Contracting

Which Federal Agencies Are Giving Their Contractors Access to COVID-19 Vaccines?

Agencies are taking different approaches to inoculating their contract employees, even though—as one trade association executive put it—“The virus doesn’t care whether someone is wearing a blue government badge or green contractor badge.” 

GovExec Daily: Modernizing DHA Records Management

Dcode's Riya Patel joins the show to discuss how the Defense Health Agency is looking to update its systems.

Thousands of American Jobs May Depend on Performance of a New GSA Website

Biden’s new “Made in America” executive order creates an opportunity to close loopholes that allow companies to manufacture products overseas for nebulous reasons.

The Differences Between the Vaccines Matter

Yes, all of the COVID-19 vaccines are very good. No, they’re not all the same.

We Already Have the Tool We Need to Get the Most Out of Federal Contractors

It’s called CPARS, and we’re just not using it the way we should.

GovExec Daily: What to Expect from Biden's 'Buy American' Order

Contracting attorney Kelly Kroll joins the podcast to discuss how the executive order will affect firms going forward.

Lawmakers and Professional Association Call for Extension of COVID Leave Reimbursement Provision for Contractors

CARES Act section allowing flexibility for agencies to reimburse contractors for sick or paid leave is set to expire next month.

How Biden’s ‘Made in America’ Executive Order Could Impact Federal Contractors

Among other things, the EO creates a new White House office to review waiver requests.

Feds OK’d Export of Millions of N95 Masks as U.S. Workers Cried for More

In the hours before President Joe Biden was inaugurated, the Federal Emergency Management Agency allowed a Texas mask maker to ship the high-quality masks overseas.

Contractor Who Was Awarded $34.5 Million in Government Money and Provided Zero Masks Pleads Guilty to Fraud

The VA and FEMA agreed to pay a first-time vendor in a desperate search for protective equipment. Now Robert Stewart admits he defrauded three federal agencies and lied about being in the Marine Corps.

The U.S. Spent $2.2 Million on a Cybersecurity System That Wasn’t Implemented — and Might Have Stopped a Major Hack

The software company SolarWinds unwittingly allowed hackers’ code into thousands of federal computers. A cybersecurity system called in-toto, which the government paid to develop but never required, might have protected against this.

GovExec Daily: How the Government and Contractors Can Cooperate on IT Security

SAP National Security Services CEO Mark Testoni joins the podcast to discuss how agencies can more effectively use contracting to secure critical infrastructure.

Biden Aims for Federal Contractors to Pay a $15 Minimum Wage

He directed his administration to work on an executive order within his first 100 days. 

Our Next Supply Chain Nightmare in the COVID-19 Response

As much as 90% of the medical glass needed for vaccine vials is made overseas.

Biden Administration Likely To Increase Contracting Opportunities for Small and Minority-Owned Businesses 

The campaign outlined a $400 billion plan “to support small businesses and tackle inequities in the federal contracting system.” 

Report: Pandemic Likely to Dominate Federal Contracting in Fiscal 2021

Bloomberg Government predicted spending to be high on vaccines, telework and digital services.