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Of Politics and Procurement

Reporting campaign contributions would open the door to unintended consequences.

NIH-Run IT Contracting Vehicle Slashes Fees

The National Institute of Health’s Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center is paring back the prices by as much as 35 percent.

Viewpoint: Reverse Auctions Don’t Help Agencies or Taxpayers

The tool does not guarantee the lowest price for a contract—just ask small construction firms.

Viewpoint: Reverse Auctions Save Taxpayers Money

Each deal produces competition and pricing data for the buyer to use in future decision-making.

Shared Services Save Money, With One Caveat

Agencies must share control of purchasing, says report reinforcing Obama’s move to centralized category management.

Pentagon Grew Acquisition Workforce, But Not Necessarily in Right Places

GAO cites 21 percent growth since 2008; says skill gaps loom.

Trade Group: Government Needs to Ramp Up Cloud Adoption

A recent Professional Services Council survey found only 8 percent of federal CIOs progressed as much as they wanted to with cloud-based technology.

OPM Rushed to Award $20M Post-Hack Contract -- and Ran Afoul of Federal Contracting Rules, IG Says

Because of OPM's missteps, "millions of taxpayer dollars were put at risk for waste or loss" the IG says.

These 6 Principles Could Change the Face of Federal Technology

New guiding principles and actions aim to boost the performance of federal technology for all agencies.

Adjusting Government’s Buying Habits

Category management affects CIOs and program offices too.