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OMB busting contract myths

The Office of Management and Budget wants to improve government-industry communication. It has launched a myth-busting campaign to help agencies understand procurement rules. Officials say poor communication often leads to faulty contracts and wasted money.

Tags: contracting , management , OMB , Dan Gordon , FAI , DAU , FAR , Meg Beasley

Monday - 02/07/2011, 07:27am EST
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OMB: Contract spending down but more cuts needed

The Office of Management and Budget said agencies reduced contract spending over consecutive years for the first time in 13 years. A new report from OMB showed reductions in some types of high risk contracts. But officials said the administration is targeting professional and technical services contract spending in 2012.

Tags: contracting , management , OMB , Jeffery Zients , Daniel Gordon , Meg Beasley

Thursday - 02/03/2011, 02:41pm EST
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Kelman: Let's make contracting better, faster, and cheaper

Former OFPP Administrator Steve Kelman shares the challenges of using contracting cuts to reduce spending.

Tags: Steve Kelman , contracting , budget , Dorobek Insider

Monday - 01/31/2011, 03:30pm EST
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Senate passes Acquisitions Improvement Act

The bill aims to improve acquisition workforce training, increase accountability and expand the use of the Acquisition Workforce Training Fund.

Tags: Susan Collins , Acquisition Improvement Act , acquisition , procurement , contracting , Senate , budget , Jolie Lee

Thursday - 12/16/2010, 01:20pm EST

New interagency contracts now require business cases

The FAR Councils issued an interim rule requiring changes to the use of and oversight of interagency contracts. OFPP reports that agencies spent $52 billion on multiple award and GWACs in 2009. The new requirements will help get that spending under better control, the councils say.

Tags: contracting , Dan Gordon , OMB , FAR Councils , Interagency contracting , Multiple award contracts , GWACs , Jason Miller

Monday - 12/13/2010, 03:20pm EST

Tip to OMB: earlier communication would help IT

Contracting officers have been reluctant to wade into RFPs. Steve Schooner says they should, in fact, be at the very center of discussions right from the start. The professor of federal contracting tells us why.

Tags: Federal Drive , contracting , NCMA 2010 , Steve Schooner , OMB , technology , IT management reforms

Monday - 12/13/2010, 11:08am EST
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OMB plans to bust IT contracting myths

The Office of Management and Budget said many feds responsible for IT acquisition are so cautious about running afoul of ethics rules that they're passing up what could be productive interactions with the industry. The administration plans to start an awareness campaign to improve communication between agencies and vendors.

Tags: technology , management , contracting , OMB , ethics , Vivek Kundra , Bob Dix , Dan Gordon , Paul Brub

Friday - 12/10/2010, 07:33pm EST
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Frontline Forum returns to improve procurement

Dan Gordon of OFPP discusses the return of the Frontline Forum meetings.

Tags: Frontline Forum , contracting , procurement , Steve Kelman , best practices , Dan Gordon , Dorobek Insider

Thursday - 11/18/2010, 05:48pm EST
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Survey: Acquisition policy doesn't translate

A new survey from the Professional Services Council and Grant Thornton finds contracting officers don't always find new guidance helpful in how they do their job. Acquisition workers also say too much oversight is causing innovation to be muted.

Tags: contracting , OMB , Stan Soloway , Lew Crenshaw , PSC , Grant Thornton , time and materials contracts , high risk contracts , Recovery Act contracting , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 11/16/2010, 06:21am EST
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OFPP calls for Fed to contractor ratio analysis

A new memo from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy gives agencies until June to determine whether the number of contractors performing services is appropriate. First, however, agencies must develop a service contract inventory and make it public. OFPP said for agencies to initially focus on professional and management services and technology services.

Tags: contracting , industry , Dan Gordon , service contract inventory , insourcing , inherently governmental , Jason Miller

Friday - 11/12/2010, 12:44pm EST
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