The Veterans Affairs Department will decide all status protests for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and not cede control to the Small Business Administration, a Sept. 31 interim rule says. The VA's director of the Center for Veterans Enterprise will initially adjudicate all SDVOSB and VOSB status protests, but those businesses can appeal to the VA's executive director of small and disadvantaged business utilization, the rule says.
If sequestration cuts continue, they could devastate military readiness and dramatically slow down modernization spending, an Oct. 11 Bipartisan Policy Center report says. The report says the full brunt of sequestration cuts hasn't hit yet, but sequestration cuts will compromise force readiness.
The federal strategic sourcing program advanced Oct. 9 with two solicitations from the General Services Administration for bulk purchases, one for janitorial supplies and the other for maintenance equipment. The two solicitations involve products that cost the government more than $1 billion annually, and GSA estimates that strategic sourcing will reduce their cost by 10-20 percent.
Many companies who cannot perform their federal contract work during the government shutdown will still have to pay their employees, which could be a challenge with their government revenue cut off. Contractors retain employees who can't work during the shutdown because once it ends, "you have to have the people available to start work again immediately," said Trey Hodgkins, a senior vice president at the trade association TechAmerica.
The Government Accountability Office office of general counsel will not consider new bid protests nor issue decisions while the government is shuttered, it announced as it and other agencies make...
The Postal Service likely didn't justify $210 million in noncompetitive purchases made over two fiscal years, which puts USPS at risk for not obtaining the best price when awarding contracts, a Sept. 25 USPS inspector general report says.
Declining revenue has led the Bureau of Prisons to sharply decrease the number of Federal Prison Industries inmate workers, dropping employment to its lowest level in almost 20 years, says a Sept. 18 Justice Department inspector general report.
The Office of Management and Budget issued guidance in a Sept 6 memo against fraudulent charge card use and governmentwide penalties for it that include dismissal.
Measured government spending on service contracts fell $48 billion in fiscal 2012 compared to its peak in 2009, a Sept. 3 Center for Strategic and International Studies report (.pdf) says. Total services contract obligation dropped to $308 billion from $356 billion in 2009, the report says. All dollars are inflation adjust for fiscal 2012.
Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Joseph Jordan tasked the Federal Acquisition Institute to standardize procurement training and offer a one-stop shop for procurement employee information and reporting through FAI's Training Application System, a Sept. 3 OFPP memo says (.pdf). All civilian agencies must use FAITAS as their training registration system for agency-provided acquisition training "as soon as possible, but no later than Oct. 1, 2014," the memo says.