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OTAs could see more limits — FCW

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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

DHS EAGLE III moving ahead — FCW

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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

How contracting officers want to use the new micropurchase threshold — FCW

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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.

Source: How contracting officers want to use the new micropurchase threshold — FCW

DHS contractors face protests – on the streets — FCW

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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.

Source: DHS contractors face protests – on the streets — FCW

Court starts clearing out protests against Alliant 2 Small Business — FCW

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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.

Source: Court starts clearing out protests against Alliant 2 Small Business — FCW

OASIS small business solicitation coming — FCW

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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.

Source: OASIS small business solicitation coming — FCW

Should federal contracting be more like Airbnb? — FCW

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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.”

Source: Should federal contracting be more like Airbnb? — FCW

Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI cloud buy hits the street — FCW

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The Defense Department has released the long-awaited final proposal for its $10 billion warfighter cloud acquisition, Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure program.

Source: Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI cloud buy hits the street — FCW

How to fix the Pentagon’s acquisition workforce problems in one week — FCW

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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.

Source: How to fix the Pentagon’s acquisition workforce problems in one week — FCW

GSA looks to streamline acquisition for federal buyers — FCW

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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.

Source: GSA looks to streamline acquisition for federal buyers — FCW

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