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 Procurement policy

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. President Obama plans to issue an executive order banning LGBT discrimination among federal contractors. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Obama to ban LGBT discrimination among contractors

    Exepcted executive order to come after months of pressure from lawmakers.

    • Jun. 16, 2014
  9. Labor Department proposes rule raising contractor minimum wage to $10.10

    Actions follows February executive order.

    • Jun. 13, 2014
  10. Bill Lynn, CEO of Finmeccanica North America, says global defense companies need to use more commercial technology. US Defense Department

    Former defense official argues for more commercial tech

    Bill Lynn: The Pentagon is more often buying tools such as 3-D printers and IT systems, rather than developing its own.

    • Jun. 12, 2014
  11. Winner: Raytheon won the contract to equip US Air Force aircraft such as the E-4 with its Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals system for secure communications. US Air Force

    Space Fence, FAB-T awards show tougher DoD

    In the world of sequestration, Defense shows itself unafraid to put pressure on contractors.

    • Jun. 12, 2014
  12. 11 steps to strengthen suspension and debarment of contractors

    Agencies are taking more actions against contractors, and creating internal controls to make the practice more effective.

    • Jun. 12, 2014
  13. The government has eased restrictions for one company on the sale of higher-resolution imagery. (Shown: NASA Earth Observatory view of the Morganza Spillway n Baton Rouge, Louisiana.) Handout / Getty Images

    High-res satellite imagery coming to the public

    The government has granted permission for DigitalGlobe to market better images.

    • Jun. 11, 2014
  14. The House has passed a bill to reform DHS's acquisition process. KAREN BLEIER / AFP

    House passes bill to reform DHS acquisition management

    Department would have to report all cost overruns for major projects.

    • Jun. 10, 2014
  15. Tom Sharpe: Ruling against protestors is 'important step' for GSA. Mike Morones/Staff

    GAO rejects small business protest against GSA office supply contract

    Protestors objected to consolidating of small contracts.

    • Jun. 10, 2014
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