government contracting

Latest Headlines

Latest Headlines

GSA plans new online purchasing information repository

The General Services Administration will create an online repository containing data on much agencies have paid for particular goods and services, an April 9 GSA blog post says. The GSA will develop the Common Acquisition Platform – an online platform to guide agencies through the total acquisition process, GSA's Federal Acquisition Service head Tom Sharpe said in the blog post.

SBA says GSA failed to assess negative impact of OS3 on small businesses

The General Services Administration failed to assess the negative impact that the Office Supplies 3 strategic sourcing contract would have on small businesses, an April 3 Small Business Administration analysis says.

GSA wants to trade two southwest D.C. buildings for renovations of federal facilities

The General Services Administration wants to trade two buildings in a section of Washington, D.C. dominated by aging federal structures to developers in exchange for renovation work in its headquarters and buildings at the St. Elizabeths campus.

Differing DoD and SBA rules on protecting SBIR technical data causing confusion

The intellectual property rights of small business are subject to risk from differing Defense Department and Small Business Administration rules governing Small Business Innovation Research contracts, say DoD auditors.

Agencies extended noncompetitive contracts past time limits, GAO says

Agencies are letting noncompetitive contracts awarded on the basis of "unusual and compelling urgency" run past the one year limit they're not meant to exceed.

Information technology price transparency could come at cost

Total governmentwide transparency on pricing for information technology products could have unintended consequences, said a senior acquisition official.

DoD acquisition workforce learning the cheapest isn't always the best

Lowest price, technically acceptable contracts work when used correctly, but they shouldn't be used when the Defense Department is seeking innovation – a lesson the Pentagon's junior acquisition workforce is learning, said Assistant Defense Secretary for Acquisition Katrina McFarland.

FirstNet-NTIA relationship 'business as usual,' says official

Contracting decisions made by the First Responder Network Authority board follow the same standard practices used across government every day, said a FirstNet official speaking on background. Recent claims from a former FirstNet contractor have called into question the relationship between the FirstNet board and the Commerce Department and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Feds should provide more education and easily available information for SDVOSBs, Rand says

The federal government should provide more education and make contracting information more easily available for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses to help meet the govenrmentwide 3 percent contracting goal for agencies, a RAND report says.

Proposed rule would clarify when agencies can claim small business credits

A proposed rule would allow agencies to continue to claim small business credit on orders under long term contracts when a business organically grows out of the size classification.