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GSA to push vendors for more data on schedule price variances

The Federal Acquisition Service is launching the Competitive Pricing initiative. GSA is sending letters to vendors to figure out why there are price differences among the same or similar products and services.

Tags: Acquisition , contracting , GSA , Kevin Youel Page , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , Category management , Federal Supply Schedules , Prices paid data , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 03:57am EDT
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Pentagon's new cyber strategy looks to Silicon Valley

The cyber policy revisions, which Ashton Carter will announce during a speech at Stanford University, will be the first significant update since 2011, when the department issued its first-ever cyber strategy. Carter's visit to Silicon Valley is the first such trip in 20 years for a Defense secretary. Officials say the pilgrimage is meant to build tighter partnerships between DoD and the tech sector it depends on for cybersecurity and technology innovation.

Tags: DoD , Technology , Cybersecurity , U.S. Cyber Command , U.S. Digital Service , In-Q-Tel , Ashton Carter , innovation , Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 04:03am EDT
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Majority of agencies meeting sustainable acquisition goals, OFPP says

A new report to Congress shows 17 of the 24 largest agencies bought sustainable products at least 95 percent of the time.

Tags: Acquisition , OFPP , Anne Rung , GSA , GreenGov , management , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 02:21pm EDT

NIH awards $20B CIO-CS acquisition contract for IT

The National Institutes of Health awarded its Chief Information Officer - Commodities and Solutions Governmentwide Acquisition Contract Tuesday to 65 vendors.

Tags: NIH , HHS , CIO-CS , GWAC , NITAAC , contracting , Technology , Acquisition , Rob Coen , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 01:12pm EDT

DoD promises to balance push for open architectures with companies' property rights

Pentagon is studying its existing use of open systems in preparation for a final report, due at the end of the year, on how to expand them. Officials insist they're not interested in wiping out Defense firms' proprietary systems, but they need to own the data links between them.

Tags: DoD , Acquisition , Technology , Better Buying Power , Open architecture , Katrina McFarland , Frank Kendall , AFCEA , Jared Serbu

Monday - 04/13/2015, 03:42am EDT
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Cloud legislation gets new life behind CDM success

Federal chief information officer Tony Scott, a growing number of lawmakers on Capitol Hill and industry associations are warming to the idea of new legislation to make it easier for agencies to buy cloud services.

Tags: Technology , Cloud computing , Congress , Rich Beutel , FITARA , OMB , Acquisition , Professional Services Council , IT Alliance for Public Sector , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller

Monday - 04/13/2015, 04:27am EDT

DoD's Better Buying Power 3.0 raises cyber as a core acquisition concern

The Defense Department published a 3.0 version of its Better Buying Power program Thursday, saying the overall plan represents "more continuity than change." But there have been shifts in emphasis over the initiative's five-year lifespan, including a new focus on cybersecurity.

Tags: DoD , Better Buying Power , Acquisition , Cybersecurity , Frank Kendall , Robert Work , Research and development , Jared Serbu

Friday - 04/10/2015, 04:44am EDT

GSA's schedule contract consolidation kicks major overhaul effort into gear

The General Services Administration plans to substantially complete the merger of eight professional schedule contracts into one by November. Tiffany Hixson, GSA's Federal Acquisition Service's professional services category executive, said 440 professional services contractors owning more than 4,400 total schedules need to migrate to the new construct.

Tags: exclusive , Acquisition , contracting , GSA , Tiffany Hixson , Kathy Jocoy , Professional services , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , Other direct costs , Unpriced schedule , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:03am EDT
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Second protest further delays DHS cyber program

HP Enterprise Services submitted a protest to the Government Accountability Office on March 9 of the $29 million award to Knowledge Consulting Group under task order 2.

Tags: Technology , Acquisition , contracting , HP Enterprise Services , Knowledge Consulting Group , DHS , GSA , continuous diagnostics and mitigation program , Jason Miller

Friday - 04/03/2015, 03:07pm EDT

Sens. McCaskill, Booker appeal for access to innovative IT

Two senators wrote a letter to the Rules and Administration Committee highlighting several changes to policy needed to promote access and use of modern technology such as cloud computing.

Tags: Technology , Congress , Corey Booker , Claire McCaskill , Senate Rules and Administration Committee , Cloud computing , social media , contracting , Jason Miller

Monday - 04/06/2015, 04:00pm EDT
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