Government Executive - Contractinghttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/Information and intelligence from the federal procurement arenaen-usThu, 13 Nov 2014 11:11:38 -0500Report: 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/ContractingPentagon Told to Improve Management of Cost-Plus Contractshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/11/pentagon-told-improve-management-cost-plus-contracts/98675/FAR rules not followed on 411 projects valued at $31.7 billion.Charles S. ClarkMon, 10 Nov 2014 16:10:38 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/11/pentagon-told-improve-management-cost-plus-contracts/98675/ContractingDefense Department file photoContractors Should Expect Good Things from a GOP Congresshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/11/contractors-should-expect-good-things-gop-congress/98498/A new leader could repair ‘damage’ done by current House oversight chairman Darrell Issa, analyst says.Charles S. ClarkFri, 07 Nov 2014 16:26:05 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/11/contractors-should-expect-good-things-gop-congress/98498/ContractingVlad G/Shutterstock.comPentagon’s Buying Managers Resist IG’s Call for Central Oversight Office http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/11/pentagons-buying-managers-resist-igs-call-central-oversight-office/98249/Watchdog recommends the new office as a way to reduce delays and cost overruns.Charles S. ClarkWed, 05 Nov 2014 14:22:08 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/11/pentagons-buying-managers-resist-igs-call-central-oversight-office/98249/ContractingDefense Department file photoProcurement Chief Vows to Simplify Federal Contractinghttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/11/procurement-chief-vows-simplify-federal-contracting/98123/Rung says key to curbing complexity is collaboration between agencies, industry.Charles S. ClarkTue, 04 Nov 2014 15:19:02 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/11/procurement-chief-vows-simplify-federal-contracting/98123/ContractingCommerce Department file photoUnmanned NASA Rocket Explodes in Virginiahttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/unmanned-nasa-rocket-explodes-virginia/97676/The rocket, built and launched by Orbital Sciences Corporation, was headed to the International Space Station.Matt Berman and Dustin Volz, National JournalWed, 29 Oct 2014 09:30:25 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/unmanned-nasa-rocket-explodes-virginia/97676/ContractingThe Antares rocket is shown Sunday, two days before it exploded on launch.NASABlackwater Security Guards Found Guilty in 2007 Killingshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/blackwater-security-guards-found-guilty-2007-killings/97223/A 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/blackwater-security-guards-found-guilty-2007-killings/97223/ContractingNicholas Slatten, shown here in June, was convicted of first-degree murder.Cliff Owen / APBid Protest Ruling Deals Blow to Background Check Contractorhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/bid-protest-ruling-deals-blow-background-check-contractor/96947/GAO partially upholds challenge of USIS deal with the Homeland Security Department.Charles S. ClarkMon, 20 Oct 2014 17:36:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/bid-protest-ruling-deals-blow-background-check-contractor/96947/Contractingsergign / Shutterstock.comNSA's Moonlighting Problemhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/nsas-moonlighting-problem/96869/A 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/nsas-moonlighting-problem/96869/ContractingFormer NSA Director Keith Alexander1st Class Daniel Hinton/Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of StaffControversial VA Procurement Executive Resigns Before She Can Be Firedhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/controversial-va-procurement-chief-resigns-she-can-be-fired/96527/VA 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/controversial-va-procurement-chief-resigns-she-can-be-fired/96527/ContractingVA 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 Protesthttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/competitor-troubled-background-check-contractor-retains-hope-bid-protest/96422/GAO to decide by Oct. 20 whether USIS can keep Homeland Security field office work.Charles S. ClarkTue, 14 Oct 2014 15:01:08 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/competitor-troubled-background-check-contractor-retains-hope-bid-protest/96422/Contractingsergign / Shutterstock.comBroadcasting Board Outsources Controversial Newsroom Contractinghttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/broadcasting-board-outsources-controversial-newsroom-contracting/96017/Executives said the move is not an effort to replace current staff.Charles S. ClarkWed, 08 