September will mark 13 years since the General Services Administration merged the Federal Technology Service and the Federal Supply Service to make the Federal Acquisition Service.
Agencies got a big boost in appropriations midway through the fiscal year, making it harder than usual for them to write contracts to spend all of their appropriated funds. Meanwhile, there are at least some indications that the Trump administration is trying to prevent agencies from spending all of the money they’ve recieved. David Berteau, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about the end-of-year spending rush.
Topics from the 2018 Federal Contractor Study included:
Fewer federal contractors were debarred or suspended last year. In it’s annual report to Congress, the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee said agency use of the punishments decreased modestly from fiscal 2016. In all, there were 604 suspensions, more than 1,400 debarments and a littler over 1,600 proposed debarments in fiscal 2017, a 14 percent decrease. The committee said the departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Housing and Urban Development were among the agencies who carried out the most suspensions, debarments and proposed debarments. (Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee)
Those responsible for the Federal Acquisition Regulations and their DoD supplement are working through mandates from the 2017 Defense Authorization Act. The law required lots of picky little changes but also some fairly sweeping ones. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell offered an update on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
This week on Amtower Off Center, host Mark Amtower interviews William Sanders, director of Technology Strategy and Business Development (SLED) for Oracle, and Mike Smoyer, president of the Digital Government Institute and producer of 930Gov.
The Agriculture Department kicked off the much-anticipated phase two of the Centers of Excellence initiative by releasing six solicitations on July 30.
USDA and the General Services Administration, which is acting as the acquisition and technical support for the five areas, want a quick turnaround of responses by Aug. 10, and are planning for oral presentations for the cloud and infrastructure CoE between Aug. 20 and 31.
The Defense Department spent nearly $21 billion on OTAs in the past three years, but who is bringing home the bacon? Read the Federal News Radio’s exclusive report: Danger at High Speed: OTAs in Action.
As President of Consortium Management Group, Inc., which manages two large Other Transaction (OT) Authority consortia, I read with great interest Federal News Radio’s two-part series addressing the growing use of OT Authority by program offices in the Department of Defense (DoD).
It squished lowest-price technically acceptable, slices into procurement lead times and speeds up payments to small businesses. Like a benevolent angel, the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act is about to swoop down and improve life for contractors. David Berteau, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share his analysis.