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Acquisition News

Rep. Coffman calls on VA to take swift action against Susan Taylor

The chairman of the Veterans Affairs subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations wrote a letter to Veterans Affairs Department Secretary Bob McDonald wanting more details on the actions it will take in light of the inspector general report involving the deputy chief procurement officer at the Veterans Health Administration and FedBid.

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The end of FY 2014, SES reform, and more

Tom Temin, anchor of the Federal Drive on Federal News Radio, joins host Mark Amtower to discuss a wide range issues including the end of the fiscal year, and a possible SES exodus.
September 29, 2014

Monday - 09/29/2014, 08:16pm EDT
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VA IG unwinds tale of procurement fraud, abuse involving senior agency officials, FedBid

The Veterans Affairs inspector general issued a report alleging the deputy chief procurement officer at the Veterans Health Administration used her position to promote and award a contract to FedBid, a reverse auction vendor, and improperly acted as an agent of the vendor, creating a conflict of interest.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 05:26am EDT
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Army will spend up to $7.2 billion on consolidation of its intelligence contracts

The Army's Intelligence and National Security Command made awards to 21 firms under an indefinite-delivery contract called Global Intelligence Support Services. This story is part of Jared Serbu's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:45am EDT

Better Buying Power 3.0 doesn't mention LPTA contracts, but DoD says it remains ‘aware' of industry concerns

Careful observers of last week's rollout of Better Buying Power 3.0 - the "technological superiority" edition of the Pentagon's ongoing acquisition improvement program - will have noticed that there was no mention this time around of Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) contracts. This story is part of Jared Serbu's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:37am EDT

Treasury's fixes to USASpending.gov begin with mapping, navigation

Christina Ho, the executive director for data transparency in the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, said Treasury developed short-and long-term plans to improve the spending portal. She said DATA Act requirements fit well in the department's strategy.

Friday - 09/26/2014, 04:57am EDT
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Lexy Kessler, Government Contracting Practice Partner, Aronson

Budget certainty is in place now, with the continuing resolution that funds the government through Dec. 11. But what happens after that? Only Congress can make that more clear, and it isn't doing anything until November. Lexy Kessler is partner-in-charge of the government contracting practice at Aronson LLC. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said history can be a contractor's planning guide for the CR.

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:11pm EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

A big contractor goes to court to challenge the Veterans Affairs Department's plan to limit a solicitation for services to small businesses - and the big guy wins. The details of the case make it one to watch, according to our procurement expert. Attorney Joe Petrillo explained the case of Rotech v. United States on the Federal Drive.

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 01:09pm EDT
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GAO decides one of first protests based on FedRAMP compliance

SRA loses its bid protest of the HHS award for cloud email services to InfoReliance. GAO says HHS' evaluation factors were reasonable and properly considered.

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:27am EDT

DoD upends its strategy for buying commercial cloud services

A forthcoming Pentagon plan will let military departments chart their cloud procurement strategies, as long as they provide detailed data to the Pentagon and each other.

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 04:54am 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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Pentagon's new version of Better Buying Power focuses on ‘technical excellence'

The latest blueprint to improve DoD's acquisition process will try to help the military achieve game-changing end products and spend less time on the business end of the acquisition system. Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said the strategy remains in draft form while DoD gathers feedback from a variety of experts.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 05:19am 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

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: VanRoekel legacy highlighted by digital services; more openings at OMB

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Former CIO Steve VanRoekel's legacy is highlighted by digital services and PortfolioStat, and lawmakers want assurances from GSA on AbilityOne compliance.

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

10 questions on GSA's hallways initiative

Mike Sade, a former federal acquisition executive, said the consolidation of schedule contracts makes sense, but there are several unanswered questions GSA needs to address.

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:02am EDT

Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The new strategic sourcing contract for office supplies at the General Services Administration looks a lot like GSA's Schedule 75 contract for office supplies. It actually looks so familiar, it might just be a rerun. Roger Waldron is President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shed some light on the potential duplication issue with the OS3 contract, and sees some other contracts that could have the exact same duplication problem.

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:26pm EDT
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The new rules of sales and service

Author and marketing strategist David Meerman Scott joins host Mark Amtower to discuss his two recent books.
September 15, 2014

Monday - 09/15/2014, 10:22pm EDT
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Federal News Countdown: CIOs lacking resources, Cyber insurance by 2020

Jim Beaupre, education director for ACT-IAC and head of the ACT-IAC Acquisition Academy, and Frank Reeder, co-founder and director of the Center for Internet Security, countdown the week's top stories with Francis Rose.

Friday - 09/12/2014, 04:41pm EDT

Anne Rung confirmed as OFPP administrator

The Senate approved Anne Rung's nomination by voice vote. Procurement experts say improving the acquisition workforce and addressing concerns with strategic sourcing are among her top priorities.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 05:00pm EDT

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Probably every contracting officer has been tempted to do it. Lowball the size of an acquisition so that it falls under small business rules. Or accept a lowball bid from a contractor that knows better. A part of the Transportation Department tried this with a contractor that was about to graduate from the 8(a) program. Oops. The deal ended up in court. Lots of egg splatter to go around. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the case in this week's legal loop segment.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 10:19am EDT
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