Most civilian agencies would see substantial decreases from 2017 spending.
A Senate-proposed “loser pays” mandate on major contracts was watered down.
Arrangement had caused concern at FEMA and on Capitol Hill.
Several investigations already underway for $300 million contract that “raises every red flag in the book.”
Agency raises purchase thresholds and says preference should be given to local firms.
Agencies are asking OPM with help to RIF, assist workers to find new jobs.
Private firms are already ahead of the government in their planning, experts say.
If a provision in the House version of the annual Defense authorization bill becomes law, the world of federal procurement faces major disruption.
Senator calls for heads to roll at the Pentagon over new report of questionable spending.
Measure would also help agencies negotiate better prices on their purchases, senators say.