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McCaskill bill would add new rules for agency conferences

The Accountability in Government Act would require agency leaders to sign off on any conference costing more than $200,000.

Tags: management , Shakeup at GSA , GSA , oversight , Congress , Jason Miller , conference spending

Wednesday - 04/18/2012, 06:00pm EDT

Sen. McCaskill gives GSA deadline for bonus program details

Acting General Services Administration chief Dan Tangherlini said the 'Hats Off' incentive program has been suspended. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who has promised an investigation into agency spending, said she's not sure GSA's actions are enough to change the culture.

Tags: management , oversight , Shakeup at GSA , GSA , Dan Tangherlini , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 04/10/2012, 04:19pm EDT
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Controlling contract costs spurs more questions, few answers

A Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee subcommittee heard testimony Thursday on a seemingly simple subject: Is it cheaper for the federal government to employ its own workforce or hire contractors? But industry groups representing government contractors say the question is often more complicated than it might seem.

Tags: industry , Contracting , Acquisition , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , PSC , Stan Soloway

Friday - 03/30/2012, 08:37pm EDT
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Senator's opposition kills BRAC request

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), chairwoman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voiced her opposition Wednesday to the Defense Department's latest BRAC request, effectively killing the measure.

Tags: Senate , Congress , Senate Armed Services Committee , BRAC , DoD , budget , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 03/22/2012, 11:47am EDT

Contracting reform

Host Roger Waldron and Jim Schweiter, partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP will talk about legislation affecting the contracting community.
March 13, 2012

Tags: Acquisition , Contracting , procurement , Jim Schweiter , McKenna Long & Aldridge , comprehensive contingency contracting reform act of 2012 , Jim Webb , Wartime Contracting Commission , contractor accountability , contingency contracting , Off the Shelf , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 11:20pm EDT
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Analysis: Wartime contracting bill a 'major step'

Two senators are trying to change the way agencies plan for wartime contracting by introducing a bill that would incorporate ideas from the Commission on Wartime Contracting. Commission member Dov Zakheim weighs in on the bill.

Tags: Dov Zakheim , Jim Webb , DoD , Contracting , Federal Drive , Commission on Wartime Contracting

Monday - 03/05/2012, 09:29am EST
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Bill aims to overhaul wartime contracting

New legislation aims to implement some recommendations of the Commission on Wartime Contracting. Includes provisions that would automatically suspend contractors accused of wrongdoing in overseas contingency scenarios.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Senate , Commission on Waretime Contracting , acquistion , industry , contingency contracting , State Department , USAID , James Webb , Suspension and debarment , Past performance , Professional Services Council , Stan Soloway , Frank Kendall , Jared Serbu

Friday - 03/02/2012, 05:09am EST
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Bill addresses problems found by Wartime Contracting Commission

The Comprehensive Contingency Contracting Reform Act of 2012 will attempt to fix many of the problems discovered by the Wartime Contracting Commission.

Tags: Jim Webb , DoD , DoD Update , Congress , Senate , Contracting , workforce

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 08:47am EST

IGs push for greater whistleblower protections for contractors

Whistleblowers at government contractors need better protections against reprisal and need to know how to contact agency inspectors general. Two IGs and a whistleblower awaiting trial were among the witnesses at a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Reform Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight. It is considering legislation to extend federal whistleblower protections to all contractors, subcontractors and local governments receiving federal funds.

Tags: Contracting , whistleblowers , Senate , Rob Portman , Walter Tamosaitis , Hanford Waste Treatment Plan , Energy , DoD , Marguerite Garrison , Peggy Gustafson , SBA , Recovery Act , transparency , URS , Bechtel , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 12/07/2011, 04:26pm EST
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Senators call for probe into veteran-owned contracting

Three senators are calling for a Government Accountability Office investigation to ensure federal contracts are actually going to businesses owned by veterans and service-disabled vets.

Tags: Patty Murray , Maria Cantwell , Senate , VA , SBA , veteran-owned business , Contracting , Acquisition , Small Business Act

Monday - 11/07/2011, 07:32pm EST
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