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2:48 pm, July 13, 2014

Federal Acquisition Service News

FAS's roles in professional services

Tiffany Hixson, the professional services category executive at GSA's Federal Acquisition Service discusses the new professional services category management agenda for FAS and what it means for customer agencies and contractors.
July 8, 2014

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 10:16pm EDT
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GSA's Office of Integrated Technology Services prioritizes efficiency

What are the strategic priorities for the GSA's Office of Integrated Technology Services? How does ITS maximize the value of government IT while also lowering its cost? What is ITS doing to improve its operations and become more efficient and agile? Join host Michael Keegan as he explore these questions and more with Mary Davie, assistant commissioner, Office of Integrated Technology Services (ITS) in GSA's Federal Acquisition Service (FAS).

Monday - 07/07/2014, 11:00am EDT

GSA taps Lockheed to transform FAS business systems

The General Services Administration has tapped Lockheed Martin to help update the Federal Acquisition Service's (FAS) business systems. The agency announced Monday it awarded Lockheed the Application Maintenance, Enhancement and Operations (CAMEO) task order, which will "streamline a highly integrated IT portfolio."

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 09:28am EDT

GSA picks 74 vendors for unrestricted OASIS contract

GSA announces the winners under the new multiple-award contract for complex professional services. GSA made 225 awards to 74 contractors across the seven functional areas of the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services contract.

Monday - 05/19/2014, 02:56pm EDT

GSA's new contracting policy tackles IG's concerns about management interference

Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Tom Sharpe tried to balance the need for management oversight with contracting officer autonomy. But some in industry worry that the new memo does nothing more than add more paperwork to a broken process.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 04:15am EDT
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The new direction of GSA schedules

On this week's Amtower Off-Center radio show, host Mark Amtower interviews Larry Allen of Allen Federal Business Partners, on the future of GSA schedules.
February 10, 2014 (Encore presentation February 17, 2014)

Monday - 02/10/2014, 10:39am EST
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Q&A with FAS Commissioner Tom Sharpe

Tom Sharpe, commissioner of the Federal Acquistion Service at the General Services Administration will talk about what his agency is doing to meet the needs of its customers.
September 17, 2013 (Encore presentation September 24, 2013)

Tuesday - 09/17/2013, 11:38pm EDT
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OFPP applying strategic sourcing concept to acquisition training

Joe Jordan, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy administrator, said the Federal Acquisition Council on Training will oversee several initiatives, including developing a new contract for all agencies to buy acquisition training from. He said the Federal Acquisition Institute Training Application System eventually will be a one-stop shop for all acquisition workforce training needs.

Monday - 09/09/2013, 06:14am EDT
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GSA releases final RFPs for OASIS

The multiple award contract for professional services will cover seven functional areas. GSA will make up to 40 awards per functional area.

Thursday - 08/01/2013, 05:39am EDT

Industry fears 'chilling effect' in GSA review of acquisition managers

In a letter to Tom Sharpe, the commissioner of the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service, three industry groups -- the Coalition for Government Procurement, the Professional Services Council and TechAmerica -- wrote that restricting communication between managers and contractors could have a "chilling effect" on managers' role in the Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) program.

Thursday - 06/27/2013, 05:53pm EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Some question who's in charge at GSA with six feds on admin leave

Industry experts say GSA is looking for scapegoats for the problems outlined in two recent inspector general reports, instead of stepping back and understanding the real issues auditors raised.

Tuesday - 06/11/2013, 03:50pm EDT

OFPP kicks the strategic-sourcing door wide open

Administrator Joe Jordan said he views the possibilities as everything from new contracts to take advantage of volume discounts to standardizing terms and conditions to save on administrative costs. GSA FAS is reorganizing around 14 strategic sourcing areas.

Thursday - 04/18/2013, 06:08am EDT
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Sharpe sets 10 priorities to assure success at FAS

Tom Sharpe, the commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service at the General Services Administration, is focusing on 10 areas to make the organization more responsive and efficient. Sharpe also plans to meet with vendors and employees to improve their satisfaction with FAS.

Friday - 03/22/2013, 05:32am EDT
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GSA names Sharpe new FAS Commissioner

Tom Sharpe will move over from the Treasury Department to take over the Federal Acquisition Service.

Tuesday - 01/22/2013, 05:33pm EST
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Deputy FAS Commissioner Jordan retires

Jon Jordan, the deputy commissioner in the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service, retired Nov. 3. Bill Sisk has been named to replace Jordan on an interim basis.

Monday - 11/05/2012, 03:12pm EST

GSA to hire new FAS Commissioner

Steve Kempf will return after his medical leave as a senior adviser. GSA posted the commissioner's job on USAJobs.gov on Monday.

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 05:16pm EDT

GSA FAS Commissioner Kempf taking medical leave

Steve Kempf told staff he will take 60 days off for medical reasons starting July 30. Mary Davie will become acting FAS commissioner while Kempf is out.

Friday - 07/27/2012, 06:38pm EDT

VA, GSA each pushes major IT acquisitions to next steps

The Veterans Affairs Department will award a $5 billion IT hardware contract in the next two months. GSA will release a request for information for cybersecurity tools in the coming days. Both are examples of a healthy and busy fourth quarter for acquisition.

Friday - 07/27/2012, 06:01am EDT

GSA offers second round of buyouts

The General Services Administration is offering buyouts and early retirements to 1,022 employees. The employees have until July 20 to apply and must separate from service between Aug. 3 and Sept. 30.

Monday - 07/02/2012, 09:18am EDT

GSA's OASIS contract to streamline professional services offerings

The General Services Administration is months away from releasing details of its newest contract vehicle that will allow agencies to find professional services solutions across disciplines. OASIS program manager Jim Ghiloni gave a status update on the contract.
June 26, 2012(Encore presentation July 10, 2012)

Tuesday - 06/26/2012, 01:22pm EDT
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