It seemed like a routine contract award for the Energy Department. DoE wanted a company to process radioactive liquid waste. The winning bidder soon ran into protests, because of its novel approach to handling very dangerous material. Joe Petrillo, procurement attorney at Petrillo and Powell, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk more about the case.
In today’s Federal Newscast, Senator and 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders wants to know what Defense Secretary James Mattis is doing to address Pentagon waste and high contractor pay.
Just 30 minutes after the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Information Technology asked what is the state of federal IT during its hearing Wednesday afternoon, the General Services Administration offered a timely update.
It sometimes seems the Defense Department is slow to award contracts. But it’s also been slow to close them out. That can put both contractors and the government at financial risk. The closeout backlog has been growing — more contracts coming into the Defense Contract Management Agency than it could get to. But staff there have piloted a special quick closeout team that produced real results. It won a David Packard Excellent in Acquisition Award. Irene Johnson, director of special programs at the DCMA, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain.
Congress, in the last defense authorization bill, gave the Defense Department the task of better understanding something called PALT. That stands for procurement and acquisition lead time. By defining it, maybe DoD can shorten it. Defense officials have called for comments. The Professional Services Council plans on submitting them. David Berteau, president of the PSC, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain.
The State Department will be improving transparency in its requirements for contractor cooperation with its Office of Inspector General. While the Foreign Affairs Manual authorizes the OIG to access a contractor’s documents and interview its employees during the scope of an investigation, that provision is not currently explicitly expressed in the contracts signed by vendors. The OIG and the department are moving to correct this issue, and hopefully head off any further confusion or misunderstandings.
- NITAACs non-award of CIO-SP3 unrestricted
- Changes coming to GSA Schedules, including OLMs and ODCs on Schedule buys
- GSAs excessive 2% contract fees for HCaTS and OS4
- SBAs latest on size and status re-certifications
- use of OTAs in DoD
- GAOs report on misuse of NAICS code when awarding contracts
- Novation issues during M&A
When the General Services Administration finalized a major policy change to the multiple award schedules program in January, industry and agency customers alike were excited.
Little did they know, actually adding order level materials or other direct costs to the IT schedule or professional services schedule was still months away.
Every rule and regulation concerning federal acquisition has a reason for being — or at least had in the past. Often, long after the reason went away, the rule lives on and on. In looking for ways to rationalize defense procurement, the Section 809 Panel chartered by Congress in its authorization bill a couple of years ago asked contractors and contracting officers what bugged them the most. Mike Madsen, executive director of the Section 809 panel, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share those answers.
This week on Off the Shelf, Angela Styles, partner at Bracewell LLP, tackles the Department of Defense’s problematic implementation of its new commercial item rule and its implications for contractors and the department.