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9:22 am, April 19, 2015

Contracting News

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

If a program manager asks a company to bid on a highly technical requirement, you want to be sure the winning contractor or its subs can actually do the work. If it uses consultants to win the work, you could have a problem. That's the gist of a recent protest case that ruled out consultants. Joe Petrillo is a procurement attorney at Petrillo and Powell in Washington. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on this case.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:31am EDT
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Cyber award to Booz Allen begins CDM's value-chain evolution

DHS and OMB says the continuous diagnostics and mitigation program will begin to show 'intrinsic value' to the government as more and more agencies benefit from the cyber tools and services. GSA's $39 million award to Booz Allen is the second of six awards for tools and services under the program.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:22am EDT
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Anthony Robbins, Vice President of Federal, Brocade

FITARA, the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, can help agencies save money. But what about contractors? They've also got to live with the new law. Anthony Robbins, the vice president of federal at Brocade, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to provide one view of how FITARA is affecting them.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 09:00am EDT
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NIH awards $20B CIO-CS acquisition contract for IT

The National Institutes of Health awarded its Chief Information Officer - Commodities and Solutions Governmentwide Acquisition Contract Tuesday to 65 vendors.

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 01:12pm EDT

Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

The case of Neustar versus the federal government provides one of this year's most important cautionary tales. It's risky to become overly dependent on a single federal contract, even a long-term one. Eventually, everything comes up for recompete. Neustar, which manages cell phone number portability under an FCC contract, lost its recompete last year to Ericsson. It's been protesting ever since. Jonathan Aberman, the managing director of Amplifier Ventures, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more about the Neustar case.

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 09:19am EDT
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Marketing to the federal government

Lisa Dezzutti and Monica Mayk of Market Connections join host Mark Amtower to discuss the top challenges that contractors face in marketing to the federal government, and how shrinking budgets are impacting marketing.
April 13, 2015

Monday - 04/13/2015, 06:03pm EDT
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Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

Washington, D.C. is a great place to look for business deals with federal agencies. But it's not the only place. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners and publisher of the Week Ahead newsletter, has a top-three list for increasing federal business opportunities. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he says the first is to think outside of the capital city.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:51pm EDT
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Rocky Galloway, Senior Counsel, General Counsel

Some companies team up to bid on an agency contract. But more organizations can complicate the details of the contract, and that can turn into legal trouble for some organizations. Rocky Galloway, senior counsel in the Government Contracts Practice Group at General Counsel, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about a specific case where a team solution ended up in court.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:27pm EDT
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GSA's schedule contract consolidation kicks major overhaul effort into gear

The General Services Administration plans to substantially complete the merger of eight professional schedule contracts into one by November. Tiffany Hixson, GSA's Federal Acquisition Service's professional services category executive, said 440 professional services contractors owning more than 4,400 total schedules need to migrate to the new construct.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:03am EDT
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IT acquisition challenges in the federal government.

Van Hitch, senior advisor with Deloitte's Federal Consulting Practice, joins host Roger Waldron to talk about some of the IT acquisition challenges facing federal managers.
April 7, 2015

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 07:06pm EDT
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Events! Nothing but events!

Kerry Rea, president of GovEvents.com, and Claudia Hosky, publisher of FedInsider.com, join host Mark Amtower to talk about the importance of business to government events.
April 6, 2015

Monday - 04/06/2015, 05:52pm EDT
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Sens. McCaskill, Booker appeal for access to innovative IT

Two senators wrote a letter to the Rules and Administration Committee highlighting several changes to policy needed to promote access and use of modern technology such as cloud computing.

Monday - 04/06/2015, 04:00pm EDT

The federal hiring market in 2015

Talent acquisition manager Mike Bruni will discuss job trends in the federal government, the kinds of workers that agencies need, and how to land a job in what is a competitive and challenging federal market.
April 3, 2015

Friday - 04/03/2015, 06:41pm EDT
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Second protest further delays DHS cyber program

HP Enterprise Services submitted a protest to the Government Accountability Office on March 9 of the $29 million award to Knowledge Consulting Group under task order 2.

Friday - 04/03/2015, 03:07pm EDT

NASA awards SEWP V contracts to small businesses

NASA has awarded contracts to 118 small, disadvantaged companies under its Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP V) contract, a multi-award Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) vehicle focused on information technology products and product-based services.

Friday - 04/03/2015, 10:45am EDT

VA to relinquish control of Denver hospital construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will take over construction management at the new Denver veterans hospital amid an internal investigation into how the project ran $1 billion over budget, the Veterans Affairs Department said Thursday.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 08:13pm EDT

Barbara Kinosky, President, Centre Law and Consulting

The General Services Administration is proposing a new rule to require vendors to give them contract transaction. Some contractors don't like the idea, because they claim to already provide that information in other ways. Barbara Kinosky is president of Centre Law and Consulting, and on the Board of Directors for the Professional Services Council. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared more on the reaction from the contracting community to the proposed rule.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 04:27pm EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Federal contractors are taking a magnifying glass to the fine print in their contracts with the government. Or they should be. The General Services Administration has proposed a set of rules known as class deviation. In a nutshell, it wants all contracts expunged of boilerplate clauses that run against the Federal Acquisition Regulation. Joe Petrillo is a partner at the law firm Petrillo and Powell. In this morning's Legal Loop, he joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more about what GSA hopes to do.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 09:22am EDT
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Ex-FBI agent sentenced to 10 years in Afghan kickback scheme

A former FBI agent accused of trying to derail a Utah investigation into an alleged defense contractor kickback scheme was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday.

Monday - 03/30/2015, 07:49pm EDT

Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The fifth generation of the Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement contract at NASA releases some winners Thursday. Companies have been waiting for SEWP V for a long time now, so the release of the names is good news for the winners, and not so good news for the ones that aren't on the list. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, tells In Depth with Francis Rose we know so far about SEWP V.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 05:41pm EDT
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