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SSA to upgrade data network under $233M deal

The Social Security Administration awarded CenturyLink a follow-on deal under the Networx telecommunications contract.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , SSA , CenturyLink , Networx , telecommunications , Keith BieryGolick

Friday - 06/15/2012, 04:19pm EDT

Agencies given how-to guide for modular, agile IT contracting

Federal Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel and Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Joe Jordan released the guidance that highlights possible risks or challenges, and offers checklists, templates and other tools to make the move to this smaller, more outcome based approach easier for agencies.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , contracting , OMB , OFPP , Joe Jordan , Steven VanRoekel , IT reform , TechStat , modular contracting , agile development , Jason Miller

Friday - 06/15/2012, 02:44pm EDT

Contractors play central role in State-run mission in Iraq

Ever since 2003, contractors have played a major role in the contingency operations in Iraq. But with the transition to a State Department-led diplomatic mission there, some analysts believe contractors will play an even more central role. As part of the special series, Trial by Fire: Overseas Contracting in Transition, Federal News Radio examines how industry fared in the DoD-to-State handoff and whether State's enhanced role spells new opportunities for contractors.

Tags: acquisition , contingency operations , contracting , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , LOGCAP , Tommy Marks , Bloomberg Government , Brian Friel

Wednesday - 06/06/2012, 03:09pm EDT

Agencies, vendors ramping up to fight supply chain cyber threats

The White House, Congress, DoD and many others are trying to stem the tide of counterfeit products and software with malicious code from entering federal systems. The administration soon will release recommendations for how all agencies and vendors can improve the security of their products. DoD issued a memo in March requiring changes to how services protect their supply chains.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Victoria Espinel , White House , DoD , Jon Boyens , NIST , Sandy Boyson , University of Maryland , Supply chain management , Supply chain risks , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Jason Miller

Friday - 06/15/2012, 12:59pm EDT
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Veteran-owned businesses question fairness of VA's contractor verification

The process to ensure veterans are receiving contracts from the VA is actually shutting out some veteran business owners. But the VA says it inherited a large responsibility quickly and has since made great strides in improving its verification program.

Tags: VA , contracting , acquisition , Lisa Wolford , Scott Denniston , Tom Leney , Devon Hewitt , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Jolie Lee

Friday - 06/15/2012, 09:54am EDT

Tracking contracting dollars

This chart shows the rise and leveling off of contracting dollars since 2000.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer

Monday - 05/28/2012, 02:33pm EDT

Chart: Bid protests 2000-2011

Bid protests of government contracts have been on a steady rise over the past decade.

Tags: bid protests , acquisition , contracting , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer ,

Monday - 05/28/2012, 02:35pm EDT

Acquisition process not always seamless

As part of Federal News Radio's week-long multimedia special report, Inside the World's Biggest Buyer, Lee Dougherty a member of General Counsel, P.C.'s Government Contracts Practice discusses the suspension and debarment process.

Tags: Lee Dougherty , General Counsel P.C , acquisition , suspension and debarment , contracting , In Depth , Francis Rose , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer ,

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 06:53pm EDT
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Study ranks which contractors are doing things right

BGov Analyst Brian Friel spoke to The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about Bloomberg Government's top 200 government contractors list.

Tags: contracting , acquistion , Bloomberg Government , BGOV , Federal Drive , Brian Friel

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 10:45am EDT
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Suspension and debarments rise amid pressure from Congress

Agencies are making greater use of their ability to declare contractors and individuals ineligible for work by the federal government. Some outside experts suggest the increase may be the result of hasty decisions.

Tags: Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , contracting , suspension and debarment , Air Force , Defense Logistics Agency , Crowell and Moring , Venable , McKenna, Long and Aldridge , Angela Styles , Rob Burton , Fred Levy , Normand Lussier , Steven Shaw , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 05:49am EDT
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