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Margaret Timberlake

Margaret Timberlake has written 796 posts for GovConChannel

Shutdown Fight Would Be Postponed Until Dec. 7 in Funding Deal

Republicans and Democrats said they have an agreement on a stopgap spending measure into December as well as on full-year funding bills for the Departments of Defense, Labor and Health and Human Services. Continue reading

Federal cloud spending will hit new highs for 2018, report says

Ongoing efforts at IT modernization are fueling a potential 32 percent surge in federal cloud spending in fiscal 2018, according to an analysis by Bloomberg Government. Continue reading

VA process to verify veteran-owned small businesses fraught with errors, delays

Veterans who own small businesses can get verified through the Department of Veterans Affairs, making them eligible for VA contracts and subcontracts. Continue reading

As Kaspersky Deadline Approaches, Fears Loom That Contractors Aren’t Prepared

In some cases, contractors may not even be aware that Kaspersky, a Russian anti-virus provider, is running on their networks because it came pre-installed with unrelated software, cyber watchers said. Continue reading

For the First Time in 20 Years, GSA Opens Bids for Business Numbering System

The General Services Administration opened up bids to manage its vendor verification system Continue reading

Agency Spending Binge Coming as Fiscal Year Winds Down

“With only limited time left in the current fiscal year, eight of the ten highest-spending federal agencies have not used as much as 40 percent of their budgets,” Continue reading

How GSA’s customers are driving schedule modernization efforts

The General Services Administration wants its agency and industry customers to know they are listening when it comes to the schedules contracting program. Continue reading

SBA OIG Recommends Improved Oversight of 8(a) Continuing Eligibility

Just last week, the OIG released a new report analyzing the 8(a) Program. Continue reading

Recent SBA OHA Decision Offers NAICS Code Appeal Guidance

Recently, SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals provided some guidelines in discussing the assignment of NAICS codes in the Computer Facilities Management Services, Research and Development, and Engineering Services codes. Continue reading

VA Acquisition Regulation: Contract Cost Principles and Procedures; Protests, Disputes and Appeals

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending and updating its VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) in phased increments Continue reading