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Former DHS CIO Richard Spires joins Resilient Network Systems as new CEO

Resilient Network Systems appointed former Homeland Security CIO Richard A. Spires as its new chief executive officer. Spires stepped down from the DHS post in May.

Tags: Richard Spires , Resilient Network Systems , industry , people , DHS , Luke McCormack , Michael OConnell

Friday - 12/13/2013, 01:51pm EST

Air Force tells program managers: Don't expect reprieve from sequestration

Any relief the Air Force gets from a pending budget deal will be pushed into rebuilding lost military readiness, not bolstering investment programs, a top acquisition official said Wednesday.

Tags: DoD , Congress , acquisition , industry , Better Buying Power , Air Force , Charles Davis , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 08:35am EST
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Associations press House to change cyber supply chain law

More than a dozen industry technology and business groups are asking the House to adopt language in the Senate's Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill that would focus on risk when buying technology products and services from companies that have connections to China.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Frank Wolf , industry , Appropriations Committee , supply chain , Congress , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 02:22pm 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 Small Business Committee , 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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DIA releases technology wish list to solve problems more directly

The 'Needipedia' project is designed to stay within federal procurement law, but it short cuts some of the steps that cause agencies to wait months or years to solve current-day problems. DIA releases RFPs connected to an ongoing Broad Agency Announcement to give contractors a path to offer technology more directly.

Tags: DoD , technology , DIA , ICITE , Dan Doney , Jared Serbu , Government Executive magazine , contracting , industry , agile development

Monday - 12/09/2013, 03:48am EST

OFPP's proposed increase in contractor salary cap upsets all

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy issued a memo to agencies setting the new benchmark for reimbursable costs at $952,308, up from $763,029 in 2011 for certain contractor employee salaries. The contractor cap has increased 55 percent over the last four years. OFPP blames Congress for not acting to change the formula for calculating the annual increases.

Tags: contracting , industry , OFPP , contractor compensation cap , Joe Jordan , Stan Soloway , PSC , AFGE , J. David Cox , Congress , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/05/2013, 04:27am EST

GSA kicks off 3rd generation of strategic sourcing for office supplies

GSA issued a draft solicitation for the Office supplies 3 indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract Nov. 25 that puts more emphasis on small businesses, including consortiums, and would not be based on Schedule special item numbers.

Tags: industry , contracting , GSA , strategic sourcing , office supplies , Schedule 75 , Sam Bornstein , Jason Miller

Monday - 12/02/2013, 02:28pm EST
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Critics say federal design-build construction contracts stifling competition

Representatives of the construction and building design industries told lawmakers Tuesday that agencies' practices in issuing design-build construction contracts are dissuading qualified contractors from even offering bids.

Tags: Congress , federal real property , design-build contracts , American Institute of Architects , Army Corps of Engineers , James Dalton , Charles Dalluge , Randall Gibson , Jared Serbu , contracting , industry

Wednesday - 12/04/2013, 04:15am EST
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ITI seeks dismissal of TechAmerica lawsuit, calling claims 'fatally flawed'

The IT Industry Council asked the DC Superior Court to dismiss charges filed by TechAmerica against the trade organization and three employees. ITI's lawyer said TechAmerica's allegations lack evidence and do not meet the standards of law. TechAmerica pushes back against ITI's request for dismissal saying each of the allegations can be backed up by facts.

Tags: industry , TechAmerica , IT Industry Council , Trey Hodgkins , Pam Walker , Carol Henton , Dean Garfield , Leslie Paul Machado , LeClairRyan , Shawn Osborne , Jason Miller

Monday - 12/02/2013, 04:08am EST
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EPA, GSA want help in applying commercial standards to green purchasing

The agencies issued draft guidelines on how best to assess non-governmental environmental standards and ecolabels already in the marketplace for use in government. Comments are due in February.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , industry , green government , EPA , GSA , Federal Register , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 11/27/2013, 12:33pm EST
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