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Congress: Rightsizing debate should include feds and contractors

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree that federal contractors need to be a major part of the discussion on rightsizing the federal workforce. But, they have not yet come to terms with whether the debate is about just raw numbers or having the right number of employees doing an amount of work they can handle.

Tags: pay and benefits , industry , Stephen Lynch , Dennis Ross , Gerry Connolly , Cynthia Lummis , Tom Marino , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , William Dougan , NFFE , workforce , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/26/2011, 04:51pm EDT

GSA gives agencies more time to move to Networx

The agency is extending the FTS2001 bridge contract with four vendors for at least another six months. Most of the largest agencies have not fully transitioned to the telecommunications. GSA is readying several other contracts including for HSPD-12 services and strategic sourcing for wireless services.

Tags: contracting , industry , technology , Karl Krumbholz , Mike O'Neill , Patricia Waddell , Larry Hale , GSA , Sprint , Qwest , AT&T , Verizon , AFFIRM , Networx , telecommunications , FTS-2001 , schedule contracts , BetterBuy Wiki , SmartBUY , HSPD-12 , Networks 2020 , Connections , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/20/2011, 07:58am EDT
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Army heeding call for acquisition reforms

The Secretary of the Army said Wednesday that the service agreed with most of the recommendations of a blue ribbon panel on reforming its acquisition process. Secretary John McHugh told Congress the Army was moving forward with 63 of the 76 recommendations.

Tags: DoD , Congress , contracting , industry , Army , DoD budget , John McHugh , Martin Dempsey , Senate Appropriations Committee , Gil Decker , Lou Wagner , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 05/19/2011, 06:46pm EDT
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Critical needs first in DHS IT modernization

A day after the Department of Homeland Security cancelled its $450 million contract to modernize and unify its backoffice IT systems, the department's acting CFO told Congress DHS will focus first on modernizing the infrastructure of the department's components that are severely out of date. A new strategy for an integrated, departmentwide system has yet to be determined, she said.

Tags: technology , contracting , industry , DHS , GAO , financial management , TASC , bid protest , Congress , Peggy Sherry , Coast Guard , FEMA , Immigration and Customs Enforcement , Jared Serb

Monday - 05/16/2011, 07:29am EDT
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Bill would reform A-76 outsourcing process

Sen. Mikulski and Rep. Sarbanes introduce legislation to change the way agencies outsource jobs and determine what are inherently governmental functions.

Tags: contracting , industry , Barbara Mikulski , John Duncan , John Thune , OMB , OFPP , A-76 , inherently governmental , outsourcing , insourcing , Jason Miller , John Sarbanes

Friday - 05/13/2011, 02:51pm EDT

Hearing offers little clarity to campaign disclosure proposal

Republican House lawmakers are frustrated and concerned over the draft Executive Order requiring contractors to make campaign contributions public. OFPP's Dan Gordon declines to answer specific questions about the proposal, but said transparency is key to ensuring trust in the procurement system.

Tags: contracting , industry , Dan Gordon , Darrell Issa , Sam Graves , Elijah Cummings , Nydia Velazquez , Tim Walberg , House Small Business Committee , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , OFPP , White House , FEC , draft executive order , political contributions , Disclose Act , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/13/2011, 07:35am EDT
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Industry Chatter: CRGT checks the tech pulse

Mobile technology is changing how the federal government works. Federal News Radio spoke with CRGT CEO Tom Ferrando, for a pulse check on technology and contracting.

Tags: Tom Ferrando , Francis Rose , In Depth , Industry Chatter , technology , contracting , industry , mobility

Thursday - 05/12/2011, 05:53pm EDT
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DISA employees staying on, despite BRAC

Seventy percent of the Defense Information System Agency's workers are making the move to Ft. Meade, Md. DISA, however, is keeping the pipeline of potential new hires stocked and taking steps to improve the hiring process. Vendors also have not seen a large exit of employees, but could later this fall.

Tags: pay and benefits , industry , DoD , Jack Penkoske , David Bullock , DISA , Kathleen Smith , Clearjobs.net , BRAC Impact , telework , hiring , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/12/2011, 07:56am EDT
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Study cites gains in DoD contract competition

Researchers at the Center for Strategic and International Studies find trends toward more competition in Defense Department contracting between 1999 and 2010. The Washington think tank also found DoD also had increased the use of fixed price contracting.

Tags: DoD , DoD budget , contracting , industry , contracting competition , CSIS , David Berteau , Jared Serbu

Monday - 05/09/2011, 07:27am EDT
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