Latest IT report card means more agencies could get grounded

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Six federal agencies have received lower grades from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for their IT acquisition reform efforts.

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Surprise, Surprise, Congress Does Listen — Well, Kind Of | Government Contracts & Investigations Blog

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An Analysis of NDAA Section 846’s Online Marketplace Provisions There has been a lot of speculation about the future of commercial items purchasing within

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GSA experimenting with blockchain to cut contracting time

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GSA is experimenting with blockchain to make it easier for vendors on the Schedule 70 IT program to establish contracts through automation.

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What’s behind agency FITARA scores? — FCW

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Agencies shared the stories behind improved, declining and stable FITARA grades.

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Modernization begins at home, says new FAS chief — FCW

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The General Services Administration’s new Federal Acquisition Service commissioner said he will work to make modernized back office systems his legacy at the agency.

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Sorry: No GAO Protests of U.S. Mint Procurements – SmallGovCon

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The GAO lacks jurisdiction to decide bid protests of U.S. Mint procurements, according to a recent GAO bid protest decision.

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FITARA progress stalls — FCW

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Federal CIOs have seen their progress lag on the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act under the Trump administration, according to new scorecards produced for Congress.

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5 things to think about when modernizing agency IT — FCW

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With the Modernizing Government Technology Act heading to passage as part of the final National Defense Authorization Act and the administration’s pending release of its IT Modernization report, it’s a matter of when — not if — federal agencies will modernize. Given that, it’s important that the government and industry understand what IT modernization really means and how it can be achieved. Here are five considerations that federal agencies and CIOs should think about.

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Protest Sustained: Unequal Discussions In $283 Million Census Task Order Award – SmallGovCon

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When an agency opens discussions with offerors, those discussions must be fair.

In a recent decision, GAO recommended the reopening of competition for a contract worth up to $283 million based, in part, on a finding that an agency had engaged in misleading and unequal discussions.

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Calendar Days vs Work Days | PNWC’s Government Contracting Update

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Family Entertainment Services (FEI) was awarded a grounds maintenance contract for nearly 4,000 acres at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. One of the contract line items required the contractor to mow grass on a 21 day schedule. From the beginning of the contract, FEI fell behind in the mowing schedule and despite several cure notices from the Army, was unable to catch up. Ultimately, the Army deducted $82 thousand from the contract price because FEI did not meet the terms of the contract.

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