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Contracting whistleblowers may get new channel to report wrongdoings

The Office of Special Counsel has proposed a rule change that would allow federal contractors and grantees a new channel to report wrongdoings at federal agencies.

Tags: OSC , whistleblower , contracting , waste fraud abuse , oversight , Federal Register , Michael OConnell

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:25pm EST

VA seeks Army Corps of Engineers' help after construction failures

VA will seek at least $1.1 billion from Congress to rescue a Denver hospital project that was supposed to cost $600 million. The final price tag won't be known for several more months. VA also asked the Army Corps to conduct a complete examination of its major construction programs across the country.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , Congress , Army Corps of Engineers , Veterans Health Administration , contracting , Kiewit-Turner , Sloan Gibson , Lloyd Caldwell , House Veterans Affairs Committee , management , Jared Serbu

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:56am EST
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Contracting officers not given tools, support to take risks, be innovative

A new survey by the Professional Services Council and Grant Thornton reveals the shifting demographics of the acquisition workforce gives the administration an opportunity to change the culture of how the government buys goods and services. From training, to hiring, to creating a path for better collaboration, the acquisition workforce could undergo a major transformation with the right support and focus, experts say.

Tags: acquistion , contracting , Stan Soloway , Professional Services Council , Phil Kangas , Grant Thornton , LPTA , innovation , workforce , training , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:04am EST
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FedBid splits into two, names Jordan CEO of new public sector company

The reverse auction vendor says its decision to split up its federal and commercial businesses has nothing to do with the critical Veterans Affairs inspector general report from September. Joe Jordan said FedBid has taken several steps to ensure any problems highlighted by the IG are resolved.

Tags: exclusive , people , Joe Jordan , Ali Saadat , FedBid , contracting , reverse auctions , Veterans Affairs , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 07:00am EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Reverse auction company FedBid is making some changes at the top. The company will split into federal and commercial entities. Joe Jordon will continue as leader of the federal portion. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about what the new FedBid will look like.

Tags: Jason Miller , In Depth , FedBid , Joe Jordan , reverse auctions

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 04:26pm EST
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A second bite at the Networx apple?

GSA has made it clear the follow-on to Networx, called Network Services 2020, will live up to its name with most agencies not completely migrating to the new contract for another five years.

Tags: technology , contracting , telecommunications , GSA , Bill Lewis , Networx , NS2020 , CenturyLink , AT&T , Jeff Mohan , Lisa Crawford Bruch , USDA , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller

Monday - 01/19/2015, 02:40pm EST

GSA searching for right people to run category management

The General Services Administration is hiring a new assistant commissioner and subject matter experts to help move the category management initiative forward.

Tags: acquisition , people , GSA , Kevin Youel Page , Tom Sharpe , Anne Rung , OFPP , category management , IAE , workforce , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/16/2015, 03:15pm EST

Air Force to reshape 'cost curve' via targeted acquisition reforms

A new series of acquisition changes called "Bending the Cost Curve" aims to make the overall Air Force acquisition process more responsive to technological advances, and reduce the time it takes to buy major weapons systems. The Air Force Research Lab will host a technology challenge program with the largest award in military history.

Tags: Air Force , Deborah Lee James , acquistion , Bending the Cost Curve , Better Buying Power , Atlantic Council , contracting , challenges , Bill LaPlante , Air Force Research Laboratory , Cost-cutting analysis program , plugfest , Jared Serbu

Friday - 01/16/2015, 04:00am EST

USCIS eyes more collaboration, competition in move to agile development

Mark Schwartz, the Citizenship and Immigration Services chief information officer, said the Flexible Agile Development Services (FADS) requires four vendors to coordinate software development and keep the government's best interest in mind.

Tags: technology , DHS , CIS , Mark Schwartz , agile development , transformation , ELIS , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/16/2015, 11:46am EST
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GSA's agile RFI beginning of ‘systemic change' in IT acquisition

The General Services Administration's 18F and the Office of Integrated Technology Services issued a request for information as part of its strategy to create a blanket purchase agreement where agencies can buy agile development services for IT projects. Experts say the RFI shows how the government is beginning to adopt industry best practices.

Tags: technology , acquisition , contracting , GSA , 18F , agile development , Nick Sinai , Harvard Kennedy School for Government , Raj Ananthanpillai , InfoZen , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/09/2015, 06:37pm EST
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