Government Executive - Contractinghttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/Information and intelligence from the federal procurement arenaen-usThu, 31 Jul 2014 15:04:06 -0400Obama Signs Order Boosting Federal Contract Worker Rights http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/07/obama-signs-order-boosting-federal-contract-worker-rights/90221/President requires companies to disclose labor law violations, asks agencies to consider withholding contracts.Charles S. ClarkThu, 31 Jul 2014 15:04:06 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/07/obama-signs-order-boosting-federal-contract-worker-rights/90221/ContractingAP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin'$10.10 Is Not Enough,' Low-Wage Federal Contract Workers Tell Obamahttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/07/1010-not-enough-low-wage-federal-contract-workers-tell-obama/89945/Lawmakers from Progressive Caucus join in call for higher hourly wages, collective bargaining rights.Charles S. ClarkTue, 29 Jul 2014 10:56:05 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/07/1010-not-enough-low-wage-federal-contract-workers-tell-obama/89945/ContractingCharles S. Clark/GovExec.comContractors Group Would Restructure White House Procurement Shophttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/07/contractors-group-would-restructure-white-house-procurement-shop/89870/Professional Services Council adds to mix of proposals to reform acquisition workforce.Charles S. ClarkMon, 28 Jul 2014 16:20:01 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/07/contractors-group-would-restructure-white-house-procurement-shop/89870/Contracting“We need to fundamentally rethink the workforce, to create a unified vision across government,” said Stan Soloway, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council.Flickr user govwinProcurement Chief Nominee Stresses Acquisition Training, Contractor Price Datahttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/07/procurement-chief-nominee-stresses-acquisition-training-contractor-price-data/89624/Sen. McCaskill elicits promise that OMB will improve communication with oversight panels.Charles S. ClarkThu, 24 Jul 2014 16:15:54 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/07/procurement-chief-nominee-stresses-acquisition-training-contractor-price-data/89624/ContractingRung said program managers and contracting officials “have a thankless job and rarely get the recognition they deserve.”United Stated Department of Commerce file photoObama Signs Executive Orders Protecting LGBT Feds and Contractorshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/07/obama-signs-executive-orders-protecting-lgbt-feds-and-contractors/89183/President says federal dollars should not go toward supporting discrimination.Eric KatzMon, 21 Jul 2014 14:20:17 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/07/obama-signs-executive-orders-protecting-lgbt-feds-and-contractors/89183/ContractingSurrounded by LGBT supporters, President Barack Obama signs executive orders to protect LGBT employees from federal workplace discrimination.Jacquelyn Martin/APObama Taps Anne Rung to be White House Procurement Chiefhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/07/obama-taps-anne-rung-be-white-house-procurement-chief/88453/Former GSA executive praised by her predecessor at OMB.Charles S. ClarkFri, 11 Jul 2014 09:32:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/07/obama-taps-anne-rung-be-white-house-procurement-chief/88453/ContractingUnited States Department of CommerceOne Chart Shows One Big Problem With Defense Contracting: Competition Is Declining http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/07/one-chart-shows-one-big-problem-defense-contracting-competition-declining/88069/The department in 2010 began setting goals for awarding more work competitively, but it's never been able to hit its targets.Katherine McIntire PetersTue, 08 Jul 2014 13:31:33 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/07/one-chart-shows-one-big-problem-defense-contracting-competition-declining/88069/ContractingUnder Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank KendallDefense DepartmentQuality Cost Data Is Key to Making Better Management Decisions http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/07/quality-cost-data-key-making-better-management-decisions/87946/Executives must distinguish between two important (and often confused) types of cost estimating.Kevin Cincotta, ICF InternationalMon, 07 Jul 2014 10:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/07/quality-cost-data-key-making-better-management-decisions/87946/Contracting GordanD/Shutterstock.comAgencies Defend New Contract for Firm That Vetted Snowden and Navy Yard Shooterhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/07/agencies-defend-new-contract-firm-vetted-snowden-and-navy-yard-shooter/87910/USIS wins immigration services work.Charles S. ClarkThu, 03 Jul 2014 15:22:50 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/07/agencies-defend-new-contract-firm-vetted-snowden-and-navy-yard-shooter/87910/ContractingEdward Snowden's face is shown on an outdoor screen in Hong Kong in 2013.Vincent Yu/AP file photoWill an Obscure Pentagon Small Business Program Live On?http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/07/will-obscure-pentagon-small-business-program-live/87769/Fate of 25-year-old research project depends on fiscal 2015 Defense authorization.Charles S. ClarkWed, 02 Jul 2014 16:15:25 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/07/will-obscure-pentagon-small-business-program-live/87769/ContractingDefense Department file photoLawmaker Wants to Force Testimony From Security Clearance Firm CEOhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/06/lawmaker-wants-force-testimony-security-clearance-firm-ceo/87580/A USIS executive received more than $1 million in bonuses despite flawed work.Charles S. ClarkMon, 30 Jun 2014 16:33:40 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/06/lawmaker-wants-force-testimony-security-clearance-firm-ceo/87580/ContractingRep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.Gerald Herbert/AP File PhotoWhat Tests Today’s Contractors: 5 Charts Illustrating the Acquisition Landscapehttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/06/what-tests-todays-contractors-5-charts-illustrating-acquisition-landscape/86815/Contract solicitations are up, spending is down.Ross Gianfortune and Charles S. ClarkThu, 19 Jun 2014 16:09:52 