate approved Anne Rung's nomination by voice vote. Procurement experts say improving the acquisition workforce and addressing concerns with strategic sourcing are among her top priorities.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 05:00pm EDT

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Probably every contracting officer has been tempted to do it. Lowball the size of an acquisition so that it falls under small business rules. Or accept a lowball bid from a contractor that knows better. A part of the Transportation Department tried this with a contractor that was about to graduate from the 8(a) program. Oops. The deal ended up in court. Lots of egg splatter to go around. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the case in this week's legal loop segment.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 10:19am EDT
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OPM plans to terminate contracts with USIS

An Office of Personnel Management official said Tuesday that agency officials decided not to renew USIS' background investigations and support contracts.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 07:05am EDT

Cybersecurity and CDM

Booz Allen Hamilton Senior Vice President Brad Medairy, will discuss how Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) can help your agency meet its cybersecurity challenges.
September 9, 2014

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 08:46pm EDT
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USIS pushes back against 'misleading allegations'

The troubled federal contractor issued a release to try to separate myth from fact about its handling of security clearances.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:02am EDT

The end of FY 2014, SES reform, and more

Tom Temin, anchor of the Federal Drive on Federal News Radio, joins host Mark Amtower to discuss a wide range issues including the end of the fiscal year, and a possible SES exodus.
September 8, 2014

Monday - 09/08/2014, 08:16pm EDT
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DoD targets service contracts, small procurements to boost competition rate

The Pentagon issued a handful of directives in August designed to reverse the trend in its contract competition rate, which has slipped from 64 percent in 2008 to 56.5 percent in the third quarter of 2014. A preliminary analysis shows most of the opportunity for improvement is in service contracting.

Monday - 09/08/2014, 04:46am EDT

Confusion rises over the CDM dashboard

Despite news to the contrary, the Homeland Security Department has not picked a vendor to provide the CDM dashboard. This post is part of Jason Miller's Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature.

Monday - 09/08/2014, 04:16am EDT

Labor, GSA forced to buy systems from bankrupt vendor

Global Computer Enterprises filed Sept. 4 for bankruptcy protection. This post is part of Jason Miller's Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature.

Monday - 09/08/2014, 04:05am EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Labor, GSA forced to buy systems from bankrupt vendor; dashboard fever strikes DHS

Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news tidbits, strongly-sourced buzz, and other items of interest that have happened or are happening in the federal IT and acquisition communities. In this edition of "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," the OASIS contract gets a green light, and GSA's CFO moves into a new role.

Monday - 09/08/2014, 03:53am EDT

DHA plans ‘gates' to qualify vendors for $20 bil IDIQ contract

The Defense Health Agency is conducting market research in advance of a planned RFP for a 10-year, $20 billion IT services and support contract. It's possible that vendors will be added to the contract without a formal source selection process.

Friday - 09/05/2014, 11:36am EDT
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DoD says it must deal with its shrinking technology advantage

The U.S. and its allies have dominated the military technology landscape for decades, but the Defense Department now sees potential adversaries in its rearview mirror. The Pentagon is coming up with some coping strategies to maintain its technological advantage, including version 3 of Better Buying Power.

Thursday - 09/04/2014, 04:13am EDT
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The 4th quarter scramble: Opportunities for contractors?

Gormley Group President Bill Gormley and Bloomberg Government's Cameron Leuthy and Miguel Garrido discuss the end of the fiscal year budget scramble, and what contractors should be doing to take advantage of the surge in buying.
September 2, 2014

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 05:45pm EDT
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All things LinkedIn

Chuck Brooks, vice president for DHS at Xerox, and Lee Frederikson, managing director of Hinge Marketing, will discuss how to leverage LinkedIn at your agency or company.
September 1, 2014

Monday - 09/01/2014, 08:13pm EDT
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New protests further delay GSA's Office Supplies 3 contract

Six unsuccessful bidders filed complaints with the GAO over GSA's awards under the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative Office Supplies 3 contract. The protests effectively shut down the vehicle until GAO makes a decision, which could come as late as December.

Friday - 08/29/2014, 02:02pm EDT

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

ASBCA sounds like the people telling you to be nice to dogs. But the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals is all about military contracting, and what happens when it goes wrong. The Board has adopted some new rules to help streamline things and iron out ambiguities. In this week's legal loop, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with the details.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 05:22pm EDT
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GSA changes plans, will keep service schedules open after all

The General Services Administration tells Federal News Radio it no longer believes it's necessary to close down its seven services schedules to new vendors while it puts together the consolidated professional services contracts. GSA is trying to make it easier for agencies to buy professional services and for vendors to sell their expertise.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:17am EDT
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Duncan Amos, Quanatitive Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The world of small business federal contractors is always changing. One reason is that companies enrolled in the 8(a) program eventually have to graduate. Graduating can be a great opportunity for companies losing their protected status. Duncan Amos, quantitative analyst for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 10:20am EDT
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Acquisition priorities at GSA

Jeff Koses, senior procurement executive for the General Services Administration, will discuss his acquisition priorities for the agency.
August 26, 2014

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 09:02pm EDT
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