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Dan Gordon, George Washington University Law School

Reverse auctions can save your agency money, but only if it uses them the right way. That's according to Dan Gordon, a procurement professor at George Washington University and former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, who testified about reverse auctions to the House Small Business committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why he told the committee agencies should ask themselves a few questions before they decide to use reverse auctions.

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Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 04:35pm EDT
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Reverse auctions draw strong criticism on Capitol Hill

Reverse auctions are overused, underregulated and might be a monopoly, according to recent testimony on Capitol Hill.

Tags: House , Congress , reverse auctions , GAO , Dan Gordon , OFPP , FAR , FedBid , Joe Jordan , Steve Chabot , Sean McCalley

Friday - 03/20/2015, 06:20pm EDT

Rep. Chabot takes new approach to increasing small business contracting

A new bill from the House Small Business Committee chairman would require SBA to develop a new methodology to measure how effective agencies are in ensuring small firms receive prime and subcontracts awards.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , small business , Congress , Steve Chabot , SBA , reverse auctions , contract bundling , small business contracting goals , Jason Miller

Friday - 03/20/2015, 05:36pm EDT

House lawmakers call for OFPP to issue reverse auction guidance

Reps. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and Sam Graves (R-Mo.), chairmen of the Veterans Affairs and Small Business committees, respectively, wrote to Anne Rung, OFPP administrator, saying agencies still are "misusing" reverse auctions to "evade competition and compliance with other procurement regulations."

Tags: acquisition , OFPP , GAO , House Veterans Affairs Committee , reverse auctions , industry , Sam Graves , Jeff Miller , Joe Jordan , FedBid , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 04:50pm EST

SBA proposed size standard change riles small IT resellers

The Small Business Administration received more than 200 comments about a proposed rule to eliminate the exception to how IT value-added resellers are classified as small contractors. Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), chairman of the Small Business Committee, wrote a letter to SBA asking for the rule to be retracted and improved.

Tags: Jason Miller , Sam Graves , IT , IT value-added resellers , size standards , American Small Business Coalition , Guy Timberlake , Dempsey Fontana , James Fontana , Ken Dodds , SBA , industry , acquisition

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 04:03am EST
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Agencies end 9-year small business contracting drought

For the first time since 2005, the government awarded at least 23 percent of all prime contracts to small businesses. The Small Business Administration reported Friday small firms received $83 billion out of a possible $355 billion in 2013.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , Small business goals , SBA , Maria Contreras-Sweet , John Shoraka , Ben Cardin , Sam Graves , Jason Miller

Monday - 08/04/2014, 04:54am EDT
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Congress joins the fray as protests mount over strategic sourcing

Reps. Grace Meng and Tim Walberg introduce a provision in the Defense authorization bill to require GAO to study the impact of strategic sourcing on small businesses. GSA also is facing more than two dozen protests over its current and future office supplies contracts and now OASIS.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , Congress , Grace Meng , Tim Walberg , Sam Graves , strategic sourcing , GAO , bid protests , GSA , Office Supplies 3 , OASIS , Sam Bornstein , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 01:29pm EDT

SBA finds fault with GSA's strategic sourcing analysis for office supplies

SBA said GSA's impact analysis failed on two main accounts. SBA said it disagreed on GSA's claim that OS3 is a follow-on contract to OS2 and therefore is not a consolidation of contract requirements subject to the provisions of the Small Business Act. SBA also said GSA's argument that it is "contrary to law" to provide an economic analysis on the consequences of small business on a consolidated contract is wrong.

Tags: acquisition , industry , contracting , strategic sourcing , GAO , SBA , GSA , Office Supplies 3 , Sam Graves , Tony Franco , Sam Bornstein , Jason Miller

Monday - 04/07/2014, 12:30pm EDT

Rep. Graves tries again to increase small business contracting goals

The chairman of the Small Business Committee plans to introduce two bills today. One will increase the governmentwide small business prime contracting goal to 25 percent from 23 percent. The other focuses on contract bundling and data transparency.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , Sam Graves , Richard Hanna , Small business goals , contracting bundling , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 02/26/2014, 09:04am 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 Veterans Affairs Committee , VA , Jan Frye , Bill Sisk , GSA , SBA , Major Clark , reverse auctions , Congress , FedBid , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 06:45pm EST
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