The General Services Administration pushed back the planned completion date of an integrated acquisition database to 2018 because of development problems and cost overruns, General Services Administration Assistant Commissioner Kevin Youel Page told a Senate panel March 6.
The General Services Administration hasn't developed a performance measure to determine small business participation in strategic sourcing initiatives and the Office of Management and Budget hasn't monitored agencies' efforts to include small businesses, a recently release Jan. 23 Government Accountability Office report says.
China made a revised bid to enter the World Trade Organization's Government Procurement Agreement, which guarantees mutual private-sector access to government procurements.
The federal government should provide more education and make contracting information more easily available for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses to help meet the govenrmentwide 3 percent contracting goal for agencies, a RAND report says.
A proposed rule would allow agencies to continue to claim small business credit on orders under long term contracts when a business organically grows out of the size classification.
The agency posted a request for proposals Jan. 31 for OS3, its third-generation office supplies purchasing effort. By establishing contracts for federal agencies to buy office supplies in bulk, GSA says the government can save $90 million annually through obtaining lower prices and $65 million by cutting administrative costs related to contracting.
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.
Although NASA developed a strategic sourcing procurement plan, it failed to analyze and track spending through the program, meaning the space agency can't determine its efficiency, a Jan. 15 NASA inspector general report says.
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.
Proposed changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulations for 2014 include a rule that would encourage agencies to set aside contracts for small businesses.