Acquisition & Procurement

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Administration moves ahead with federal contractor labor law guidance; PSC pushes back

The Obama administration proposed guidance that requires prospective contractors to disclose labor law violations from the past three years before they can get a contract. But a contractor advocacy group isn't happy about it.

Air Force spent $14B on risky contracts over the last 5 fiscal years, GAO says

The Air Force spent $14 billion over the last five fiscal years on contracts to meet emergency needs. Such contracts are executed before the final terms are settled, making them considerably risky, says a May 19 Government Accountability Office report.

POGO opposes GSA canceling price reduction clause provision

A government oversight group says a new General Services Administration proposal would make discounts available to the federal government less transparent – causing agencies to miss savings opportunities.

Cobert: OMB goals go beyond Obama's last term

Governmentwide initiatives launched by the Office of Management and Budget during the Obama administration are meant to extend well past 2016, said OMB Deputy Director Beth Cobert.

IG: Commerce needs better contractor oversight

The Commerce Department isn't doing a good job of auditing its contractors, which is required under federal law, says a May 5 Commerce inspector general report.

MDA didn't meet its goals for testing the Ballistic Missile Defense System, GAO says

The Missile Defense Agency has made some progress in meeting its testing and delivery goals for the Ballistic Missile Defense System, but it wasn't able to achieve its overall goals for fiscal 2014, says a May 6 Government Accountability Office report.

Top Army contracting official says oversight is too burdensome to promote cutting edge technology

The Defense Department acquisition process has become burdensome, leaving the Army behind in technology development, said Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the army for acquisition, logistics and technology at an April 21 Center for Strategic and International Studies event.

GAO: More than 40% of DoD contracts procured without competition

Only about 58 percent of contracts the Defense Department awarded from fiscal 2010 through fiscal 2014 were procured through competition, says a May 1 Government Accountability Office report to Congress.

GSA seeks proposals for new leasing support services contract

The General Services Administration is seeking proposals for its third iteration of the GSA Leasing Support Services contract that is meant to provide the GSA's contracting officers with support for brokering and leasing property.

New DoD acquisition rules skipped public comment period, but still followed proper procedures, say auditors

The Defense Department issued 49 new acquisition rules between fiscal 2010 and 2014 that didn't include any public comment period. The department said "urgent and compelling" circumstances forced the agency to move quickly on a rule in order to make a procurement, says an April 17 Government Accountability Office report.