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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Category management launches five pilots; more vendor past performance data
In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz about the IT and acquisition communities.
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The General Services Administration is turning one idea to make acquisition easier on agencies into reality. It's kicked off five government-wide pilots under its category management initiative. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about it online in his Reporter's Notebook. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details.
The Justice Department joined the whistleblower lawsuit against Symantec Corporation on Tuesday. The department accuses the technology contractor of providing inaccurate prices to the General Services Administration, violating the False Claims Act.
The General Services Administration will add a special cloud category to its IT Schedule 70 contracting vehicle. GSA wants to consolidate the contract's cloud options under a specific special item number. Right now the agency lists the cloud options under a variety of different numbers, so agencies browsing the system can't find them all in one place. GSA says the new approach will help small agencies in particular. The cloud-specific number will have its own subcategories of cloud-specific services, too. GSA wants industry recommendations on how to do it: a request for information is out on how best to differentiate the types of cloud services Schedule 70 includes. The deadline for the cloud industry to respond to GSA's request for information is August 6th. You can find the RFI on Fed Biz Opps.
Jeff Koses, senior procurement executive for the General Services Administration, will discuss his acquisition priorities for the agency.
July 22, 2014
The House has approved a massive spending bill that would slash funding for the Internal Revenue Service by more than $1 billion next year. The agency, which has been under fire for the improper targeting of conservative groups, would see its current $11.3 billion budget decline by 13 percent under the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill for fiscal 2015 passed by the House Wednesday. But that's just one of the the provisions of the bill drawing the ire of the Obama administration, which issued a notice earlier this week threatening to veto the legislation.
The General Services Administration needs to step up its leadership to take advantage of cost-saving real estate opportunities, according to House members participating in a recent round table discussion.
As the General Services Administration moves gradually toward a "category management" approach to strategic sourcing, it's taking a "deep dive" into the way federal agencies currently buy professional services and the kind of information they need to buy those services in a smarter way. Tiffany Hixson, the professional services category executive in GSA's Federal Acquisition Service, tells Roger Waldron about the new category management agenda for services on this week's edition of "Off the Shelf." Listen to entire episode of Off the Shelf
President Obama has tapped a senior advisor at OMB to be the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy.
The General Services Administration's Net-Zero Energy Task Group is planning to produce a draft letter with clear goals and guidance for net-zero energy buildings by this September.