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OTAs aren’t the only answer to satisfy DoD’s need for procurement speed

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Air Force Lt. Col. Sam Kidd, general counsel and a professional staff member of the Section 809 panel, said buying commercial products and services has become too cumbersome and slow for the Pentagon.

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Highlights, lessons learned from federal contracting in 2018

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With calendar year 2018 nearly in the history books, we take a brief look back at highlights and lessons learned from a federal contracting point of view. We also looked at what contractors are hoping for in the remaining days. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.

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2018 the year of Multiple Award Schedules, what will 2019 bring?

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This column was originally published on Roger Waldron’s blog at The Coalition for Government Procurement and was republished here with permission from the author.

This week, the General Services Administration held its Federal Marketplace Industry Day, inviting stakeholders from across the procurement community to participate in a dialogue on the future of GSA’s key Federal Marketplace Initiative.

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2019 expected to bring crucial FAR changes

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The federal acquisition system might be complicated and slow, but it’s not immune to change. In fact, Congress and its own practitioners are constantly tinkering with it. The coming year will bring a number of crucial changes. Eric Crucius, partner at Holland and Knight, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio to discuss some of the most important changes.

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More agencies using OTAs to get past federal acquisition regulation

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A growing number of agencies are dusting off old procurement rules that lie outside the Federal Acquisition Regulation. These so-called other transaction authorities are perfectly legal. For more detail, Ben McMartin, chief of the acquisition management office at the Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Vendors more motivated to protest to GAO, 2018 numbers show why

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The Government Accountability Office’s latest annual report on bid protests shows a less than a 1 percent increase in the number of complaints last fiscal year. In the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of contract transactions that happen annually across government, contractors decided to take their grievances to GAO for just over 2,600 of them.

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Tracking defense acquisition trends in 2018

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This week on Off the Shelf, Andrew Hunter, senior fellow and director of the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group at Center for Strategic and International Studies, highlights key defense acquisition trends for 2018.

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Vendors more motivated to protest to GAO, 2018 numbers show why

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The Government Accountability Office’s latest annual report on bid protests shows a less than a 1 percent increase in the number of complaints last fiscal year. In the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of contract transactions that happen annually across government, contractors decided to take their grievances to GAO for just over 2,600 of them.

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‘Long overdue’ reforms coming to GSA’s schedules program

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The General Services Administration Administrator Emily Murphy said customer needs and demands are the catalyst for changes to the $31 billion schedules program.

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