Acquisition & Procurement

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McCain comes out against DoD rule that requires more data from commercial contractors

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) came out last week against a proposed rule that would allow Defense Department procurement officers to ask private companies for more information on costs and pricing before deciding on a contract.

Former employee of government contractor pleads guilty to bribing subcontractors in Afghanistan

An ex-employee of a U.S. contractor pleaded guilty to charges of bribery in connection with a federal program and could serve nearly four years in prison, the Justice Department said.

All full-time federal contractor employees will get at least week of paid leave under Obama order

Under the executive order, which has yet to be released but was referenced in a Labor Day speech in Boston, such employees will receive at least one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.

Top DoD aquisition official eases contractor fears about new Better Buying Power rules

Federal contractors shouldn't worry about the Defense Department ramping up its oversight of independent research funding, said the DoD's top acquisition official at an event in Arlington, Va. on Wednesday.

DoD hasn't implemented plan to properly monitor weapons acquisition, GAO says

The Defense Department isn't properly monitoring its weapons acquisitions for affordability, despite the Government Accountability Office laying out a plan for the DoD to do so eight years ago, according to an Aug. 27 GAO report.

PSC calls for Labor to update contractor locality pay rates

The Professional Services Council is calling on the Labor Department to update the wage rate for certain federal contractors providing services across the country.

GSA launches portal for quick IT purchases

The General Services Administration has launched a program that the agency says will make it easier for the government to buy pre-competed IT products.

Sandia Corp. settles allegations of illegal lobbying claims for nearly $5M

Between 2008 and 2012, Sandia Corp. used federal funds to lobby Congress and other federal officials to receive a non-competitive extension of its contract, which is a violation of the Byrd Amendment, according to DOJ allegations.

OPM kicks off category management program with RFP for fed employee training and services

With federal procurement moving toward a category management system, the Office of Personnel Management will be in charge of the category related to human capital. As a first step, OPM is looking for contractors to provide employee training and development solutions governmentwide.

Category management is the future of government procurement, Sharpe says

The General Services Administration is betting the house on category management as a way to fix federal procurement, and Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Tom Sharpe is the initiative's biggest cheerleader.