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Defense Authorization Bill Allows Pilot Program on Curbing Bid Protests – Defense – GovExec.com

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A Senate-proposed “loser pays” mandate on major contracts was watered down.

Source: Defense Authorization Bill Allows Pilot Program on Curbing Bid Protests – Defense – GovExec.com

Puerto Rico Terminates Controversial Contract to Restore Its Power – Management – GovExec.com

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Arrangement had caused concern at FEMA and on Capitol Hill.

Source: Puerto Rico Terminates Controversial Contract to Restore Its Power – Management – GovExec.com

Lawmakers, Procurement Experts Call Puerto Rico Power Contract a ‘Travesty’ – Oversight – GovExec.com

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Several investigations already underway for $300 million contract that “raises every red flag in the book.”

Source: Lawmakers, Procurement Experts Call Puerto Rico Power Contract a ‘Travesty’ – Oversight – GovExec.com

GSA Relaxes Rules to Speed Contracting for Hurricane Relief Efforts – Contracting – GovExec.com

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Agency raises purchase thresholds and says preference should be given to local firms.

Source: GSA Relaxes Rules to Speed Contracting for Hurricane Relief Efforts – Contracting – GovExec.com

Federal Officials Say Privately They Are ‘Pretty Certain’ Layoffs Are Coming – Pay & Benefits – GovExec.com

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Agencies are asking OPM with help to RIF, assist workers to find new jobs.

Source: Federal Officials Say Privately They Are ‘Pretty Certain’ Layoffs Are Coming – Pay & Benefits – GovExec.com

Contractors Begin Early Shutdown Preparations – Contracting – GovExec.com

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Private firms are already ahead of the government in their planning, experts say.

Source: Contractors Begin Early Shutdown Preparations – Contracting – GovExec.com

When Amazon Meets Government – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com

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If a provision in the House version of the annual Defense authorization bill becomes law, the world of federal procurement faces major disruption.

Source: When Amazon Meets Government – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com

Defense Contractor Billed Government for Porsches, Million-Dollar Salaries and Secret Guns – Oversight – GovExec.com

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Senator calls for heads to roll at the Pentagon over new report of questionable spending.

Source: Defense Contractor Billed Government for Porsches, Million-Dollar Salaries and Secret Guns – Oversight – GovExec.com

Senate Passes Bill to ‘Crack Down’ on Feds Spending Improperly – Pay & Benefits – GovExec.com

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Measure would also help agencies negotiate better prices on their purchases, senators say.

Source: Senate Passes Bill to ‘Crack Down’ on Feds Spending Improperly – Pay & Benefits – GovExec.com

Former Pentagon Acquisitions Chief Belittles Reorg Plan – Contracting – GovExec.com

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Frank Kendall sees NDAA-mandated split of his former job as doomed to fail.

Source: Former Pentagon Acquisitions Chief Belittles Reorg Plan – Contracting – GovExec.com

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