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Defense bill proves lucrative for biggest firms

November 27, 2007 There's an old theory in Washington that since the competitive bidding process tends to favor the largest contractors, congressionally appropriated earmarks are necessary to allow smaller firms access to the federal procurement market. But the premise of that argument, used for decades by lawmakers to justify directed appropriations to favored...

GSA takes on lead role with office leases

November 20, 2007 The General Services Administration has stripped federal agencies of the authority to negotiate and sign leases for large office spaces after auditors discovered serious problems with more than a dozen government leasing arrangements. The rule change, first announced in October and implemented Monday with a notice in the Federal Register,...

Bush orders agencies to appoint ‘performance improvement officers’

November 14, 2007 President Bush has issued an executive order requiring heads of federal agencies to set clear annual goals, lay out specific plans for achieving them, and designate "performance improvement officers" to assess progress toward meeting the goals and report on it to the public. With the order, issued Tuesday and detailed...

Homeland Security making progress in recruiting veterans

November 13, 2007 The Homeland Security Department has made significant progress in the hiring of veterans, but a wave of looming retirements across the federal sector could make future recruitment and retention difficult, a top House Democrat said Tuesday. On the heels of Veterans Day, the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Management, Investigations...

Army weighs options as GAO sustains protests of logistics contract

November 8, 2007 The Army is considering whether to reopen the source selection process for the $150 billion Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) IV contract after a congressional watchdog sustained the protests of two losing bidders. Last week, the Government Accountability Office announced that it had upheld protests from two teams that had...

It's a dirty job, but someone has to run GSA

November 7, 2007 The General Services Administration is once again under siege. Unpopular decisions have left its chief isolated, leading to reports of low staff morale. Allegations of abuse of power and a messy investigation by the inspector general have been all but impossible to shake. And a growing drumbeat is calling for...

Pentagon honors leaders of disabled veterans contracting program

November 6, 2007 In a room surrounded by images of Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, the Pentagon on Monday began a new awards tradition, honoring 19 individuals and companies for their work with the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program. The inaugural awards went to eight businesses owned by service-disabled veterans; five prime contractors...

Procurement officials were well-prepared to award wildfire contracts

November 2, 2007 Federal procurement officers were better prepared to respond to the recent California wildfires because of the government's expanded breadth of prepositioned contracts for emergency supplies and services, officials said this week. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it learned a lesson from Hurricane Katrina, where a dearth of precompeted contracts...

Tough Talk

November 1, 2007 Campaign promises to shake up contracting and the federal workforce are short on details. On Aug. 7, the Democratic presidential hopefuls met at the 10-yard line of Soldier Field Stadium in Chicago for the latest in a series of issue-specific debates, this time an AFL-CIO forum on unions, infrastructure and...

It’s a Dirty Job

November 1, 2007 But someone has to run the General Services Administration. The General Services Administration is once again under siege. Unpopular decisions have left its chief isolated, leading to reports of low staff morale. Allegations of abuse of power and a messy investigation by the inspector general have been all but impossible...

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