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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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JFCOM shuffles organizational chart

The U.S. Joint Forces Command, which will be formally disestablished later this year as part of Defense Secretary Robert Gates' efficiency initiative, had several of its functions transferred to other DoD components on Tuesday. The Pentagon said the realignment would preserve critical capabilities and place them in other branches of the department's organizational chart.

Tags: DoD , JFCOM , contracting , industry , Robert Gates , Ray Odierno , DoD budget , efficiency initiative , Jared Serbu , DoD Report

Tuesday - 05/03/2011, 07:20am EDT

Senators press for answers on draft political contributions order

More than a quarter of the Senate wrote to the President asking for more details on the proposal to require contractors to disclose political contributions.

Tags: contracting , industry , White House , Senate , Disclose Act , political contributions , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 04/27/2011, 11:25am EDT

DoD's process to buy services lacking

A Defense Science Board panel found DoD's procedures and its senior leaders don't give service contracts the attention they deserve. Service contracts make up more than 50 percent of the Defense Department's acquisition budget.

Tags: DoD , contracting , industry , management , DoD budget , service contracting , Commission on Wartime Contracting , Defense Science Board , Jacques Gansler , Ashton Carter , Jared Serbu , DoD Report

Monday - 04/25/2011, 08:21pm EDT
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GAO upholds one of four protests under E-Travel RFP

The General Services Administration has lost a protest to CarlsonWagonlit Sato Travel on the follow-on contract for agencies up upgrade their governmentwide E-Travel systems.

Tags: contracting , industry , GSA , GAO , CarlsonWagonlit , E-Travel , bid protest , Jason Miller

Monday - 04/25/2011, 08:07pm EDT

Draft executive order gives industry heartburn

White House is considering issuing an executive order that would require vendors to submit information about their political contributions as part of their bid proposal package. Industry associations say the proposal wouldn't keep political influence out of the acquisition process, but likely add it in. The administration claims the draft order is all about greater transparency and accountability.

Tags: contracting , industry , Jay Carney , White House , Susan Collins , Mitch McConnell , Trey Hodgkins , Stan Soloway , PSC , TechAmerica , political contributions , Disclose Act , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/21/2011, 07:31am EDT
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DoD to cut more than just weapons systems

The Pentagon's acquisition chief said Wednesday that Defense leaders would "undoubtedly" cut more major weapons systems, possibly as soon as next year. But undersecretary of Defense Ashton Carter said there were more savings to be found in other areas of the Defense Department budget. Major weapons procurement makes up only one seventh of DoD's spending.

Tags: DoD , contracting , industry , management , DoD budget , dod efficiency initiative , service contracting , Ashton Carter , Heritage Foundation , Jared Serbu , DoD Report

Wednesday - 04/20/2011, 07:23pm EDT
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