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/06/what-tests-todays-contractors-5-charts-illustrating-acquisition-landscape/86815/ContractingSenators Want a Proper Count of Intelligence Contractorshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/06/senators-want-proper-count-intelligence-contractors/86713/Agencies need to know 'who is working for them and why,' oversight chairman says.Charles S. ClarkWed, 18 Jun 2014 15:40:22 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/06/senators-want-proper-count-intelligence-contractors/86713/ContractingSen. Thomas Carper, D-Del.Manuel Balce Ceneta/APExecutive Order Will Ban Contractors from Discriminating Against Gay Employeeshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/06/executive-order-will-ban-contractors-discriminating-against-gay-employees/86515/Plan is to pressure Congress to pass broader law applying to employers nationwide, according to reports.Charles S. ClarkMon, 16 Jun 2014 12:51:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/06/executive-order-will-ban-contractors-discriminating-against-gay-employees/86515/ContractingHal_P/Shutterstock.comPentagon Ranks Top Suppliers to Spark Competition Among Contractorshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/06/pentagon-ranks-top-suppliers-spark-competition-among-contractors/86473/Move is part of ongoing bid to improve acquisition.Charles S. ClarkFri, 13 Jun 2014 16:38:03 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/06/pentagon-ranks-top-suppliers-spark-competition-among-contractors/86473/Contracting"First and foremost, we need to get rid of sequestration, with all the budget uncertainty it creates for the department and industry,” Frank Kendall saidDefense Department file photoLabor Gets Ready to Raise the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractorshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/06/labor-gets-ready-raise-minimum-wage-federal-contractors/86449/Secretary says the boost slated to take effect Jan. 1, 2015, will improve government services.Eric KatzFri, 13 Jun 2014 14:20:45 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/06/labor-gets-ready-raise-minimum-wage-federal-contractors/86449/ContractingLabor Secretary Thomas Perez Connor Radnovich/APContractors Are Still Taking Short Cuts on Background Checks, Audit Findshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/06/contractors-are-still-taking-short-cuts-background-checks-audit-finds/86395/OPM watchdog says one reviewer approved 15,000 case files in one month.Charles S. ClarkThu, 12 Jun 2014 16:24:46 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/06/contractors-are-still-taking-short-cuts-background-checks-audit-finds/86395/ContractingMmaxer/Shutterstock.comHUD May Have Broken Law When It Paid Salary of Senior Advisorhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/06/hud-may-have-broken-law-when-it-paid-salary-senior-advisor/86083/A non-federal employee on detail to department received more than $620,000 in compensation from the wrong pool of money.Kellie LunneyMon, 09 Jun 2014 16:17:09 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/06/hud-may-have-broken-law-when-it-paid-salary-senior-advisor/86083/ContractingIn Green/Shutterstock.comIs $487K Too Little to Pay Federal Contractors?http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/06/487k-too-little-pay-federal-contractors/85933/Contractors object as the government finalizes plans to implement statutes limiting their reimbursable pay.Eric KatzThu, 05 Jun 2014 17:00:58 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/06/487k-too-little-pay-federal-contractors/85933/ContractingWhy Elon Musk Is Suing the U.S. Air Forcehttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/06/why-elon-musk-suing-us-air-force/85855/SpaceX is suing its would-be biggest customer for the right to compete for more Pentagon launches.Alex Brown, National JournalThu, 05 Jun 2014 09:43:35 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/06/why-elon-musk-suing-us-air-force/85855/ContractingThe SpaceX-3 mission soars into the clouds over on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a Falcon 9 rocket in April.NASAConstruction Flaws in Afghan Prison Merit a Refund from Contractor, Says Watchdog http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/06/construction-flaws-afghan-prison-merit-refund-contractor-says-watchdog/85798/Building in earthquake zone has weak walls; SIGAR suspects fraud.Charles S. ClarkWed, 04 Jun 2014 13:51:49 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/06/construction-flaws-afghan-prison-merit-refund-contractor-says-watchdog/85798/ContractingOffice of The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction,3 Myths That Cripple Acquisition: No. 2 Reforming Acquisition Will Fix Ithttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/06/3-myths-cripple-acquisition-no-2-reforming-acquisition-will-fix-it/85534/Layering changes onto an outdated system just won’t work.Kymm McCabeMon, 02 Jun 2014 11:00:14 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/06/3-myths-cripple-acquisition-no-2-reforming-acquisition-will-fix-it/85534/Contractinglenetstan/Shutterstock.comGSA Acquisition Officer Bound for White House Rolehttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/05/gsa-acquisition-officer-bound-white-house-role/84736/Anne Rung to serve as senior adviser, possibly as procurement chief.Charles S. ClarkMon, 19 May 2014 15:31:39 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/05/gsa-acquisition-officer-bound-white-house-role/84736/ContractingUnited States Department of CommerceNuclear Weapons Complex Reform Could Mean Pay Cut For Contractorshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/05/nuclear-weapons-complex-reform-could-mean-pay-cut-contractors/84475/Contracts have been under increased scrutiny due to repeated cost overruns, delays and security failures.Douglas P. Guarino, Global Security NewswireThu, 15 May 2014 09:55:21 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/05/nuclear-weapons-complex-reform-could-mean-pay-cut-contractors/84475/ContractingThe Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., processes plutonium.AP file photoContractor Training Dolphins for the Navy Drowns in San Diego Bayhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/05/contractor-training-dolphins-navy-drowns-san-diego-bay/83815/This is the first human death in the naval sea creature program since 1959.Polly Mosendz, The WireMon, 05 May 2014 16:48:36 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/05/contractor-training-dolphins-navy-drowns-san-diego-bay/83815/Contracting Alfonso de Tomas/Shutterstock.com