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Sun Microsystems quits GSA multiple award contract

September 14, 2007 Sun Microsystems Inc. announced Friday that it is canceling its multiple award schedule contract with the General Services Administration amid an ongoing investigation into the contract's renewal and the company's pricing for information technology products and services. Sun released a statement Friday saying it had notified GSA that it was...

Pilot program to gather subcontracting data moves forward

September 13, 2007 Federal acquisition executives have finalized details of a pilot program requiring contractors to report specific information about their subcontractors. The final rules, published last week in the Federal Register, are the latest step by the Bush administration to comply with the 2006 Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act. The pilot...

GAO renews call for Defense management chief

September 10, 2007 The Defense Department's reluctance to establish a chief management officer position does not serve the interests of taxpayers, Government Accountability Office officials argue in a new report. The report (GAO-07-1072) written by Sharon Pickup, GAO's director of defense capabilities and management, called on Congress to enact legislation to establish such...

GAO urges Air Force to again reopen helicopter contract

September 6, 2007 The Air Force's $15 billion program to replace its aging fleet of search and rescue helicopters has been thrown into flux -- again -- after the Government Accountability Office concluded that the service should allow two losing bidders to revise their proposals. In a move that will almost certainly delay...

Open Senate race could reshape contracting oversight in House

September 5, 2007 Virginia Republican Rep. Tom Davis' likely candidacy to succeed retiring Sen. John Warner could leave federal contractors without a strong advocate in the House. "There isn't anyone who has done as much, or has been as involved, in federal contracting issues as Rep. Davis," said Larry Allen, executive vice president...

Between the Lines

September 1, 2007 The comptroller general wants to redefine 'inherently governmental,' two words that could change contracting. It was a passing comment in an altogether uneventful Senate hearing last month on ways to strengthen competition and accountability in federal contracting. Comptroller General David M. Walker told the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee...

Rewarding Failure

September 1, 2007 Contractors' mismanagement is no impediment to finding new work, critics say. In late June, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction released a scathing audit, charging that the Army's lead wartime logistics contractor, KBR Inc., had grossly overspent on food, failed to keep accurate fuel service records and provided better...

GSA, Defense implement acquisition agreement

August 31, 2007 The General Services Administration and its biggest customer, the Defense Department, have begun implementing all of the action items outlined in a memorandum of agreement signed last December to shore up the two agencies' acquisition policies. Of the 24 objectives detailed in the agreement, all are under way and 13...

Iraq contractors' problems no impediment to finding new work

August 30, 2007 Editor's Note: The following story appears in the Sept. 1 issue of Government Executive. To subscribe to the magazine, click here. In late June, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction released a scathing audit, charging that the Army's lead wartime logistics contractor, KBR Inc., had grossly overspent on food,...

Small businesses struggle to swim with big fish

August 28, 2007 After years of legislative and bureaucratic inaction that allowed procurement opportunities for small businesses to dwindle, a turnaround might be in the works. A bill making its way through Congress, along with recent Small Business Administration regulations, will pressure federal agencies to award more contracts to small firms. They offer...

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