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Contracting News

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

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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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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Kevin Brancato, Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The Navy's on track to meet its small business contracting goals for 2014. One way it's doing that is by using its gigantic Seaport-e multiple award contract vehicle. Seaport-e has turned into something of a bonanza for small businesses. Kevin Brancato, senior defense analyst for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the contract.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 09:44am EDT
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Jim Ghiloni, OASIS Program Director, GSA

Federal agencies now have a one-stop shop for purchasing professional services. Actually, two one-stop shops. The General Services Administration gave the go-ahead for its newest governmentwide, multiple award contract, known as OASIS. That's the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services. OASIS and its sister GWAC, OASIS Small Business, aim to minimize duplication and increase efficiency for the purchase of services. Jim Ghiloni is the OASIS Program Director at GSA. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on how OASIS can help your agency.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 09:41am EDT
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OPM plans to terminate contracts with USIS

An Office of Personnel Management official said Tuesday that agency officials decided not to renew USIS' background investigations and support contracts.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 07:05am EDT

Cybersecurity and CDM

Booz Allen Hamilton Senior Vice President Brad Medairy, will discuss how Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) can help your agency meet its cybersecurity challenges.
September 9, 2014

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 08:46pm EDT
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USIS pushes back against 'misleading allegations'

The troubled federal contractor issued a release to try to separate myth from fact about its handling of security clearances.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:02am EDT

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 9, 2014

Monday - 09/08/2014, 08:16pm EDT
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DoD targets service contracts, small procurements to boost competition rate

The Pentagon issued a handful of directives in August designed to reverse the trend in its contract competition rate, which has slipped from 64 percent in 2008 to 56.5 percent in the third quarter of 2014. A preliminary analysis shows most of the opportunity for improvement is in service contracting.

Monday - 09/08/2014, 04:46am EDT

A green light for OASIS

The General Services Administration continues to face protest after protest around many of the programs but just this past week got the go-ahead for the unrestricted version of the OASIS professional services contract. This post is part of Jason Miller's Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature.

Monday - 09/08/2014, 04:22am EDT

Confusion rises over the CDM dashboard

Despite news to the contrary, the Homeland Security Department has not picked a vendor to provide the CDM dashboard. This post is part of Jason Miller's Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature.

Monday - 09/08/2014, 04:16am EDT

Labor, GSA forced to buy systems from bankrupt vendor

Global Computer Enterprises filed Sept. 4 for bankruptcy protection. This post is part of Jason Miller's Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature.

Monday - 09/08/2014, 04:05am EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Labor, GSA forced to buy systems from bankrupt vendor; dashboard fever strikes DHS

Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news tidbits, strongly-sourced buzz, and other items of interest that have happened or are happening in the federal IT and acquisition communities. In this edition of "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," the OASIS contract gets a green light, and GSA's CFO moves into a new role.

Monday - 09/08/2014, 03:53am EDT

DHA plans ‘gates' to qualify vendors for $20 bil IDIQ contract

The Defense Health Agency is conducting market research in advance of a planned RFP for a 10-year, $20 billion IT services and support contract. It's possible that vendors will be added to the contract without a formal source selection process.

Friday - 09/05/2014, 11:36am EDT
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The 4th quarter scramble: Opportunities for contractors?

Gormley Group President Bill Gormley and Bloomberg Government's Cameron Leuthy and Miguel Garrido discuss the end of the fiscal year budget scramble, and what contractors should be doing to take advantage of the surge in buying.
September 2, 2014

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 05:45pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Protests yet again are derailing the office suppliers strategic sourcing program. Unsuccessful bidders filed complaints with the Government Accountability Office forcing the program to be suspended. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller provided details to Tom Temin on the Federal Drive on more problems for the strategic sourcing program. Read Jason's related article.

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 07:34am EDT
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All things LinkedIn

Chuck Brooks, vice president for DHS at Xerox, and Lee Frederikson, managing director of Hinge Marketing, will discuss how to leverage LinkedIn at your agency or company.
September 1, 2014

Monday - 09/01/2014, 08:13pm EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: DoD still slow to share medical records; New hiring initiative at VA; DISA's $12B IT contrac

In this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, Jared Serbu examines news and buzz in the Defense community that you might have missed including: DoD-VA medical record sharing still too slow; VA kicks off new drive to hire docs; DISA plans follow-on to Encore II contract

Friday - 08/29/2014, 06:47pm EDT

New protests further delay GSA's Office Supplies 3 contract

Six unsuccessful bidders filed complaints with the GAO over GSA's awards under the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative Office Supplies 3 contract. The protests effectively shut down the vehicle until GAO makes a decision, which could come as late as December.

Friday - 08/29/2014, 02:02pm EDT
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