On September 8th, the General Services Administration (GSA) held a Technology Industry Day to talk to industry leaders about the products and solutions developed by our agency and to hear feedback on how we can better engage industry. We’re thrilled that more than 300 members of the technology industry in person and via the live stream were able to join us for this first step towards a closer partnership and more open lines of communication about how we can work together to transform federal technology. As GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth said in her opening remarks, “Government can be ever changing, and I want us to be in partnership in making those changes.” The Technology Transformation Service (TTS) is already absorbing the first-mover risk of introducing modern tools and techniques, but we know that only with the help of industry will this transformation be able to spread across the federal government. As we all bring agile methodologies, human-centered design, and modular
Of the four major industry groups examined in Onvia’s State, Local and Education Procurement Snapshot for Q2 2016 the Operations, Maintenance and Transportation (OMT) group saw a -1.8% decline in the rate of growth for published opportunities over the same quarter the previous year. Special to this blog is an easy-to-share infographic that depicts what happened in the Q2 2016 SLED OMT contracting market:
Oracle is walking away from the schedules program, and for many, its departure points to long simmering issues between vendors and GSA.
GSA wants new U.S. Data Federation to become source and inspiration for more open data across government.
Congress bought itself more time to work out a fiscal 2017 budget by passing a continuing resolution, but an intractable fight remains on defense spending.
The Department of Labor has announced the 2017 minimum wage rate for contracts covered by Executive Order 13658, Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors.
The first cloud security provider to complete the accelerated route through GSA’s cloud security authorization program took 15 weeks.
In August 2014, a contractor plead guilty for using fronting companies to secure 45 contracts totaling $23 million that were set aside for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs). In June 2015, a Grand Jury indicted three people from Puerto Rico for the same kind of scheme – calling it a multi-million dollar fraud. Just last month, the Justice Department announced another similar scheme where a company owner used stolen names and social security numbers to obtain $3 million in contracts that had been set aside for SDVOSBs.
New deal gives agencies wider use of procurement data keyed to DUNS numbers.
At the last-minute, lawmakers seem to have resolved the major sticking point involving funding to deal with the Flint water crisis.