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Hettinger chosen to lead TechAmerica's public sector shop

Mike Hettinger has spent more than 20 years in the federal sector and now comes over to the trade association from the Software & Information Industry Association. He worked on Capitol Hill and for government contractors.

Tags: Jason Miller , TechAmerica , Shawn Osborne , Robin Lineberger , Mike Hettinger , Software & Information Industry Association

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 11:12am EST

GSA plots path ahead for once-troubled acquisition management system

GSA says its problem-plagued System for Award Management is now working, but its failures have pushed agency officials to pursue a new path to consolidate the government's approach to procurement data.

Tags: GSA , technology , acquisition , Contracting , System for Award Management , Sonny Hashmi , Kevin Youel Page , open source , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 04:02am EST
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TechAmerica adds more specifics to allegations against former officials, ITI

The trade association offers more details about its claims against three former senior officials who left to join the IT Industrial Council. TechAmerica says the three officials downloaded a "truckload" of proprietary information about membership dues and other parts of the business, which will cause "irreparable injury" to the association.

Tags: Contracting , TechAmerica , IT Industry Council , Trey Hodgkins , Shawn Osborne , Pam Walker , Carol Henton , Jason Miller

Monday - 12/16/2013, 02:55pm EST

27 vendors protest awards under DHS $22B IT services contract

Unsuccessful bidders of one unrestricted portion of the EAGLE II contract are taking their arguments to GAO to try to get a spot on the multiple-award contract. Documents show DHS made no awards to any company whose total bid was more than $500 million.

Tags: Contracting , acquisition , GAO , DHS , Ralph White , Mike McCaul , House Homeland Security Committee , Eagle II , bid protest , Nick Nayak , Jason Miller

Friday - 12/13/2013, 12:18pm EST
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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 , 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 , 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 , 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 , 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 , 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 , OFPP , contractor compensation cap , Joe Jordan , Stan Soloway , PSC , AFGE , J. David Cox , Congress , Jason Miller

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