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/broadcasting-board-outsources-controversial-newsroom-contracting/96017/Contractingwellphoto/Shutterstock.com200K Federal Contractors Are About to Get a Pay Raisehttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/200k-federal-contractors-are-about-get-pay-raise/95969/Labor Department issues final rules to implement the $10.10 minimum wage for contractors.Eric KatzTue, 07 Oct 2014 14:38:09 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/200k-federal-contractors-are-about-get-pay-raise/95969/Contractingmartan/Shutterstock.comVA One Step Closer to Removing Controversial Procurement Chiefhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/va-one-step-closer-removing-controversial-procurement-chief/95900/Watchdog’s ethics takedown of Susan Taylor prompts deputy secretary to name replacement.Charles S. ClarkMon, 06 Oct 2014 17:17:05 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/va-one-step-closer-removing-controversial-procurement-chief/95900/ContractingA 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 Businesseshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/sba-data-show-large-firms-are-nabbing-contracts-reserved-small-businesses/95699/The information was obtained by the American Small Business League after a multi-year court battle.Charles S. ClarkThu, 02 Oct 2014 17:40:03 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/sba-data-show-large-firms-are-nabbing-contracts-reserved-small-businesses/95699/ContractingAccording 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 Sayshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/controversial-va-procurement-officer-should-be-fired-lawmaker-says/95702/Rep. Coffman cites IG’s criminal referral of Susan Taylor for conflict of interest.Charles S. ClarkThu, 02 Oct 2014 16:56:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/controversial-va-procurement-officer-should-be-fired-lawmaker-says/95702/ContractingRep. Mike Coffman reminds VA chief of promise to deal swiftly with problem employees. Flickr user House GOPFire at FAA Facility Wreaks Havoc on Chicago Airportshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/09/fire-faa-facility-wreaks-havoc-chicago-airports/95222/Man suspected of starting the blaze was a contract employee.David Ludwig, The WireFri, 26 Sep 2014 14:26:55 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/09/fire-faa-facility-wreaks-havoc-chicago-airports/95222/ContractingO'Hare was one of the airports affected. Tupungato / Shutterstock.comGrand Canyon Park Gets Creative to Attract Bids on Concessions Contracthttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/09/grand-canyon-park-gets-creative-attract-bids-concessions-contract/95009/Park 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/09/grand-canyon-park-gets-creative-attract-bids-concessions-contract/95009/ContractingM. Quinn/National Park ServiceHere Are The Defense Industry Dollars Behind The Votes to Arm Syria’s Rebelshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/09/here-are-defense-industry-dollars-behind-votes-arm-syrias-rebels/94628/These 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/09/here-are-defense-industry-dollars-behind-votes-arm-syrias-rebels/94628/ContractingJordan Tan/Shutterstock.comProposed Rule Prohibits Federal Contractors From Firing Employees Who Discuss Payhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/09/proposed-rule-prohibits-federal-contractors-firing-employees-who-discuss-pay/94115/Groups have 90 days to comment on regulations to implement President Obama’s April executive order.Kellie LunneyMon, 15 Sep 2014 15:16:30 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/09/proposed-rule-prohibits-federal-contractors-firing-employees-who-discuss-pay/94115/ContractingUnder 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?http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/09/will-firing-one-background-check-contractor-fix-broken-security-clearance-system/94085/Industry and employee representatives say USIS’ removal could backfire.Charles S. ClarkMon, 15 Sep 2014 11:03:56 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/09/will-firing-one-background-check-contractor-fix-broken-security-clearance-system/94085/ContractingSen. 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 Orderhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/09/nothings-fair-about-obamas-fair-pay-order/93866/Industry 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/09/nothings-fair-about-obamas-fair-pay-order/93866/ContractingWhite House file photoOPM Terminates Controversial Background Check Contractorhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/09/opm-terminates-controversial-background-check-contractor/93680/Falls Church-based USIS had been suspended after breach in computer network.Charles S. ClarkWed, 10 Sep 2014 11:43:20 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/09/opm-terminates-controversial-background-check-contractor/93680/ContractingRyan R Fox/Shutterstock.com