IBM comes under stark judgment in the Court of Federal Claims decision regarding the company's protest against the CIA's February award to Amazon Web Services of a long-term cloud computing contract. In a redacted decision (.pdf) posted online Nov. 8, Judge Thomas Wheeler says IBM manipulated its pricing proposal to create a bid protest issue and dismissed IBM arguments that it didn't do so with the conclusion that "the Court does not see any other explanation for IBM's final pricing strategy."
Some Veterans Affairs contracts with non-VA medical providers didn't contain specific performance requirements and contracting officer representatives didn't have time to monitor the contracts due to other duties, an Oct. 31 Government Accountability Office report says.
For several healthcare centers that the Veterans Affairs Department planned to build in 2012, the department still had yet to award leases--let alone begin construction--as of August of this year. VA sent Congress a timeline in 2010, showing its plans to award the leases by August 2010, finish construction by May 2012 and occupy the buildings a month later.
The House Homeland Security Committee approved three bills concerning the Transportation Security Administration during an during an Oct. 29 markup session.
Navy spokesman Ed Austin said the military department will immediately resume work on the contract, which it suspended following notification by the GAO of protests, which Harris Corp. and Computer Sciences Corp. filed shortly after the Navy made its NGEN award in June. A CSC spokeswoman said her company dropped its protest in August, and said the company doesn't have further comment.
Acquisition personnel at the Defense Department from management on down don't have the knowledge or incentives to do their jobs well, said Dov Zakheim, the department's former comptroller, on Oct. 29.
A House committee Tuesday passed by voice vote a bill that would reform the contractor suspension and debarment process across agencies. The bill (H.R. 3345), which was introduced by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) would consolidate more than 40 agency suspension and debarment offices in one central board.
A government employee who stepped into a contractor's role is among the targets of a report criticizing contracting practices at the Bureau of Land Management. The audit stemmed from the OIG's prior discovery that BLM had made payments for costs that exceeded the amount agreed to in a contract and also for costs that the contractor incurred outside the period of performance.
Overlooked opportunities for competition in technology acquisitions at the Veterans Affairs Department led it to miss savings amounting to nearly $58 million spread over 20 task orders and another $51 million in 14 interagency acquisitions, asserts the office of inspector general.
The Veterans Affairs Department will decide all status protests for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and not cede control to the Small Business Administration, a Sept. 31 interim rule says. The VA's director of the Center for Veterans Enterprise will initially adjudicate all SDVOSB and VOSB status protests, but those businesses can appeal to the VA's executive director of small and disadvantaged business utilization, the rule says.