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Margaret Timberlake

Margaret Timberlake has written 470 posts for GovConChannel

Cyber Rule Could Quell the Urge to Merge for Government Contractors

$210 billion in government information technology contracts will expire this year and be re-competed. Continue reading

Is ‘re-opening’ a GSA schedule really closing a market channel?

In 2010, the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), in the name of “Demand Management,” closed Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) 75 — Office Products and Supplies (Schedule 75) to new offers. Continue reading

GAO Weighs in on the State of Federal Contracting

Services contracts have now risen to 60 percent of total government obligations — 50 percent of Pentagon awards and 80 percent of those let by civilian agencies over the past five years, GAO said. Continue reading

IT contractor to pay $45 million to settle software overcharge

Systems software vendor CA will pay $45 million to resolve allegations of overcharging the GSA for software licenses and maintenance. Continue reading

Federal Register: Revise and Streamline VA Acquisition Regulation To Adhere to FAR Principles

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend and update its VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR). Continue reading

Retired Navy admiral among 9 indicted in bribery case

A retired Navy admiral and eight other current and former military officers were bribed with sex, trips and other lavish perks, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday Continue reading

Father/Son Companies Were Affiliated, Says SBA OHA

Companies controlled by a father and son, respectively, were affiliated under the SBA’s affiliation rules because there was no clear fracture of the family members’ business relationships. Continue reading

GAO: Use Of CPARs Must Be Equal

Resolving a protest challenging a past performance evaluation, GAO is deferential to the agency’s determinations. Continue reading

House bill would keep election systems ‘critical’

A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives would further solidify state election systems as U.S. critical infrastructure Continue reading

Air Force probes sensitive data leak

The U.S. Air Force is currently investigating how and why a hard drive containing a trove of sensitive files and data was online and publicly accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Continue reading