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Hiring reform deadline creates some headaches for agencies

Despite reports of progress, plans include plenty of challenges to tackle before Nov. 1.

From Nextgov: How a lawn mowing contract is changing Defense acquisition

One way the Pentagon will meet Secretary Gates' goal to cut $100 billion in spending will be to replicate the Naval Sea Systems Command’s standard solicitations for services, which increase competition and save money.

Devil is in the details regarding Defense spending guidance

Industry and Congress support the Pentagon’s efficiency initiative goals, but await more information on implementation.

House passes bill to debar crooked contractors

Legislation would ban Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violators from doing business with the government.

GOP appropriators warn Dems on spending

Republicans estimate that Democrats want to add about $25 billion to the continuing resolution.

GAO sees improvement in CMS competitive bid process

But some medical equipment firms and hospitals say the program will have an adverse impact on businesses, jobs and patients.

Senator will introduce immigration overhaul before election

Bill will include language that would give an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the country a way to earn citizenship.

Industry chief welcomes Defense acquisition reforms

Aerospace Industry Association president says proposals align closely with many of the recommendations the private sector gave the Pentagon.

Task force calls for reforms to ease small business contracting concerns

Group wants changes in set-asides, bundling and workforce training.

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Army seeks hundreds of contracting specialists

Service will insource 4,000 acquisition personnel and hire hundreds more to boost workforce.

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