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Norton's proposed bill rewards contractors for fair labor practices

When Congress resumes, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton is set to introduce a bill that directs federal agencies to give preferential points to federal government vendors based on their labor practices. Norton's is the latest in a series of bills and orders designed to improve working conditions for federal contracting employees.

Tags: contracting , Eleanor Holmes Norton , Congress , House , fair labor practices , labor laws , acquisition , workforce , pay

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 05:04pm EDT

Stan Soloway, PSC, and Roger Waldron, CGP

It's day three of our special report "The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform". Today's focus -- taking stock for the future. What aspects of the procurement process should the government preserve or replicate across government? Stan Soloway is president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, and Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government. They joined In Depth with Francis Rose to explain what's working well in the procurement process.

Tags: Stan Soloway , Roger Waldron , Coaltion for Government Procurement , acquisition , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , In Depth

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 04:11pm EDT
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Beth McGrath & Dave Wennergren

The House and Senate Armed Services Committees are trying to pay close attention to defense acquisition reform. Dave Wennergren is senior vice president of technology policy at the Professional Services Council and the Pentagon's former chief information officer. Beth McGrath is director of Deloitte Federal Practice and the Defense Department's former deputy chief management officer. They joined on In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss acquisition reform.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , acquisition reform , Beth McGrath , Dave Wennergren , Deloitte ,

Monday - 06/30/2014, 04:17pm EDT
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OMB: Plan for implementing security-clearance fixes coming soon

In the coming months, the federal government will release a detailed plan for implementing more than a dozen recommendations to improve the security clearance process, said Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director for Management Beth Cobert. The government's recommendations, which were included in an interagency report published by OMB last month, call for "continuous evaluation" of clearance holders and strengthened oversight of the background-investigation process.

Tags: OMB , security clearances , background investigations , Beth Cobert , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 10:45am EDT
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Is the budget deal the final word on contractor compensation?

Tucked away inside the bipartisan budget deal announced with much fanfare this week is a proposal limiting the maximum level contractors can charge the government to pay the salaries of their top executives to nearly half of what it is currently. But it may not be the final word on the issue on the sticky issue of contractor compensation. the budget deal's proposed changes to taxpayer-funded contractor salaries are competing with another piece of bipartisan legislation currently before Congress. The annual Defense Authorization Act seeks to lower the compensation limit but by far less than the budget deal.

Tags: Congress , budget , acquisition , acquisition policy , contractor compensation cap , Stan Soloway , Dan Gordon , OMB , OFPP

Friday - 12/13/2013, 11:03am EST

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 , OFPP , contractor compensation cap , Joe Jordan , Stan Soloway , AFGE , J. David Cox , Congress , Jason Miller

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

Contractors' fate uncertain even as DoD civilians return from furloughs

With the announcement from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recalling most Defense Department civilians from furloughs, some large defense companies, which had been planning to furlough their employees, have canceled or scaled back their initial plans. However, DoD's move could wind up having only a limited impact on contractors more broadly.

Tags: industry , acquisition , DoD , government shutdown , Stan Soloway , AIA , Dan Stohr , Jack Moore

Monday - 10/07/2013, 04:30pm 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 , OFPP , Multiple award contracts , Bill Woods , GAO , professional services , DoD , Dick Ginman , Stan Soloway , MAGIC conference , Jason Miller

Friday - 07/12/2013, 05:35am EDT
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Industry fears 'chilling effect' in GSA review of acquisition managers

In a letter to Tom Sharpe, the commissioner of the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service, three industry groups -- the Coalition for Government Procurement, the Professional Services Council and TechAmerica -- wrote that restricting communication between managers and contractors could have a "chilling effect" on managers' role in the Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) program.

Tags: GSA , FAS , acquisition , industry , Tom Sharpe , multiple-award schedule , CGP , TechAmerica , Jack Moore

Thursday - 06/27/2013, 05:53pm EDT

Small businesses largely immune to reduced contractor pay cap

Reducing the contractor compensation cap to the level of the salary drawn by the President ($400,000) or the Vice President ($230,700), as suggested by some lawmakers and the White House in the past, would dramatically increase the number of employees who earn compensation above the allowable limits GAO said. But the changes would mostly affect large companies, auditors said, because few of the small companies it surveyed pay their employees more than the amount earned by the President and Vice President.

Tags: industry , acquisition , GAO , contractor pay cap , Stan Soloway , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 09:03pm EDT
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