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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

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

Lawmakers push DATA Act for financial industry

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has reintroduced a bill to modernize the financial reporting process for industry by mandating a standardized, machine-readable, open-data format Continue reading

Immigration modernization a work in progress

Efforts to modernize immigration processing systems at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have been rocky in the last couple of years, but the agency’s acting director told a congressional panel that it’s making some progress Continue reading

How budget sequestration affected contracting

The Government Accountability Office study, released March 9, found that while defense agency obligations to buy products and services decreased by almost 31 percent from fiscal 2011 through 2015, from $399 billion to $274 billion, civilian contracts remained fairly steady over the same period. Continue reading

GSA, DHS begin to tip their hand about future of CDM program

The General Services Administration and the Homeland Security Department continue to send signals of how they will move forward after that initial BPA expires in August 2018. Continue reading

VA chief swears off software development

“I’ve come to the conclusion that VA building its own software products and doing its own software dev inside is not a good way to pursue this,” Shulkin said. Continue reading