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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

IT reform bill needs to 'beef up' people section, experts say

Rep. Darrell Issa plans to formally introduce the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act before the end of March. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held its second hearing on the draft bill. Current and former federal officials say the bill should place a stronger emphasis on project management and workforce issues.

Tags: technology , management , Richard Spires , DHS , Darrell Issa , John Mica , Gerry Connolly , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act , program management , workforce , training , Stan Soloway , Dan Gordon , George Washington University , Jason Miller

Thursday - 02/28/2013, 07:02am EST

Unions, industry groups spar over impact of sequestration

Guidance from the administration on what steps federal agencies should take to prepare for potential across-the-board budget cuts has set off a war of words between federal-employee unions and industry groups. The American Federation of Government Employees says guidance exempts contractors at the expense of federal employees, but industry groups say the criticism is misguided.

Tags: budget , sequestration , industry , guidance , AFGE , NTEU , J. David Cox , Colleen Kelley , Stan Soloway , TechAmerica , Trey Hodgkins , Jack Moore

Friday - 01/18/2013, 06:59pm EST

Could cutting service contracts avert sequestration furloughs?

In an analysis prepared for the American Federation of Government Employees, contracting expert Charles Tiefer said that agency managers have a number of tools at their disposal to legally scale back service-contract spending and that doing so would be preferable to federal furloughs.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , AFGE , Charles Tiefer , industry , sequestration , AIA , Alan Chvotkin , furloughs , workforce

Monday - 02/11/2013, 05:00pm EST
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Pentagon Solutions: Longstanding challenges plague federal acquisition personnel

Stan Soloway, the President and CEO of the PSC, and Phil Kangas, a principal with Grant Thornton, joined Pentagon Solutions with Francis Rose to discuss the findings of a survey of federal acquisition personnel.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Pentagon Solutions , acquisition , acquisition workforce , Grant Thornton , Stan Soloway , Phil Kangas

Wednesday - 01/02/2013, 06:07pm EST
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Congress clears way for DoD civilian workforce cuts

Congress has cleared the way for a $633 billion defense policy bill that includes mandated reductions to the Defense Department's civilian and contractor workforces. Leaders of a House-Senate conference committee, tasked with reconciling competing versions of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, included in the final report the automatic workforce reductions that opponents say would result in about 36,000 job losses.

Tags: Senate , House , Congress , DoD , DoD civilian workforce , 2013 NDAA , contractor pay cap , AFGE , Stan Soloway , J. David Cox , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 12/19/2012, 06:56pm EST

Sequestration could spell $39B in cuts to civilian agency budgets

Civilian agencies may lose almost $40 billion dollars in top-line funding if sequestration goes into effect on Jan. 2, according to a new analysis by the Professional Services Council. Using fiscal 2012 as a baseline, PSC calculated civilian discretionary spending would decline by $39 billion and that individual agency budget would decline by 7.8 percent. More granular data are hard to come by until the Office of Management and Budget provides more details about specific about how the cuts will affect specific programs.

Tags: budget , OMB , sequestration , In Depth , Francis Rose , Stan Soloway , Jack Moore

Thursday - 08/30/2012, 08:32pm EDT
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