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1:05 am, October 23, 2014

GSA News

Lots of loot for the taking in GSA's open-floor headquarters

Thieves would like GSA's new open-floor design, the inspector general finds.

Monday - 10/20/2014, 11:35am EDT
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White House gives agencies the lead role in combating ID theft

The White House wants the government to lead a nationwide effort to reduce identity theft and fraud. More secure government credit cards and multi-factor authentication for federal websites dealing with sensitive citizen data are two ways to do that.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 04:32pm EDT

Communication, transparency key to successful procurements

Like virtually everything in the federal government, the relationship federal agencies and industry organizations is complex. Contracts, buying and selling are just a small piece of the pie. Communication and collaboration are key factors that must exist in the pipeline between the public and private sectors. As part of our special report, the Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, Federal News Radio hosted a panel with acquisition experts.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 09:49am EDT

Acquisition quiz: True or False?

If you keep hearing the same thing over and over, is it true? Take certain federal procurement axioms: virtually every procurement nowadays is protested, contracting officers are not allowed to talk to potential bidders, there are too many contracting vehicles out there. Federal News Radio set out to explore these refrains, with the help of two procurement experts.

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:50am EDT

Kevin Kampschroer, Senior Climate Change Adaptation Official, GSA

The General Services Administration reviews version four of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building certification program. It wants to know if the LEED system is actually helping agencies meet federal green building goals. Kevin Kampschroer, federal director of the Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings and senior climate change adaptation official at GSA, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about sustainable practices any agency can implement.

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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Miguel Garrido, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Big changes are coming to one corner of the General Services Administration in January. GSA's Federal Acquisition Service plans to overhaul its professional contracts by consolidating several multiple award contracts into one big schedule. The new vehicle could generate more than $5 billion in sales. Miguel Garrido, quantitative analyst for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Sunday - 10/12/2014, 09:34pm EDT
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An update on OASIS

Jim Ghiloni, program manager for OASIS, will bring us up to date on the capabilities, features, and opportunities of the OASIS contracting program.
October 7, 2014

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 08:45pm EDT
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Martha Johnson, Former Administrator, GSA

The Department of Veterans Affairs has proposed the removal of Susan Taylor for her role in fraud allegations from VA's Inspector General. She's the deputy chief procurement officer at the Veterans Health Administration and part of the procurement scandal involving the company FedBid. She's the second high-profile official to leave government under a cloud in the last week: Julia Pierson resigned as Director of the Secret Service after a scandal there about securing the safety of President Obama. Martha Johnson is the former administrator of the General Services Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared advice for current and former employees who have to deal with the fallout of a leadership shakeup at the top of their agencies.

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 04:07pm EDT
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What's ahead in FY 2015?

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joins host Mark Amtower to talk about what contractors should expect in Fiscal Year 2015.
October 6, 2014

Monday - 10/06/2014, 08:32pm EDT
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Lights, camera, jail time for feds???

Whoever said that a picture is worth a thousand words knew what he (or she) was talking about. That's especially true of a high federal official photographed in a Las Vegas luxury suite in their birthday suit, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 02:00am EDT

GSA to tap into car-sharing to cut costs

Government workers in four U.S. cities will soon be able to get behind the wheel of a ZipCar as part of a General Services Administration push to cut costs. The car-sharing program aims to make the federal fleet more manageable for the agency, which oversees the use of around 200,000 vehicles.

Friday - 10/03/2014, 08:11am EDT

GSA awards DHS headquarters contract to Grunley, Shalom Baranes

Phase two of the Department of Homeland Security's $4.5 billion renovation project at St. Elizabeths is moving forward. The General Services Administration on Tuesday awarded two construction companies with a contract that will help consolidate the agency's office space.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 10:27am EDT

Strategic sourcing, GSA schedules, and more

Carolyn Alston, executive vice president and general counsel for the Coalition for Government Procurement, will discuss a wide range of procurement issues including interagency contracting, and acquisition streamlining.
September 30, 2014

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 08:49pm EDT
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What happens in Vegas does not stay in Vegas!

Remember when conferences were fun-filled, let-it-all-hang-out events? Those good old days may be gone for good, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 02:00am EDT

André Mendes, Director of Global Operations, Broadcasting Board of Governors

When the General Services Administration wanted to move about 60 Broadcasting Board of Governors employees from a building close by to one several blocks away, the BBG seized the opportunity. The agency countered with a plan to renovate the offices on the fourth floor of the Wilbur J. Cohen Building. Phase one of the new open-office plan is almost complete and is changing the interior look of the 76-year-old building. André Mendes is director of Global Operations at BBG. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how he settled into his new office.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:00pm EDT
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Former official at center of GSA conference scandal indicted

The U.S. District Court in San Francisco indicted Jeff Neely on five counts of making false statements and submitting fraudulent documents. Two of the five counts against Neely are directly related to the Western Regions Conference disgrace.

Friday - 09/26/2014, 04:30am EDT
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Ken Sandler, Sustainability and Green Building Advisor, GSA

The Army needs big solutions if it wants to generate as much energy as it consumes by 2020. It's using the Fort Carson Army base in Colorado Springs as a testing ground for the Net-Zero Energy Initiative. The General Services Administration identifies four ideas that could help Fort Carson reach big energy breakthroughs. It's also partnering with the Army and Energy Department to measure Fort Carson's progress so far. Ken Sandler is the sustainability and green building advisor within the Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings at GSA. He told In Depth with Francis Rose what Fort Carson has done so far.

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 04:15pm EDT
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An update on OASIS

Jim Ghiloni, program manager for OASIS, will bring us up to date on the capabilities, features, and opportunities of the OASIS contracting program.
September 23, 2014

Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 08:45pm EDT
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What's ahead in FY 2015?

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joins host Mark Amtower to talk about what contractors should expect in Fiscal Year 2015.
September 22, 2014

Monday - 09/22/2014, 08:32pm EDT
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Lawmakers want assurances from GSA on AbilityOne compliance

The Obama administration's strategic sourcing program has been beset by protests from unhappy vendors. This post is part of Jason Miller's Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:33am EDT
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