The chairman of the House Small Business Committee introduced a bill that would include more categories for small businesses to get federal contracts.
Contractors will now be able to rate their transactions with federal agencies to help those agencies better the procurement process, says OFPP Administrator Anne Rung in a March 18 memo. OFPP will use a tool called Acquisition 360, which Rung says is the first ever transaction-based feedback tool that allows agencies to identify strengths and weaknesses in their acquisition processes, according to the memo.
Nearly half of the largest federal contractors in fiscal 2014 also received grants, allocated tax credits from the federal government, says a new report from the nonprofit organization Good Jobs First. Along with the half that received grants or tax credits, among the largest 100 for-profit federal contractors, 30 received loans or bailout assistance.
The Army has signed on to use the General Service Administration's governmentwide blanket contract for professional services, called OASIS, says a March 16 GSA statement.
Federal agencies spent more than $500 billion on contracted products and services in 2012, but that number might not be completely reliable, says a March 11 Congressional Budget Office report. Contract spending is up from 15 years ago as a total portion of federal spending, the report says.
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that purchases made using the General Services Administration Schedules must still follow regulations for commercial items under the Federal Acquisition Regulation.
In the last three months, the Office of Management and Budget says it has made progress in overhauling the federal government's acquisition system. OMB has built stronger vendor relationships and started implementing streamlined acquisition categories, says Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Anne Rung in a March 6 blog post.
Federal spending on government contracts decreased in 2014, with the Defense Department seeing the biggest overall decline, according to a March 3 report from Govini, a business consulting company for government contractors. Govini, each year, releases a federal scorecard that tallies and analyzes data on federal contract spending and agency performance.
Under a proposed General Services Administration rule, the multiple awards schedule would get an overhaul to address recommendations by the 2010 Multiple Award Schedule Advisory Panel.
The Defense Department doesn't have the information to determine the cost or performance of its non-major acquisition programs, says a March 2 Government Accountability Office report. These non-major programs, called category II and III programs, range from a multibillion dollar aircraft radar modernization program to soldier clothing and protective equipment programs in the tens of millions of dollars, the report says.