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Senate committee approves OFPP nominee, four other bills

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee moves the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations, the Keeping Politics Out of Federal Contracting and two other pieces of legislation to the floor for a full vote.

Tags: management , acquisition , workforce , Joe Jordan , Susan Collins , Joe Lieberman , OFPP , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , domestic partner benefits , Hatch Act , Jason Miller , Jon Tester

Wednesday - 05/16/2012, 04:43pm EDT

PSC calls contracting provisions into question

The Professional Services Council details likes and dislikes of procurement language in the 2012 DoD Authorization bill.

Tags: contracting , industry , DoD , Stan Soloway , Roger Jordan , Professional Services Council , DoD authorization bill , service contracting , Peter Buxbaum

Thursday - 07/14/2011, 07:09am EDT

CRS opens door for vendor reporting of political spending

A new report found the courts have given presidents wide authority over federal contracting. But CRS finds plenty of examples where executive orders have violated existing law. The CRS study comes as the Senate passes an amendment in the defense authorization bill to prohibit DoD from collecting vendor information on political contributions.

Tags: industry , Susan Collins , Rob Portman , CRS , executive order , contracting , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 06/21/2011, 03:12pm EDT

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

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

Hearing offers little clarity to campaign disclosure proposal

Republican House lawmakers are frustrated and concerned over the draft Executive Order requiring contractors to make campaign contributions public. OFPP's Dan Gordon declines to answer specific questions about the proposal, but said transparency is key to ensuring trust in the procurement system.

Tags: contracting , industry , Dan Gordon , Darrell Issa , Sam Graves , Elijah Cummings , Nydia Velazquez , Tim Walberg , House Small Business Committee , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , OFPP , White House , FEC , draft executive order , Disclose Act , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/13/2011, 07:35am EDT
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OMBWatch supports draft order to disclose contractors' political donations

The White House says the order is all about transparency. But Senate Republicans say details in the draft aren't clear. And they're worried about an infringement of First Amendment rights, and how the donation information will be used at agencies.

Tags: Gary Bass , OMB Watch , contracting , transparency , In Depth

Friday - 04/29/2011, 05:27pm EDT

Senators press for answers on draft political contributions order

More than a quarter of the Senate wrote to the President asking for more details on the proposal to require contractors to disclose political contributions.

Tags: contracting , industry , White House , Senate , Disclose Act , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 04/27/2011, 11:25am EDT

Draft executive order gives industry heartburn

White House is considering issuing an executive order that would require vendors to submit information about their political contributions as part of their bid proposal package. Industry associations say the proposal wouldn't keep political influence out of the acquisition process, but likely add it in. The administration claims the draft order is all about greater transparency and accountability.

Tags: contracting , industry , Jay Carney , White House , Susan Collins , Mitch McConnell , Trey Hodgkins , Stan Soloway , PSC , TechAmerica , Disclose Act , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/21/2011, 07:31am EDT
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