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  1. Chris Hamm took over as FEDSIM director on Nov. 1, 2014. Photo courtesy GSA

    Hamm tapped for new FEDSIM director

    Former deputy director brings 15 years of acquisition experience at GSA.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  2. Category management is the future of government procurement, said Thomas Sharpe, Federal Acquisition Service commissioner. Alan Lessig/Staff

    Acquisition Gateway looks to revolutionize federal procurement

    FAS site designed as a central repository for contract information to help purchasers make better decisions.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  3. An air traffic controller works inside an airport tower simulator. The Federal Aviation Administration has the largest civilian agency IT budget request in the 2015 budget, accounting for 8 percent of the total civil IT request. Getty Images

    IT spending forecast: Slow growth ahead

    Civilian agency growth will slightly outpace that of defense-related agencies, predicts TechAmerica.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  4. A US Marine walks ahead of 'Big Dog,' a technology effort by Boston Dynamics. The company was purchased by Google last year. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

    DoD accelerates tech acquisition initiatives

    The Pentagon's civilian leaders are charging ahead on programs, but opinions are mixed on how successful they can be.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  5. GSA is tackling green building challenges from several sides. The Chicago Federal Center is one of several sites where energy savings performance contracts are showing success. GSA

    GSA's latest call for green building technologies soon to close

    'Green Proving Ground' leverages the agency's real estate holdings to evaluate new building ideas.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  6. Greg Moreau

    Use templates to simplify contracting

    A single document to fill out would save money and ease confusion.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  7. Rafael Moure-Eraso is chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, an independent federal agency. Courtesy Photo

    President's executive order on contract worker safety will save lives

    The April 8, 2011, scene was horrific: Five workers killed just inside one of a series of bunkers dug hundreds of feet deep into a side of a mountain near Honolulu.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  8. SEWP IV contracts can be extended while SEWP V protests are decided, according to Program Manager Joanne Woytek. Rick Kozak/Federal Times

    Protests delay implementation of SEWP V contracts

    GAO is reviewing four bid protests for NASA's IT GWAC.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  9. DHS Federal Network Resilience Director John Streufert gave a revised timeline for CMD solicitations and awards. Mike Morones/Staff

    Remaining CDM solicitations delayed to December and beyond

    Majority of contract award announcements expected by August.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
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    NASA moves ahead with commercial launch program despite protest

    GAO will consider bid protest from Sierra Nevada but won't hamper progress for current awardees.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  11. GAO upholds protest against USIS contract

    The Government Accountability Office dealt background investigation contractor USIS another blow by upholding a protest from a rival company over the awarding of a $210 million contract.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  12. Employees and contractors are not protecting valuable property at GSA HQ, according to the inspector general. Sheila Vemmer/Staff

    Physical security lax at GSA HQ, report says

    IG finds documents and valuables often left unsecured despite ongoing reminders to lock things up.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  13. HHS awards contract to develop Ebola vaccine

    The Health and Human Services Department wants to develop an Ebola vaccine within the next two years, according to an agency announcement.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  14. The time for acquisition reform may be at hand

    An increased focus on competition, Congressional attention could facilitate change.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  15. GSA's OASIS empowers procurement of professional services. Getty Images/iStockphoto

    OASIS signals a new era for GSA

    The May award of the long-awaited contract was the beginning of the agency's reinvention.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  16. Stan Soloway, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, would like to see the overhaul of an executive order which requires a review of a contractor's legal actions. (PSC)

    Executive order violates labor laws, group alleges

    Federal contracting trade association wants overhaul of Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces E.O.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  17. The market shift to converged services is 'foundational,' accordingt to Stan Soloway, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council. File

    Survey: Feds slow in adopting converged technology, services

    Only one in five have plans to procure software, infrastructure as a service.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  18. 123 small businesses have spots on the OASIS small business contract. tetmc / Getty Images/iStockphoto

    OASIS small business contract starts strong

    Five agencies have already placed orders, and officials anticipate increasing interest.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  19. OASIS offers a range of professional services. Getty Images/iStockphoto

    OASIS heralds new digital era for GSA

    The May award of the long-awaited contract was the beginning of the agency's reinvention.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  20. NASA awards more spots on SEWP V

    The latest awards comprise the second of three groups.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  21. Dr. Neil Evans, a Primary Care Internist at the Veteran's Medical Center, goes over records from a recent check-up with his patient, Renaldo Cade. (James J. Lee/Military Times Staff) James J. Lee/Military Times Staff

    VA announces $22.3B IT services contract

    Ceiling ranks T4NG contract third highest among RFPs expected in fiscal 2015.

    • Oct. 10, 2014
  22. The Department of Veterans Affairs' has begun the firing process for one of its senior procurement officials for allegedly pressuring employees to award FedBid a contract. (VA)

    VA begins firing process for embattled procurement official

    Veterans Affairs deputy secretary Sloan Gibson has proposed firing the official who allegedly pressured employees to award a contract toFedBid.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  23. Deltek expects $206 billion worth of contracts to be awarded in fiscal 2015. The largest opportunity is the General Service Administration's Alliant II Unrestricted with an estimated value of $50 billion. Gannett Government Media Corp

    Top 20 contracts coming in fiscal 2015

    Civilian agencies are preparing to compete a slate of multibillion-dollar IT contracts in 2015 that will more than double the combined value of large civilian contracts that were on tap for competition a year ago.

    • Oct. 5, 2014
  24. Jim Ghiloni, program executive officer (vice director) of GSA's One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services program,in Crystal City, Virginia. Mike Morones/Staff

    What's different about OASIS?

    Jim Ghiloni, GSA's PEO for OASIS, on the role the contract will play for the federal government.

    • Oct. 3, 2014
  25. Nitin Pradhan, managing partner of GOVonomy and former Transportation Department CIO, says agencies should purchase commerical off-the-shelf tech rather than put out requests for proposals. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Why agencies should embrace commercial tech

    GOVonomy co-founder Nitin Pradhan on the benefits of dropping RFPs and buying COTS.

    • Oct. 3, 2014
  26. Woytek

    NASA awards SEWP V IT contracts

    Ordering from the latest version of the long-running IT GWAC begins Nov. 1.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  27. The new completion date for the renovation of St. Elizabeths Hospital's historic center building is fall 2017. Staff

    GSA awards contract for new DHS HQ

    Two construction firms will renovate building at the former St. Elizabeth's Hospital campus.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  28. The Department of Veterans Affairs' inspector general has accused a senior procurement official of numerous ethical breaches. VA

    IG: VA official gamed system to benefit FedBid

    Report alleges deputy chief procurement officer Susan Taylor committed ethical violations including retaliation against another official who froze reverse auctions.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  29. The IG recommends improvements to GSA's purchase card management. File

    IG: GSA must strengthen purchase card controls

    The agency could create a process to cancel cards more quickly when needed.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  30. Jeff Neely, former regional commissioner of GSA's Public Buildings Service Pacific Rim Region, has been indicted on charges of making fraudulent reimbursement claims. Neely is one of several former GSA officials involved in planning a 2010 conference that caused a scandal at the agency when its lavish setting and excessive costs were revealed. Gannett Government Media Corp

    Former GSA official Jeff Neely indicted for fraudulent claims

    Neely was at the center of the 2010 conference scandal that led to the resignation of former Administrator Martha Johnson.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
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