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Air Force suspends, begins debarment process of FedBid

The Air Force's decision comes after the Veterans Affairs IG found alleged procurement fraud, intimidation and threats against a federal official. FedBid says it's cooperating with the Air Force and believes it took the necessary steps to fix the problems.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , FedBid , Air Force , VA , Joe Jordan , suspension and debarment , reverse auctions , oversight , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 06:32pm EST

Contracting Commandment #4: Thou Shalt Stay Informed

Every contract or subcontract in which you are involved is just one part of a much bigger picture, says procurement expert Tim Sullivan. And the more you know about the big picture, the better you will be able to protect your organization. So, what publications should you be reading daily to stay in the loop? Sullivan offers a few of his favorites.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , 10 Commandments for Government Contractors , contracting

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 05:31am EST
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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Henry Ford once said, "Anyone who stops learning is old, whether he's 20 or 80." You can apply that to the world of contracting, where everything is part of a bigger picture. Tim Sullivan is a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn and author of the blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." His fourth Commandment is "Thou shalt stay informed." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he said the more you know, the better protected you'll be.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , contracting , 10 Myths of Government Contracting , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 10:42am EST
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USAID suspends awards to Virginia-based contractor

The main U.S. foreign assistance agency on Monday suspended awards to a non-governmental organization that has received more than $1 billion for its work in Afghanistan and Iraq the past nine years.

Tags: USAID , contracting , Afghanistan , Iraq , International Relief and Development , management , oversight

Monday - 01/26/2015, 08:30pm EST

Contracting whistleblowers may get new channel to report wrongdoings

The Office of Special Counsel has proposed a rule change that would allow federal contractors and grantees a new channel to report wrongdoings at federal agencies.

Tags: OSC , whistleblower , industry , contracting , waste fraud abuse , oversight , Federal Register , Michael OConnell

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:25pm EST

VA seeks Army Corps of Engineers' help after construction failures

VA will seek at least $1.1 billion from Congress to rescue a Denver hospital project that was supposed to cost $600 million. The final price tag won't be known for several more months. VA also asked the Army Corps to conduct a complete examination of its major construction programs across the country.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , Congress , Army Corps of Engineers , Veterans Health Administration , contracting , industry , Kiewit-Turner , Sloan Gibson , Lloyd Caldwell , House Veterans Affairs Committee , management , Jared Serbu

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:56am EST
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Contracting officers not given tools, support to take risks, be innovative

A new survey by the Professional Services Council and Grant Thornton reveals the shifting demographics of the acquisition workforce gives the administration an opportunity to change the culture of how the government buys goods and services. From training, to hiring, to creating a path for better collaboration, the acquisition workforce could undergo a major transformation with the right support and focus, experts say.

Tags: acquistion , contracting , industry , Stan Soloway , Professional Services Council , Phil Kangas , Grant Thornton , LPTA , innovation , workforce , training , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:04am EST
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FedBid splits into two, names Jordan CEO of new public sector company

The reverse auction vendor says its decision to split up its federal and commercial businesses has nothing to do with the critical Veterans Affairs inspector general report from September. Joe Jordan said FedBid has taken several steps to ensure any problems highlighted by the IG are resolved.

Tags: exclusive , industry , people , Joe Jordan , Ali Saadat , FedBid , contracting , reverse auctions , Veterans Affairs , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 07:00am EST

Small companies to take on bigger contracts under SBA proposed rule

A new rule proposed by the Small Business Administration could help small companies team up to go after larger government contracts, says John Shoraka, associate administrator of government contracting and business at SBA.

Tags: SBA , contracting , John Shoraka , Federal Drive , Jory Heckman , Defense Authorization Bill

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 11:31am EST
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A second bite at the Networx apple?

GSA has made it clear the follow-on to Networx, called Network Services 2020, will live up to its name with most agencies not completely migrating to the new contract for another five years.

Tags: technology , industry , contracting , telecommunications , GSA , Bill Lewis , Networx , NS2020 , CenturyLink , AT&T , Jeff Mohan , Lisa Crawford Bruch , USDA , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller

Monday - 01/19/2015, 02:40pm EST
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