Government Executive - Contractinghttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/Information and intelligence from the federal procurement arenaen-usFri, 20 Mar 2015 10:50:39 -0400Reverse Auctions Once Again in Lawmakers' Crosshairshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/03/reverse-auctions-are-lawmakers-crosshairs-again/108069/House Small Business subcommittee presses bill to restrict tool that could promote a “race to the bottomCharles S. ClarkFri, 20 Mar 2015 10:50:39 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/03/reverse-auctions-are-lawmakers-crosshairs-again/108069/ContractingFormer 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 Homelesshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/03/agencies-could-do-more-convert-properties-aid-homeless/107991/Defense Department and HUD fail to adequately track parcels, GAO finds.Charles S. ClarkThu, 19 Mar 2015 15:55:18 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/03/agencies-could-do-more-convert-properties-aid-homeless/107991/ContractingKim Reinick/Shutterstock.comNearly Half of the Largest Federal Contractors Are Also Receiving Federal Grants and Loanshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/03/nearly-half-largest-federal-contractors-are-also-receiving-federal-grants-and-loans/107721/Nonprofit’s “corporate welfare” study names Boeing as top “double dipper.”Charles S. ClarkTue, 17 Mar 2015 12:23:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/03/nearly-half-largest-federal-contractors-are-also-receiving-federal-grants-and-loans/107721/ContractingBoeing 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 http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/03/even-cbo-stumped-size-contractor-workforce/107436/Federal agencies spent $500 billion procuring products and services in 2012.Charles S. ClarkThu, 12 Mar 2015 17:15:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/03/even-cbo-stumped-size-contractor-workforce/107436/ContractingRep. 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 Winshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/03/when-government-competes-against-private-sector-everybody-wins/107280/If 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/03/when-government-competes-against-private-sector-everybody-wins/107280/ContractingDean Fikar/Shutterstock.comPentagon Acquisition Bosses Ho-Hum on Multiple Reviews for Passing Milestoneshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/02/pentagon-acquisition-bosses-ho-hum-multiple-reviews-passing-milestones/106221/GAO finds weapons program managers valued input in only 10 percent of cases.Charles S. ClarkThu, 26 Feb 2015 15:16:43 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/02/pentagon-acquisition-bosses-ho-hum-multiple-reviews-passing-milestones/106221/ContractingDefense Department file photoAir Force Restores Eligibility to Controversial Contractorhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/02/air-force-restores-eligibility-controversial-contractor/105861/Reverse-auction specialist FedBid reorganizes after Veterans Affairs dispute.Charles S. ClarkMon, 23 Feb 2015 15:58:44 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/02/air-force-restores-eligibility-controversial-contractor/105861/Contracting"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 Retaliationhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/02/former-employee-government-contractor-alleges-sexual-harassment-and-retaliation/105444/Complaint against global security firm depicts Mad Men culture at ‘guys with guns’ company.Kellie LunneyTue, 17 Feb 2015 15:05:46 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/02/former-employee-government-contractor-alleges-sexual-harassment-and-retaliation/105444/ContractingPresident 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?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.com