The House Wednesday passed a bill that would prohibit the federal government to award contracts or grants to corporations or individuals with seriously delinquent tax debt, but on the same day voted down a bill that would fire tax-delinquent federal workers. The contractor bill (H.R.1562) passed the House unanimously on April 15 on a motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill immediately.
Nearly a quarter of Transportation Department contracting officers didn't comply with certification specifications when working on certain high dollar acquisitions, says an April 9 DOT inspector general report. In fiscal 2014, DOT obligated $2 billion on contracts.
The Defense Department launched its third version of the Better Buying Power initiative last week focusing on cybersecurity and technology acquisition. "Better Buying Power 3.0 really is animated by an urgent concern of ours, and that is what we see to be a steady erosion of our technological superiority that we have relied upon for so long in all of our defense strategies," said Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work at an April 9 DoD press conference.
The General Services Administration is moving forward with its plan to overhaul the Multiple Award Schedules, putting into action recommendations from the agency's 2010 Multiple Award Schedule Advisory Panel, says an April 13 blog post by GSA Senior Procurement Executive Jeffrey Koses.
The General Services Administration has launched its new iteration of the Acquisition.gov website that it says will be a more comprehensive, user-friendly website for contracting officers. "Web designers will tell you that it's important for a website to look like someone lives there, that it's not a smattering of links and pages that look as if no one is home," says an April 13 GSA statement.
Some State Department contractors employ ethics codes that worry the agency's inspector general because they dissuade employees from reporting fraud and abuse in the workplace. All of the 30 contractors with the largest dollar volume of State Department contracts used some variation of a confidentiality agreement or confidentiality policy, says a recently released State inspector general report.
The General Services Administration is looking for an experienced solar power provider to help the agency reach its sustainability goal of using at least 30 percent renewable energy to run operations by 2025.
A former FBI special agent was sentenced to a decade in prison for accepting bribes to obstruct a grand jury in an alleged Defense Department contractor kickback scheme, says a March 30 Justice Department statement. Former Special Agent Robert Lustyik, a 24-year veteran of the FBI, pleaded guilty to all charges in an 11-count indictment on Sept. 29, 2014.
The House Armed Services Committee released a highly anticipated bill that is meant to streamline the Defense Department's acquisition process and better train it's procurement officers. The legislation would focus on four areas of the acquisition process: workforce training, chain of command, streamlining reporting requirements and overall acquisition strategy.
The chairman of the House Small Business Committee introduced a bill that would include more categories for small businesses to get federal contracts.