Government Executive - Contracting and intelligence from the federal procurement arenaen-usFri, 20 Mar 2015 10:50:39 -0400Reverse Auctions Once Again in Lawmakers' Crosshairs Small Business subcommittee presses bill to restrict tool that could promote a “race to the bottomCharles S. ClarkFri, 20 Mar 2015 10:50:39 -0400 OFPP Administrator Joe Jordan heads FedBid, the dominant provider of reverse auction services. The company supports a measure requiring more training and clarity around the use of the tool. Timothy White/OPM file photoAgencies Could Do More to Convert Properties to Aid Homeless Department and HUD fail to adequately track parcels, GAO finds.Charles S. ClarkThu, 19 Mar 2015 15:55:18 -0400 Reinick/Shutterstock.comNearly Half of the Largest Federal Contractors Are Also Receiving Federal Grants and Loans’s “corporate welfare” study names Boeing as top “double dipper.”Charles S. ClarkTue, 17 Mar 2015 12:23:37 -0400 has received $64 billion in federal loans and loan guarantees since 2000, nonprofit says. Elaine Thompson/AP file photoEven CBO Is Stumped on the Size of the Contractor Workforce agencies spent $500 billion procuring products and services in 2012.Charles S. ClarkThu, 12 Mar 2015 17:15:00 -0400 Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., asked CBO to look into the size of the shadow workforce. Brian Witte/APWhen Government Competes Against the Private Sector, Everybody Wins civil servants are pitted against businesses they become more innovative, and secure most of the contracts put out for bid.Eric Schnurer, The AtlanticWed, 11 Mar 2015 16:02:00 -0400 Fikar/Shutterstock.comPentagon Acquisition Bosses Ho-Hum on Multiple Reviews for Passing Milestones finds weapons program managers valued input in only 10 percent of cases.Charles S. ClarkThu, 26 Feb 2015 15:16:43 -0500 Department file photoAir Force Restores Eligibility to Controversial Contractor specialist FedBid reorganizes after Veterans Affairs dispute.Charles S. ClarkMon, 23 Feb 2015 15:58:44 -0500"We look forward to continuing to provide an innovative online marketplace," said FedBid CEO Joe Jordan, who until January 2014 headed the White House Office of Federal Procurement Policy. Timothy White/OPM Former Employee of Government Contractor Alleges Sexual Harassment and Retaliation against global security firm depicts Mad Men culture at ‘guys with guns’ company.Kellie LunneyTue, 17 Feb 2015 15:05:46 -0500 and CEO of Garda World Stephan Cretier, a defendant in the lawsuit, speaks at a news conference in June 2011.AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham HughesFixing Acquisition: An Opportunity Lost? are ignoring significant skills gaps at our own peril.Stan Soloway and Phil KangasFri, 30 Jan 2015 09:00:00 -0500 A Jackson/Shutterstock.comSpaceX Settles With the Air Force, Smoothing the Way for Competition in Spy-satellite Missions Musk’s rocket company announced a settlement with the Air Force Monday.Tim Fernholz, QuartzMon, 26 Jan 2015 16:20:32 -0500 Falcon 9 AsiaSat is one of SpaceX's vehicles.SpaceXSurvey: Acquisition Workforce Falling Behind on Training group warns that budget uncertainties and brain drain threaten prospects for improvement.Charles S. ClarkThu, 22 Jan 2015 13:57:04 -0500 / Shutterstock.comVA Boosts Security After Texas Shooting procures 16 more contract guards for El Paso facility after gunman kills doctor and himself.Kellie LunneyWed, 14 Jan 2015 15:11:39 -0500 El Paso VA facility. VAAcquisition 101: When a Bargain Isn’t a Bargain recurring pitfalls of chasing the lowest price in federal procurements.Eric S. CrusiusMon, 12 Jan 2015 15:13:59 -0500 ufuk vural/Shutterstock.comThe 10 Categories Where Federal Agencies Spend the Most on Contracting House moves forward with a plan to make federal acquisition more efficient.Eric KatzThu, 08 Jan 2015 15:48:55 -0500 agencies annually spend more than $34 billion on transportation and logistics. cozyta/Shutterstock.comFinding a Bargain for Government Buyers Shouldn’t Be a Crime acquisition parlance, ‘low-price/technically acceptable’ really means ‘low-profits/taxpayer-approved.’J. David CoxMon, 05 Jan 2015 09:00:00 -0500 Agency Faulted for Wrongful Challenge to Contractor IG requests restoration of $6.6 million in disallowed subcontractor expenses.Charles S. ClarkWed, 31 Dec 2014 11:00:00 -0500 Martin Unit Forfeits $27.5 Million for Overbilling says contractor violated False Claims Act with underqualified workers.Charles S. ClarkMon, 22 Dec 2014 14:03:39 -0500 Green / Shutterstock.comContractor CEO Pleads Guilty to 20-Year Fraud of USAID of dollars of overbilling found in Iraq, Afghanistan reconstruction.Charles S. ClarkMon, 15 Dec 2014 12:47:13 -0500 / Shutterstock.comPentagon Gets a Better Grip on Spending for Services Contracts recommends further improvements to help balance civilian and outside workforces.Charles S. ClarkFri, 12 Dec 2014 12:56:26 -0500 Department file photoGSA Wants Agencies to Get Smarter About Charge Cards Federal Acquisition Service is looking for help from the financial services industry.Charles S. ClarkThu, 11 Dec 2014 15:32:54 -0500' $81M Torture Contract Exposes CIA's 'Remarkably Broad' Acquisition Authorities award to potentially underqualified firm raises eyebrows.Charles S. ClarkWed, 10 Dec 2014 17:09:29 -0500 CIA Director Michael HaydenKevin Wolf/AP file photoWar Zone Food Contractor Pleads Guilty to Overcharging Foodservice to pay $434 million in settlement with government.Charles S. ClarkTue, 09 Dec 2014 15:06:34 -0500 Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, helped lead the congressional investigation. Susan Walsh/APGSA Launches New Shared Office Supplies Purchasing’s dismissal of bid protests paves way for further savings through the contract vehicle.Charles S. ClarkMon, 08 Dec 2014 15:32:40 -0500 Szczygiel / Shutterstock.comHow Companies Hide the Spoils of Winning Government Contracts about the deals that result from a corporation's heavy political spending?Bill Allison, The AtlanticFri, 05 Dec 2014 14:20:54 -0500 Narodenko/Shutterstock.comTelework Isn’t the Only Thing PTO Needs to Do a Better Job of Monitoring faults patent office for lax supervision of risky contracts.Charles S. ClarkFri, 05 Dec 2014 14:14:28 -0500 /