Government Executive - Contractinghttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/Information and intelligence from the federal procurement arenaen-usFri, 30 Jan 2015 09:00:00 -0500Fixing Acquisition: An Opportunity Lost?http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/01/fixing-acquisition-opportunity-lost/104070/We are ignoring significant skills gaps at our own peril.Stan Soloway and Phil KangasFri, 30 Jan 2015 09:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/01/fixing-acquisition-opportunity-lost/104070/ContractingBrian A Jackson/Shutterstock.comSpaceX Settles With the Air Force, Smoothing the Way for Competition in Spy-satellite Missionshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/01/spacex-settles-air-force-smoothing-way-competition-spy-satellite-missions/103746/Elon Musk’s rocket company announced a settlement with the Air Force Monday.Tim Fernholz, QuartzMon, 26 Jan 2015 16:20:32 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/01/spacex-settles-air-force-smoothing-way-competition-spy-satellite-missions/103746/ContractingThe Falcon 9 AsiaSat is one of SpaceX's vehicles.SpaceXSurvey: Acquisition Workforce Falling Behind on Traininghttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/01/survey-acquisition-workforce-falling-behind-training/103512/Contractors group warns that budget uncertainties and brain drain threaten prospects for improvement.Charles S. ClarkThu, 22 Jan 2015 13:57:04 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/01/survey-acquisition-workforce-falling-behind-training/103512/ContractingKPG_Payless / Shutterstock.comVA Boosts Security After Texas Shootinghttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/01/va-boosts-security-after-texas-shooting/102864/Department procures 16 more contract guards for El Paso facility after gunman kills doctor and himself.Kellie LunneyWed, 14 Jan 2015 15:11:39 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/01/va-boosts-security-after-texas-shooting/102864/ContractingThe El Paso VA facility. VAAcquisition 101: When a Bargain Isn’t a Bargainhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/01/acquisition-101-when-bargain-isnt-bargain/102672/The recurring pitfalls of chasing the lowest price in federal procurements.Eric S. CrusiusMon, 12 Jan 2015 15:13:59 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/01/acquisition-101-when-bargain-isnt-bargain/102672/Contractingr. ufuk vural/Shutterstock.comThe 10 Categories Where Federal Agencies Spend the Most on Contracting http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/01/10-categories-where-federal-agencies-spend-most-contracting/102498/White House moves forward with a plan to make federal acquisition more efficient.Eric KatzThu, 08 Jan 2015 15:48:55 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/01/10-categories-where-federal-agencies-spend-most-contracting/102498/ContractingFederal agencies annually spend more than $34 billion on transportation and logistics. cozyta/Shutterstock.comFinding a Bargain for Government Buyers Shouldn’t Be a Crimehttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/01/finding-bargain-government-buyers-shouldnt-be-crime/102105/In acquisition parlance, ‘low-price/technically acceptable’ really means ‘low-profits/taxpayer-approved.’J. David CoxMon, 05 Jan 2015 09:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/01/finding-bargain-government-buyers-shouldnt-be-crime/102105/Contractingpogonici/Shutterstock.comDefense Agency Faulted for Wrongful Challenge to Contractorhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/defense-agency-faulted-wrongful-challenge-contractor/102063/Pentagon IG requests restoration of $6.6 million in disallowed subcontractor expenses.Charles S. ClarkWed, 31 Dec 2014 11:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/defense-agency-faulted-wrongful-challenge-contractor/102063/ContractingFrontpage/Shutterstock.comLockheed Martin Unit Forfeits $27.5 Million for Overbillinghttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/lockheed-martin-unit-forfeits-275-million-overbilling/101844/Justice says contractor violated False Claims Act with underqualified workers.Charles S. ClarkMon, 22 Dec 2014 14:03:39 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/lockheed-martin-unit-forfeits-275-million-overbilling/101844/ContractingIn Green / Shutterstock.comContractor CEO Pleads Guilty to 20-Year Fraud of USAIDhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/contractor-ceo-pleads-guilty-20-year-fraud-usaid/101256/Millions of dollars of overbilling found in Iraq, Afghanistan reconstruction.Charles S. ClarkMon, 15 Dec 2014 12:47:13 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/contractor-ceo-pleads-guilty-20-year-fraud-usaid/101256/ContractingAndrey_Popov / Shutterstock.comPentagon Gets a Better Grip on Spending for Services Contractshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/pentagon-gets-better-grip-spending-services-contracts/101154/GAO recommends further improvements to help balance civilian and outside workforces.Charles S. ClarkFri, 12 Dec 2014 12:56:26 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/pentagon-gets-better-grip-spending-services-contracts/101154/ContractingDefense Department file photoGSA Wants Agencies to Get Smarter About Charge Cardshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/gsa-wants-agencies-get-smarter-about-charge-cards/101079/The Federal Acquisition Service is looking for help from the financial services industry.Charles S. ClarkThu, 11 Dec 2014 15:32:54 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/gsa-wants-agencies-get-smarter-about-charge-cards/101079/Contractingphotka/Shutterstock.comPsychologists' $81M Torture Contract Exposes CIA's 'Remarkably Broad' Acquisition Authoritieshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/psychologists-81m-torture-contract-exposes-cias-remarkably-broad-acquisition-authorities/100995/Expensive award to potentially underqualified firm raises eyebrows.Charles S. ClarkWed, 10 Dec 2014 17:09:29 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/psychologists-81m-torture-contract-exposes-cias-remarkably-broad-acquisition-authorities/100995/ContractingFormer CIA Director Michael HaydenKevin Wolf/AP