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 Procurement policy

  1. The time for acquisition reform may be at hand

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

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Victor Gavin: Use contracts intelligently, choosing the best tool for the job. Rob Curtis/Staff

    JELA, LPTA are but tools in a toolbox

    Navy PEO-EIS warns against injudicious use.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  9. Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan (left) speaks about the importance of climate change at the Center for American Progress Sept. 19.

    OMB chief vows continued action on climate change

    Greenhouse gas emissions from federal buildings and vehicles are among the targets for reduction.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  10. The Defense Department's new Better Buying Power 3.0 strategy is based on the 'growing concern that the United States' technological superiority over potential adversaries is being threatened today in a way that we have not seen for decades,' acquisition chief Frank Kendall said. (File photo) Tom Brown/Defense News

    Pentagon unveils draft of new R&D strategy

    DoD awaits opinions from industry and Congress on a call for renewed focus on innovation.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  11. Senate bans background check contractors from reviewing their own work

    Federal background investigation contractors would no longer be able to perform a final review of their own work, under legislation passed by the Senate Sept. 18.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  12. A proposed rule allowing contractor employees' to discuss their salaries is based on an executive order President Obama issued in April. Getty Images

    Contractors could get more freedom to talk

    A proposed rule would lift a ban on employees discussing salaries with each other.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
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