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Defense Agencies Continue Awarding Contracts to Suspended Firms, Report Finds – Contracting – GovExec.com

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At least nine major contractors, working primarily for defense-related agencies, have benefited from waivers under a 1981 law that allows federal officials to override the firms’ suspensions for such misconduct as fraud, bribery and theft.

Source: Defense Agencies Continue Awarding Contracts to Suspended Firms, Report Finds – Contracting – GovExec.com

Acquisition Reforms Survive in Defense Authorization Bill – Contracting – GovExec.com

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Contractors hoping to protect their right to file bid protests got much of what they wanted in the conference report for the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which also contained several provisions to streamline the Pentagon’s acquisitions.

Source: Acquisition Reforms Survive in Defense Authorization Bill – Contracting – GovExec.com

How a New Contracting Tool is Shaking Up Federal Procurement – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com

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The Government Accountability Office recently upheld a first of its kind protest of a contract awarded under the non-traditional contracting methodology known as other transaction authority. The protest and GAO’s decision have stirred debate over the future of OTAs and their potential to fundamentally disrupt federal acquisition.

Source: How a New Contracting Tool is Shaking Up Federal Procurement – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com

GSA Streamlines General Schedules to Allow Ancillary Purchases – Management – GovExec.com

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In one of its most noteworthy expansions of the General Schedules for routine purchasing, the General Services Administration on Tuesday announced full implementation of a streamlining option for agencies that need to add ancillary purchases to long-standing multiple-award contracts.

The so-called Order-Level Materials initiative, built around a January 2018 General Services Acquisition Regulation rule, is aimed at making it easier for customer agencies and industry partners to adjust existing deals for related products or services.

Source: GSA Streamlines General Schedules to Allow Ancillary Purchases – Management – GovExec.com

Government’s Fast-Buying Service Takes Shape With First Customer

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GSA plans a gradual rollout to test sales.

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All Agencies Can Now Buy Innovative Tech at Shark-Tank Speed – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com

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Have you been watching enviously as the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), the Homeland Security Department’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program and various other exceptional entities have been able to snap up new technological wonders from Silicon Valley and elsewhere? Using what’s known as “other transaction agreements,” a blessed few government agencies have been able to circumvent onerous acquisition rules to quickly purchase innovative technologies.

Source: All Agencies Can Now Buy Innovative Tech at Shark-Tank Speed – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com

Agencies Need to Take More Risks in Acquisition – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com

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The recently released president’s management agenda states that efforts to transform government through major acquisitions are hamstrung by processes that “remain captive to a risk-averse culture that rewards compliance over creativity.”

Source: Agencies Need to Take More Risks in Acquisition – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com

Contractors Oppose Proposed Limit on Federal Bid Protests – Contracting – GovExec.com

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As the Senate Armed Services Committee on Monday began its markup of the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, a contractors group was pushing committee leaders to reject a Pentagon proposal to curb time-consuming bid protests.

Source: Contractors Oppose Proposed Limit on Federal Bid Protests – Contracting – GovExec.com

Army Told to Improve Monitoring of Small Business Subcontracts – Contracting – GovExec.com

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Pentagon watchdog finds high turnover and poor training among contracting officials.

Source: Army Told to Improve Monitoring of Small Business Subcontracts – Contracting – GovExec.com

Agency-By-Agency Spending Levels Under Trump’s 2019 Budget – Management – GovExec.com

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Most civilian agencies would see substantial decreases from 2017 spending.

Source: Agency-By-Agency Spending Levels Under Trump’s 2019 Budget – Management – GovExec.com

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