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 Procurement policy

  1. Proposed rule forbids contractors from banning salary talk

    Federal contractors would not be able to prevent employees from discussing salaries with each other, under a proposed rule published Sept. 17 in the Federal Register.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  2. A Customs and Border Protection officer checks the identification of a person crossing from Mexico into the United States at the San Ysidro port of entry on November 14, 2013 in San Diego. CBP wasted millions on an employee housing project. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) John Moore / Getty Images

    Report: CBP wasted millions on employee housing project

    Customs and Border Protection wasted millions of dollars on employee housing in the American southwest, according to an inspector general report released Sept. 3.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  3. A police officer stands guard at the front gate of the Washington Naval Yard on September 17, 2013, one day after Aaron Alexis killed 13 people during a shooting rampage. USIS came under scrutiny after the incident because it had vetted Alexis for his security clearance. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    OPM cancels contract with USIS

    The Office of Personnel Management plans to terminate its contracts with USIS, the major security clearance contractor targeted last month by a cyberattack, the Associated Press is reporting today.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  4. Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall provided some insight into the forthcoming Better Buying Power 3.0. Thomas Brown/Staff

    Kendall: 'Change in direction' for Better Buying Power 3.0

    The initiative's third version, expected soon, will focus on products, innovation and engineering.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  5. DoD is not a 'niche market of contracts,' says David Bennett. DISA CIO. DISA

    DISA weighs contract consolidation as sequester solution

    The forced budget cuts could return in fiscal 2016, but DoD's mission has not gotten any smaller.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  6. U.S. Army Spc. Cyrus Haines types air traffic notes onto a laptop at Camp Taji, Iraq. Staff Sgt Quinton Russ

    Microsoft licensing agreement pioneers new concept

    Only two such JELAs are in place, but the strategy shows early success.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  7. Amanda R. Simpson, executive director of the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force, expects to have 25 projects underway within the next year. Thirteen already are. Alan Lessig/Staff

    Army ramping up renewable energy program

    The Army's Office of Energy Initiatives, launching Oct. 1, is an evolution and enhancement of the current Energy Initiatives Task Force.

    • Aug. 15, 2014
  8. The Smithsonian Institution is seeking volunteers to transcribe handwritten documents. KAREN BLEIER / AFP

    Smithsonian crowd-sources transcription services

    Volunteers can help turn thousands of handwritten documents into searchable records.

    • Aug. 15, 2014
  9. The SBIRS GEO-1 satellite. Lockheed Martin

    DoD satellite procurement critiqued

    Non-recurring engineering costs billions that could be saved, general says.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  10. Transportation to federalize some IT contractors

    Contractors cost more than federal employees, raising the cost of shared services, says CIO.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
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