A more-nimble and recently expanded acquisition vehicle is in danger of becoming an overused “go-to” solution for agencies — and earning congressional scrutiny as a result — two leading acquisition officials said.
Source: OTAs could see more limits — FCW
The Department of Homeland Security remains committed to issuing the successor vehicle to its $22 billion IT services contract by the end of the calendar year.
Source: DHS EAGLE III moving ahead — FCW
Recently I did a webinar at the request of the General Services Administration’s Acquisition Gateway for professional services, as part of their Spotlight training series, on the new micropurchase threshold. As I have blogged before, the threshold has been raised to $10,000 for civilian agencies and, through a strange anomaly that hopefully will be corrected soon, to $6,000 for the Department of Defense.
Tech companies are facing protests internally from workers and externally from activists about doing for government amid controversial policies like ‘zero tolerance’ for illegal immigration.
The battle over the General Services Administration’s $15 billion Alliant 2 Small Business contract for IT products and services continues to be tied up in court, but so far GSA is on a winning streak.
The OASIS professional services vehicle is gaining traction among small businesses as federal agencies point to OASIS as a go-to source, as the federal government pushes for fewer contracts.
Roger Cohen is a columnist for the New York Times. He mostly writes about foreign policy, but his most-recent column strays from the beaten path to focus on Airbnb.
The column begins with an account of a recent conversation Cohen had with Brian Chesky, Airbnb’s founder and CEO. “He told me about trying to raise $150,000 in 2008 for his idea of a peer-to-peer home and room rental company. Everyone called him crazy,” Cohen writes. “They scoffed at the notion that people would trust one another enough to allow strangers into their homes. They derided the idea that those strangers would be nice enough, or honest enough, to respect properties.”
The Defense Department has released the long-awaited final proposal for its $10 billion warfighter cloud acquisition, Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure program.
The Section 809 Panel, established to find ways to streamline and improve the defense acquisition process, has advocated for drastic changes, primarily by empowering acquisition leaders to make buying and hiring decisions and boosting funding to train civilian acquisition workers, according to its latest report.
In a step it hopes will help ease agency acquisition of everything from IT systems to pencils, the General Services Administration is adding a feature to its schedule programs called Order Level Materials, which was the subject of a recent rulemaking process.