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OFPP promises to tame interagency contracts

OFPP administrator Dan Gordon told a Senate committee that a new rule to add more oversight to multi-agency contracts should be out soon. Agencies wanting to develop new multiple award contracts will have to justify them before going forward. OFPP is also trying to use strategic sourcing to take advantage of the government's buying power.

Tags: management , contracting , Dan Gordon , Gene Dodaro , Joseph Lieberman , GAO , GSA , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Interagency contracting , GWACs , Multiple award contracts , BPAs , duplicative programs , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/26/2011, 07:29am EDT
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Acquisition feds recalled from retirement

Agencies asked 125 annuitants for help last year with Army leading the way, bringing 44 retired federal workers back to help with acquisition processes.

Tags: contracting , pay and benefits , Dan Gordon , Army , Air Force , DHS , USDA , acquisition workforce , annuitants , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/19/2011, 11:28am EDT

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 , 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 , White House , FEC , draft executive order , political contributions , Disclose Act , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/13/2011, 07:35am EDT
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Changes to purchase cards can save agencies money

Your agency could save a lot of money with improvements in the purchase card program. Former OFPP Administrator Steve Kelman will tell you how.

Tags: Steve Kelman , contracting , In Depth , card charge

Monday - 04/18/2011, 03:36pm EDT
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Kelman: Share-in-savings contracts to return?

Former federal procurement policy chief Steve Kelman says you should think about share-in-savings contracts.

Tags: contracting , Steve Kelman , share-in-savings contract , budget , Federal Computer Week , In Depth

Friday - 04/01/2011, 02:54pm EDT
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OFPP to test employee swaps

The idea is to trade one of your acquisition experts to another agency in exchange for one who knows more about a specific procurement need you have.

Tags: Rob Burton , Venable , employee swap , management , contracting , acquisition , In Depth

Monday - 03/28/2011, 04:40pm EDT
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Agencies must justify large 8(a) contracts

The FAR Councils are adding a new set of controls to contracts worth more than $20 million going to vendors in the socioeconomic program. This interim rule is in reaction to problems that surfaced last year when 8(a) firms were passing most of the work under the award to large businesses. Agencies also have new requirements to determine the order of priority for small business programs, around multiple-award contracts and when to use other than firm-fixed price contracts.

Tags: contracting , Dan Gordon , GSA , IRMCO , SBA , FAR Councils , 8(a) program , HUBZone program , service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses , multiple-award contracts , firm fixed price contracts , Alaskan Native Corporations , sole source contracts , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 08:08am EDT
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Agencies must justify large contracts to 8(a) firms

The FAR Councils are adding a new set of controls to contracts worth more than $20 million going to vendors in the socioeconomic program. This interim rule is in reaction to problems that surfaced last year when 8(a) firms were passing most of the work under the award to large businesses. Agencies also have new requirements to determine the order of priority for small business programs, around multiple-award contracts and when to use other than firm-fixed price contracts.

Tags: contracting , Dan Gordon , GSA , IRMCO , SBA , FAR Councils , 8(a) program , HUBZone program , service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses , multiple-award contracts , firm fixed price contracts , Alaskan Native Corporations , sole source contracts , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 07:29am EDT

OFPP zeroes in on acquisition workforce

Some administration officials fear the acquisition workforce can't properly manage government contracts. Dan Gordon said strengthening that workforce is OFPP's number one priority. He also said he wants to improve communication between government acquisition officers and industry.

Tags: contracting , management , acquisition workforce , Dan Gordon , mythbusting , AFFIRM , Meg Beasley

Friday - 02/18/2011, 07:02am EST
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