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Proposal cuts time for vendors to comment on performance reviews

A proposed rule by the FAR Council would reduce the number of days contractors have to comment on a performance evaluation to 14 days from 30.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , industry , OFPP , FAR Council , acquisition policy , Past performance , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 08/07/2013, 02:14pm EDT

FAR Council removes dollar limits for women-owned set-asides

The Federal Acquisition Regulations Council said contracting officers no longer have worry about contract award dollar thresholds when setting aside acquisitions for disadvantaged women-owned businesses. This interim rule was one of 13 actions issued by the FAR Council today.

Tags: acquisition , FAR Council , women-owned businesses , contracting officers representatives , Anti-Deficiency Act , Jason Miller

Friday - 06/21/2013, 02:42pm EDT

Major rewrite makes MSPB's regs more consistent, viable and transparent

The Merit Systems Protection Board completed the first major rewrite of its regulations in more than 30 years. Susan Grundmann, the MSPB chairwoman, said the changes fall into four categories. The board is giving its users six weeks to transition to the new rules.

Tags: workforce , management , MSPB , Susan Grundmann , regulations , Jason Miller , exclusive

Monday - 10/15/2012, 05:15am EDT
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Roth TSP launch closer with new draft regulations

The rollout of the Roth option for the Thrift Savings Plan, which would allow federal employees to invest already-taxed income, has long been discussed in the federal pay-and-benefits world. That launch moved another step closer, with the planned publication Wednesday of draft regulations in the Federal Register. And TSP participants will soon have more information about what the plan will look like.

Tags: pay and benefits , benefits , TSP , Roth TSP , Tom Trabucco , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 02/07/2012, 04:31pm EST

GSA increases per diem rates for 10 cities

GSA sets the allowances for lodging, meals and other incidental expenses for federal employees who must travel for work. The standard per diem rate is $123 ($77 lodging, $46 meals and incidental expenses).

Tags: GSA , per diem , travel ,

Wednesday - 09/05/2012, 10:27am EDT

VA wants to change vet-owned business re-verification from 1 to 2 years

The Veterans Affairs Department wants to change the frequency of reverifying veteran-owned businesses from once a year to once every two years, according to an interim final rule published in the Federal Register.

Tags: VA , contracting , acquisition , Bob Hesser , Vet-Force , Jolie Lee , veterans

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 11:56am EDT

SBA issues proposed rules for small-biz participation in multiple-award contracts

The Small Business Administration has published proposed regulations in the Federal Register, clarifying how agencies should include small-business contractors in multiple-award contracts.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , SBA , small business , Multiple award contract , MAC

Thursday - 05/17/2012, 04:11pm EDT

NIST drafts smart grid standards

Initial set of protocols focus on interoperability. Other standards coming for cybersecurity and smart grid architecture.

Tags: tech , NIST , White House , Smart Grid , interoperability , cybersecurity

Tuesday - 06/09/2009, 01:31pm EDT

New health IT committees to advise HHS

The HIT Policy Committee and the HIT Standards Committee have been established.

Tags: technology , mngt , HHS , National Coordinator for Health IT ,

Thursday - 04/30/2009, 12:04pm EDT

Federal Register XML format will increase usability, accessibility and save money

The Daily Debrief gets analysis about the new Federal Register format, which some say will improve usability, accessibility and, perhaps most importantly, save the government money.

Tags: technology , XML , Carl Malamud , GPO , Public.Resource.org , Web 2.0 , government 2.0 , Dorothy Ramienski

Tuesday - 10/06/2009, 04:17pm EDT
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