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Acquisition priorities at GSA

Jeff Koses, senior procurement executive for the General Services Administration, will discuss his acquisition priorities for the agency.
August 26, 2014

Tags: acquisition , contracting , procurement , Jeff Koses , acquisition workforce , prices paid data , social media , collaboration , visualization , ombudsman , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 09:02pm EDT
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GAO: More detail needed from GSA on swap-construct exchanges

If the General Services Administration wants to swap its underutilized assets for private sector properties, it needs to provide more detailed information to potential responders, says a new Government Accountability Office report.

Tags: GAO , federal buildings , swap-construct exchange , FBI , Michael OConnell , real estate

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:13pm EDT

Q&A with former GSA administrator Martha Johnson

Former GSA Administrator Martha Johnson discusses her new book: "On My Watch: Leadership, Innovation and Personal Resilience", and takes a look back at her career in public service.
August 25, 2014

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Martha Johnson , GSA scandal , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center

Monday - 08/25/2014, 07:58pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

NASA becomes the second large agency to tell its contracting officers not to trust the prices under the General Services Administration schedules. Instead, the space agency's contracting experts must analyze prices before signing on the task order on the dotted line. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about this growing trend in his biweekly feature Inside the Reporter's Notebook. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: Jason Miller , acquisition , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Monday - 08/25/2014, 06:17am EDT
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GSA predicts new initiatives will light the path toward better governmentwide acquisition

The General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service will launch the first set of initiatives under its new category management approach, called hallways, in the next six weeks to cover office supplies, IT hardware and IT software. FAS Commissioner Tom Sharpe detailed the strategy to give customer agencies more data to make better acquisition decisions.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , Tom Sharpe , FAS , Kevin Youel Page , AFFIRM , Jason Miller

Friday - 08/22/2014, 04:11am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration has an emerging, new vision for its Federal Acquisition Service. That could affect every federal agency that buys anything. In the next six weeks, GSA will launch the first set of initiatives under what officials call category management. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the Hallways project. Read Jason's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , Tom Temin ,

Friday - 08/22/2014, 09:42am EDT
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GSA applying its IT model to overhaul of services schedules

Tiffany Hixson, the Federal Acquisition Service's professional services category executive, said the goal is to consolidate seven professional services schedules, such as MOBIS, FABS and professional engineering, into a handful of schedules. She said GSA is using the same approach for services as it did with IT by awarding the OASIS contracts to compliment the professional services schedule modernization.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Tiffany Hixson , professional services , OASIS , Alliant , Jason Miller , exclusive

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 03:57am EDT
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Bill Woods, Acquisition & Sourcing Management Issues Director, GAO

Huge holes in past performance history make decision making at agencies more difficult. For example, the General Services Administration is missing 87 percent of its contractor performance history. But GSA does have about four times more information on its contractors than it did a year ago. Bill Woods is Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how well agencies are adapting to a mandate to improve their records on contract performance.

Tags: Bill Woods , In Depth

Monday - 08/18/2014, 04:31pm EDT
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Brian Miller, Navigant & Cal Scovel, IG, Transportation Department

The spotlight is on the gederal government's Inspector General community. Coverage in the news media isn't common for IGs in government, nor is a chance to learn more about how they do their jobs. Brian Miller is former IG at the General Services Administration and Calvin Scovel is the Inspector General at the Transportation Department. Cal described the overall mission and work done by his office on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: Brian Miller , Navigant , Cal Scovel , Transportation Department , inspector general , oversight , In Depth

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 04:28pm EDT
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GSA reignites strategic sourcing of office supplies with new contract awards

The General Services Administration chose 21 companies for its latest Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative for Office Supplies contract (OS3) -- 20 of which are small businesses. GSA said it expects this newest generation of contracts to build on the savings and success of OS2 and particularly benefit small businesses.

Tags: OS3 , acquisition , strategic sourcing , SBA , FAS , Tom Sharpe , Stephanie Wasko , contracting , FSSI

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 04:27pm EDT
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