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Agencies more aggressive in suspending, debarring contractors

A new report from an interagency committee shows departments have increased the number of contractors suspended or debarred by at least 150 from 2009 to 2010. The Army, DLA, DHS, EPA and OPM have debarred more vendors than other agencies over the past two years.

Tags: Acquisition policy , industry , Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee , OMB , Suspension and debarment , contractor oversight , Jason Miller

Friday - 10/21/2011, 03:52pm EDT

WH threatens veto of contractor tax repeal over offsets

The White House is threatening to veto a bill that would repeal the 3 percent tax withholding on government contractors because of the spending cuts attached to the legislation. The Senate version of the bill would cut $30 billion in government spending to pay for repealing the tax, which the White House says is too much.

Tags: acquisition , Acquisition policy , Congress , House , Senate , Jack Moore

Friday - 10/21/2011, 10:17am EDT

Bill would require greater use of strategic sourcing

The Acquisitions Reform Bill would require more robust use of Federal Strategic Sourcing vehicles which allow the government to consolidate its shopping lists and buy in bulk, rather than have each agency pursue its own procurements.

Tags: acquisition , Acquisition policy , Scott Brown , Joe Lieberman , Susan Collins , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Commitee , strategic sourcing

Thursday - 10/20/2011, 08:00am EDT

CBO finds cancelling vendor withholding would increase deficit

The bill to repeal a requirement that governments withhold some payments to vendors would add more than $11 billion to the deficit, according the Congressional Budget Office. A key House committee has already passed the bill.

Tags: CBO , Acquisition policy , contracting , House Ways and Means Committee , Ruben Gomez , TechAmerica , Dave Camp , Olga Grkavac , industry , withholding fee , Congress

Tuesday - 10/18/2011, 05:21pm EDT

Prime contractors must notify agencies of sub switches under new SBA rule

A new Small Business Administration rule would require prime contractors to notify agency contracting officers when there's a change in subcontractors from the original bid. Kenneth Dodds, an SBA attorney, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss how the new rules would affect contractors and agencies.

Tags: acquisition , Acquisition policy , acquisition workforce , SBA , kenneth dodds , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 10/18/2011, 08:53am EDT
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Navy takes lifecycle view of energy costs in acquisitions

The Navy is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to find alternatives to fossil fuels. A parallel effort aims to engrain energy efficiency into the way the service buys the ships and planes it will own for the next few decades.

Tags: DoD , Energy , Navy , alternative energy , acquisition , Acquisition policy , jim thomsen , jo decker , terry blake , Ray Mabus , green government , Jared Serbu , DoD Report

Monday - 10/17/2011, 05:45am EDT
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FAR Council wants to standardize privacy training for vendors

A proposed rule would ask contractors to track the training received by employees who work on federal systems.

Tags: Acquisition policy , FAR Council , industry , Privacy Act , Federal Register , Jason Miller

Friday - 10/14/2011, 01:50pm EDT

Agencies told to take closer look at green buying

OFPP issued a new memo encouraging departments to consider if the product or service they are buying meets sustainable standards. The memo is another in a series of directives to green the government.

Tags: acquisition , Dan Gordon , OFPP , green government , Acquisition policy , GSA , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/13/2011, 03:36pm EDT

Why agencies don't suspend contractors

Bill Woods, director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at GAO, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss a recent GAO report about the use of suspensions and debarments by federal agencies.

Tags: acquisition , Acquisition policy , GAO , contracting , Bill Woods

Wednesday - 10/12/2011, 09:53am EDT
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OFPP takes on second challenge of taming MACs

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy and GSA are working on a directory of Federal Supply Schedule blanket purchase agreements. The database would help fix one of the "biggest blind spots" in federal acquisition today, said Dan Gordon, OFPP administrator. OFPP's memo to require business cases for multiple-award contracts received praise for its direct and specific requirements.

Tags: acquisition , Acquisition policy , Dan Gordon , OFPP , GSA , Interagency contracting , mulitiple-award contracts , business cases , Marcia Madsen , Mayer Brown , Stan Livingstone , ASI Government , Jason Miller , contracting

Wednesday - 10/05/2011, 06:46am EDT
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