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New rule requires larger focus on small business subcontractors

The Small Business Administration issued a final rule to implement the Small Business Jobs Act. It requires prime contractors to report when they do not pay small business contractors on time. Contracting officers also must oversee small business subcontractor performance more closely.

Tags: Small Business Jobs Act , SBA , contracting , Cogan Schneier , subcontracing

Wednesday - 07/17/2013, 04:40pm EDT

Watervliet Arsenal marks two centuries as DoD's cannon maker

Watervliet Arsenal is celebrating its 200th anniversary as the premier manufacturer of cannons and mortars for the military. Federal News Radio Anchor Tom Temin visited the arsenal for an up-close look at what goes on behind the scenes.

Tags: Tom Temin , Watervliet Arsenal , DoD , manufacturing , Federal Drive , cannons

Wednesday - 07/17/2013, 02:49pm EDT
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Bill turns up heat on agency use of strategic sourcing

A group of Democrats and Republicans, called the No Labels Caucus, plans to introduce nine bills this week focused on government effectiveness and efficiency. The strategic sourcing legislation would require agencies to save at least $10 billion a year. Senators say agencies need the right incentives to buy smarter.

Tags: acquisition , OFPP , Joe Jordan , GAO , Cristina Chaplain , Dan Tangherlini , Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee , Ron Johnson , Claire McCaskill , strategic sourcing , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 07/16/2013, 12:21pm EDT
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GSA close to releasing final RFP for OASIS

The General Services Administration plans to award the $60 billion multiple award contract for complex professional services by October. Concerns again arise over whether there are too many multiple award contracts.

Tags: contracting , Jim Ghiloni , GSA , OASIS , Dan Gordon , OFPP , Multiple award contracts , Bill Woods , GAO , professional services , DoD , Dick Ginman , Stan Soloway , PSC , MAGIC conference , Jason Miller

Friday - 07/12/2013, 05:35am EDT
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Lawmakers urge change from within to improve low-wage workers' pay

Members of Congress sent a letter to the President Tuesday saying federally contracted low-wage work represents how the government fuels inequality. Contracted service workers staged a strike to protest pay inequality.

Tags: pay and benefits , workforce , Keith Ellison , Cogan Schneier , acquisition

Friday - 07/05/2013, 10:41am EDT

SBA implements stricter requirements for size certifications

The SBA updated regulations governing how small businesses represent their size and status in order to guard against businesses falsely representing themselves as "small" to garner government contracts.

Tags: contracting , small business , SBA , Small business size standards , Melissa Dawkins

Monday - 07/01/2013, 08:34pm EDT

Energy's Environmental Management office still struggling to manage contracts

The Energy Department's Office of Environmental Management (EM) faced scrutiny in a hearing Thursday that questioned EM's contract management. DOE has been on the GAO's High Risk List for contract management since 1990.

Tags: management , contracting , Energy , Claire McCaskill , Jack Surash , Gregory Friedman , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Cogan Schneier

Monday - 07/01/2013, 03:42pm EDT

New whistleblower protections take effect for federal contractors

The law, which goes into effect today, expands reprisal protections to subcontractors and lets contractor employees report wrongdoing to supervisors within their own companies. Previously, contractors would have to go to government agencies or Congress to report waste, fraud and abuse.

Tags: whistleblowers , contractors , Congress , DoD , inspectors general , Margie Garrison , Jared Serbu ,

Monday - 07/01/2013, 05:17am EDT
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Navy picks HP for long-awaited NGEN contract

Hewlett Packard, the same vendor which has owned and operated the Navy Department's networks for more than a decade will continue a similar role under a new multibillion dollar contract. But the Navy and Marine Corps will take ownership of their IT infrastructure and reserve the right to recompete any or all of it at a future date.

Tags: Navy , technology , NGEN , acquisition , DoD , Marine Corps , NMCI , Sean Stackley , Victor Gavin , Kevin Nally , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 06/27/2013, 06:42pm EDT
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Industry fears 'chilling effect' in GSA review of acquisition managers

In a letter to Tom Sharpe, the commissioner of the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service, three industry groups -- the Coalition for Government Procurement, the Professional Services Council and TechAmerica -- wrote that restricting communication between managers and contractors could have a "chilling effect" on managers' role in the Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) program.

Tags: GSA , FAS , acquisition , Tom Sharpe , multiple-award schedule , CGP , TechAmerica , PSC , Jack Moore

Thursday - 06/27/2013, 05:53pm EDT
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