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Rob Burton, partner, Venable

The list of business grievances against the contracting company USIS is growing. The Government Accountability Offices says a five-year, nearly $200 million contract it has with the Homeland Security Department wasn't properly awarded. GAO cites in its decision a recent service history of contracting turbulence as grounds for further review, which includes thousands of incomplete background checks and a massive data breach that affected the Office of Personnel Management. Rob Burton is a partner at Venable law firm. He's also former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he weighed the chances that debarment is in USIS's future.

Tags: Rob Burton , Venable , GAO , USIS , contracting , industry , In Depth

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 04:38pm EDT
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Government Contracting Myth No. 2: We should always protest

A company's reputation is an important part of its success and its reputation could be harmed if it is known as a business that protests everything, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan. This post is the second in the 10-part series, "10 Myths of Government Contracting."

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , best practices , Timothy Sullivan , Thompson Coburn , Public Contracting Institute , contracting myths

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 05:00am EDT

Former Commerce CIO Szykman lands in the private sector

Simon Szykman is joining Attain as its chief technology officer of the federal services division.

Tags: people , industry , technology , Commerce , Simon Szykman , Attain , Jason Miller

Friday - 10/24/2014, 09:38am EDT

Adele Ratcliff, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy

The Defense Department wants to maintain its technological advantage in warfare. To do so, it relies on the U.S. industrial base. Next month, DoD will launch a competition to develop a new Institute for Manufacturing. But not just any manufacturing, in this case the work will have to involve photonics. The awardee will receive $110 million to jump start the institute. Adele Ratcliff is director of Manufacturing Technology in DoD's Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the objective of the new institute.

Tags: Adele Ratcliff , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , DoD , Institute for Manufacturing , industry

Friday - 10/24/2014, 10:05am EDT
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Government Contracting Myth No. 1: We should never protest

In the first part of a 10-part series on government contracting, expert Tim Sullivan says even if a company has a no-protest policy, it is na´ve to believe that it can completely insulate itself from the protest process.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , best practices , Timothy Sullivan , Thompson Coburn , Public Contracting Institute , contracting myths

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 03:52am EDT

Report: Sequestration slashed DoD contract spending by 16 percent in 2013

Analysis by the Center for Strategic and International Studies shows R&D took the biggest hit, dropping by 21 percent in a single year. But payments to large firms and spending on large contracts got some degree of protection.

Tags: DoD , sequestration , DoD budget , contracting , industry , R&D , Center for Strategic and International Studies , David Berteau , Greg Sanders , Jared Serbu

Friday - 10/17/2014, 08:32am EDT
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Schneider leaves a legacy of change at DIA

Grant Schneider was the chief information officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency for seven years before leaving for a two-year detail at OMB earlier this month. Schneider said DIA relies less on contractors and is knee deep in shared services.

Tags: technology , Grant Schneider , DIA , NGA , OMB , ICITE , industry , workforce , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller

Friday - 10/10/2014, 04:35pm EDT
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Labor: Minimum wage increase for federal contract workers

The Department of Labor released its final rule for a minimum wage hike for federal contracting employees by 2015.

Tags: minimum wage , pay , Labor Department , Barack Obama , contracting , industry , Jory Heckman

Thursday - 10/09/2014, 04:55pm EDT

PSC hires Navy acquisition exec to lead defense, intel committee

Jerry Punderson, the outgoing director of contracts for the Naval Sea Systems Command, will join PSC as its new senior vice president of defense and intelligence.

Tags: Jason Miller , acquisition , industry , people , DoD , Navy , Jerry Punderson , Stan Soloway

Monday - 10/06/2014, 08:58am EDT

VA IG unwinds tale of procurement fraud, abuse involving senior agency officials, FedBid

The Veterans Affairs inspector general issued a report alleging the deputy chief procurement officer at the Veterans Health Administration used her position to promote and award a contract to FedBid, a reverse auction vendor, and improperly acted as an agent of the vendor, creating a conflict of interest.

Tags: Jason Miller , acquisition , contracting , industry , management , oversight , Veterans Affairs , FedBid , reverse auctions , Susan Taylor , Jan Frye

Monday - 09/29/2014, 05:26am EDT
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