Government Executive - Contracting and intelligence from the federal procurement arenaen-usThu, 23 Oct 2014 12:30:31 -0400Blackwater Security Guards Found Guilty in 2007 Killings federal jury convicted one security guard of murder and three others of manslaughter in the 2007 killings in Iraq.Russell Berman, The AtlanticThu, 23 Oct 2014 12:30:31 -0400 Slatten, shown here in June, was convicted of first-degree murder.Cliff Owen / APBid Protest Ruling Deals Blow to Background Check Contractor partially upholds challenge of USIS deal with the Homeland Security Department.Charles S. ClarkMon, 20 Oct 2014 17:36:00 -0400 / Shutterstock.comNSA's Moonlighting Problem former NSA head has recruited one of his underlings for his lucrative cybersecurity firm—but that underling still works for the agency.Allen McDuffee, The AtlanticMon, 20 Oct 2014 10:20:40 -0400 NSA Director Keith Alexander1st Class Daniel Hinton/Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of StaffControversial VA Procurement Executive Resigns Before She Can Be Fired says it had no way to stop Susan Taylor, accused of conflict of interest, from retiring.Charles S. ClarkWed, 15 Oct 2014 11:53:15 -0400 chief Bob McDonald holds a town hall meeting in Washington. McDonald has promised to hold executives accountable for misconduct. Veterans Affairs DepartmentCompetitor to Troubled Background Check Contractor Retains Hope on Bid Protest to decide by Oct. 20 whether USIS can keep Homeland Security field office work.Charles S. ClarkTue, 14 Oct 2014 15:01:08 -0400 / Shutterstock.comBroadcasting Board Outsources Controversial Newsroom Contracting said the move is not an effort to replace current staff.Charles S. ClarkWed, 08 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0400 Federal Contractors Are About to Get a Pay Raise Department issues final rules to implement the $10.10 minimum wage for contractors.Eric KatzTue, 07 Oct 2014 14:38:09 -0400 One Step Closer to Removing Controversial Procurement Chief’s ethics takedown of Susan Taylor prompts deputy secretary to name replacement.Charles S. ClarkMon, 06 Oct 2014 17:17:05 -0400 hospital overseen by the Veterans Health Administration, where Taylor works. Veterans Affairs Department file photoSBA Data Show Large Firms Are Nabbing Contracts Reserved for Small Businesses information was obtained by the American Small Business League after a multi-year court battle.Charles S. ClarkThu, 02 Oct 2014 17:40:03 -0400 to federal procurement data released by the Small Business Administration, Chevron received small business contracts in 2013.Ken Wolter/Shutterstock.comControversial VA Procurement Officer Should Be Fired, Lawmaker Says Coffman cites IG’s criminal referral of Susan Taylor for conflict of interest.Charles S. ClarkThu, 02 Oct 2014 16:56:37 -0400 Mike Coffman reminds VA chief of promise to deal swiftly with problem employees. Flickr user House GOPFire at FAA Facility Wreaks Havoc on Chicago Airports suspected of starting the blaze was a contract employee.David Ludwig, The WireFri, 26 Sep 2014 14:26:55 -0400'Hare was one of the airports affected. Tupungato / Shutterstock.comGrand Canyon Park Gets Creative to Attract Bids on Concessions Contract Service taps cash from other parks to pay down debt to the current contractor and make the new agreement more attractive.Charles S. ClarkWed, 24 Sep 2014 15:58:57 -0400 Quinn/National Park ServiceHere Are The Defense Industry Dollars Behind The Votes to Arm Syria’s Rebels companies might stand to profit the most from a conflict like the one the United States proposes.Tim Fernholz, QuartzFri, 19 Sep 2014 15:41:30 -0400 Tan/Shutterstock.comProposed Rule Prohibits Federal Contractors From Firing Employees Who Discuss Pay have 90 days to comment on regulations to implement President Obama’s April executive order.Kellie LunneyMon, 15 Sep 2014 15:16:30 -0400 the proposed rule, contract employees could not get pink slips for talking about pay. Gang Liu / Shutterstock.comWill Firing One Background Check Contractor Fix the Broken Security Clearance System? and employee representatives say USIS’ removal could backfire.Charles S. ClarkMon, 15 Sep 2014 11:03:56 -0400 Jon Tester, D-Mont., hailed OPM's decision to fire USIS, but critics said it could increase the clearance backlog again. Flickr user Senate DemocratsNothing’s Fair About Obama’s Fair Pay Order group says the president’s executive order will result in blacklisting some of the best firms for minor infractions.Geoff Burr, ABCFri, 12 Sep 2014 10:00:00 -0400 House file photoOPM Terminates Controversial Background Check Contractor Church-based USIS had been suspended after breach in computer network.Charles S. ClarkWed, 10 Sep 2014 11:43:20 -0400 R Fox/Shutterstock.comControversial Background Check Contractor Tries to 'Set the Record Straight' makes the case it should not be banned from continued government work.Charles S. ClarkMon, 08 Sep 2014 17:23:30 -0400 Elijah Cummings, D-Md., is among the lawmakers critical of USIS. Flickr user Howard County Library SystemMajor Background Check Contractor Furloughs Thousands of Employees agency shifts investigations away from USIS following stop-work orders.Charles S. ClarkWed, 03 Sep 2014 16:21:07 -0400 Invites Review of His Advocacy for a Defense Contractor in His District Wisconsin Republican says he is looking forward to the results of the inquiry he requested earlier this year.Billy House, National JournalTue, 19 Aug 2014 10:45:35 -0400 Tom Petri, R-Wis.Vaughn R. Larson/Wisconsin National GuardHow Many Big Contractors Are Actually Posing As Small Businesses? group and SBA paint different pictures.Charles S. ClarkMon, 18 Aug 2014 13:46:15 -0400 is among the companies the American Small Business League said was counted as a small firm. Andrey Bayda / Shutterstock.comCBO: Sequestration Cuts Are Unlikely This Year 2014 budget remains sufficient to avoid across-the-board reductions before the fiscal year ends.Charles S. ClarkFri, 15 Aug 2014 12:51:51 -0400 Industry Threatens to Take Its Underwater Air Guns and Go Home Interior Department said that it would allow the oil industry to use seismic cannons to search for oil and gas.Ben Geman, National JournalThu, 14 Aug 2014 18:00:00 -0400 CGI/Shutterstock.comIt Just Got Easier to Lobby Federal Agencies litigation, the Obama administration rolls back restrictions aimed at curbing special interests.Eric KatzThu, 14 Aug 2014 17:24:25 -0400 Obama wanted to limit lobbyists' influence on government but found it's easier said than done.Steven Senne/Associated PressInfographic: Five Steps to Manage Government Regulations for Contractors to deal with an audit, how to ensure compliance and more ways to stick the landing.Ross GianfortuneWed, 13 Aug 2014 16:41:18 -0400