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Agency use of cost reimbursement contracts skyrockets, GAO finds

Auditors say agencies spent $136 billion on cost type contracts in 2008, up $16 billion since 2003. OMB wants to cut the use of these contracts by 10 percent in 2010.

Tags: Contracting , management , Jeffrey Zients , GAO , OMB , Stan Soloway , Professional Services Council , Cost reimbursement contracts , Firms fixed price contracts , acquisition reform , FPDS-NG

Friday - 10/30/2009, 07:35pm EDT

White House makes push for agencies, contractors to hire people with disabilities

President Obama releases set of initiatives that includes a government-wide job fair and a new interagency task force to promote best practices. At the same time, GSA and the Access Board are updating the Section 508 requirements for technology.

Tags: technology , Contracting , Terry Weaver , Tim Creagan , Karen Pica , GSA , OMB , U.S. Access Board , DoJ , OPM , Labor , EEOC , IDEAs Conference , Section 508

Wednesday - 10/07/2009, 07:16am EDT

New FAR regulations create unintended consequences

Reporting has dramatically increased, but has the relationship between contractors and contract managers been damaged?

Tags: Contracting , FAR , Rob Burton , Dorothy Ramienski

Thursday - 09/03/2009, 03:00pm EDT

Strengthening the federal acquisition workforce

Because of the retirement of baby-boomers, the federal government faces the imminent departure of large numbers of senior staffers over the next 10-15 years. A Senate subcommittee is focusing on how that will influence hiring the next generation of federal contract and acquisition workers.

Tags: P&B , Contracting , acquisitions , federal hiring , GSA , Daniel Akaka , George Voinovich , David Drabkin , Jeffrey Zeints , OMB , Martha Johnson

Friday - 08/07/2009, 06:52am EDT

OFPP calls on agencies to use EVM more often on non-IT projects

New memo from OMB is third in two weeks trying to change the acquisition environment. OFPP eventually wants agencies to submit data about non-IT projects in an Exhibit 53 style format. Agencies have six weeks to submit information on their top 10 construction projects.

Tags: management , Jeffrey Zients , Lesley Field , OMB , performance management , Earned Value Management , Chief Acquisition Officer's Council

Monday - 11/02/2009, 04:46pm EST

OMB asks agencies to develop plans to grow acquisition workforce

OFPP issues two contracting memos today. One gives agencies help to evaluate how competitive their contracting process is. The second one asks agencies to develop a workforce plan to increase the number of acquisition workers by 5 percent by 2014.

Tags: Contracting , management , Lesley Field , Jeffrey Zients , OMB , acquisition workforce , Contracting guidance

Tuesday - 10/27/2009, 05:25pm EDT

GAO: Centralized federal contract database needed

A recent report says there are a lot of questions surrounding the federal contracting space, and part of that is due to a lack of data.

Tags: Contracting , management , GAO , John Needham , MAC , GWAC , enterprise-wide , Dorothy Ramienski ,

Wednesday - 05/26/2010, 06:12pm EDT

Steve Kelman: a man with a plan

How to overhaul federal contracting.

Tags: Contracting , mngt , OMB , acquisition workforce , Contracting guidance , Steve Kelman

Thursday - 10/29/2009, 11:05am EDT

Who Wants to Be the Boss?

Tags: mngt , acquisition , Steve Kelman , DoD

Tuesday - 04/14/2009, 09:20am EDT
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