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GSA's new contract to feed hunger for agile IT development services

With more business than it can handle, 18F hopes a new blanket purchase agreement for IT software development will prove the culture is changing. GSA will issue a final RFQ in the coming weeks and make the initial award in late spring.

Tags: technology , GSA , 18F , White House , Greg Godbout , Ryan Panchadsaram , agile development , Industry , Acquisition , Noah Kunin , Hassan Harris , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 05:00am EST
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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

One of the worst mistakes a company can make in performing a government contract is to treat its customer exactly the same way it treats its commercial customers. Because the government is a very different animal. Tim Sullivan is a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn, and author of the blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." This week he explores the fifth commandment: You shall document your actions. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explained why that concept is more urgent in federal space than the commercial one.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , 10 Commandments for Government Contractors , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 09:25am EST
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Contracting Commandment No. 5: Thou shalt document thy actions

When it comes to government contracting, if it's not in writing, it doesn't exist, says acquisition expert Tim Sullivan in a new commentary.

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Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 02:33am EST
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The "cloud" from a contracting perspective

Alexander Major, an attorney at Sheppard Mullin, joins host Roger Waldron to discuss the state of the cloud market and what cloud providers should consider when working with the federal government.
February 3, 2015

Tags: Acquisition , cloud technologies , cloud management , Cloud computing , Cybersecurity , Alexander Major , Sheppard Mullin , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 07:53pm EST
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Contracting Commandment #4: Thou Shalt Stay Informed

Every contract or subcontract in which you are involved is just one part of a much bigger picture, says procurement expert Tim Sullivan. And the more you know about the big picture, the better you will be able to protect your organization. So, what publications should you be reading daily to stay in the loop? Sullivan offers a few of his favorites.

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Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 05:31am EST

Marie Mak, Acquisition & Sourcing Management Issues Director, GAO

Bid shopping is back on the radar screens of agencies across government. Prime contractors usually only do 10 to 40 percent of the work on federal construction projects. The Government Accountability Office says some of their subcontractors are accusing them of manipulating their agreements to pay them less and pocket the difference. Marie Mak, director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the GAO, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how often prime contractors use bid shopping.

Tags: In Depth , GAO , construction ,

Monday - 02/02/2015, 04:16pm EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal agencies obligated more than $18 billion in spending against the General Services Administration's Alliant government-wide acquisition contract for IT services over the last five years. One vendor got more than 10 percent of that revenue. In his bi-weekly feature, "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about the winners under Alliant and other trends that might surprise you. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more.

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

Monday - 02/02/2015, 10:32am EST
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Air Force suspends, begins debarment process of FedBid

The Air Force's decision comes after the Veterans Affairs IG found alleged procurement fraud, intimidation and threats against a federal official. FedBid says it's cooperating with the Air Force and believes it took the necessary steps to fix the problems.

Tags: Acquisition , FedBid , Air Force , VA , Joe Jordan , Suspension and debarment , reverse auctions , Oversight , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 06:32pm EST

2014: A year in review

Carolyn Alston and Bill Gormley with the Coalition for Government Procurement, look back at what happened in government wide contracting in 2014, and what's ahead in the new year.
January 27, 2015

Tags: Acquisition , GSA , Carolyn Alston , Coalition for Government Procurement , Bill Gormley , Gormley Group , government contracting , strategic sourcing , Category management , GSA schedules , Dan Tangherlini

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 05:31pm EST
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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Henry Ford once said, "Anyone who stops learning is old, whether he's 20 or 80." You can apply that to the world of contracting, where everything is part of a bigger picture. Tim Sullivan is a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn and author of the blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." His fourth Commandment is "Thou shalt stay informed." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he said the more you know, the better protected you'll be.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , 10 Myths of Government Contracting , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 10:42am EST
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