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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

For the first time in seven years, government leaders expect agencies to meet a major contracting goal. They awarded 23 percent of all prime contracts to small firms last year. But some in the contracting community see warning signs that signal bigger problems. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp why some want to rain on the small business success parade. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp ,

Friday - 04/25/2014, 10:48am EDT
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Concerns over contract bundling cast shadow over 2013 small business successes

All signs are pointing to the fact that despite the government spending less overall on acquisition last year, agencies met the statutory goal of awarding at least 23 percent of all prime contracts to small businesses. Experts say contract consolidation and bundling will negatively impact small firms in the coming years.

Tags: acquisition , industry , GSA , SBA , Ken Dodds , Emily Murphy , Rob Burton , small business , Jason Miller

Friday - 04/25/2014, 04:16am EDT

GSA names ombudsman to give industry a louder voice

Jeff Koses, the senior procurement executive at the General Services Administration, said the ombudsman will help vendors navigate the acquisition bureaucracy and ensure the agency is hearing and addressing challenges and concerns. It's one of several steps GSA is taking to improve vendor and agency customer satisfaction.

Tags: acquisition , industry , GSA , Jeff Koses , Tom Sharpe , oversight , Malisa Gray , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 06:44am EDT
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Budget pressures shrink federal contract spending by 11 percent

Following a year of widespread budget uncertainty, federal contract spending fell by 11 percent, according to a new analysis by Bloomberg Government. All told, agency contract spending tumbled from $516.3 billion in fiscal 2012 to $462.1 billion last year, the report found.

Tags: acqusition , contract spending , Bloomberg Government , sequestration , Evan Croen , Federal Drive , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 02:21pm EDT
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GSA's new contracting policy tackles IG's concerns about management interference

Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Tom Sharpe tried to balance the need for management oversight with contracting officer autonomy. But some in industry worry that the new memo does nothing more than add more paperwork to a broken process.

Tags: acquisition , GSA , Tom Sharpe , industry , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , Richard Levi , oversight , management , Jason Miller , exclusive

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 04:15am EDT
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Evan Croen, Bloomberg Government

It's that time of year again, when Bloomberg Government ranks the top 200 federal contractors. Which ones made it through 2013's ups and downs intact? Which ones thrived? Evan Croen, director of government sales research with Bloomberg Government, explained the 2013 contracting environment to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Tags: Evan Croen , Bloomberg Government , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , industry

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 10:36am EDT
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Belva Martin, Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues, GAO

The Defense Department issues far more sole source contracts than any other agency. Full and open competition is supposed to be the holy grail of awarding Federal contracts. Figuring out when sole source contracts are OK and when they're not is drawing attention from Congress. Belva Martin, director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about a new report that says little competition isn't always a good thing.

Tags: Belva Martin , DoD , GAO , sole source , In Depth ,

Monday - 04/21/2014, 06:28pm EDT
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Trends in Big MACs

Bloomberg Government analyst Brian Friel will talk about last year's largest multiple award contracts and trends in contract usage for big Macs.
April 22, 2014

Tags: acquistion , Multiple award contracts , GSA schedules , OASIS , Brian Friel , Bloomberg Government , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 06:38pm EDT
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Va. defense contractor pays $1.1M to clear name

Computer Sciences Corporation agreed topay $1.1 million to resolve the allegations that the company submitted to false resumes to qualify for higher paying positions.

Tags: Crime of the Week , CSC , Ciera Crawford , industry

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 03:39pm EDT

The state of the national security market

David Ramirez, general manager of the Federal Solutions business unit at the L-3 National Security Solutions group, will discuss innovation and what agencies are looking for in terms of services and technologies.
April 15, 2014

Tags: acquisition , federal market , David Ramirez , L3 National Security Solutions , IDIQs , procurement , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 07:31pm EDT
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