Government Executive - Contractinghttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/Information and intelligence from the federal procurement arenaen-usFri, 18 Apr 2014 14:00:00 -04003 Myths That Cripple Acquisition: No. 1 Government Can Be Perfecthttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/04/3-myths-cripple-acquisition/82792/What it will take to set realistic expectations for federal programs.Kymm McCabeFri, 18 Apr 2014 14:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/04/3-myths-cripple-acquisition/82792/ContractingNAN728/Shutterstock.comObama Management Chief Sees Opportunity to Build on Contracting Successes http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/04/obama-management-chief-sees-opportunity-build-contracting-and-recruiting-successes/82579/Beth Cobert tells contractors they are patriotic partners with federal employees.Charles S. ClarkTue, 15 Apr 2014 16:19:29 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/04/obama-management-chief-sees-opportunity-build-contracting-and-recruiting-successes/82579/ContractingOMB Deputy Director for Management Beth CobertCSPANObama Wants Federal Contractors to Pay Men and Women Equallyhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/04/obama-wants-federal-contractors-pay-men-and-women-equally/82033/President will sign two executive orders Tuesday to prevent pay discrimination.Eric KatzMon, 07 Apr 2014 15:47:35 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/04/obama-wants-federal-contractors-pay-men-and-women-equally/82033/ContractingCarolyn Kaster/APUrgency Exceptions for War-Zone Contracts Mostly Justified, GAO Findshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/03/urgency-exceptions-war-zone-contracts-mostly-justified-gao-finds/81415/Pentagon, State and USAID advised to improve documentation for noncompetitive contracts.Charles S. ClarkThu, 27 Mar 2014 15:32:27 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/03/urgency-exceptions-war-zone-contracts-mostly-justified-gao-finds/81415/ContractingAfghan security forces and U.S. soldiers arrive at the site where a suicide attacker rammed a car bomb into a NATO convoy killing two foreign civilian contractors, in the Afghan capital Kabul, Afghanistan on Feb. 10, 2014.Rahmat Gul/APAnalysis: Obama's Incredibly Underwhelming Executive Ordershttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/03/analysis-obamas-incredibly-underwhelming-executive-orders/81046/Recent White House moves to help workers may be well-intentioned, but they will achieve little.Nancy Cook, National JournalFri, 21 Mar 2014 15:28:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/03/analysis-obamas-incredibly-underwhelming-executive-orders/81046/ContractingSusan Walsh/APWhy Cloud Computing Is Like Waterhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/03/why-cloud-computing-water/80641/Contracting for IT resources ‘by the drink’ cuts costs and boosts innovation.Kymm McCabe, ASI GovernmentWed, 19 Mar 2014 12:44:38 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/03/why-cloud-computing-water/80641/Contractingrvlsoft/Shutterstock.comSenator: Some Data on Contractor Past Performance is Missing or Inaccuratehttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/03/senator-some-data-contractor-past-performance-missing-or-inaccurate/80062/Claire McCaskill says ‘clumsy’ databases aren’t helping agencies avoid incompetent contractors.Charles S. ClarkThu, 06 Mar 2014 16:55:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/03/senator-some-data-contractor-past-performance-missing-or-inaccurate/80062/ContractingJ. Scott Applewhite/AP file photoCommittee Approves Bill to Increase Agencies’ Small Biz Contracting Goalshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/03/committee-approves-bill-increase-agencies-small-biz-contracting-goals/80023/Legislative package targets bundling, reverse auctions.Charles S. ClarkThu, 06 Mar 2014 14:19:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/03/committee-approves-bill-increase-agencies-small-biz-contracting-goals/80023/Contracting“Greater small business involvement in federal contracting benefits companies and taxpayers alike,” said panel Chairman Sam Graves, R-Mo.House GOPHouse Republicans Would Raise Small-Business Contract Goalshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/02/house-republicans-would-raise-small-business-contract-goals/79450/Bill comes as GAO calls agency performance data inadequate.Charles S. ClarkWed, 26 Feb 2014 14:24:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/02/house-republicans-would-raise-small-business-contract-goals/79450/ContractingRep. Sam Graves, R-MOHouse GOPGSA Advances Services Contracts with Small Businesshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/02/gsa-advances-services-contracts-small-business/79396/Long-awaited set-aside is aimed at reducing duplication across agencies.Charles S. ClarkTue, 25 Feb 2014 16:25:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/02/gsa-advances-services-contracts-small-business/79396/ContractingNAN728/Shutterstock.comWatchdog Taps Contractors for Lessons on Rebuilding Afghanistanhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/02/watchdog-taps-contractors-lessons-rebuilding-afghanistan/78989/Reconstruction still vital after U.S. troops leave in December, IG John Sopko says.Charles S. ClarkTue, 18 Feb 2014 16:41:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/02/watchdog-taps-contractors-lessons-rebuilding-afghanistan/78989/ContractingSIGARObama Issues Order Boosting Minimum Wage for Contractorshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/02/obama-issues-order-boosting-minimum-wage-contractors/78725/Increase only covers contracts issued starting Jan. 1, 2015.Tom ShoopWed, 12 Feb 2014 15:41:42 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/02/obama-issues-order-boosting-minimum-wage-contractors/78725/ContractingJacquelyn Martin/AP Obama to Raise Minimum Wage for Federal Contractorshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/01/obama-raise-minimum-wage-federal-contractors/77660/President to issue executive order boosting rate to $10.10 per hour.Tom ShoopTue, 28 Jan 2014 08:29:43 