The General Services Administration, looking to cut through the confusion that sometimes clouds federal IT procurement, began a campaign to illuminate its development of new, centralized and electronic acquisition processes for federal agencies. via GSA unveils unified acquisition strategy — FCW.
Congress will return to Washington after Labor Day with little-to-no chance of enacting more than 1 or 2 and even that’s a stretch of the 12 regular 2015 appropriations by the time the fiscal year begins on October 1. via Expect At Least Two Continuing Resolutions But No Shutdown This Fall.
As demonstrated in a recent SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals decision, any changes to the relationship between the prime contractor and subcontractor made after the date of final proposal have little to no bearing in determining compliance with the ostensible subcontractor rule. via Ostensible Subcontractor Rule: Final Proposal Governs – SmallGovCon.
That contract type, which pays contractors for a pre-arranged amount of work and not necessarily an outcome, has become overused in recent years and for situations that are inappropriate, according to Dick Ginman, the director of defense procurement and acquisition policy. via Inside the DoD Reporter’s Notebook: Director of Naval Intelligence can’t access classified information … Continue reading
The Department of Health and Human Services has issued the first procurement initiative under its innovative Buyers Club program in an effort to open a new avenue for agency contracting officers and vendors and pave the way for bigger IT projects. via HHS releases first RFP under Buyers Club — FCW.
There are roughly six weeks left in fiscal 2014, and not a single appropriations bill has been signed into law. Congress left promptly for its August recess, and both the House and Senate are scheduled to be gone until Sept. 8, leaving perhaps a dozen legislative business days in which to craft a funding bill … Continue reading
Editor’s Note: This would be a very welcome reform since reverse auctions are the only industry nemesis despised worse than LPTA and RFI-TMI. – GT Reverse auctions would be prohibited for many small business procurements under a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015, which has been passed by the House of Representatives. … Continue reading
Sonny Hashmi, chief information officer at GSA, said in a blog post the agency will also give open-source software priority as it designs new software services. via GSA pushes open source, cloud for all new IT projects | Federal Times | federaltimes.com.
Congress has left town and the annual August slowdown has hit the capital, but the Pentagon is no less keen on getting its message out about acquisition reform being a marathon rather than a sprint. via Kendall: Keep it simple on acquisition reform — FCW.
Federal program managers could do a much better job of holding their industry counterparts accountable when it comes to sniffing out cost overruns and performance issues, said Borkowski, who is assistant commissioner in the Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition. via DHS’s Borkowski: Acquisition officials must get tougher with industry — … Continue reading