I\’ve written a few pieces on this subject previously. Because of that, some of the companies awarded the GSA STARS II GWAC will most likely think I\’m just pouring salt in their wounds by writing this piece. via For 8(a) IT buys, agencies reach for the STARS often, open market standalone contracts even more. – … Continue reading
Editor’s Note: It appears the hiring initiatives for Veterans and the disabled will step in line with the goals associated with federal agency Small Business Contracting and Subcontracting. Nice window dressing. OFCCP director says contractors won’t be violated for missing goals – FierceGovernment.
The government’s use of two separate SDVOSB programs–with differing rules and requirements–has caused widespread confusion among the very veterans the programs were designed to assist. via SDVOSB Confusion: A Federal News Radio Discussion – SmallGovCon.
The rollout of HealthCare.gov once again shined a bright light on systemic technology and procurement management problems, raising the ghosts of past reform efforts. via Back to the Future: Bring back the Raines Rules for IT procurement? – FederalNewsRadio.com.
As lawmakers examine possible reforms to the contracting process for federal building construction, they heard Tuesday from industry advocates who say current agency practices are chasing away perfectly qualified contractors, wasting money and stifling competition. via Critics say federal design-build construction contracts stifling competition – FederalNewsRadio.com.
Ongoing budget cuts are pushing intelligence agencies to move to a shared IT environment, according to federal officials. via DIA: Budget cuts propelling shared cloud environment | Federal Times | federaltimes.com.
The Defense Department’s top offices will reduce their ranks by 20 percent by fiscal 2019 through a series of organizational realignments and restructuring, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a Pentagon press conference Dec. 4. via DOD targets $1B in high-level staff cuts — FCW.
The ongoing battles over federal government spending highlight the challenges faced by many federal workers, including those responsible for the acquisition of IT goods and services. via Comment: Better contracting through multisourcing — FCW.
Debate about the relationship between the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command has ratcheted up in the wake of damaging leaks about NSA surveillance activities, but no decision on whether to split the two entities is likely before dual-hatted Gen. Keith Alexander steps down in spring 2014. via Is Cyber Command really ready to … Continue reading