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  1. President Obama has issued an executive order forbidding discrimination against GLBT contractor employees. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Obama signs order banning discrimination of LGBT contractors

    The executive action came after a bill that had a similar goal stalled in the House.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  2. GSA's maintenance and operations solution prepares to open

    A notice to proceed started the clock on a 30-day window for vendors to provide pricing

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  3. $7B RMADA contract awarded by HHS

    Covering technical services, the contract goes to 15 bidders.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  4. Virtualization could make buying and implementing complex technology much easier in situations where IT department employees are not on hand for fast help. USDA

    Acquisition ease boosts virtualization's appeal

    Virtualization brings with it many advantages, and some challenges. One of the key advantages that is often overlooked is ease of acquisition.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  5. A renovated building at DHS headquarters on the St. Elizabeths Hospital campus that will house the Coast Guard historical office. A 2015 budget bill would contain no funding to contnue the St. Elizabeth's project. Thomas Brown/Staff

    Proposed GSA construction budget shrinks in 2015

    The General Services Administration would receive hundreds of millions of dollars to build new buildings in fiscal 2015, but less than it received last year, under legislation passed by the House July 10.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  6. Anne Rung Courtesy Photo

    Former GSA official to be nominated administration's procurement chief

    Anne Rung, now with OMB, is primed to advance.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  7. Federal travel spending may be nearing a plateau. Bruce Bennett / Getty Images

    Government travel spending plateaus after years of cuts

    Agencies find alternatives to sending employees around the world.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  8. The budget situation is making DoD's daunting acquisition problems even harder to solve, says Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall. Staff

    Workforce still tops list of DoD acquisition reform woes

    Myriad problems exacerbate each other, officials testify.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  9. David Wennergren is the senior vice president of technology policy at the Professional Services Council and a former assistant deputy chief management officer at the Defense Department.

    PSC's reorganization addresses today's technology and service needs

    The pace of change in the technology marketplace is relentless. Every day, new technologies, approaches and applications are introduced that will change the way we live, work and play.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  10. The Inmarsat 5/Global Xpress satellite is ready for use. Boeing (Artist's Concept)

    Inmarsat-5 ready for government

    The Global Xpress satellite has been undergoing testing for months.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  11. GSA's Mary Davie wants to see cloud acquisition become easier. James J. Lee / Army Times

    Buying cloud services on GSA schedules to get easier

    Proposed new category on schedules would simplify acquisition.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  12. USAID asks for input on proposed $600 million contract

    Dubbed 'Dragon,' the program would provide research, technical assistance and other services.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  13. Pre-award bid protests often focus on whether the solicitation provisions were ambiguous, unreasonable or favor one company over another. File

    Protest could delay DISA cloud storage contract

    Oracle files pre-award objection to the Enterprise Storage Services II solicitation.

    • Jul. 8, 2014
  14. Kathy P. Conrad, left, and Lena Trudeau

    GSA's 18F speeds innovation to government

    In December, the General Services Administration launched the 18F program, a lean and agile software development office that, in its first few months, created a flurry of digital services designed to help people better navigate government, whether they are feds or citizens.

    • Jul. 8, 2014
  15. COL Patrick Burden, the General Fund Enterprise Business System Project Manager, US Army's PEO EIS, promises a draft solicitation for a new contract writing system within months. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Army to launch new ERP competition soon

    The Army plans to issue a draft solicitation to industry in the next few months for a new contract writing system, according to Col. Patrick Burden, who is overseeing the program.

    • Jul. 2, 2014
  16. Demonstrators rallied outside the Supreme Court building on June 30 as justices ruled that a family-owned corporation cannot be required under the Affordable Care Act to cover birth control methods to which the owning family objects for religious reasons. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Religious leaders ask for exemption from planned LGBT executive order

    Objections follow Supreme Court ruling allowing religious exemptions to healthcare law.

