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VA exec at center of FedBid procurement scandal retires

Susan Taylor, the Veterans Health Administration deputy chief procurement officer, resigned and retired Oct. 14. She sent an email to staff announcing her decision as VA had started the process to fire her.

Tags: Susan Taylor , Veterans Affairs , management , oversight , acquisition , Robert McDonald , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Jason Miller , In Depth

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 05:53pm EDT
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VA begins process to remove executive at center of FedBid scandal

Sloan Gibson, VA's deputy secretary, said he's proposed the removal of Susan Taylor, the deputy chief procurement officer at the Veterans Health Administration. Gibson will use the new authorities provided by Congress and President Barack Obama in August under the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014.

Tags: management , Veterans Affairs , Susan Taylor , Jeff Miller , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Susan Tsui Grundmann , Merit Systems Protection Board , Veterans Access to Care Through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 , oversight , Senior Executive Service , Jason Miller

Monday - 10/06/2014, 05:54pm EDT

Energy reverses course on plan to hire VA executive at center of FedBid procurement fraud

The Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management planned to bring on Susan Taylor, the Veterans Health Administration's deputy chief procurement officer, but now has changed its mind. Taylor is accused by the VA inspector general of committing procurement fraud, lying to investigators and having a conflict of interest by promoting FedBid.

Tags: management , acquisition , Energy , Veterans Affairs , Susan Taylor , Thomas Johnson , oversight , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 03:14pm EDT

Rep. Coffman calls on VA to take swift action against Susan Taylor

The chairman of the Veterans Affairs subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations wrote a letter to Veterans Affairs Department Secretary Bob McDonald wanting more details on the actions it will take in light of the inspector general report involving the deputy chief procurement officer at the Veterans Health Administration and FedBid.

Tags: oversight , Congress , Veterans Affairs Department , Mike Coffman , Bob McDonald , Susan Taylor , acquisition , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 06:34pm EDT

VA IG unwinds tale of procurement fraud, abuse involving senior agency officials, FedBid

The Veterans Affairs inspector general issued a report alleging the deputy chief procurement officer at the Veterans Health Administration used her position to promote and award a contract to FedBid, a reverse auction vendor, and improperly acted as an agent of the vendor, creating a conflict of interest.

Tags: Jason Miller , acquisition , contracting , industry , management , oversight , Veterans Affairs , reverse auctions , Susan Taylor , Jan Frye

Monday - 09/29/2014, 05:26am EDT
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Jordan exits OFPP knowing progress toward buying smarter is real

Joe Jordan, the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, is leaving the administration Friday after working five years in assorted senior contracting manager positions. He said agencies are using strategic sourcing, reducing spending and receiving more competition.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Joe Jordan , OFPP , acquisition workforce , strategic sourcing , Jason Miller , exclusive

Friday - 01/17/2014, 03:54am EST
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OFPP's Jordan leaving for the private sector

Joe Jordan will become the president of the public sector at FedBid. He's leaving OFPP after 18 months.

Tags: Joe Jordan , OFPP , people , Lesley Field , Ali Saadat , Jason Miller

Friday - 12/20/2013, 02:45pm EST

Savings from reverse auctions not being maximized

As the use of reverse auctions continues to rise, the Government Accountability Office says agencies need more clear cut guidance to realize a maximum amount of savings.

Tags: GAO , OMB , OFPP , reverse auctions , acquisition , Contracting officers , contracts , Army , DHS , VA , DOI , FAR , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Commitee , Tom Carper , small businesses , Ellen Kortesoja

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 04:23pm EST

VA puts reverse auctions on hiatus again to study value proposition

The Veterans Affairs Department's decision comes as lawmakers are putting this acquisition concept under more scrutiny. House Veterans Affairs and Small Business Committee lawmakers question whether agencies are getting the best prices and whether they are sacrificing competition. GAO, other experts say OFPP needs to develop a governmentwide policy for reverse auctions.

Tags: contracting , industry , GAO , Michele Mackin , OFPP , Richard Hanna , House Small Business Committee , House Veterans Affairs Committee , VA , Jan Frye , Bill Sisk , GSA , SBA , Major Clark , reverse auctions , Congress , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 06:45pm EST
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Q&A with Larry Allen

Larry Allen of Allen Federal joins host Mark Amtower to talk about changes in government procurement.
June 11, 2012(Encore presentation June 25, 2012)

Tags: acquisition , contracting , procurement , FSSI , GSA schedules , Navy , Larry Allen , Allen Federal Business Partners , cooperative purchasing agreement

Monday - 06/11/2012, 07:28pm EDT
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