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Agencies can say no to GAO recs

By law, agencies do not have to follow GAO's recommendations but most do, says William Welch, chair of the Government Contracts Practice Group at General Counsel.

Tags: William Welch , General Counsel , GAO , VA , SBA , contracting , In Depth , Congress

Monday - 10/31/2011, 04:37pm EDT
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GAO upholds two of three email-as-a-service protests

Two vendors found success in the claim that GSA was unfair in requiring data centers to be housed only in Trade Agreements Act designated countries. GAO also said GSA was ambiguous in its security requirements for cloud data centers. But the vendors lost on their protest of GSA's requirement for a "government-only" cloud.

Tags: technology , contracting , industry , GSA , GAO , technosource information systems , truetandem , cloud computing , Email-as-a-service , Jason Miller

Monday - 10/17/2011, 05:51pm EDT

More federal contracts protested in 2008

GAO report to Congress shows a 17 percent increase over last year.

Tags: William Shook , contracting , GAO , JM , K&L Gates , training , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Tuesday - 12/30/2008, 07:41pm EST

More vendors gaining relief from protests

GAO's latest report finds contractors have a 1-in-2 chance to gain some type of relief from agencies when they protest a solicitation. Agencies turning more to alternative dispute resolution to help solve complaints. Bid protests expected to increase in 2010.

Tags: contracting , Mike Golden , GAO , DoD , Bill Shook , Marcia Madsen , Mayer Brown , Shook Doran Koehl , alternative dispute resolution , acquisition workforce , budget

Wednesday - 01/27/2010, 07:56am EST
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More federal contracts protested in 2008

GAO report to Congress shows a 17 percent increase over last year.

Tags: William Shook , contracting , GAO , JM , K&L Gates , training , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Tuesday - 12/30/2008, 07:41pm EST

Interior to start over for cloud email with an RFI

Agency will do market research to see how the cloud market has changed. This decision prompted Onix and Google to drop their lawsuit.

Tags: technology , contracting , industry , Interior , Onix , Google , Softchoice , Microsoft , cloud computing , Email-as-a-service , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/29/2011, 07:06pm EDT

Google, Onix withdrawal protest of Interior cloud email award

The two protestors said in court documents Interior has agreed to take steps to fix potential contracting issues. But the Justice Department disputed Google and Onix's claims saying no agreement has been reached. Interior hired Softchoice to provide Microsoft software for email and collaboration in the cloud almost a year ago.

Tags: technology , industry , contracting , Interior , Google , Onix , Softchoice , Microsoft , Susan Braden , Jason Miller , cloud computing , Email-as-a-service

Tuesday - 09/27/2011, 06:57pm EDT

Bid protests of HHS office space contract sustained

A GAO report recommends that GSA review the criteria it used for HHS office space bid.

Tags: HHS , GAO , GSA , contracting , one largo metro , metroview , fishers lane/jbg , Jory Heckman , office space

Tuesday - 07/05/2011, 07:28pm EDT

GAO to reaffirms right to hear task order protests

Even though the legislative authority expired in May, GAO determined it still can decide task order complaints because of the Competition in Contracting Act.

Tags: contracting , industry , Ralph White , GAO , GSA , DISA , Congress , Michael Golden , Pepper Hamilton , task order protest , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/15/2011, 07:57am EDT
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Critical needs first in DHS IT modernization

A day after the Department of Homeland Security cancelled its $450 million contract to modernize and unify its backoffice IT systems, the department's acting CFO told Congress DHS will focus first on modernizing the infrastructure of the department's components that are severely out of date. A new strategy for an integrated, departmentwide system has yet to be determined, she said.

Tags: technology , contracting , industry , DHS , GAO , financial management , TASC , Congress , Peggy Sherry , Coast Guard , FEMA , Immigration and Customs Enforcement , Jared Serb

Monday - 05/16/2011, 07:29am EDT
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