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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration says it listened and heard the concerns over the way agencies currently buy what for the government is a big ticket item — telecommunications services. So GSA's draft request for proposals for the next generation telecommunications contract is designed to simplify the process. It's called Enterprise Integration Solutions (EIS). Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss GSA's plans for the EIS procurement.

Tags: Jason Miller , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , GSA , Acquisition

Updated 01 minutes, 52 seconds ago
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

When it comes to federal procurement, some things never change. Among the eternals — companies have to avoid organizational conflicts of interest. Some recent cases drive home that point, and show how even some big companies that should know better can get caught. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo, a partner at the law firm Petrillo and Powell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more.

Tags: Acquisition , Joe Petrillo , Petrillo & Powell , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Updated 58 minutes, 52 seconds ago
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Agencies, vendors influence next generation telecom contract

The General Services Administration spent almost two years listening to departments and contractors to improve how the Network Services 2020 program should work. The result is a draft Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions RFP that GSA released Feb. 28.

Tags: Acquisition , Contracting , Industry , GSA , Telecommunications , Fred Haines , Mary Davie , Network Services 2020 , Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions , Networx , Jason Miller

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 03:59am EST

GSA proposes change to acquisition regulation vendors loathe

A proposed rule issued today would change the Price Reduction Clause that most contractors dislike and causes most of the False Claims Act lawsuits. Vendors have 60 days to offer comments and GSA will hold an industry day April 17.

Tags: Acquisition , Contracting , Industry , OFPP , Anne Rung , Price Reduction Clause , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , Larry Allen , Allen Federal Business Partners , Acquisition Excellence Conference , ACT-IAC , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 03:56am EST
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Yelp-like ratings system coming to IT procurements

OFPP Administrator Anne Rung will issue a memo in the coming weeks requiring agencies to rate vendors and for vendors to rate agencies on specific high-dollar IT procurements. Rung said OMB, GSA will hire experts to oversee vendor relationships for IT commodities.

Tags: Acquisition , Contracting , Anne Rung , OFPP , Industry , Acquisition 360 , Acquisition Excellence Conference , Category management , digital services , ACT-IAC , Buyer’s club , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 04:40am EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration is once again trying to change one of the acquisition rules that industry despises the most — the Price Reduction Clause. A proposed rule released today would modernize the way vendors list their prices on the schedule contracts run by GSA. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this proposed rule and several other acquisition priorities.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , GSA , Acquisition

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 10:38am EST
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Contracting Commandment 9: Thou shalt be flexible and cooperative

One of the most difficult things to learn is when and where to be flexible in terms of performing a contract, but it's critical if you want to succeed in the long run, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan in a new commentary.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , 10 Commandments for Government Contractors , Acquisition , Contracting , flexibility , commentary

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 02:44am EST

Paul Bean, Contract Specialist/Business Adviser, TSA

With tens of thousands of companies doing business with the federal government each year, you'd think it's easy. But in reality, lots of barriers still stand in the way for many companies. "Barrier Busting" is the subject of a special session at today's ACT-IAC conference on acquisition excellence. Paul Bean, a contract specialist and business adviser at the Transportation Security Administration, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on bringing down the walls.

Tags: Paul Bean , TSA , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Acquisition , emily kopp

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 10:28am EST
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Frank McNally, Content Developer, ASI Government

Let's face it. People's eyes glaze over if you tell them you're in federal procurement. It's all a boring mass of rules, regulations and bureaucracy. Right? For the upcoming generation of federal procurement people and the companies they deal with, it's pedal to the metal when it comes to acquisition. Case in point: Frank McNally, content developer at ASI government. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive from the ACT-IAC acquisition excellence conference in Washington to explain.

Tags: Frank McNally , ASI Government , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Acquisition , procurement , emily kopp

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 10:20am EST
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Eighth Commandment: Thou shalt maintain thy contracting integrity

Personal integrity should never be confused with the federal government's insistence that its contractors have codes of conduct. Integrity starts with you, says procurement expert Tim Sullivan.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , 10 Commandments for Government Contractors , Contracting , Acquisition , Industry , Integrity

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 05:00am EST
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