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DoD aims for more consistent decisions on ‘commercial' items

The Defense Contract Management Agency is creating a new team of dedicated pricing experts, looking for more consistent decisions within DoD about what constitutes a commercial product.

Tags: DoD , DCMA , acquisition , Better Buying Power , Wendy Masiello , acquisition policy , commercial item , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:52am EST
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Contracting Myth No. 8: We can treat our federal customers the same way we treat our commercial clients

Failure to take two simple steps could spell big trouble for companies selling products and services to the government, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan in a new commentary.

Tags: 10 Myths of Government Contracting , Tim Sullivan , contracts , acquisition , contracting , best practices , accounting standards , sales practices , marketing practices , contract administrator

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 05:33am EST

GSA wins last bid protest, reopens office supplies contract

The Government Accountability Office denied the sixth and final protest of the OS3 strategic sourcing contract awards. GSA expects the contract to save the government $90 million a year.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , GSA , Tom Sharpe , strategic sourcing , Office Supplies 3 , GAO , Rick Vogel , Coast to Coast Office Products , Kevin Paul , small business , bid protest , Jason Miller

Monday - 12/08/2014, 03:22am EST

OFPP's Rung rolls out 3-pronged acquisition improvement plan

Office of Federal Procurement Policy administrator Anne Rung has released a memo detailing a road map to create a new model for federal contracting. The administration will expand the concept of category management across the government, while also developing a cadre of IT acquisition experts and revamping the government's relationship with its vendors.

Tags: acquisition , OFPP , Anne Rung , category management , GSA , DoD , acquisition workforce , digital services , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 12/04/2014, 06:00am EST
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The 'Internet of Things'...what's in it for feds?

Tiffany Sargent, Internet of Things solutions and systems architect at Intel Corporation, joins this week's Women of Washington radio show.

Tags: Tiffany Sargent , Intel Corporation , Internet of Things , Women of Washington , Aileen Black , Gigi Schumm ,

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 01:40pm EST

Michael Tinsley, CEO, NeoSystems Corporation

Doing business with the federal government can be lucrative, but no one ever said it was easy. Contractors have always had hoops within hoops to jump through to get — and then maintain — their federal business. Now a few new challenges are popping up. Michael Tinsley is the CEO of NeoSystems Corporation. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about a few near-term issues for government contractors.

Tags: Michael Tinsley , NeoSystems Corp. , Federal Drive , contracting

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 08:32am EST
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Contracting myth No. 7: Our proprietary information is safe with the government

There are a myriad of ways that doing business with the federal government differs from the commercial sector, and protection of a company's sensitive business information is one of them, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan in a new commentary.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , Public Contracting Institute , Thompson Coburn , contracting , 10 Myths of Government Contracting , proprietary information , acquisition , FOIA

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 03:34am EST

Aaron Raddock, Manager, Baker Tilly

Some vendors use the phrase "contractors as pinatas" to describe how they feel about the assortment of new rules and regulations coming from the Obama administration. Aaron Raddock, a manager in the government contractor advisory services practice at the consulting firm Baker Tilly, spoke with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller at the National Contract Management Association's 33rd annual Government Contract Management Symposium to discuss how vendors can avoid the strike zone.

Tags: Aaron Raddock , Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP , Federal Drive , workforce , Jason Miller , NCMA , regulations , contracting , acquisition

Monday - 11/03/2014, 09:10am EST
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Bid protests continue to rise as agencies take corrective action more quickly

The Government Accountability Office released its annual report showing vendors submitted 5 percent more protests in 2014 than in 2013. But the overall sustainment rate dropped significantly for the first time in five years.

Tags: bid protests , acquisition , contracting , GAO , Ralph White , Rob Burton , Venable , Jason Miller

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 02:30pm EST

Dump DUNS? Maybe it's starting

The Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation will change the way it provides public feeds of procurement data on Nov. 21. The General Services Administration, which runs FPDS-NG, said the public ATOM feeds will be updated by masking select data elements, specifically company's DUNS number.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Guy Timberlake , Kevin Plexico , Deltek , American Small Business Council , Federal Procurement Data System , data sharing , GSA , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller

Monday - 11/17/2014, 04:57am EST
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