file photoWar Zone Food Contractor Pleads Guilty to Overcharginghttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/war-zone-food-contractor-pleads-guilty-overcharging/100824/Supreme Foodservice to pay $434 million in settlement with government.Charles S. ClarkTue, 09 Dec 2014 15:06:34 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/war-zone-food-contractor-pleads-guilty-overcharging/100824/ContractingRep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, helped lead the congressional investigation. Susan Walsh/APGSA Launches New Shared Office Supplies Purchasinghttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/gsa-launches-new-shared-office-supplies-purchasing/100722/GAO’s dismissal of bid protests paves way for further savings through the contract vehicle.Charles S. ClarkMon, 08 Dec 2014 15:32:40 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/gsa-launches-new-shared-office-supplies-purchasing/100722/ContractingMariusz Szczygiel / Shutterstock.comHow Companies Hide the Spoils of Winning Government Contractshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/how-companies-hide-spoils-winning-government-contracts/100572/What about the deals that result from a corporation's heavy political spending?Bill Allison, The AtlanticFri, 05 Dec 2014 14:20:54 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/how-companies-hide-spoils-winning-government-contracts/100572/ContractingMaks Narodenko/Shutterstock.comTelework Isn’t the Only Thing PTO Needs to Do a Better Job of Monitoringhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/ig-faults-patent-office-lax-supervision-risky-contracts/100575/IG faults patent office for lax supervision of risky contracts.Charles S. ClarkFri, 05 Dec 2014 14:14:28 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/ig-faults-patent-office-lax-supervision-risky-contracts/100575/Contractingcosma / Shutterstock.comWhite House Procurement Chief Issues Steps to Simplify Acquisitionhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/white-house-procurement-chief-issues-steps-simplify-acquisition/100497/Agencies encouraged to centralize routine purchasing, share talent.Charles S. ClarkThu, 04 Dec 2014 15:42:45 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/white-house-procurement-chief-issues-steps-simplify-acquisition/100497/Contracting"There is a critical need for a new paradigm in federal procurement," wrote OFPP chief Anne Rung. Commerce Department file photoFederal Hourly-Rate Contract Workers Ask Obama for a Bigger Pay Raisehttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/federal-hourly-rate-contract-workers-ask-obama-bigger-pay-raise/100476/Two lawmakers endorse rally portraying government as largest poverty-wage employer.Charles S. ClarkThu, 04 Dec 2014 13:31:34 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/federal-hourly-rate-contract-workers-ask-obama-bigger-pay-raise/100476/Contracting"Enough is enough! Millions of workers who are trying to put bread on the table and working 40 hours a week should not be living in poverty," said Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.Flickr user FitzGibbon MediaDefense Acquisition Reformers Propose Streamlining Authority, Empowering the Workforcehttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/defense-acquisition-reformers-propose-streamlining-authority-empowering-workforce/100253/Industrial Association weighs in as Armed Services panels change leaders.Charles S. ClarkTue, 02 Dec 2014 15:30:33 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/defense-acquisition-reformers-propose-streamlining-authority-empowering-workforce/100253/ContractingDefense Department file photoPentagon Blasted for Stalled Tracking of Services Contractorshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/pentagon-blasted-stalled-tracking-services-contractors/100178/POGO builds on watchdog’s report to accuse personnel office of breaching laws.Charles S. ClarkMon, 01 Dec 2014 17:11:44 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/pentagon-blasted-stalled-tracking-services-contractors/100178/Contractingsergign / Shutterstock.comPentagon May Be Forced to Release Aircraft Manufacturer's Contract Datahttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/pentagon-may-be-forced-release-aircraft-manufacturers-contract-data/100175/Small business advocacy group wins FOIA case.Charles S. ClarkMon, 01 Dec 2014 16:45:33 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/pentagon-may-be-forced-release-aircraft-manufacturers-contract-data/100175/ContractingA Sikorsky helicopter lands at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Kathy Reesey/U.S. Marine CorpsReport: BP Tried to Lobby the EPA to Let It Continue As a Government 'Business Partner'http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/11/report-bp-tried-lobby-epa-let-it-continue-government-business-partner/98945/Vice News obtained a confidential 72-page report the company produced to convince the agency to keep giving it contracting dollars.Ross GianfortuneThu, 13 Nov 2014 11:11:38 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/11/report-bp-tried-lobby-epa-let-it-continue-government-business-partner/98945/ContractingCoast Guard file photoIG: Energy Lab Lobbied Officials for $2.4 Billion No-Bid Contracthttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/11/ig-energy-lab-lobbied-officials-24-billion-no-bid-contract/98894/Sandia National Laboratories used government funds in efforts to extend Lockheed Martin’s management deal without competition.Katherine McIntire PetersWed, 12 Nov 2014 17:00:35 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/11/ig-energy-lab-lobbied-officials-24-billion-no-bid-contract/98894/ContractingSandia National Laboratories file photoInfographic: What Defense Personnel Really Think About the Acquisition Processhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/11/infographic-what-defense-personnel-really-think-about-acquisition-process/98606/Many believe the Pentagon is failing to deliver the weapons and equipment troops really need.Katherine McIntire PetersTue, 11 Nov 2014 13:58:56 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/11/infographic-what-defense-personnel-really-think-about-acquisition-process/98606/Contracting