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Proposal would constrict use of certain contract types

The FAR Council issues a proposed rule to require agencies to justify the use of time-and-materials and labor hours contracts for commercial services. GAO found that agencies didn't understand the rules for buying certain types of services.

Tags: FAR Council , GAO , time-and-materials contracting , SARA , labor hours contracts , Jason Miller

Monday - 09/27/2010, 02:58pm EDT

Update on GSA's SmartPay program

Host Mark Amtower discusses the SmartPay program with David Shea, Director of the Office of Charge Card Management, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration.
September 27, 2010

Tags: David Shea , GSA , FAS , SmartPay , Amtower Off Center , Mark Amtower ,

Monday - 09/27/2010, 12:37pm EDT
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Army expands online training efforts

The Army has been steadily increasing the amount of education and training it delivers online. Details from the Army's Phyllis Bailey

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Report , Army , DoD , information assurance , online learning ,

Monday - 09/27/2010, 09:40am EDT
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Boeing to offer cybersecurity to Japan

Touching on the Japan's need to improve preparedness to deal with cyber attacks, Boeing says that the ministry is placing more emphasis on cyber security.

Tags: Federal Drive , Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity , Boeing , Japan

Thursday - 09/23/2010, 09:30am EDT

Indonesia to Purchase More Fighter Jets from Russia

The Indonesian government plans to order six more Russian-built fighter planes according to statements made by the country's air force Chief of Staff. Indonesia already has 10 of the aircraft, which are not enough to cover the country's airspace. Indonesia's acquisition of Russian weapons systems revives memories of the era when Indonesia had the largest navy and the most powerful air force in Southeast Asia, all provided by the Soviet Union. Indonesia retains many links to the US armed forces and has much US-supplied equipment. Having both US and Russian systems ensures something will be flyable irrespective of international political considerations.

Tags: KGS , NightWatch , John McCreary

Thursday - 09/23/2010, 08:00am EDT
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GSA's office supply contract causes concern

The General Services Administration freezes Schedule 75 to new vendors shortly after awarding a new strategic sourcing contract for office supplies. Small businesses say the combination of the two could have a detrimental effect on their ability to sell to the government. GSA expects to save $52 million a year across government from the BPA's lower prices.

Tags: Paul McDermott , GSA , OFPP , Mike Tucker , George W. Allen Company , Chris Bates , National Office Products Alliance , Schedule 75 , office supplies , strategic sourcing , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/23/2010, 07:28am EDT
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GSA stops using new vendors for office supplies

The goal is to encourage agencies to use the new blanket purchase agreements signed with 15 companies in June.

Tags: GSA , Jason Miller , Dorobek Insider , Schedule 75 , office supplies

Wednesday - 09/22/2010, 04:35pm EDT
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OFPP details increased oversight of interagency contracts

A new report to Congress says OFPP will release new policies this fall to improve the management and use of multiple award contracts. One of the policies will require business cases for all multi- and inter-agency contracts. OFPP found that agencies spent more than $52 billion on these contracts in 2009.

Tags: Jeff Zients , OFPP , OMB , Contract Overload , MACs , GWACs , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 09/22/2010, 03:10pm EDT

China Using Harassment Tactics against Japan

A Chinese national threw beer bottles at the Japanese consulate general in Guangzhou on September 9th, and Japanese school buildings were attacked in Tianjin . An anti-Japanese rally was held in Beijing on September 18th to protest the detention of the fishing boat captain held in Japan, after which ministerial contacts were severed between the two countries on the 19th. Public protests are never spontaneous in China. These harassment tactics signify that the fishing boat incident is now a serious international confrontation which continues to escalate. Precedent suggests there is an increased threat of violence against Japanese nationals in China.

Tags: KGS , NightWatch , John McCreary

Wednesday - 09/22/2010, 08:00am EDT
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HHS chooses Verizon for second Networx deal

The Department of Health and Human Services chose Verizon to provide data services under the Networx telecommunications contract.

Tags: technology , HHS , Verizon , Networx , telecommunications services , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 09/21/2010, 02:21pm EDT
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