The General Services Administration wants industry feedback to help develop a new governmentwide program to maintain federal buildings. GSA issued a request for information Dec. 18 tasking the private sector with providing best practices to assist in creating a new comprehensive building maintenance and operations services program that includes HVAC, elevator maintenance, janitorial services, grounds maintenance and utilities, the RFI says.
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy has updated guidance for the use of "value engineering," a way contractors can present agencies with cheaper production in return for monetary incentives.
With the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act signed into law by President Obama Dec. 26, small businesses will get help securing contracts through two new provisions. The NDAA, which included 80 amendments, clears the Pentagon to spend $527 billion in base funding and $80 billion for overseas contingency operations.
The Homeland Security Department is using a new method to pay for cloud services--put money onto a contract with a variety of line items and allow an as-needed drawdown of the funds, said Keith Trippie, executive director for enterprise system development within the DHS office of the chief information officer.
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.