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4:54 am, October 1, 2014

Contracting News

IGs 'straddle fence' between contractors, agencies

Former Inspector General of the General Services Administration Brian Miller says IGs are in the spotlight more these days. He shares advice and best practices for contractors being audited by IGs.

Friday - 05/09/2014, 07:37am EDT
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MAS audits and the mandatory disclosure rule

Former General Services Administration Inspector General Brian Miller, will discuss MAS audits, the mandatory disclosure rule and the role the IG plays within GSA.
May 6, 2014

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 08:43pm EDT
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Doing business with the federal government

Ed Swallow, vice president, Business Development, Federal and Defense Technologies at Northrop Grumman, provide tips on what your company can do to increase its chances of winning government contracts.
May 5, 2014

Monday - 05/05/2014, 07:59pm EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell

CERCLA sounds like a 1960s television character made out of a rug. It's actually an environmental law that can have a big effect on federal contracting. One recent CERCLA case shows how a gasoline contract from World War II can affect a procurement today. Attorney Joe Petrillo explained the case to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 10:39am EDT
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Six months later, contractors still feeling aftershocks of shutdown

In a special report, The Government Shutdown: Six Months Later, Federal News Radio checks back in with some of the companies it talked to in October to find out what long-term effects the work stoppage had on them. Overall, large and small contractors say they've lost some revenue and are seeing delays in contract awards and solicitations.

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 04:08am EDT
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Building a smart, lean government

Tom Davis, director of Federal Government Affairs for Deloitte, what the government could do to become leaner and more efficient.
April 29, 2014

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 10:02pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Personnel Management is teaming up with the General Services Administration to re-imagine its multi-billion dollar training contract. OPM and GSA signed an agreement yesterday to use each agency's expertise to develop the new contract. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the new plans for the training and management assistance (TMA) contract. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 09:47am EDT
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OPM, GSA combine forces for new take on training contract

The General Services Administration and the Office of Personnel Management sign an agreement to co-manage the new training and management assistance contract. GSA will handle the acquisition facets, and OPM will oversee requirements and services part of the contract that could be worth billions of dollars.

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 03:55am EDT
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General Dynamics secures $17.65B contract with Navy

General Dynamics' subsidiary Electric Boat will be responsible for building 10 additional Virginia-class submarines as part of a $17.65 billion contract with the Navy.

Monday - 04/28/2014, 11:30pm EDT

The state of the federal market

Stan Soloway, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, joins host Mark Amtower to discuss what the acquisition market is like for IT firms and professional services.
April 28, 2014

Monday - 04/28/2014, 09:47pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

An interagency squabble over version three of the office supplies strategic sourcing contract goes public, and the General Services Administration is not happy about it. In Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller promises Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp a bit of humor to an otherwise dry federal procurement process. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Monday - 04/28/2014, 10:27am EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: The funny side of strategic sourcing; NSTIC turns 3

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz about the IT and acquisition communities. GSA and SBA continue their ongoing quarrel over the Office Supplies 3 contract, and April marks the three-year anniversary of NSTIC's release.

Monday - 04/28/2014, 04:00am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

For the first time in seven years, government leaders expect agencies to meet a major contracting goal. They awarded 23 percent of all prime contracts to small firms last year. But some in the contracting community see warning signs that signal bigger problems. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp why some want to rain on the small business success parade. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Friday - 04/25/2014, 10:48am EDT
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Concerns over contract bundling cast shadow over 2013 small business successes

All signs are pointing to the fact that despite the government spending less overall on acquisition last year, agencies met the statutory goal of awarding at least 23 percent of all prime contracts to small businesses. Experts say contract consolidation and bundling will negatively impact small firms in the coming years.

Friday - 04/25/2014, 04:16am EDT

GSA names ombudsman to give industry a louder voice

Jeff Koses, the senior procurement executive at the General Services Administration, said the ombudsman will help vendors navigate the acquisition bureaucracy and ensure the agency is hearing and addressing challenges and concerns. It's one of several steps GSA is taking to improve vendor and agency customer satisfaction.

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 06:44am EDT
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Budget pressures shrink federal contract spending by 11 percent

Following a year of widespread budget uncertainty, federal contract spending fell by 11 percent, according to a new analysis by Bloomberg Government. All told, agency contract spending tumbled from $516.3 billion in fiscal 2012 to $462.1 billion last year, the report found.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 02:21pm EDT
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GSA's new contracting policy tackles IG's concerns about management interference

Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Tom Sharpe tried to balance the need for management oversight with contracting officer autonomy. But some in industry worry that the new memo does nothing more than add more paperwork to a broken process.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 04:15am EDT
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Trends in Big MACs

Bloomberg Government analyst Brian Friel will talk about last year's largest multiple award contracts and trends in contract usage for big Macs.
April 22, 2014

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 06:38pm EDT
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Belva Martin, Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues, GAO

The Defense Department issues far more sole source contracts than any other agency. Full and open competition is supposed to be the holy grail of awarding Federal contracts. Figuring out when sole source contracts are OK and when they're not is drawing attention from Congress. Belva Martin, director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about a new report that says little competition isn't always a good thing.

Monday - 04/21/2014, 06:28pm EDT
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Va. defense contractor pays $1.1M to clear name

Computer Sciences Corporation agreed topay $1.1 million to resolve the allegations that the company submitted to false resumes to qualify for higher paying positions.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 03:39pm EDT
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