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Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement.

The General Services Administration and the Office of Personnel Management will move ahead with a partnership to manage a multiple award contract for human capital and training services. The agencies issued a memorandum of understanding detailing each agency's roles -- GSA will take over facets of acquisition and OPM is responsible for services side of the contract. GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini says the end goal is to procure these types of services at a lower price.

Tags: Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , OPM , In Depth , acquisition

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 06:45pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Personnel Management is teaming up with the General Services Administration to re-imagine its multi-billion dollar training contract. OPM and GSA signed an agreement yesterday to use each agency's expertise to develop the new contract. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the new plans for the training and management assistance (TMA) contract. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , OPM , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 09:47am EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: The funny side of strategic sourcing; NSTIC turns 3

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz about the IT and acquisition communities. GSA and SBA continue their ongoing quarrel over the Office Supplies 3 contract, and April marks the three-year anniversary of NSTIC's release.

Tags: Inside the Reporters Notebook , IT , acquisition , strategic sourcing , SBA , NSTIC , cybersecurity , cloud computing , FedRAMP , Jason Miller

Monday - 04/28/2014, 04:00am EDT

GSA sets deadlines for compliance with new FedRAMP standards

Cloud computing providers who want to do business with the federal government will have to meet revised security standards by specific deadlines.

Tags: cloud computing , FedRAMP , Federal Times

Monday - 04/28/2014, 11:30am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

An interagency squabble over version three of the office supplies strategic sourcing contract goes public, and the General Services Administration is not happy about it. In Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller promises Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp a bit of humor to an otherwise dry federal procurement process. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , contracting , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Monday - 04/28/2014, 10:27am EDT
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Concerns over contract bundling cast shadow over 2013 small business successes

All signs are pointing to the fact that despite the government spending less overall on acquisition last year, agencies met the statutory goal of awarding at least 23 percent of all prime contracts to small businesses. Experts say contract consolidation and bundling will negatively impact small firms in the coming years.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , SBA , Ken Dodds , Emily Murphy , Rob Burton , small business , Jason Miller

Friday - 04/25/2014, 04:16am EDT

GSA's Bev Godwin to retire on May 2

Bev Godwin confirmed that she will be retiring as the director of the Federal Citizen Information Center in the General Service Administration's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies.

Tags: Bev Godwin , people , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 01:50pm EDT

GSA names ombudsman to give industry a louder voice

Jeff Koses, the senior procurement executive at the General Services Administration, said the ombudsman will help vendors navigate the acquisition bureaucracy and ensure the agency is hearing and addressing challenges and concerns. It's one of several steps GSA is taking to improve vendor and agency customer satisfaction.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , Jeff Koses , Tom Sharpe , oversight , Malisa Gray , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 06:44am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

A new effort at the General Services Administration will try to keep contracting decisions in the hands of contracting officers and keep management in the right oversight role. A report by the GSA Inspector General's office in 2013 said management interfered with decisions by contracting officers. Tom Sharpe is the commissioner of GSA's Federal Acquisition Service. He tells Executive Editor Jason Miller in an exclusive interview about the steps he's taking to strike the right balance between management and contracting officers.

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Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 05:54pm EDT
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GSA's new contracting policy tackles IG's concerns about management interference

Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Tom Sharpe tried to balance the need for management oversight with contracting officer autonomy. But some in industry worry that the new memo does nothing more than add more paperwork to a broken process.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , Tom Sharpe , industry , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , Richard Levi , oversight , management , Jason Miller , exclusive

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 04:15am EDT
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