Federal contractor executives got a raise Wednesday when the Office of Federal Procurement Policy announced increased the pay cap by $190,000. Pryor to the bump, allowable costs for contractor executives were set at $763,029. That number hadn't changed since 2011. But OFPP says it's not happy about the raise and it was forced into it.
Republican lawmakers charged that benchmark hiring goals for veterans and the disabled are quotas that federal contractors can be legally held to and that is burdening contractors, at a Dec. 4 House Education and Workforce subcommittee on workforce protections hearing.
The way the government hands out building construction contracts stifles competition and wastes money, industry experts told a House panel Tuesday. The issue comes with design-build contracts in which the architecture work and construction are bundled into one contract. Those contracts can be awarded as a one-step or two-step process.
The General Services Administration plans to reduce costs of agency office supply purchasing by including businesses that don't have a GSA Multiple Award Schedule, among other changes to its current strategic sourcing plan, a Dec. 2 GSA statement says.
Croatia will join a list of country that can deal with the United States for big procurement contracts. Because Croatia joined the European Union in July, it will be allowed to enter into the World Trade Organization's Government Procurement Agreement, which allows its member countries to makes procurement deals with each over a certain threshold, a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation says.
The Environmental Protection Agency wants to clear up standards about sustainability claims for products the government is purchasing and it is looking to private sector standards to do that. The EPA released draft guidelines, Wednesday, to establish standards that would help agencies implement sustainable acquisition requirements of a 2009 Executive Order.
The Defense Department and General Services Administration overstated their use of consolidated contracts because they weren't properly reported to the Federal Procurement Data System, a Nov. 26 Government Accountability report says. In a consolidated contract consolidation, an agency combines two or more contract requirements that were previously under separate contracts.
Businesses that already had considerable federal contracting experience were allowed to participate in the Energy Department's program to mentor inexperienced contractors.
The new FBI headquarters will require about 50 acres of land in close proximity to a Metro station and the Capital Beltway, the General Services Administration says.
The General Service Administration's inspector general found recurring and significant issues with how the agency awarded contracts in the National Capital Region between fiscal 2007 and 2012 due to flawed internal safeguards, a Nov. 7 GSA IG report says. The report (.pdf) doesn't contain much new information, but instead summarizes other GSA IG audits to lay out how big the problem has become.