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OFPP's proposed increase in contractor salary cap upsets all

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy issued a memo to agencies setting the new benchmark for reimbursable costs at $952,308, up from $763,029 in 2011 for certain contractor employee salaries. The contractor cap has increased 55 percent over the last four years. OFPP blames Congress for not acting to change the formula for calculating the annual increases.

Tags: contracting , industry , contractor compensation cap , Joe Jordan , Stan Soloway , PSC , AFGE , J. David Cox , Congress , jason miller

Thursday - 12/05/2013, 04:27am EST

Lowest price becoming primary factor in IT, services acquisitions

New data from Govini, a market research firm, finds the number of lowest price, technically acceptable awards doubled from 2009 to 2013. Vendors also are seeing more and more agencies issue solicitations where price is the only or a major evaluation criterion. DoD, civilian agency official acquisition officials say LPTA is one tool in a large toolbox.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , Stan Soloway , DoD , Frank Kendall , Shay Assad , PV Puvvada , Fritzi Serafin , Unisys , Centurion Research Solutions , Market Connections , Lesley Field , Foreground Security , Alison Kidd , lowest price technically acceptable , jason miller , A New Era in Technology

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 03:50am EST
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HealthCare.gov problems rekindle push for IT procurement reform

President Obama said the government needs to relook at how IT procurement is organized. Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel said there are procurement, management and governance issues that also need to be addressed.
November 7, 2013

Tags: Steven VanRoekel , Ask the CIO , HealthCare.gov , Affordable Care Act , acquisition , IT procurements , jason miller

Tuesday - 11/05/2013, 02:14pm EST
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OFPP applying strategic sourcing concept to acquisition training

Joe Jordan, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy administrator, said the Federal Acquisition Council on Training will oversee several initiatives, including developing a new contract for all agencies to buy acquisition training from. He said the Federal Acquisition Institute Training Application System eventually will be a one-stop shop for all acquisition workforce training needs.

Tags: acquisition , workforce , training , Joe Jordan , GSA , Federal Acquisition Institute , Defense Acquisition Institute , jason miller , exclusive

Monday - 09/09/2013, 06:14am EDT
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OFPP to hold acquisition workers more accountable for training

Joe Jordan, the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, issued a memo requiring civilian agencies to use the Federal Acquisition Institute Training Application System to track how acquisition workers are meeting certification requirements. Agencies have several deadlines over the next year to input data into the system.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , workforce , Joe Jordan , GSA , FAI , training , In Depth , jason miller

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 05:33am EDT

Proposal cuts time for vendors to comment on performance reviews

A proposed rule by the FAR Council would reduce the number of days contractors have to comment on a performance evaluation to 14 days from 30.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , industry , FAR Council , acquisition policy , Past performance , Federal Register , jason miller

Wednesday - 08/07/2013, 02:14pm EDT

Bill turns up heat on agency use of strategic sourcing

A group of Democrats and Republicans, called the No Labels Caucus, plans to introduce nine bills this week focused on government effectiveness and efficiency. The strategic sourcing legislation would require agencies to save at least $10 billion a year. Senators say agencies need the right incentives to buy smarter.

Tags: acquisition , industry , Joe Jordan , GAO , Cristina Chaplain , Dan Tangherlini , Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee , Ron Johnson , Claire McCaskill , strategic sourcing , jason miller

Tuesday - 07/16/2013, 12:21pm EDT
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GSA close to releasing final RFP for OASIS

The General Services Administration plans to award the $60 billion multiple award contract for complex professional services by October. Concerns again arise over whether there are too many multiple award contracts.

Tags: contracting , industry , Jim Ghiloni , GSA , OASIS , Dan Gordon , Multiple award contracts , Bill Woods , GAO , professional services , DoD , Dick Ginman , Stan Soloway , PSC , MAGIC conference , jason miller

Friday - 07/12/2013, 05:35am EDT
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Lawmakers, industry press OFPP not to make strategic sourcing mandatory

The House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and the Workforce is searching for answers about the potential impact on competition if the White House mandates the use of strategic sourcing contracts. Four industry associations provided little support for compulsory use, citing potential risks to the government and harm to vendors.

Tags: acquisition , industry , Joe Jordan , Jeff Koses , GSA , Richard Hanna , House Small Business Committee , Rob Burton , Venable , Stan Soloway , Professional Services Council , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , strategic sourcing , jason miller

Friday - 06/14/2013, 05:35am EDT
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