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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

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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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 8, 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
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