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Alan Chvotkin, Executive VP and Counsel, Professional Services Council

For more than 20 years, a driving principle behind federal procurement is a simple one: To the extent possible, the government should buy regular commercial items under regular commercial terms and conditions. That idea is enshrined in law and regulation. So when it doesn't happen, companies protest. In a dispute between contractor CGI Federal and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the U.S. Court of Appeals reaffirmed that commercial principle. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain why the ruling is so important.

Tags: Professional Services Council , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , procurement , CGI Federal , Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services , CMS , Court of Appeals

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 09:57am EDT
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PSC acquires TechAmerica Foundation, ending 15-month saga

CompTIA decides to get out of the federal sector and focus on its core capabilities.

Tags: industry , PSC , Stan Soloway , TechAmerica Foundation , CompTIA , Todd Thibodeaux , Larry Allen , Bill Greenwalt , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:16am EST
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Alan Chvotkin, Executive VP and Counsel, Professional Services Council

While the 2016 budget was crashing into the news yesterday, a quiet change took place in the contractor community. The TechAmerica Foundation became part of the Professional Services Council. The Council got TechAmerican from the trade group CompTIA, which acquired the foundation just last May. Although the name will change, you can still count on the annual events you've come to expect each year. Those include the Vision Forecast and Conference, the CIO survey and the American Technology Awards. Alan Chvotkin is executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the acquisition.

Tags: TechAmerica , PSC , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , industry , technology

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 09:51am EST
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Cyber bills abound; OFPP and reverse auctions; DoJ's API release

In this week's "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," the passage of five cybersecurity bills by Congress in the past week signals a long-coming and much needed change to how agencies defend their computer networks; an interesting bid protest decision flew under the radar that signals yet another challenge to FedBid, the reverse auction contractor and the Justice Department's first foray into the open data world with the launch of two APIs is noteworthy, but the underlying reason why DoJ could release the software code is really the story here.

Tags: acquisition , Acquisition policy , GAO , OFPP , FedBid , reverse auctions , oversight , bid protest , FitNet , Raul Espinosa , Scott Amey , POGO , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller , industry , technology , Justice Department , Joe Klimavich , Deloitte , Skip Bailey , open source , Drupal , DoD , superior supplier program , Professional Services Council , FISMA , Research and development , workforce , DHS , NIST , Alma Cole , Bob Dix , Juniper Networks , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , pay and benefits

Monday - 12/15/2014, 03:46am EST

Federal News Countdown: 'Healing' growth for contractors, LPTA contracts

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, and Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president of the Professional Services Council, count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

Tags: Larry Allen , Federal News Countdown , In Depth , Allen Federal Business Partners , Professional Services Council

Friday - 12/12/2014, 05:26pm EST

Alan Chvotkin, Executive Vice President, Professional Services Council

To know what the midterm election results will mean for your agency, first you have to figure out who won what. Or in some cases, who lost what. Alan Chvotkin is executive vice president of the Professional Services Council. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he examined the impact of the elections on federal agencies.

Tags: Professional Services Council , In Depth

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 04:14pm EST
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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.

Tags: Anne Rung , OFPP , acquisition , Congress , Professional Services Council , Roger Waldron , Coaltion for Government Procurement , Dan Gordon , strategic sourcing , acquisition workforce , training , Shaun Donovan , Tom Carper , OMB , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Sam Graves , House Small Business Community , Jason Miller

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

Contractor ethics rules too reactive, compliance focused, experts say

Improving acquisition compliance and ethics may involve less rulemaking and more culture shaping according to panelists at the National Contract Management Association's World Congress conference. At the conference, agency leaders discussed the need to streamline and pursue innovative approaches to federal acquisition policies.

Tags: acquisition , management , FAR , compliance and ethics , procurement , Boeing Company , Navy , OFPP , Lesley Field , Professional Services Council , Stephen Epstein , James Meade , Angela Styles , Stephanie Wasko , National Contract Management Association

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 06:21pm EDT

GSA cuts 1,000 noncompliant vendors from IT schedule

Kay Ely, GSA's director of IT schedule programs in the Federal Acquisition Service, said removing 1,000 vendors who weren't meeting the minimum annual sales requirement of $25,000 a year is saving the agency about $3.2 million a year in administrative costs. At the same time, GSA is adding 30-to-40 new vendors each month to Schedule 70 as part of its effort to make sure agency customers have access to new, innovative companies.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , technology , industry , GSA , Kay Ely , Professional Services Council , National Contract Management Association , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 04:48am EDT
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