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/01/obama-raise-minimum-wage-federal-contractors/77660/ContractingCarolyn Kaster/APTop Contractor for Background Checks Charged With Fraudhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/01/top-contractor-background-checks-charged-fraud/77453/Justice Department takes on whistleblower’s suit against USIS.Charles S. ClarkThu, 23 Jan 2014 16:46:43 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/01/top-contractor-background-checks-charged-fraud/77453/ContractingThe Department of Justice headquarters J. David Ake/APFederal Contractors Saw Available Work Shrink in 2013http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/01/federal-contractors-saw-available-work-shrink-2013/77051/New York Times analysis says awards fell 11 percent.Charles S. ClarkThu, 16 Jan 2014 16:19:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/01/federal-contractors-saw-available-work-shrink-2013/77051/Contracting 6kor3dos/Shutterstock.comSmall Business Contractors Get Boost in Defense Authorizationhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2013/12/small-business-contractors-get-boost-defense-authorization/76079/House Republicans pleased, but one industry group less so.Charles S. ClarkMon, 30 Dec 2013 15:06:59 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2013/12/small-business-contractors-get-boost-defense-authorization/76079/ContractingFlickr user HouseGOPRep. Sam Graves, R-Mo.Vendors Doing Business with IRS Owe Nearly $600M in Back Taxes http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2013/12/vendors-doing-business-irs-owe-nearly-600m-back-taxes/75665/Auditors find more than 1,100 delinquent businesses escaped agency’s controls.Charles S. ClarkWed, 18 Dec 2013 12:47:53 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2013/12/vendors-doing-business-irs-owe-nearly-600m-back-taxes/75665/Contracting“When the IRS conducts business with vendors that do not comply with federal tax laws, it conveys a contradictory message in relation to its mission to ensure compliance with the tax laws,” said J. Russell George.Charles Dharapak/AP file photoContractors Report Revenue Losses from Sequestrationhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2013/12/contractors-report-revenue-losses-sequestration/75612/Survey shows two-thirds of 220 firms were adversely affected.Charles S. ClarkTue, 17 Dec 2013 11:26:17 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2013/12/contractors-report-revenue-losses-sequestration/75612/ContractingKutlayev Dmitry/Shutterstock.comArmy Engineers Spent $5.4 Million on Unusable Incinerators in Afghanistanhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2013/12/army-engineers-spent-54-million-unusable-incinerators-afghanistan/75546/Open-air burning of solid waste put base personnel at risk, SIGAR says.Charles S. ClarkMon, 16 Dec 2013 11:10:08 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2013/12/army-engineers-spent-54-million-unusable-incinerators-afghanistan/75546/ContractingU.S. Army/APBudget Deal's Lower Contractor Pay Cap Pleases Manyhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2013/12/budget-deals-lower-contractor-pay-cap-pleases-many/75506/Industry group continues to sound warnings the ceiling might hinder recruiting.Charles S. ClarkFri, 13 Dec 2013 16:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2013/12/budget-deals-lower-contractor-pay-cap-pleases-many/75506/Contracting Keith A Frith/Shutterstock.comVA’s Use of Reverse-Auction Contracts Comes Under Attackhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2013/12/vas-use-reverse-auction-contracts-comes-under-attack/75359/Lawmakers join GAO in questioning claims of savings and help for small businesses.Charles S. ClarkWed, 11 Dec 2013 15:30:16 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2013/12/vas-use-reverse-auction-contracts-comes-under-attack/75359/Contracting “FedBid’s real compensation comes from the fee -- up to 3 percent-- it adds onto the final award price of vendor contracts,” Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., said in a statementDavid Zalubowski/AP file photoFederal Contractors Are Violating Labor Laws, Senate Panel Findshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2013/12/federal-contractors-are-violating-labor-laws-senate-panel-finds/75344/Forty-nine major firms linked to infractions of safety and wage standards.Charles S. ClarkWed, 11 Dec 2013 12:51:47 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2013/12/federal-contractors-are-violating-labor-laws-senate-panel-finds/75344/ContractingSen. Tom Harkin, D-IowaJ. Scott Applewhite/APProgressive Dems to Obama: Raise Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2013/12/progressive-dems-obama-raise-minimum-wage-federal-contractors/75089/Lawmakers say president can bypass Congress.Eric KatzFri, 06 Dec 2013 16:18:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2013/12/progressive-dems-obama-raise-minimum-wage-federal-contractors/75089/ContractingRep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., right, and Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., left, are co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.J. Scott Applewhite/APWhite House Makes Few Friends in Raising Contractor Pay Caphttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2013/12/white-house-makes-few-friends-raising-contractor-pay-cap/74957/Union and industry decry mandatory change in reimbursement level -- for different reasons.Charles S. ClarkThu, 05 Dec 2013 11:58:55 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2013/12/white-house-makes-few-friends-raising-contractor-pay-cap/74957/Contractingbikeriderlondon/Shutterstock.comBP Has Help Challenging Loss of Federal Contracts After Gulf Spillhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2013/12/bp-has-help-challenging-loss-federal-contracts-after-gulf-spill/74843/Industry groups say suspension of all BP business units sets a dangerous precedent.Ben Geman, National JournalTue, 03 Dec 2013 17:52:25 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2013/12/bp-has-help-challenging-loss-federal-contracts-after-gulf-spill/74843/ContractingUnited States Coast Guard