The General Services Administration began rolling out its new governmentwide commercial payment system, says a Jan. 21 GSA statement. GSA will begin issuing Chip & PIN-enabled charge cards in sometime January, the statement says, and comes as a result of an Oct. 17, 2014 executive order meant to improve the security of consumer financial transactions.
Recommendations from audits conducted by the Defense Department's Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction allowed an estimated $1.1 billion to be put to better use and the sustainment or recovery of more than $11.1 million, according to a Jan. 20 report from the watchdog.
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is moving forward with its plan to break down products the government buys into core categories, says a Jan. 7 OFPP statement. In December, the Strategic Sourcing Leadership Council, comprised of the seven largest and highest-spending agencies, approved dividing the federal marketplace into ten super categories of commonly purchased items, the statement says.
The Defense Department updated the way it buys products by emphasizing a tailored approach to buying individual products and services in a Jan. 7 DoD memo. The DoD updated its Instruction 5000.02 document which lays out how the agency buys its goods and services.
The Small Business Administration issued a proposed rule that would let two or more small businesses join together to bid on single small business contracts, a Dec. 29 Federal Register notice says.
The General Services Administration is planning to make changes to the Multiple Award Schedules program after talks with stakeholders, a Dec. 15 GSA blog post says.
The General Services Administration is seeking proposals from developers for the first phase of the new FBI building, a Dec. 22 GSA statement says. GSA is looking for developers who can develop a new FBI facility of up to 2.1 million square feet in exchange for the J. Edgar Hoover Building on Pennsylvania Avenue, the statement says.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's overall cost estimating procedures do not create reliable cost estimates, a recently released Dec. 12 Government Accountability Office report says. While some of the NRC's cost estimation procedures incorporate best practices, the agency isn't doing enough to make sure the cost estimates are accurate, the report says.
The General Services Administration will be able to offer its third iteration of the office supplies strategic sourcing contract again after the last of its bid protests was denied Wednesday.
The Patent and Trademark Office didn't follow best practices when monitoring its time-and-materials contracts for the amount of work done by a contractor, says a Dec. 3 Commerce Department inspector general report. The IG reviewed (pdf) 103 contracts worth $35.4 million and found that contracts $24.6 million lacked the proper oversight to determine whether payments made to the contractors were warranted.