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Beltway firms dominate DHS services contracting

Familiar Beltway company names and places dominate an inventory of Homeland Security Department services contracts obligated during the last fiscal year. Top DHS services contractor by dollar amount Computer Sciences Corp. made about 70 percent of its $608.54 million through information technology and telecommunications-related services.

Strategic sourcing for management support services delayed at DOT

A plan to reduce costly services contracts at the Transportation Department has been delayed, a Jan. 15 report from the DOT office of inspector general says. The Office of Management and Budget began a governmentwide initiative (.pdf) in November 2011 to cut spending on management support services – including program management and acquisition planning – which cost the federal government about $40 billion annually.

VA updating prosthetic procurement policies

The Veterans Affairs Department is updating and will soon finalize a policy for prosthetics procurement,  said  Dr. Philip Matkovsky, VA's assistant deputy under secretary for health for administrative operations.

Air traffic controller training contract proves arduous

A top official at the Federal Aviation Administration described an agency struggling to effectively design its major air traffic controller training contract during a Senate hearing Jan. 14.

Slow Networx transition wasted hundreds of millions of dollars

A slow transition to federal telecommunications contract Networx caused agencies to miss out on $329 million worth of savings and the GSA to spend an extra $66.4 million on supporting it, finds the GAO. A newly released Dec. 5 GAO report attributes the protracted transition to the GSA-managed set of telecom contracts awarded in 2007 from the previous contract vehicle FTS2001 to a complex acquisition process and agency weaknesses in project planning.

Bid protest success rates held steady in 2013

The rates of sustained and effective bid protests changed slightly in fiscal 2013, while the rate of cases resulting in a Government Accountability Office hearing declined by nearly half from the previous year. Companies filed 2,429 bid protests--challenges of contract award decisions--with the GAO in 2013. GAO closed 2,538 cases over the course of the year, issuing decisions on the merits in 509 of the cases.

Spotlight: Air Force signs on to use GSA's OASIS

GSA calls OASIS a first-of-its-kind vehicle for contracts that span multiple disciplines, such as management consulting, logistics and finance.

Price thresholds for Trade Agreements Act increased

Under Buy American Act, which was enacted in 1933, the federal government favors products manufactured domestically in its procurement decisions. But the law does not apply for products from countries with which the United States has free trade agreements--as long as the value of the contract meets or exceeds certain thresholds.

GSA develops new building maintenance strategy, seeks private industry help

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.

OFPP updates guidelines for using value engineering

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.