The Trump Organization and the General Services Administration agreed to a 60-year lease where Trump will spend $200 million redeveloping the Old Post Office into a hotel, a GSA agreement says. The deal was made in accordance with the 2008 Old Post Office Building Redevelopment Act, but Congress has 30 days to review the deal and finalize it.
Federal Acquisition Service management overrode contracting officers and pressured them to extend or award contracts based on complaints from contractors, a June 4 General Services Administration office of inspector general report (.pdf) says.
President Obama this week will propose legislation that would reduce payments for executive compensation tied to cost reimbursment contracts, Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Joe Jordan said in a May 30 blog post.
"We put something out there. We worked within the confines of the law to put something out there, and we collected some data to inform policy in the future. That, to me, is the most interesting part of this project. We're really creating data that can not only inform product decisions but maybe policy decisions as we move forward," said Clay Johnson, former Presidential Innovation Fellow for the RFP-EZ team.
Civilian contractors play a vital role in the Defense Department, but experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan with contractor-related waste and mismanagement led the military and Congress to rethink how they will be used in future operations.
For the Defense Department to make more cost-effective acquisitions, the department must be more realistic about its program expectations and control costs through the life cycle of products, DoD Under-Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall said at a May 23 Center for Strategic and International Studies event.
The Defense Department paid 31.8 percent more for the average unit price of prescription drugs than the Veterans Affairs Department across a sample of 83 drugs, says a Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) dated April 19 but only released publicly May 20. The DoD paid 66 percent more than the VA specifically for generic drugs, the report says.
By using private sector procurement techniques such as setting savings goals, the federal government could save $12 billion a year on aquiring services, a recently released April 15 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) says.
Set-aside contracts for women-owned small businesses no longer have a maximum value, under an interim final rule published May 7 by the Small Business Administration. Previously, a contract could not exceed $4 million to be eligible for the Women-Owned Small Business Program, unless it was a manufacturing contract, in which case it could not exceed $6.5 million.
The Defense Department has revised its 1996 directive on non-lethal weapons with the intent of fostering their future development and procurement, although without specifying exactly how it'll do so. One non-lethal weapon s the Active Denial System, which delivers a man-sized heat beam to stop someone from approaching without killing the person.