The federal government fell slightly short of its goal of awarding 23 percent of prime contracting dollars to small businesses, the Small Business Administration says in a July 2 report (.pdf).
Significant problems with contract administration and project management adversely impacted the Energy Department's ability to manage the many issues confronting its multi-billion dollar environmental cleanup effort, Energy Department Inspector General Gregory Friedman told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on financial and contracting oversight in a June 27 hearing.
Despite taking several steps to address legislative requirements to improve acquisition and management services, the Defense Department hasn't developed a way to see what effects the actions have had on improving service acquisition, a June 27 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) says. DoD hasn't established departmentwide metrics to asses its progress in improving service acquisition.
The Defense Department has completed significantly more contractor performance assessments in recent years, in terms of both number and percentage, a report from the Government Accountability Office says. The report credits the improvements to several efforts, including expanded training.
An information technology contractor working with the Internal Revenue Service faced congressional questioning July 26, in a hearing that highlighted ways at least one contractor gamed the system through a variety of techniques, although actual criminal violations are still unclear.
A new interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation will remove the dollar limitation for set-asides to economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses and to women-owned small businesses eligible under the Women-owned Small Business Program. It took effect June 21.
The General Services Administration claims it saved $200 million on purchases of common offices supplies through its Office Supplies Second Generation program, a June 21 GSA statement says. Through the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative, GSA has awarded fifteen Blanket Purchase Agreements for OS2, the statement says.
The benefits of bid protests outweigh costs because protests provide a low-cost way for disgruntled participants to air their complaints, former Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Daniel Gordon says in a paper to be published this year in the Public Law Contract Journal.
If White House proposed legislation to cap reimbursment for contractor executive pay at the president's salary is enacted for cost reimbursment contracts, few small contractors would be affected but for larger contractors reducing the cap would dramatically increase the number of employees with pay above the cap, a June 19 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) says.
Though the suspension and debarment system has been around for many years, there is little guidance for it, Government Accountability Office Acting Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management John Neumann said at a June 12 House Government and Oversight Committee hearing.