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House to repeal law withholding contractors' taxes

The House is expected to approve a measure repealing a law that withholds 3 percent of government contractors' payments. The original law was enacted in 2006 to ensure contractors paid their taxes. But it's seen its implementation delayed until 2013, and it has grown increasingly unpopular with both Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Congress , House , Eric Cantor , acquisition policy

Wednesday - 10/26/2011, 06:57am EDT

Unisys wins Energy contract for cloud e-mail transition

The Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory awarded a contract to Unisys Corporation to transition 5,000 users to Google's cloud-based email.

Tags: Energy , Google , cloud computing , technology , contracting , Unisys , acquisition , Brent Stacey

Tuesday - 10/25/2011, 12:24pm EDT

Sloane on shifting contracting landscape, new role at DSI

Stan Sloane is President and CEO of Decision Sciences International.

Tags: Decision Sciences International , Stan Sloane , SRA International , contracting , people , In Depth , acquisition

Monday - 10/24/2011, 03:53pm EDT
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GAO: Agencies need more policing of contractors

Federal contractors may be getting away with fraud or shoddy work, according to a Government Accountability Office study of five years' worth of federal contracts. GAO found that most agencies are not using enforcement tools meant to cut off the flow of public funds to bad contractors.

Tags: Congress , acquisition , GAO , suspension and debarment , HHS , EPA , OMB , James Lankford , Bill Woods , nancy gunderson , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Emily Kopp

Friday - 10/07/2011, 02:13pm EDT
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WH threatens veto of contractor tax repeal over offsets

The White House is threatening to veto a bill that would repeal the 3 percent tax withholding on government contractors because of the spending cuts attached to the legislation. The Senate version of the bill would cut $30 billion in government spending to pay for repealing the tax, which the White House says is too much.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , Congress , House , Senate , Jack Moore

Friday - 10/21/2011, 10:17am EDT

Navy works on unmanned, undersea vehicles

Capt. Duane Ashton, the program manager for unmanned systems in the Navy's program executive office for Littoral Combat Ships. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss the new device and how it furthers Navy's trend toward using more unmanned vessels.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , Duane Ashton , DoD , Navy , Littoral Combat Ship , General Dynamics , Federal Drive

Friday - 10/21/2011, 09:28am EDT
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With DoD budget cuts, what's the future of the F-35?

Winslow Wheeler is the director at the Straus Military Reform Project for the Center for Defense Information.

Tags: Winslow Wheeler , Center for Defense Information , DoD , F-35 Joint Strike Fighter , Air Force , Navy , Army , acquisition , contracting , budget , In Depth

Thursday - 10/20/2011, 04:21pm EDT
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Dynamics Research Corporation on federal contracting landscape

DRC is a government contractor that provides services in management consulting, science, engineering and technology solutions.

Tags: Dynamics Research Corporation , Paul Strasser , contracting , acquisition , Industry Chatter , industry , In Depth , technology , management

Wednesday - 11/09/2011, 03:36pm EST
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Bill would require greater use of strategic sourcing

The Acquisitions Reform Bill would require more robust use of Federal Strategic Sourcing vehicles which allow the government to consolidate its shopping lists and buy in bulk, rather than have each agency pursue its own procurements.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , Scott Brown , Joe Lieberman , Susan Collins , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Commitee , strategic sourcing

Thursday - 10/20/2011, 08:00am EDT

How contractors can approach a bid protest and not antagonize the agency

Bill Welch is the chair of the Government Contracts Practice Group at General Counsel.

Tags: William Welch , Government Contracts Practice Group , contracting , acquisition , bid protests , In Depth

Wednesday - 10/19/2011, 06:36pm EDT
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