The use of reverse auctions by agencies is on the rise, but the Government Accountability office is concerned that many agencies simply aren't aware of the fees they're paying to use auction tools, said Michelle Mackin, GAO's director of acquisition and sourcing management.
The Defense Intelligence Agency recently launched a new webpage to keep industry, academia and other agencies informed of the technologies and capabilities it needs. The webpage, dubbed Needipedia, was created to help DIA bypass what Dan Doney, the agency's chief innovation officer, called a "quite lengthy and painful" process for finding new capabilities.
Federal attention on healthcare.gov will now partially shift to a retrospective analysis of what went wrong, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says.
Four agencies paid millions of dollars in fees in fiscal 2012 to hold reverse auctions that saw just a single bid or included only one bidder. The Government Accountability Office reviewed the experiences of the departments of Homeland Security, the Interior, Veterans Affairs and the Army, which held a total of 19,688 reverse auctions in fiscal 2012.
Federal contractor executives got a raise Wednesday when the Office of Federal Procurement Policy announced increased the pay cap by $190,000. Pryor to the bump, allowable costs for contractor executives were set at $763,029. That number hadn't changed since 2011. But OFPP says it's not happy about the raise and it was forced into it.
Republican lawmakers charged that benchmark hiring goals for veterans and the disabled are quotas that federal contractors can be legally held to and that is burdening contractors, at a Dec. 4 House Education and Workforce subcommittee on workforce protections hearing.
The way the government hands out building construction contracts stifles competition and wastes money, industry experts told a House panel Tuesday. The issue comes with design-build contracts in which the architecture work and construction are bundled into one contract. Those contracts can be awarded as a one-step or two-step process.
The Environmental Protection Agency wants to clear up standards about sustainability claims for products the government is purchasing and it is looking to private sector standards to do that. The EPA released draft guidelines, Wednesday, to establish standards that would help agencies implement sustainable acquisition requirements of a 2009 Executive Order.
The Defense Department and General Services Administration overstated their use of consolidated contracts because they weren't properly reported to the Federal Procurement Data System, a Nov. 26 Government Accountability report says. In a consolidated contract consolidation, an agency combines two or more contract requirements that were previously under separate contracts.
Businesses that already had considerable federal contracting experience were allowed to participate in the Energy Department's program to mentor inexperienced contractors.