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GSA pushes ahead with schedule consolidation — FCW

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The General Services Administration wants to hear from industry on its plans to consolidate its 24 multiple award schedules, including its popular IT Schedule 70, into a single solicitation format by the start of fiscal year 2020.

Source: GSA pushes ahead with schedule consolidation — FCW

As GSA consolidates buying schedules, special item numbers are due for cuts — FCW

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The language in the unified schedule contract the General Services Administration is closing in on by the end of fiscal 2019 won’t hold any surprises for federal contract holders,  the top manager of agency’s multiple awards schedule program said.

Source: As GSA consolidates buying schedules, special item numbers are due for cuts — FCW

More scrutiny of OTAs in defense bill — FCW

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Lawmakers want more insight into how the Defense Department uses rapid contracting authorities, specifically other transaction agreements or OTAs.

Source: More scrutiny of OTAs in defense bill — FCW

Small business remain vital to contractors — FCW

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As the complexity of federal IT procurements increase with advancing technology, small businesses can offer important assets to large contractors, particularly if they have agile skills, according to federal agency and market experts.

Source: Small business remain vital to contractors — FCW

What’s next for procurement after the shutdown? — FCW

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Federal contracting shops, including government wide acquisition vehicles and the General Services Administration, are preparing for an uptick in orders from agencies in the coming days as they get back up to speed following the shutdown.

Source: What’s next for procurement after the shutdown? — FCW

Small biz left holding the bag on pre-shutdown work — FCW

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Without the cash reserves and diverse portfolios of major contractors, small businesses with contracts at shuttered agencies are facing big problems — and to top it off, they’re having problems collecting on work done before the shutdown.

Source: Small biz left holding the bag on pre-shutdown work — FCW

What’s next for procurement after the shutdown? — FCW

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Federal contracting shops, including government wide acquisition vehicles and the General Services Administration, are preparing for an uptick in orders from agencies in the coming days as they get back up to speed following the shutdown.

Source: What’s next for procurement after the shutdown? — FCW

Second month of furlough brings changes for workforce — FCW

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Federal agencies shuttered due to the shutdown sent out a second round of furlough notices in recent days, while the Office of Personnel Management updated guidance regarding leave accrual, retirement benefits and health care enrollment.

Source: Second month of furlough brings changes for workforce — FCW

DOD’s Section 809 panel proposes a revolution in contracting — FCW

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An unlikely band of revolutionaries has proposed major changes in how the Department of Defense chooses what contractors to do business with. These change agents are members of the Section 809 panel on streamlining and codifying acquisition regulations, set up by Congress in 2016. They include a number of well-known names in the contracting world, several of whom I have known since myself serving as the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy in the nineties. That latter group includes David Drabkin, the committee chair (who worked on acquisition reform at DOD as a civil servant and later spent many years at GSA); retired Gen. Darryl Scott (maybe the best contracting professional I ever met — I wanted him to be my successor, but that was impossible while he was in uniform); Allan Burman (my predecessor); and Elliott Branch (head of contracting at the Navy).

Source: DOD’s Section 809 panel proposes a revolution in contracting — FCW

Acquisition frozen at DHS due to the shutdown — FCW

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The Department of Homeland Security acknowledged that the government shutdown, now over a month old, is hampering the ability of the agency to respond to contract solicitations.

Source: Acquisition frozen at DHS due to the shutdown — FCW

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