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OMB to report that job contests saved $1.25 billion last year

The agency is expected to announce increased savings and high win rates by in-house teams.

USDA to set requirements for agencies to purchase bio-based products

Regulations to be released Tuesday implement 2002 act requiring preferential purchasing for goods that include biological, agricultural or forestry materials.

Former Air Force acquisition chief begins prison term

Darleen Druyun was sentenced in September to nine months in federal prison for violating conflict of interest laws.

FAA anticipates end to massive job competition

Even if in-house team wins, some employees could lose their jobs; agency says displaced workers will get first crack at other FAA positions.

Disabled-veteran share of procurement pie to increase

Report predicts contract awards to businesses owned by disabled veterans will reach $2.8 billion within the next three years, up from $103.7 million in 2003.

Agencies should shift to online auctions, scholar says

Internet auctioneer eBay Inc. and similar outlets increase revenues, but few executives take advantage of them.

Homeland Security urged to audit use of special procurement rules

GAO says agency should gather more information about special category of high-tech acquisitions.

Procurement policy chief signed off on Treasury telecom contract agreement

In an unusual move, David Safavian, head of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, signed off on a Treasury-GSA deal to reexamine the contract after two years.

GSA investigation documents widespread contract abuse

Hundreds of millions of dollars in contract awards didn’t follow laws and regulations; GSA officials say agency has "turned the corner" on solving the problem.

New procurement data system to debut at end of month

Revamped Federal Procurement Data System will provide access to 13 million records.