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Pentagon launching new review of LPTA contracts

Industry seems to think "lowest-price technically acceptable" contracts are pervasive and are causing many firms to lose money on contracts. But Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's acquisition chief, has told us before that he suspects a few high-profile cases have blown the whole thing out of proportion.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 04:30am EST

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Changes to CIO role, a $37 million financial audit, and review of LPTA contracts

In this week's "Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook," the Pentagon is making some adjustments to the role of its chief information officer; DoD awards contracts for its first large-scale financial audit; the Pentagon's acquisition chief says a few high-profile "lowest-price technically acceptable" cases have blown the whole thing out of proportion and Jessica Wright, who's served as the undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness since January 2013, announced that she'll be retiring at the end of March.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 04:08am EST

GSA wins last bid protest, reopens office supplies contract

The Government Accountability Office denied the sixth and final protest of the OS3 strategic sourcing contract awards. GSA expects the contract to save the government $90 million a year.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 03:22am EST

Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Information has commercial value, and contractors doing business with the government need to consider how they communicate information so its proprietary status remains intact. Contracting veteran Tim Sullivan has authored the blog "10 Myths of Government Contracting." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Sullivan tackled myth number 7: Contractors' business information is safe with the government. Sullivan explained why that's a perilous position for contractors to take.

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 09:12am EST
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Corporate citizenship & supporting our veterans

Robin Portman, executive vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton discusses some of the company's corporate initiatives, including a program to help veterans as they transition from the military to the civilian workforce.
December 2, 2014

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 08:54pm EST
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Michael Tinsley, CEO, NeoSystems Corporation

Doing business with the federal government can be lucrative, but no one ever said it was easy. Contractors have always had hoops within hoops to jump through to get — and then maintain — their federal business. Now a few new challenges are popping up. Michael Tinsley is the CEO of NeoSystems Corporation. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about a few near-term issues for government contractors.

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 08:32am EST
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Contracting myth No. 7: Our proprietary information is safe with the government

There are a myriad of ways that doing business with the federal government differs from the commercial sector, and protection of a company's sensitive business information is one of them, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan in a new commentary.

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 03:34am 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.
December 1, 2014

Monday - 12/01/2014, 08:15pm EST
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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Selling to the federal government is a unique occupation. In no other industry do marketing and sales people face the dauting set of laws and regulations they face here. Yet, personal relationships matter in government contracting just like they do in the commercial world. Contracting veteran Tim Sullivan has authored the blog, 10 Myths of Government Contracting. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Sullivan tackled myth number 6: We contractors don't have to market to agencies like we do in the commercial sector.

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 09:25am EST
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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.
November 25, 2014

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 08:46pm EST
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Big data, cloud computing, and other IT topics

Simon Szykman, chief technology for a wide ranging discussion of the IT challenges facing federal agencies.
November 24, 2014

Monday - 11/24/2014, 08:52pm EST
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Contracting Myth No. 6: We don't have to market to agencies like we do in the commercial sector

It is true that a great deal of business can be conducted by sitting at your computer, but it is also true that email communications alone are inadequate without a personal relationship beneath them.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 06:46pm EST

Ron Ross, FISMA Implementation Project Leader, NIST

Non-federal organizations and contractors may have sensitive federal information on their computers, but there are no consistent rules on how to keep that information secure. The treatment of Controlled Unclassified Information is the focus of a new set of recommendations. Ron Ross is a National Institute of Standards and Technology fellow. He is the lead author of the new guide, and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 10:38am EST
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VA to spend up to $690 million on new patient scheduling system

The Department of Veterans Affairs released a request for proposals on Wednesday to build a new patient scheduling system - an endeavor that could cost up to $690 million over seven years.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 04:02am EST

Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The General Services Administration is tightening up its Integrated Technology Service, the organization that manages all of the agency's IT contracts. The news comes on the heels of GSA's plans to consolidate some of its largest professional services contracts, too. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said all of this consolidation feels like déjà vu all over again.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 03:03pm EST
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Bid protests continue to rise as agencies take corrective action more quickly

The Government Accountability Office released its annual report showing vendors submitted 5 percent more protests in 2014 than in 2013. But the overall sustainment rate dropped significantly for the first time in five years.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 02:30pm EST

Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

A subcontractor has to protect its own interest and read the fine print. If not, a company could be exposed to a minefield of problems with the prime. Tim Sullivan is a veteran of the contracting world and writer of the blog, "10 Myths of Government Contracting." In this installment, Sullivan joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to tackle myth number five: Not to worry, my prime contractor will tell me what should be in our subcontract.

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 09:35am EST
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What's it like in the GWAC world?

NASA SEWP Program Manager Joanne Woytek and Rob Coen, acting director the NIH's GWAC program will discuss a wide range of issues including interagency contracting and strategic sourcing.
November 18, 2014

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 09:19pm EST
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Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

Mergers and acquisitions are an ongoing feature of corporate America. When mergers and acquisitions occur among federal contractors, sometimes the government sits up and takes notice. A few merger and acquisition deals have taken place recently among contractors. Jonathan Aberman, founder of Amplifier Ventures, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some examples.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 09:49am EST
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Contracting Myth No. 5: My prime contractor will tell me what clauses should be in my subcontract

A prime contractor has its interests to protect as does a subcontractor. The interests of the two parties are going to overlap a great deal, but they are never going to be identical, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 03:49am EST
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