Federal contractors are happy to see two procurement rule changes, one for civilian agencies and one for defense. They sharply limit the government’s use of lowest-priced, technically-acceptable deals in services acquisitions. Both changes were mandated by law, but they took a while. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for his take.
This week on Amtower Off Center, host Mark Amtower discusses the CR, Q4 spending, and a new Bloomberg study on the Top 20 opportunities with three Bloomberg Government analysts: Paul Murphy (Sr Data Analyst), Rob Levinson (Sr Defense Analyst) and Dan Snyder (Director, Government Contracts Analysis).
Upcoming contracts discussed include:
- Seaport Next Gen
- STARS III
- Global HealthNextGen Supply Chain
- ITES 4H
- the ever-shrinking attention span of Americans and the need to convey key information quickly and concisely
- how to frame your argument
- keeping a personal log to document your accomplishments, kudos and more
- how to frame alternatives to current thinking
This week on Off the Shelf, Jason Miller, executive editor for the Federal News Network, takes a look back at the big Federal procurement events, stories and programs that made news over a long, hot summer.
Topics discussed include:
- end-of-FY spending for IT expected to top $18 billion, along with an increase of use of the micropurchase card (new spending limit of $10,000)
- Assisted Acquisitions Service at NIH closing abruptly
- NITAAC issues and rumors
- GSA IG weighing in on TDR program
- GSA Schedule consolidation target date of Oct 1 closing in
- the latest on JEDI
- FY 2020 to kick off with yet another CR
For decades the General Services Administration’s Multiple Award Schedule system has provided a popular way for agencies to acquire commercial goods and services. It’s popular to the tune of $45 billion a year. Now GSA will consolidate 24 distinct schedules into one. Centre Law Group managing partner Barbara Kinosky joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio to explain what it means to contractors and buyers.
From market research and contract writing assistance to online purchasing – eTools eliminate paperwork, speed acquisition time, and turn Contracting Officers (COs) into heroes for their agency.
With professional services growing as a percentage of federal contract dollars, agencies pay close attention to whom its bidders are offering.
Jimmie Adkins, the vice president of federal for Ruckus Networks, sat down with executive editor Jason Miller at Federal News Network’s studios in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Here are some excerpts from that discussion.