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GAO sustains protest of DHS contract to USIS

The Government Accountability Office says the Citizenship and Immigration Services directorate should reevaluate USIS to determine if it's indeed a responsible contractor in light of allegations of defrauding the government and an investigation by the Justice Department on those charges.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , bid protest , GAO , Ralph White , DHS , FCI Federal , USIS , Jason Miller

Monday - 10/20/2014, 06:16pm EDT

Report: Sequestration slashed DoD contract spending by 16 percent in 2013

Analysis by the Center for Strategic and International Studies shows R&D took the biggest hit, dropping by 21 percent in a single year. But payments to large firms and spending on large contracts got some degree of protection.

Tags: DoD , sequestration , DoD budget , contracting , industry , R&D , Center for Strategic and International Studies , David Berteau , Greg Sanders , Jared Serbu

Friday - 10/17/2014, 08:32am EDT
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Communication, transparency key to successful procurements

Like virtually everything in the federal government, the relationship federal agencies and industry organizations is complex. Contracts, buying and selling are just a small piece of the pie. Communication and collaboration are key factors that must exist in the pipeline between the public and private sectors. As part of our special report, the Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, Federal News Radio hosted a panel with acquisition experts.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Jeff Koses , GSA , Jim Blades , Millennium Challenge Corporation , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , Shefali Kapadia , exclusive

Friday - 10/17/2014, 09:49am EDT

Charlie Sowell, Salient Federal Solutions

It's become routine in criminal cases for law enforcement to search for suspects' motives by looking at their social media accounts after the crime. But the government has been slow to search social media proactively in other ways. For instance, like evaluating someone for a security clearance. At a recent event hosted by the Professional Services Council, one federal official said the intelligence community had developed a policy to incorporate social media into background investigations. But it's been held up for a year and a half by senior leaders. Charlie Sowell is a former intelligence official, now with Salient Federal Solutions. He tells Emily Kopp that few contractors are using social media to vet their employees too, but that's changing.

Tags: Charlie Sowell , Emily Kopp , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Salient Federal Solutions , contracting , social media

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 09:46am EDT
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Dan Gordon, George Washington University Law School

As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, we examine bid and contract award protests. In the grand scheme of things 1,600 protests don't amount to much stacked next to the one or two million contract actions each year. Former Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Dan Gordon joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share his perspective.

Tags: Federal Drive , Dan Gordon , George Washington University , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , Tom Temin , acquisition , contracting , bid protests

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:20am EDT
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Successful DoD acquisition programs start with funding for the workforce

The success of defense acquisition will always depend on the capability of a limited number of people inside and outside government whose resources of time and attention are finite. Increased skill, relevant experiences, and cultural adjustment of the workforce will occur only gradually and only with adequate funding and congressional oversight, says contracting expert Jonathan Etherton.

Tags: Etherton and Associates , acquisition , acquisition reform , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , contracting , DoD , Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations , Jonathan Etherton

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:29am EDT

What's next in government contracting?

Bill Gormley, president of the Gormley Group and chairman of the Coalition for Government Procurement gives us his take on a wide variety of government contracting issues.
October 14, 2014

Tags: acquisition , contracting , procurement , Bill Gormley , Gormley Group , Coalition for Government Procurement , strategic sourcing , GSA schedules , contract duplication , Excellence in Partnership Awards , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 08:52pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies are struggling to follow the rules around cloud computing. The Council of Inspectors General examined 77 commercial cloud contracts across 19 civilian agencies. It found most failed to implement federal guidance and best practices. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the councils' new report.

Tags: Jason Miller , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , cloud computing , inspector general , Council of Inspectors General , best practices , contracting

Monday - 10/13/2014, 09:13am EDT
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Trey Hodgkins, Information Technology Industry Council

Contractors are casting a wary eye on President Barack Obama's Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order. It seems innocuous because most contractors already comply with labor laws. Still, the EO could cause a lot of mischief. Trey Hodgkins, senior vice president of the Public Sector at the Information Technology Industry Council, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how the EO affects contractors.

Tags: Trey Hodgkins , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Information Technology Industry Council , Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces , executive order , contracting

Sunday - 10/12/2014, 09:38pm EDT
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Governmentwide cloud contracting efforts missing key ingredients, IGs find

The Council of Inspectors General analyzed 77 commercial cloud contracts across 19 civilian agencies and found most failed to implement federal guidance and best practices. Auditors found these shortcomings could put data and systems at a greater risk to cyber attack or data theft.

Tags: oversight , Council on Inspectors General , cloud computing , FedRAMP , cybersecurity , acquisition , contracting , service-level agreements , OMB , Jason Miller , technology

Monday - 10/13/2014, 06:39am EDT
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