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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 , PSC , Stan Soloway , Trey Hodgkins , Jack Moore

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

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 , Professional Services Council , OASIS , professional services , Jason Miller

Friday - 02/01/2013, 05:56am EST
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IT reform bill would cull the CIO herd, give them more power

Rep. Darrell Issa said agencies need a lot more agility in their IT spending, but a lack of budget authority and a proliferation of accountability among bureau-level CIOs gets in the way.

Tags: technology , Congress , Darrell Issa , Gerry Connolly , Trey Hodgkins , IT reform , OMB , Open source software , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 12/04/2012, 03:22pm EST
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Unions, watchdog groups renew call for capping 'exorbitant' contractor salaries

A collection of federal unions and watchdogs groups wrote to the House and Senate Armed Services Committee urging support for a law capping taxpayer-funded contracting compensation costs at $230, 700 the maximum salary earned by the highest-paid federal employees.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , contracting , contractor pay cap , Trey Hodgkins , AFGE , NTEU , POGO , Carl Levin , Jack Moore

Thursday - 10/18/2012, 06:05pm EDT

Issa proposes major reforms to IT management

The Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act would codify much of the Obama administration's 25-point IT reform plan. The draft bill would go even further in attempting to address long-standing challenges for agency chief information officers.

Tags: technology , Darrell Issa , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee , IT reform , OMB , GSA , strategic sourcing , Mike Hettinger , Software and Information Industry Association , Trey Hodgkins , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 02:50pm EDT

In Depth interviews - August 9

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Tags: In Depth , USPS , contractors , defense contractors , National Association of Letter Carriers , Francis Rose , Greg Keeley , Timothy O , Mike Causey , cybersecurity

Thursday - 08/09/2012, 05:56pm 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 , Alan Chvotkin , Professional Services Council , Industry-agency communication , Scott Amey , POGO , Jason Miller

Thursday - 07/26/2012, 05:40am EDT
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Congress running out of time to pass priority bills

Lawmakers have about 23 real work days left before the end of the fiscal year to pass USPS reform, comprehensive cyber, DoD authorization and all the 2013 spending bills. Experts hold out little hope even after the passage of the FDA bill and the expected approval of the highway legislation.

Tags: Congress , cybersecurity , USPS , postal reform bill , DoD , DoD authorization bill , appropriations bill , Tevi Troy , Hudson Institute , Trey Hodgkins , James Lewis , CSIS , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/27/2012, 05:08am EDT
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Federal News Countdown: Digital strategy, IT reform progress

Trey Hodgkins, the senior vice president for national security and procurement policy, and "In Depth" host Francis Rose count down the top federal news stories of the week.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Federal News Countdown , Trey Hodgkins ,

Friday - 05/25/2012, 05:19pm EDT
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