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  1. GSA VETS offers agencies IT products and services from small businesses owned by veterans. Robert Turtil/ / Veterans Affairs Department

    Success of VETS GWAC spurs development of VETS II

    Declining sales won't prevent a second generation of the contract vehicle for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  2. The Defense Department's new cloud strategy, charting a course now that DISA is no longer the cloud broker, has been delayed. Army

    New DoD cloud policy delayed to early December

    Policy will speed cloud procurement while clarifying the roles of DISA and Office of the CIO.

    • Nov. 25, 2014
  3. The Department of Veteran Affairs issued a RFI for a commercial off-the-shelf scheduling system to integrate with the existing VistA system. fotoedu / Getty Images/iStockphoto

    VA issues RFI for commercial scheduling system

    Department looking to replace system that left veterans waiting for needed care.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  4. GSA is looking for feedback on draft terms and conditions for an independent cloud SIN on IT Schedule 70. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images

    Draft terms released for cloud SIN

    GSA wants comments on how best to create a distinct spot on IT Schedule 70 for cloud offerings.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  5. Goodrich

    Microsoft 365 first cloud email to gain FedRAMP approval

    With ATO, partner InfoReliance will start migrating Health and Human Services' email to the cloud.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  6. Developing a category system for acquisition is a 'work in progress,' Office of Federal Procurement Policy Deputy Administrator Lesley Field said. Staff

    GSA adopts agile acquisition for government marketplace

    The multi-agency effort will reduce duplication, enhance savings, officials promise.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  7. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said the non-disclosure agreements that contractor KBR makes its employees sign could chill whistleblowing activities. Mike Morones/Army Times

    Lawmakers say KBR non-disclosure agreements stop whistle blowers

    A non-disclosure agreement that contractor KBR has made its employees sign might violate whistleblower protection and false claims laws and prevent its employees from reporting wrongdoing, a group of lawmakers wrote in letter Nov. 20.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  8. The Defense Health Agency aims to save $3.5 billion on pharmaceutical expenses by fiscal 2024 by streamlining logistics and managing the cost of medications. Nick Wilson/ / Air Force

    Defense agencies hope logistics can lower pharmaceutical costs

    A data-driven supply chain enables accurate ordering on a large scale.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  9. It's time to look at how the GSA uses Multiple Awards Schedules, said GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Big changes may be awaiting GSA's schedules program

    Officials plan to rethnk the role of the program in today's procurement environment.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  10. Longtime defense acquisition critic Sen. John McCain is widely considered to be the next chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Sean Gardner/ / Getty Images

    Republican Senate takeover could pave way for Defense acquisition reform

    The shakeup of key committees changes the legislative landscape.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  11.  Alan Lessig/Staff

    Anne Rung: Simplifying contracting is job one

    Duplication and ineffeciency still plague the procurement system. OFPP's new leader wants to change that.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  12. An investigation has added weight to allegations that Sandia National Laboratories violated federal regulations when it used federal money to fund lobbying efforts to keep noncompetative contracts. Randy Montoya

    Report: Sandia violated rules in lobbying for contract extensions

    Investigation showed evidence of a coordinated campaign to influence officials funded with taxpayer money.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
  13. Congress must give intelligence contractors whistleblower protections, groups urge

    Congress should extend whistleblower protections to contractors within the intelligence community, nearly 50 good government groups said in a letter Nov. 12.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
  14. Stan Soloway, PSC president and CEO, said an executive order designed to toughen up on contractors that violate labor laws would 'complicate and confuse' existing procedures agencies already have available. Staff

    Presidential order cracking down on labor law violations is flawed, contractor groups say

    PSC argues that agencies already have the power they need to deal with contractors.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  15. The Leo W. O'Brien Federal Building is one of 59 case studies that exhibited energy-use reduction throughout harsh winter conditions in 2013, thanks in part to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded green investments. GSA

    ARRA-funded facility improvements show positive returns

    Nearly 60 federal buildings with ARRA-funded green investments showed efficiency improvements despite harsh winter conditions.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  16. OFPP Administrator Anne Rung said the administration is working on new procurement tools. Alan Lessig

    Administration developing new procurement tools, methods

    The administration is working on new methods and tools to spur greater innovation and collaboration in contracting, according to the government's top procurement official.

    • Nov. 4, 2014
  17. President Barack Obama intends to nominate David Berteau for the post of assistant secretary of defense for logistics and materiel readiness at the Pentagon, and will replace acting director Paul Peters. Flickr

    Obama nominates CSIS' Berteau for key Pentagon role

    Berteau's career arc has spanned academia, the government, lobbying and think tank positions.

    • Nov. 4, 2014
  18. GSA wants to have a formal request for proposals for Alliant II complete by mid-2015, says Casey Kelley, Alliant program manager. Mike Morones/Staff

    Agency spending through Alliant continues to grow

    Despite budget cuts, spending through the GWAC rose by nearly 33 percent from 2013 to 2014.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  19. GSA Administrator Dan M. Tangherlini said agencies must foster a culture of innovation while encouraging risk. Rob Curtis/Staff / Staff

    If agencies want innovation, they must accept risk

    Agencies that want to encourage innovation in the acquisition process need to show employees they won't be hung out to dry if something goes wrong, senior officials said at a conference Nov. 3.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. Greg Moreau

    Use templates to simplify contracting

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

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  26. 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
  27. 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
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