    • Jul. 2, 2014
  17. A GSA/FCC effort will make it easier for schools to invest in wireless networks for Internet access. Jetta Productions / Getty Images

    GSA, FCC team up to reduce tech prices for schools

    Wireless routers, other IT equipment to cost less through reverse auctions.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  18. GSA has flipped the switch for OASIS' small business side. Sheila Vemmer/staff

    GSA greenlights OASIS Small Business

    123 small businesses can now start filling orders under the new contract.

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  19. CAPT John Windom (shown here before his promotion from CMDR): Final RFP for the Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization contract is nearly ready. Navy

    Health systems modernization RFP draws closer

    DoD industry day attracts hundreds of potential bidders.

    • Jun. 27, 2014
  20. FITARA is a 'good bipartisan, bicameral piece of legislation,' says Sen. Tom Carper. Staff

    Senate panel passes procurement, cyber reform bills

    New FISMA would change compliance rules; FITARA tackles technology acquisition.

    • Jun. 25, 2014
  21. The SBIRS GEO-1 satellite. Lockheed Martin has just received a contract to complete the fifth and sixth satellites in the series. Lockheed Martin

    Lockheed wins $1.86B satellite contract

    Company will complete work on two geosynchronous satellites for Air Force Space Command.

    • Jun. 25, 2014
  22. An interim rule would lower the cap on contractor reimbursements for executive salaries. Here, Shawn Walsh, an Agile Manufacturing Technology team leader at Army Research Laboratory, and Mike Thompson, an ARL contractor technician, unfurl a lightweight ballistic material for integration into body-armor processes. Conrad Johnson / U.S. Army

    Interim rule lowers contractor salary cap to $487,000

    The budget passed in 2013 establshed the lower cap.

    • Jun. 24, 2014
  23. As GSA plans the Alliant contract sequel, the agency is considering how it can include emerging technologies and IT services. Rob Curtis/Staff

    GSA looks to ramp up contracting transformation with Alliant and Alliant II

    As the General Services Administration works to transform government contracting and consolidate agency spending under its roof, it is also working on a sequel to its highly successful IT services Alliant governmentwide acquisition contract.

    • Jun. 23, 2014
  24. Houses passes Defense Department 2015 funding bill

    The Defense Department would receive a $4.1 billion boost from $487 billion to $491 billion under appropriations legislation passed 340 to 73 by the House June 20.

    • Jun. 23, 2014
  25. Editorial: Contracts that break the mold

    There are two large federal procurement programs worth keeping an eye on because they are breaking the mold for how complex products and services are procured in the federal sector.

    • Jun. 23, 2014
  26. John Streufert, Director of Federal Network Resilience at DHS, delivers the keynote address at the Federal Times Breakfast Series discussion about Federal Cybersecurity at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City in Arlington, VA on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Mike Morones

    DHS to award continuous monitoring task orders

    Federal Network Resilience Division Director John Streufert on the $6 billion effort to secure public-sector networks against cyber threats

    • Jun. 23, 2014
  27. The Defense Department has awarded a technical services contract worth up to $3 billion for its 12 winning bidders. SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images

    Pentagon picks 12 for $3B technical services contract

    DS TATs contract covers research, test and advisory services, could span up to five years.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  28. Nick Nayak, Chief Procurement Officer at DHS, is leaving the department. Gannett Government Media Corp

    Nayak to leave DHS

    The chief procurement officer will end his tenure in July.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  29. Maria Roat, director of the FedRAMP program, expects the number of certified cloud providers to level off in about two years. Mike Morones/Staff

    Number of cloud providers expected to level off

    FedRAMP leader predicts two more years of growth before the plateau.

    • Jun. 19, 2014
  30. VA CIO Stephen Warren expects to award a contract for the new patient-scheduling system by the end of this fiscal year. Colin Kelly/Staff

    VA begins search for new scheduling system

    The effort to modernize is speeding up in the wake of recent scandals.

    • Jun. 19, 2014
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