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As shutdown stretches on, 3 things for contractors to consider

Government contractors have not been immune from the effects of the shutdown. From a flurry of stop-work orders to a heightened some say "cutthroat" sense of competition in contracts that have, so far, been unaffected by the shutdown. Top experts from the procurement realm address some of the effects and challenges of the shutdown.

Tags: government shutdown , acquisition , Lee Dougherty , Eric Crusius , Larry Allen , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 02:24pm EDT
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VA retains the decider role over veteran-owned status protests

In an interim final rule issued last week in the Federal Register, VA announced it would not cede the control of deciding on socio-economic status protests to the Small Business Administration. VA moved the decision authority to the director of the Center for Veterans Enterprise instead of the director of the Office of Small and Disadvantage Business Utilization (OSDBU).

Tags: acquisition , contracting , VA , Service-disabled veteran owned small business program , Federal Register , Jason Miller , SBA

Monday - 10/07/2013, 05:47pm EDT

Contractors' fate uncertain even as DoD civilians return from furloughs

With the announcement from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recalling most Defense Department civilians from furloughs, some large defense companies, which had been planning to furlough their employees, have canceled or scaled back their initial plans. However, DoD's move could wind up having only a limited impact on contractors more broadly.

Tags: acquisition , DoD , government shutdown , Stan Soloway , PSC , AIA , Dan Stohr , Jack Moore

Monday - 10/07/2013, 04:30pm EDT
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DHS makes first set of large business awards under EAGLE II

The Homeland Security Department chose 15 large businesses to provide technology development, implementation and maintenance services under the EAGLE II multiple award contract.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , technology , DHS , Eagle II , Jason Miller

Monday - 09/30/2013, 05:53am EDT

Fewer feds, contractors attending conferences

Budget cuts and bad publicity have combined to put the kibosh on both the number of government conferences scheduled this year and the number of employees and contractors attending them, according to a new poll from Market Connections, Inc. and Boscobel Marketing Communications. Among federal employees, nearly 72 percent of survey respondents said they have attended fewer events in fiscal 2013 than they did last year.

Tags: travel , conference spending , management , budget , Boscobel Marketing , Marketing Connections , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 09/24/2013, 02:01pm EDT

GSA faces third protest of OASIS solicitation

Aljucar, Anvil-Incus & Co. has now filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office a week after losing its agency-level protest over what the company says restricts competition in the professional services governmentwide contract.

Tags: OASIS , GSA , Aljucar, Anvil-Incus and Company , acquisition , protest , contracting , Rudy Sutherland , Jason Miller , GAO

Monday - 09/23/2013, 06:20pm EDT

GSA prevails in agency-level protest of OASIS

Agency protest official ruled that the protester, Aljucar, Anvil-Incus, Inc., failed to show the restriction over joint ventures was unreasonable. Aljucar, Anvil-Incus, Inc. plans to file another protest with GAO in the coming weeks.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , GSA , OASIS , Aljucar, Anvil-Incus and Company , Rudy Sutherland , bid protest , GAO , Jason Miller

Monday - 09/16/2013, 05:32am EDT

GSA picks second vendor to provide e-travel services

After three years and multiple protests, the contract for the second generation e-travel system finally is decided. GSA awards CWTSato to compete with Concur Technologies to provide a travel management system to agencies.

Tags: technology , contracting , GSA , Concur Technologies , CWTSato , e-travel system , bid protest , Jason Miller

Friday - 09/13/2013, 05:46am EDT

Downward trend in service contract spending continues

Federal spending on services contracts continued a slow downturn last year, according to a new analysis from the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Contract spending on services fell 7 percent -- from $332 billion to $308 billion between 2011 and 2012. And the downward trend is likely to continue, given budget constraints that are likely to intensify in the coming years, according to David Berteau, senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Tags: contracting , budget , service contracting , CSIS , David Berteau , Federal Drive , Jack Moore

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 05:25pm EDT
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DoD research, acquisition face double whammy from sequestration

Like everything else, the Pentagon expects to cut procurement and research spending under a second year of sequestration. But DoD's acquisition chief said modernization programs will be a bill-payer for other areas of spending that are harder to reduce quickly.

Tags: DoD , workforce , sequestration , budget , acquisition , contracting , research and development , Frank Kendall , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 05:49am EDT
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