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The Veterans Affairs Department's decision comes as lawmakers are putting this acquisition concept under more scrutiny. House Veterans Affairs and Small Business Committee lawmakers question whether agencies are getting the best prices and whether they are sacrificing competition. GAO, other experts say OFPP needs to develop a governmentwide policy for reverse auctions.
Tags: contracting , GAO , Michele Mackin , OFPP , Richard Hanna , House Small Business Committee , House Veterans Affairs Committee , VA , Jan Frye , Bill Sisk , GSA , SBA , Major Clark , reverse auctions , Congress , FedBid , Jason Miller
The 'Needipedia' project is designed to stay within federal procurement law, but it short cuts some of the steps that cause agencies to wait months or years to solve current-day problems. DIA releases RFPs connected to an ongoing Broad Agency Announcement to give contractors a path to offer technology more directly.
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy issued a memo to agencies setting the new benchmark for reimbursable costs at $952,308, up from $763,029 in 2011 for certain contractor employee salaries. The contractor cap has increased 55 percent over the last four years. OFPP blames Congress for not acting to change the formula for calculating the annual increases.
GSA issued a draft solicitation for the Office supplies 3 indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract Nov. 25 that puts more emphasis on small businesses, including consortiums, and would not be based on Schedule special item numbers.
Representatives of the construction and building design industries told lawmakers Tuesday that agencies' practices in issuing design-build construction contracts are dissuading qualified contractors from even offering bids.
Tags: Congress , federal real property , design-build contracts , American Institute of Architects , Army Corps of Engineers , James Dalton , Charles Dalluge , Randall Gibson , Jared Serbu , contracting ,
The IT Industry Council asked the DC Superior Court to dismiss charges filed by TechAmerica against the trade organization and three employees. ITI's lawyer said TechAmerica's allegations lack evidence and do not meet the standards of law. TechAmerica pushes back against ITI's request for dismissal saying each of the allegations can be backed up by facts.
The agencies issued draft guidelines on how best to assess non-governmental environmental standards and ecolabels already in the marketplace for use in government. Comments are due in February.
Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, and Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), chairman of the subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, wrote a letter to DHS Chief Procurement Officer Nick Nayak earlier this week questioning the agency's entire solicitation process.
DoD's Health Management Systems Modernization Program seeks input from vendors on the current capabilities of electronic health records in the commercial market. The Defense Intelligence Agency issued a draft request for proposals in late September for the multiple-award Enhanced Solutions for the Information Technology Enterprise (E-SITE) contract, which could be worth $6 billion.
The association claims Trey Hodgkins, Pam Walker and Carol Henton breached their contract and disclosed proprietary information to ITI that would harm TechAmerica.