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Contracting with the federal government is not for the meek | Federal News Network

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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.

Source: Contracting with the federal government is not for the meek | Federal News Network

GSA preps 3rd version of STARS small business contract | Federal News Network

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GSA is preparing version No. 3 of its successful 8(a) small business governmentwide acquisition contract called STARS. The 8(a) Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resource for Services 3 draft solicitation focuses on IT services, including software development and maintenance, and emerging technology like artificial intelligence. STARS 3 is proposed as an eight-year contract with a ceiling of $20 billion. Responses to the draft RFP are due Sept. 6. Agencies spent more than $1.6 billion on 8a STARS 2 in 2018. (FedBizOpps)

Source: GSA preps 3rd version of STARS small business contract | Federal News Network

GSA’s acquisition strategy for new contracting writing system surprises some vendors | Federal News Network

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GSA decided to use its upcoming IT services contract vehicle, known as COMET, to implement its new Contract Acquisition Life-Cycle Management (CALM) system. The decision surprised some vendors.

Source: GSA’s acquisition strategy for new contracting writing system surprises some vendors | Federal News Network

2-year budget deal passage brings some relief to federal contractors | Federal News Network

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There’s still no guarantee we won’t have another government shutdown two months from now, but Congress and the president removed one of the biggest sources of budget uncertainty last week with the passage of a two year budget deal – a deal that also finally signals the sunset of the Budget Control Act. So what does it mean for contractors? For more on that, we spoke with Larry Allen, managing director of the Federal Market Access Group at BDO. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Source: 2-year budget deal passage brings some relief to federal contractors | Federal News Network

Despite strong spending, list of top federal contractors hasn’t changed much | Federal News Network

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The list of top federal contractors hasn’t changed much. BGOV’s Dan Snyder joined the show to talk about the rankings and the trends behind this year’s data.

Source: Despite strong spending, list of top federal contractors hasn’t changed much | Federal News Network

GAO previews upcoming changes to next FITARA scorecard criteria

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Agencies received mixed scores in the most recent Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard, with five agencies posting higher scores and another five posting lower scores than last year. But the team behind the scorecard at the Government Accountability Office said changes are in the works for the next IT modernization rubric.

Source: GAO previews upcoming changes to next FITARA scorecard criteria

The keys to winning government contracts | Federal News Network

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This  week on Amtower Off Center, host Mark Amtower interviews Bob Lohfeld, CEO of Lohfeld Consulting and Andy Patrichuk, partner and GM of Deep Water Point on identifying, pursuing, bidding and winning contracts.

Topics include:

  • market outlook, including the growth of “Best in class” contracts
  • what companies need to do to make “go/no go” bid decisions
  • the need to “influence” the RFP
  • the power of relationships in the market

Source: The keys to winning government contracts | Federal News Network

GSA, DoD kick off first test with new streamlined acquisition approach | Federal News Network

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The federal fiscal fourth quarter isn’t just a busy time for releasing solicitations and submitting bids, but agencies are addressing several policy and programmatic questions, particularly over the last month or so.

Source: GSA, DoD kick off first test with new streamlined acquisition approach | Federal News Network

Amid small-business contracting boom, SBA looks to end self-certification for set-aside programs

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With one in four dollars spent in federal contracts now going to small businesses, the Small Business Administration is looking to give more teeth to the verification process for companies that claim to meet the criteria for this lucrative market.

Source: Amid small-business contracting boom, SBA looks to end self-certification for set-aside programs

The feds and the small business owners | Federal News Network

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When people complain about “the government” they are often talking about their state, county or municipal governments, not feds here in the Washington, D.C. swamp. But sometimes it’s that too.

Source: The feds and the small business owners | Federal News Network

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