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 Procurement policy

  1. Matt Goodrich, FedRAMP manager at GSA, leads the team that approves cloud providers, such as Microsoft Office 365, as secure vendors. Colin Kelly / Federal Times

    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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4.  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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. fasdfasdf Rob Landers/ / Boeing

    NASA moves ahead with commercial launch program despite protest

    GAO will consider bid protest from Sierra Nevada but won't hamper progress for current awardees.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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