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Contracting offices face increased oversight

August 28, 2007 After spending much of 2005 on the defensive in the wake of countless contracting scandals spurred by Hurricane Katrina, acquisition offices at civilian federal agencies had hoped for a more low-key, back-to-basics year. It didn't go quite as planned. Within weeks of assuming control of Congress, Democrats initiated a renewed...

Watchdog urges Defense agency to better control interagency buys

August 22, 2007 Inadequate internal procedures have prevented the Missile Defense Agency from guaranteeing that purchases made in conjunction with other agencies are in the government's best interest and fully compliant with federal regulations, according to a new report by the Defense Department inspector general. The IG report found that during the two-year...

Agencies fall short of small business contracting goals

August 17, 2007 The government as a whole and more than two thirds of agencies failed to meet small business contracting goals last year, according to figures released by the head of the Small Business Administration Friday. In a teleconference with reporters, SBA Administrator Steven Preston said the figures, while disappointing on some...

Getting Into The Game

August 15, 2007 They're fenced out of competition by bundled contracts and gobbled up by goliaths, but small businesses still find their way into the federal market- and now, things might get easier. Depending on your source of information, now is either the best time ever to be a small business contractor or...

Big Contracts, Big Problems

August 15, 2007 Lead systems integrators are in the hot seat as major programs flounder. What a difference a few years make. Five years ago, with great optimism, the Coast Guard let the largest contract in the agency's history to overhaul its fleet of aircraft, boats and cutters, and tie all those assets...

On the Mend

August 15, 2007 The General Services Administration claims some successes amid controversy. Nearly a year after dropping the widely unpopular Get It Right program, an effort to improve the General Services Administration's track record after a litany of procurement abuse scandals, the agency seems to be getting some things right. The progress has...

A Closer Look

August 15, 2007 With turnover in Congress, civilian contracting offices face increased oversight. After spending much of 2005 on the defensive in the wake of countless contracting scandals spurred by Hurricane Katrina, civilian acquisition offices had hoped for a more low-key, back-to-basics year. It didn't go quite as planned. Within weeks of assuming...

Navy plans to land pilotless drones on carriers

August 10, 2007 Within the next four years, Northrop Grumman plans to land an unmanned robotic drone, equipped with precision-guided bombs, on the deck of a Navy aircraft carrier, a revolutionary strategy that company officials say they hope will bring significant changes in naval aviation. The Navy awarded Northrop a $636 million contract...

Report says Defense weighed audit findings on questioned payments

August 8, 2007 The Government Accountability Office is set to release a report finding that the Pentagon considered the recommendations of its auditing arm before deciding to pay millions of dollars in questioned costs to KBR, the contractor charged with importing fuel and rebuilding the oil infrastructure of Iraq. A copy of the...

Report finds gaps in compliance with financial management law

August 7, 2007 Federal agencies have made incremental progress in improving their financial management systems, but most remain unable to routinely produce reliable, timely and useful financial information needed for day-to-day management, according to a new report by congressional auditors. The Government Accountability Office found that 17 agencies failed to comply with at...

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