In government contracting, it is a truism that significant challenges to the status quo invariably create pushback. But the status quo in government IT is inertia, and in a world of constantly evolving cyber threats, this creates greater risks and vulnerabilities. Our enemies in cyberspace are not standing still. Why should federal agencies?
In one of its most noteworthy expansions of the General Schedules for routine purchasing, the General Services Administration on Tuesday announced full implementation of a streamlining option for agencies that need to add ancillary purchases to long-standing multiple-award contracts.
The so-called Order-Level Materials initiative, built around a January 2018 General Services Acquisition Regulation rule, is aimed at making it easier for customer agencies and industry partners to adjust existing deals for related products or services.
The recent report from the research team at GovWin+Onvia, 10 Hotspots in Government Contracting for 2018, dives deep into the state, local, and education (SLED) government contracting market to uncover pockets growing at the fastest rates.
One of those areas profiled is that of providing uninterruptable power supply systems, also known as UPS. Data from the GovWin+Onvia platform showed that these types of state and local government bids and RFPs rose by 39%, year-over-year, from 2016 to 2017.
The Section 809 Panel (officially the Advisory Panel on Streamlining and Codifying Acquisition Regulations) has issued Vol. 2 of its three volume report. This report builds on the Panel’s commitment to making “actionable” recommendations and providing the language necessary to implement those recommendations. Volume 2 contains recommendations addressing the acquisition workforce, commercial source selection, the Cost Accounting Standards Board, and service contracting. Volume 3 is schedule to be released later this year.
If you missed the 2018 Top 100 webcast the first time around, the archived version is now available.
The hour-long webcast covers a lot of ground. We go over the numbers and explore some of the strategies we see Top 100 companies putting into place.
A little more than a year ago, the Department of Homeland Security cancelled a planned $1.5 billion agile-focused procurement.
DoD is proposing to amend its FAR Supplement (DFARS) to implement a section in the 2017 NDAA to address the requirement for certification of cost or pricing data and potential submission of additional certified cost or pricing data when only one offer is received in response to a competitive solicitation.
Scott Schlimmer, co-founder of Cybersaint Security, and Bill Brennan, senior director of cyber business enablement at Leidos, explain why contractors could risk losing their contracts if they don’t comply.
According to an oversight memo, the General Services Administration didn’t complete required background checks on all contractors working on transition duties for the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Systems contract.
Congress has taken a very active role over the past decade in trying to solve DoD’s acquisition workforce challenges by continuing to pass a series of special hiring authorities that let the department bypass the government’s usual hiring system.
In some ways, it may have been a little too active.