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GSA’s public meeting on Section 846: An informative ‘beginning of the beginning’ – FederalNewsRadio.com

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This week, the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) hosted an Industry Day on Section 846 of the 2018 NDAA, “Procurement Through Commercial e-Commerce Portals.” The meeting kicked off the agencies’ implementation planning phase pursuant to that section, and it was very informative, as it provided an opportunity for a thoughtful and engaging dialogue.

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Does the Court of Federal Claims give Alliant 2 protestors more hope than GAO? – FederalNewsRadio.com

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The battle for the next great IT services governmentwide acquisition contract took  a bit of an unusual turn in early December when Obxtek Inc. filed a protest of the Alliant 2 awards in the Court of Federal Claims.

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Larry Allen: GSA to hold public meeting addressing NDAA e-commerce requirements

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The General Services Administration got a big homework assignment, courtesy of the National Defense Authorization Act. The agency must create an e-commerce platform on which the government would be able to buy commercial items. To get started, the agency will hold a public meeting next week. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joined Federal Drive to Tom Temin to discuss what could take place.

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New NDAA purchasing rules should benefit government shoppers, small business – FederalNewsRadio.com

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The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) rules governing the acquisition of commercial items should give those making relatively small purchases more choices, and small businesses more hope for getting a piece of the federal spending pie.

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Joseph Petrillo: Who knows what contracts are in danger?

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As the new calendar year gets underway, it’s a good time for federal contractors to review the rules for something they hope never happens. Sometimes it’s easy to forget the government can terminate any contract at any time for convenience. In that case it’s sorry Charlie. Given the policy changes the Trump administration is pursuing, who knows what contracts are in danger? Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell offers his take on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Five golden rules for contractors to meet new DoD cyber mandate

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With the holidays over and the New Year just beginning,  there are a few important items security leaders must check off their to do lists. For example, complying with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171 regulations, which went into effect on Dec. 31.

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RAND study: Bid protests are rare, aren’t frivolous

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A congressionally-mandated report on bid protests in the Defense Department appears to validate a view long held by the Government Accountability Office and many government contractors: protests are not an excessive burden on the Defense procurement system, and notwithstanding some exceptions, companies are not abusing the process.

Source: RAND study: Bid protests are rare, aren’t frivolous

GSA begins to assemble the IT modernization team

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The General Services Administration put a finer point on the Centers of Excellence initiative to drive IT modernization across the government. GSA released five requests for quote (RFQ) under the Professional Services Schedule for phase one of the program.

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Joseph Petrillo: Sometimes awarding a contract can be tricky

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The source selection authorities can choose a different contractor than the one favored by the program people. If they do, they better have a good reason.

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DoD’s vendor base shrunk by 20 percent as Defense cuts set in

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Analysis of contract data shows impacts across the Defense industrial base due to spending cuts, including indications of firms exiting industry entirely

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