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  1. GSA has released a request for information to industry for the next iteration of Networx. Staff

    GSA seeks input for follow-on Networx contracts

    The General Services Administration is gearing up for the next iteration of its Networx contracts, aimed at meeting the government's growing telecommunications needs through 2028.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  2. A visitor to Google's German offices looks at a three-dimensional rendering of French mountains using Google Earth software. Commercial imagery providers could soon be able to provide much higher-resolution images if suggested rule changes take effect. Adam Berry / Getty Images

    U.S. could lift commercial satellite imagery restrictions

    Limitations on resolution unpopular with companies, who say it hurts competitiveness.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  3. NOAA Director of Acquisitions and Grants Mitch Ross promises the Pro-Tech contract by September. Johnny Bivera

    NOAA to issue Pro-Tech RFP by September

    Contract will be worth up to $5 billion

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  4. One of the launch pads used in the Apollo program will be turned to commercial activities by a private company, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. - / AFP/Getty Images

    NASA lends historic launch pad to private company SpaceX

    Pad 39A launched Apollo 4 in 1967, and many flights after that.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  5. Victor Gavin is hopeful for a September end to NGEN migration. Navy

    Navy accelerates NGEN completion

    After delay, service wants to finish ahead of schedule.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  6. How showcases procurement predicament

    Using the right contract in the first place solves many contracting problems.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  7. Richard Ginman, Deputy Director, Contingency Contracting and Acquisition Policy at DoD, is concerned that Defense often gets higher prices through the GSA schedules than do other buyers. Staff

    DoD to scrutinize GSA prices

    Schedules do not always bring the value they should to Defense buyers, official says.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  8. Harry Hallock wants Army contractors to understand that 'tough times' are forcing spending cuts. Army

    Army projects contract spending will fall 25 percent in 2014

    'Times are tough' says procurement official.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  9. Lee Lofthus, assistant attorney general for administration at Justice, detailed the results of an inquiry into security risks in its vendor pool. Rick Kozak/ / Federal Times

    Justice cuts IT procurements over cyber risks

    Internal probe finds contractors with 'questionable foreign ownership' and other reasons for concern.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  10. FAS Commissioner Tom Sharpe promoted a new acquisition portal in a recent blog post. Mike Morones/Staff

    GSA to offer one-stop shop

    Common Acquisition Platform will guide agencies to the products and services they need

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  11. GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini seeks to 'right-size' portfolio. File

    GSA looking to streamline portfolio after years of budget cuts

    Funding restored in 2014 is inadequate to avoid need for change.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  12. President Obama is trying to reduce gender discrimination in contractor pay. Getty Images

    Obama attacks sex discrimination in contractor workforce

    Memo, exectuive order impose rules to address pay discrepancies.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  13. The National Reconnaissance Agency will be one of the CIA cloud's first customers. US Navy/Michael Hight

    IC matures shared services

    NRO is in line to be among the CIA's first customers.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  14. The Cotton Annex building. A former Department of Agriculture facility, is up for trade. GSA

    GSA seeks to trade unused buildings for renovation, construction services

    RFQ is an effort to shed unneeded property in exhange for work.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  15. NIST moves forward with cyber-focused research center

    Institute is readying a management contract.

    • Apr. 4, 2014
  16. Though NITAAC's CIO-CS is still pending approval from the Office of Management and Budget, contractors are eagerly watching for the solicitation. Getty Images/Mark Wilson

    Cloud takes center stage on new GWAC

    The National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center prides itself on being a faster, easier option for buying federal IT solutions.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  17. The BlackBerry 10 has been approved for DoD. Pictured: Christine Neubauer tries out a Blackberry Z10 smartphone at the Blackberry Style Lounge during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin on July 3, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Adam Berry/ / Getty Images

    BlackBerry 10 gets green light for DoD networks

    Designation completes certification process.

    • Apr. 2, 2014
  18. Naval command looking for geospatial software

    COTs products should enable mapping overlays, enemy sensor coverage, other capabilities.

    • Apr. 1, 2014
  19. The General Services Administration has tightened the rules on use of the Price Reduction Clause. Pictured: GSA headquarters. Staff

    GSA tightens rules on Supply Schedules prices

    A contract modification is intended to put the final nail into the coffin of a provision that some contractors still relied on even thugh GSA canceled it years ago.

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  20.  Getty Images

    Weapons spending inches upward

    The Pentagon's five-year projections for procurement spending on its 63 major weapons programs, submitted to Congress this month, has turned more positive than last year's spending forecast, according to an analysis of the US Defense Department's 63 top w

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  21. Air Force awards small-biz NETCENTS-2 contracts

    12 small companies will take part in the next iteration of a major network contract.

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  22. Cloud spending on the rise

    Security still drives choices, but not always away from cloud.

    • Mar. 28, 2014
  23. Civilian cloud spending tops $2.8B

    Data shows how private, public and hybrid cloud models fare.

    • Mar. 28, 2014
  24. Fischetti

    Why the government can't buy more like a business

    The oft-heard laments about the difficulties of contracting miss some important points.

    • Mar. 27, 2014
  25. Legislation would overhaul DHS acquisition process

    Bill would create reporting requirements, incentive programs.

    • Mar. 26, 2014
  26. From left: Pat McNall, Paul Brubaker, Christina Ho and Karen Pica discuss procurement data transparency at the Acquisition Excellence conference in Washington March 20. ACT-IAC

    Management questions bedevil data collection

    As the amount of available data grows by the hour, agencies still struggle to figure out what to collect and what to do with it when they have it.

    • Mar. 25, 2014
  27. The Nome Federal Building, sold in 2012 for $1.68 million, is an example of the kind of property that appears on lists of excess federal real estate. GSA

    House lawmaker threatens subpoena over federal property records

    Issa frustrated with Obama administration over excess real estate.

    • Mar. 25, 2014
  28. Jennifer Sakole is the principal analyst for Federal Information Solutions at Deltek. Her experience spans 20 years in the federal market in various roles including proposal writer, pricing analyst, marketing manager and account manager. She has been with INPUT and Deltek for over a decade.

    The new GWAC in town

    An NIH contract currently awaiting OMB approval will replace ECS III.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  29. Agencies have a new mandate to set goals for hiring veterans. FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP/Getty Images

    New rule sets veteran hiring goal for contractors

    Another rule sets goals for employment of the disabled.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  30. Former GSA official Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, a director on the Procurement Round Table; host of the WFED radio show 'Off the Shelf,' and the leading contributor to the 'FAR and Beyond' blog.

    GSA needs transparency on strategic sourcing

    Recent testimony is revealing in what it doesn't cover.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  31. 18F is the General Services Administration's own start-up venture. Sheila Vemmer/staff

    GSA hub brings startup methods to government

    Successful tech startups know how to meet their customers' needs and can quickly adapt to change.

    • Mar. 21, 2014
  32. Mary Beth Hasty takes part in a protest at a fundraiser for President Obama during his 2012 re-election campaign, urging protection for gay and lesbian contractor employees. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

    Pressure builds on Obama to issue non-discrimination order

    Protection urged for gay and lesbian contractor employees

    • Mar. 19, 2014
  33. Commerce weighs options for cloud broker contract

    Department ponders logistics of moving 800 websites to the cloud.

    • Mar. 19, 2014
  34. DIA seeks bids on $6 billion IT contract

    The Defense Intelligence Agency on Tuesday released a final request to industry for its $6 billion global IT services contract.

    • Mar. 18, 2014
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