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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 , 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 , 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 , 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 , 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 , John Shoraka , Federal Drive , Jory Heckman , Defense Authorization Bill

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 11:31am EST
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The Asia-Pacific Defense Outlook for 2015

Dr. Jack Midgely, director with Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting in Tokyo, discusses defense priorities and security challenges in the Asia-Pacific region.
January 20, 2015

Tags: Acquisition , DoD , defense spending , defense acquisition , security vulnerabilities , Asian Pacific , Jack Midgley , Deloitte , Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 05:14pm 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 , 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

John Shoraka, Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration is proposing a new rule that it says will help small companies get government contracts. Among the changes is that two or more small firms could bid as a joint venture, while not losing their small-business status. To discuss that and more, John Shoraka, SBA's Associate Administrator of Government Contracting and Business Development, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

Tags: John Shoraka , Small Business Administration , SBA , emily kopp , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 08:55am EST
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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Experienced executives know they can't keep reporting to the same contacts when something goes wrong. They also never lose sight of the fact that most government actions originate with low or mid-level employees. Tim Sullivan is a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn, and author of the new blog, "A Government Contractor's Ten Commandments." He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to tackle his third commandment: Thou shalt start as low as possible &mdash: not at the top of the ladder.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , 10 Commandments for Government Contractors , Thompson Coburn , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 08:47am EST
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Contracting Commandment #3: Start from the bottom up when dealing with a problem

If you've got a problem or concern when dealing with a government agency on a contract, acquisition expert Tim Sullivan says it's best to start from the ground up to fix the issue. In his latest commentary, he says going over someone's head could hurt your company in the long run.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , 10 Commandments for Government Contractors , Acquisition , acquisition workforce

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 04:00am EST
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