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The contractor perspective on federal government issues

Stan Soloway and Robin Lineberger from the Professional Services Council, join host Debra Roth to discuss how sequestration and other issues are affecting contractors.
October 4, 2013

Tags: acquisition , contracting , workforce , Tony Vergnetti , Stan Soloway , sequestration , government shutdown , Robin Lineberger , Fed Talk

Friday - 10/04/2013, 08:42pm EDT
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Contractors seek answers on ACA implications for business

Government contractors have more questions than answers regarding how the Affordable Care Act will impact business, and how coverage requirements will inform contract pricing evaluations.

Tags: Alan Chvotkin , Affordable Care Act , pay and benefits , healthcare , industry , Melissa Dawkins , acquisition

Friday - 07/26/2013, 06:10am 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 , OFPP , Jeff Koses , GSA , Richard Hanna , House Small Business Committee , Rob Burton , Venable , Stan Soloway , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , strategic sourcing , Jason Miller

Friday - 06/14/2013, 05:35am EDT
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GSA's strategy for OASIS leaving vendors discontented

At an industry sponsored event, GSA tried to clarify its plans for the multi-billion dollar governmentwide contract, which will let agencies buy complex services from one place. Questions about how OASIS fits with the administration's strategic sourcing initiative and the expectation for price standardization were among the biggest areas of concern from companies.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , GSA , Jim Ghiloni , Leah Trudeau , Stan Soloway , Trey Hodgkins , TechAmerica , OASIS , professional services , Jason Miller

Friday - 02/01/2013, 05:56am EST
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Jan. 29, 2013

Alan Paller of the SANS Institute talks about DoD's new initiative to hire 4,000 more people for its Cyber Command. Paul Terry of Blackboard, Inc., discusses how his company is helping GSA with its travel planning. Devon Hewitt, a partner at Protorae Law, weighs in on a recent contract award protest affecting people with disabilities. Capt. Paul Hammer of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, talks about the latest efforts at his center. Robin Lineberger of Deloitte LLP fills us in about the Professional Services Council's new commission that's focusing on efficient and innovative acquisition issues.

Tags: Alan Paller , SANS Institute , U.S. Cyber Command , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Paul Terry , GSA , Blackboard , Devon Hewitt , Protorae Law , DoD , DoD Report , Army , accessibility , Paul Hammer , Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological He , mental illness , Walter Reed Army Medical Center , Robin Lineberger , Deloitte , acquisition , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 01/29/2013, 07:38am EST

Federal acquisition leaders distressed over workforce, budget cuts

Latest edition of a biennial survey, sponsored by a contracting industry group, finds acquisition leaders have the same challenges they had a decade ago. But they fear tighter budgets will reverse progress toward improving the government's acquisition workforce.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , acquisition workforce , Army Contracting Command , Camille Nichols , Grant Thornton , Stan Soloway , Alan Chvotkin , Phil Kangas , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 12/18/2012, 05:19am EST
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Pay gap between feds, contractors widens

The gap between government and contractor pay has continued to widen, according to a recent survey from the Human Resource Association of the National Capital Area and the Professional Services Council.

Tags: Alan Chvotkin , pay and benefits , In Depth , contracting , industry , Jack Moore

Monday - 10/03/2011, 07:28pm EDT
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Former OFPP officials say government in state of 'paralysis'

Former officials from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy say agencies need to get out of the ditch they have dug for themselves by taking multiple-award contracts the wrong way.

Tags: industry , acquisition , contracts , GAO , MAC , best practices , Rob Burton , Venable , Allan Burman , Deidre Lee , Stan Soloway , Keith BieryGolick

Friday - 07/27/2012, 05:24pm EDT

EXCLUSIVE: DHS directorate withdraws controversial vendor checklist

The National Protection and Programs Directorate said it would not put a contractor communication guidance in place that would have required agency leaders to answer 15 questions before meeting with companies. Industry experts said the draft guidance would have had a chilling effect on agency-contractor communication.

Tags: industry , acquisition , DHS , Mythbusters , Trey Hodgkins , TechAmerica , Alan Chvotkin , Industry-agency communication , Scott Amey , POGO , Jason Miller

Thursday - 07/26/2012, 05:40am EDT
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House drops DoD request to change definition of commercial products

The Pentagon says the way it buys certain commercial products has been abused for more than a decade. The Defense Department asked Congress to include new rules for buying commercial-of-a-type products, which are commercial in nature, but the military is the only or largest customer by far. Industry was pleased to see the House Armed Services Committee not include the change in the Defense authorization bill.

Tags: DoD , Better Buying Power , Shay Assad , commercial-of-a-type , commercial products , acquisition , contracting , industry , Congress , Alan Chvotkin , PSC , Jared Serbu

Monday - 05/14/2012, 05:22am EDT
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