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Meet the contracting folks who are encouraging new IT vendors — FCW

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When interviewing non-traditional IT vendors in the federal marketplace for a series of blogs, I asked how they decided what agencies to target. A common answer was that they chose based on whether a sympathetic contracting officer was present. So — not the least to provide tips to contracting folks who want to encourage new vendors entering the marketplace — I decided to talk to two of the contracting officials the new vendors mentioned to me: Mark Junda of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Dan Levenson of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to find out what they did to encourage new vendors.

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Why acquisition reform is about more than OTAs — FCW

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Acquisition reform will take more than creative regulatory workarounds if the Defense Department is going to truly modernize and advance, said Air Force Materiel Commander Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski.

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Contractors gripe about DHS clearance woes — FCW

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Vendors are losing money while waiting for clearances from the Department of Homeland Security, representatives of contracting firms told a panel of lawmakers at a Feb. 27 hearing.

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How vulnerable are contractors when it comes to data breaches? — FCW

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As lawmakers and regulators weigh increased action on the rules and laws governing data breach disclosures, a survey of more than 1,200 federal contractors found a significant number of firms have suffered breaches since 2016.

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Alliant 2 Small Business bogged down by size standard appeals — FCW

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In early December, the General Services Administration released a list of 80 companies it intended to name as winners of the $15 billion Alliant 2 Small Business contract.

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Are RFIs a waste of time and money? — FCW

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All too often I hear stories of how federal agencies issue requests for information simply as fishing expeditions with no real intent on following up with a formal solicitation. I believe RFIs are a critical tool in helping agencies conduct market research, identify interested companies and eventually narrow the pool of potential bidders, but if the RFI doesn’t turn into a contract opportunity, is government living up to its end of the bargain? The same might be said for BPAs, IDIQs and other contract vehicles that are “awarded” but not used to their full potential post-award.

Source: Are RFIs a waste of time and money? — FCW

What happens to bid protests during a shutdown? — FCW

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If a contractor had a beef with a recent federal contract award during the shutdown, their protest would have fallen on deaf ears at the federal agency that adjudicates those complaints until the government starts operations back up.

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GSA signals new cyber rules for contractors — FCW

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The General Services Administration plans to bolster cybersecurity protections and reporting requirements for vendors that access its unclassified systems and the sensitive data on them.

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Alliant 2 protest heads to court — FCW

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The battle over the General Services Administration’s award of its $50 billion Alliant 2 IT product and services contract is moving to the courts.

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GSA looks to staff up IT modernization teams — FCW

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The General Services Administration has started the process to organize five centers of excellence around federal IT modernization with a request for quotations on staffing needs for the CoEs.

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