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AcqStat sessions give broader view of challenges

OFPP is holding these meetings with large agencies to understand how they are meeting the Obama administration's acquisition goals. The sessions are similar to the TechStat sessions, but they're not at the program level. OFPP also is finalizing rules around multiple award contracts and schedule bidding.

Tags: contracting , Lesley Field , Dan Gordon , GSA , Federal Acquisition Institute , Coalition for Government Procurement , GSA schedules , multiple award contracting , acquisition workforce , Frontline Forums , AcqStat , Contracting Functional Advisory Boards , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 11/03/2010, 07:03am EDT
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Scorecard adds heat to insourcing debate

A coalition of businesses, associations and citizen groups rate members of Congress on how they voted on bills that promote or hurt private sector companies and forces industry to compete with the government. But some experts say the business coalition is taking a too narrow view of what the government does.

Tags: industry , contracting , Robert Tobias , Angela Styles , John Palatiello , Colleen Kelley , Crowell and Moring , American University , NTEU , Business Coalition for Fair Procurement , insourcing , public-private competition , Jason Miller

Friday - 10/29/2010, 07:24am EDT
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OFPP looks for better green purchasing data

A new survey on how well agencies contract for sustainable products and services is under development. GSA and OFPP also are taking other steps to promote green purchasing including training courses and changes to acquisition regulations.

Tags: contracting , Cyndi Vallani , Dana Arnold , GSA , EPA , GreenGov Symposium , green purchasing , biobased products , Energy Star , EPEAT , Green government , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 10/19/2010, 01:04pm EDT
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GSA's office supply contract causes concern

The General Services Administration freezes Schedule 75 to new vendors shortly after awarding a new strategic sourcing contract for office supplies. Small businesses say the combination of the two could have a detrimental effect on their ability to sell to the government. GSA expects to save $52 million a year across government from the BPA's lower prices.

Tags: contracting , Paul McDermott , GSA , Mike Tucker , George W. Allen Company , Chris Bates , National Office Products Alliance , Schedule 75 , office supplies , strategic sourcing , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/23/2010, 07:28am EDT
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OFPP details increased oversight of interagency contracts

A new report to Congress says OFPP will release new policies this fall to improve the management and use of multiple award contracts. One of the policies will require business cases for all multi- and inter-agency contracts. OFPP found that agencies spent more than $52 billion on these contracts in 2009.

Tags: contracting , Jeff Zients , OMB , Contract Overload , MACs , GWACs , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 09/22/2010, 03:10pm EDT

NIH issues $20 billion CIO-SP3 RFP

The GWAC is focused on providing health IT services along with other general technology functions. Vendors must have specific health IT capabilities to bid on the contract. NIH said a small business RFP of the contract will be issued soon.

Tags: contracting , NIH , GWAC , CIO-SP3 , IT services , health IT , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 09/21/2010, 07:10am EDT

OFPP sees millions in taming cell phone contracts

Most agencies do not have an accurate inventory of how many devices they are paying for or how much those devices are being used. Officials estimate the government could save as much as $200 million a year by improving the management and optimization of contracts for wireless devices. The administration plans to revive the wireless communications strategic sourcing initiative.

Tags: contracting , management , Jack Kelly , Russ Peery , Sandy Hall , Rebel McFertridge , OMB , CBP , GSA , CDC , FedScoop , iSYS , Jin Kang , strategic sourcing , wireless communications , TEMS , Jason Miller

Friday - 08/20/2010, 07:20am EDT
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Keeping track of federal cellphones

Few agencies know how many cell phones they are paying for. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller tells what's being done about it.

Tags: DorobekInsider , technology , Jason Miller

Thursday - 08/19/2010, 06:01pm EDT
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OMB to post contractor information

The federal database of contractor integrity information is about to go public. Rob Burton, the former deputy administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy.

Tags: Federal Drive , FAPIIS , OMB , contracting , Rob Burton , Venable , Dorothy Ramienski

Monday - 08/09/2010, 10:08am EDT
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EPA experiences the upside of contracting reforms

OMB issues a fact sheet detailing successes across the government. Agencies are using fewer risky contracts and achieving more competition. One expert, however, wonders if the insourcing initiative is part of the reason for the changes.

Tags: contracting , Dan Gordon , Chuck Gherardini , John Bashista , OMB , EPA , NNSA , Interior , DoD , DHS , Robert Burton , Venable , competition , sole source contracting , contracting reforms , acquisition workforce , insourcing , Jason Miller

Thursday - 07/08/2010, 06:42am EDT
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