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Proposal to keep repeat labor-law violators off contracts draws opposition

The Obama administration wants keep companies who routinely violate labor laws from being eligible for federal contracts. Contractor representatives are calling the administration's proposal flawed and unfair.

Tags: Workforce , executive order , procurement , contracting , Labor Department , FAR Council , Stan Soloway , Associated Builders and Contractors , Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 03:27pm EDT

Vendors call GSA's estimates for data reporting rule 'irrational'

Contractor associations are raising red flags over the General Services Administration's proposed rule for vendors to report 11 transactional data elements. And they are using data and expertise to make their case.

Tags: Acquisition , Industry , Coalition for Government Procurement , GSA , Transactional data , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller

Monday - 05/11/2015, 05:27am EDT

Stan Soloway, President and CEO, Professional Services Council

The Office of Management and Budget has yet to release its guidance on implementing the last procurement reform bill to become law. But now another bill has already entered the pipeline. This one's called the Agile Acquisition to Retain Technological Edge Act. House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry recently introduced it as a discussion draft, and now contractors are weighing in. Stan Soloway is president and CEO of the Professional Services Council. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss some of the changes the council is recommending.

Tags: Stan Soloway , OMB , Acquisition , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 09:39am EDT
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Cloud legislation gets new life behind CDM success

Federal chief information officer Tony Scott, a growing number of lawmakers on Capitol Hill and industry associations are warming to the idea of new legislation to make it easier for agencies to buy cloud services.

Tags: Technology , Cloud computing , Congress , Rich Beutel , FITARA , OMB , Acquisition , Industry , IT Alliance for Public Sector , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller

Monday - 04/13/2015, 04:27am EDT

Federal News Countdown: New penalties for overseas cyberattacks, Disputes over spending

Robert Shea of Grant Thornton and Dave Wennergren of the Professional Services Council count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

Tags: Robert Shea , Grant Thornton , Dave Wennergren , In Depth , Federal News Countdown

Friday - 04/03/2015, 05:09pm EDT
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Barbara Kinosky, President, Centre Law and Consulting

The General Services Administration is proposing a new rule to require vendors to give them contract transaction. Some contractors don't like the idea, because they claim to already provide that information in other ways. Barbara Kinosky is president of Centre Law and Consulting, and on the Board of Directors for the Professional Services Council. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared more on the reaction from the contracting community to the proposed rule.

Tags: Barbara Kinosky , Centre Law and Consulting , contracting , Industry , In Depth

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 04:27pm EDT
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Alan Chvotkin, Executive VP and Counsel, Professional Services Council

For more than 20 years, a driving principle behind federal procurement is a simple one: To the extent possible, the government should buy regular commercial items under regular commercial terms and conditions. That idea is enshrined in law and regulation. So when it doesn't happen, companies protest. In a dispute between contractor CGI Federal and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the U.S. Court of Appeals reaffirmed that commercial principle. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain why the ruling is so important.

Tags: Alan Chvotkin , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , procurement , CGI Federal , Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services , CMS , Court of Appeals

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 09:57am EDT
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GSA pitches acquisition reforms to Obama

The White House is interested government procurement. No, not the Office of Management and Budget, which includes the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, but the actual West Wing.

Tags: Acquisition , GSA , Tom Sharpe , Laura Stanton , OFPP , Anne Rung , Barack Obama , Category management , Industry , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller

Monday - 02/16/2015, 04:51am EST

Contracting officers not given tools, support to take risks, be innovative

A new survey by the Professional Services Council and Grant Thornton reveals the shifting demographics of the acquisition workforce gives the administration an opportunity to change the culture of how the government buys goods and services. From training, to hiring, to creating a path for better collaboration, the acquisition workforce could undergo a major transformation with the right support and focus, experts say.

Tags: acquistion , contracting , Industry , Stan Soloway , Phil Kangas , Grant Thornton , LPTA , innovation , Workforce , Training , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:04am EST
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Acquisition reform

Today's FEDtalk will feature a roundtable discussion of one of this year's hottest topics - acquisition reform.
January 9, 2015

Tags: Acquisition , acquisition reform , Workforce , Dan Chenok , IBM Business of Government , Stan Soloway , Kymm McCabe , ASI Government , John McCain , Mac Thornberry , FEDtalk , Long Term Care Partners , OPM , Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

Friday - 01/09/2015, 09:03pm EST
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