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95 percent of all new contracts must be green

FAR Council issues an interim rule to change the acquisition regulations. Agencies and contractors must start meeting new requirements for goods and services.

Tags: contracting , FAR Council , EPA , USDA , Green government , acquisition regulations , contractor ethics , EPEAT , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 05/31/2011, 03:39pm EDT

Defense bill nudges toward outsourcing

Several outsourcing-friendly provisions made their way into the Defense authorization bill approved by the House of Representatives last week. The bill would lift a moratorium on public-private competitions via the A-76 process in DoD, and expresses the sense of Congress that DoD should insource only those jobs which are inherently governmental.

Tags: DoD , contracting , OMB , inherently governmental , insourcing , outsourcing , A-76 , competition , Lexington Institute , Center for Strategic and International Studies , Defense Logistics Agency , Carlyle Group , Frank Finelli , David Berteau , John Conger , Redding Hobby , Dan Goure , Jared Serbu

Monday - 05/30/2011, 11:14am EDT
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CIOs cite struggles with agile development

Agency chief information officers say the road to more agile acquisition and development of information technology has some speed bumps, including misaligned budgetary and acquisition cycles, and industry partners who are just as accustomed to the old way of doing things as the government is.

Tags: technology , management , Vivek Kundra , OMB , IT management reforms , agile development , AFCEA , CBP , VA , DoD , Kenneth Ritchhart , Stephen Warren , Teri Takai , Jared Serbu

Friday - 05/27/2011, 08:09am EDT
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House votes to block contractor disclosure

Three members of the House and four members of the Senate introduce companion pieces of legislation to head off the White House's draft executive order requiring contractors to disclose political contributions.

Tags: contracting , Susan Collins , Mitch McConnell , Lamar Alexander , Rob Portman , Darrell Issa , Tom Cole , Sam Graves , White House , political contributions , executive order , PSC , Stan Soloway , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/27/2011, 07:53am EDT

Industry Chatter: SAIC copes with defense cuts

Federal contractors are feeling the pinch of defense cuts. Federal News Radio spoke with Deb Alderson, president of SAIC's Defense Solutions Group, about how her company is adjusting to the cuts.

Tags: SAIC , Deb Alderson , In Depth , Industry Chatter , Francis Rose , DoD , contracting ,

Thursday - 05/26/2011, 05:05pm EDT
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Congress: Rightsizing debate should include feds and contractors

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree that federal contractors need to be a major part of the discussion on rightsizing the federal workforce. But, they have not yet come to terms with whether the debate is about just raw numbers or having the right number of employees doing an amount of work they can handle.

Tags: pay and benefits , Stephen Lynch , Dennis Ross , Gerry Connolly , Cynthia Lummis , Tom Marino , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , William Dougan , NFFE , workforce , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/26/2011, 04:51pm EDT

GSA gives agencies more time to move to Networx

The agency is extending the FTS2001 bridge contract with four vendors for at least another six months. Most of the largest agencies have not fully transitioned to the telecommunications. GSA is readying several other contracts including for HSPD-12 services and strategic sourcing for wireless services.

Tags: contracting , technology , Karl Krumbholz , Mike O'Neill , Patricia Waddell , Larry Hale , GSA , Sprint , Qwest , AT&T , Verizon , AFFIRM , Networx , telecommunications , FTS-2001 , schedule contracts , BetterBuy Wiki , SmartBUY , HSPD-12 , Networks 2020 , Connections , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/20/2011, 07:58am EDT
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Army heeding call for acquisition reforms

The Secretary of the Army said Wednesday that the service agreed with most of the recommendations of a blue ribbon panel on reforming its acquisition process. Secretary John McHugh told Congress the Army was moving forward with 63 of the 76 recommendations.

Tags: DoD , Congress , contracting , Army , DoD budget , John McHugh , Martin Dempsey , Senate Appropriations Committee , Gil Decker , Lou Wagner , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 05/19/2011, 06:46pm EDT
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Critical needs first in DHS IT modernization

A day after the Department of Homeland Security cancelled its $450 million contract to modernize and unify its backoffice IT systems, the department's acting CFO told Congress DHS will focus first on modernizing the infrastructure of the department's components that are severely out of date. A new strategy for an integrated, departmentwide system has yet to be determined, she said.

Tags: technology , contracting , DHS , GAO , financial management , TASC , bid protest , Congress , Peggy Sherry , Coast Guard , FEMA , Immigration and Customs Enforcement , Jared Serb

Monday - 05/16/2011, 07:29am EDT
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