GSA Tools Flag Diverse Suppliers for Procurement Officials

Two new online tools give agency buyers a look at diverse vendors and reports on access by new entrants to the federal market.

A New Report Highlights Procurement Innovation Hubs That May Help Achieve White House Equity Goals

The Partnership for Public Service report identified specific case studies across the federal procurement community that modeled collaboration and could advance White House policies on equity, sustainability and modernization.

NASA Asks How to Better Advance Equity Through its Spending Power 

This request for information furthers two executive orders from President Biden. 

Veteran Deaths Lead Lawmakers to Call for VA to Renegotiate Oracle EHR Contract

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester said that VA should “negotiate an entirely new contract” with Oracle Cerner following the revelation that the EHR system has resulted in the deaths of four veterans.

Innovation Thrives When Governments Embrace Next-Gen Public-Private Partnerships

By rethinking how sectors collaborate and encouraging long-term institutional relationships, communities can get the most out of technology projects, one expert said.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Unveils Initiatives Aimed at Small and Midsized Operations

Tom Vilsack also discussed creating a new “seed liaison” in the department to increase fairness in the commodity biotech industry, and proposed changes to the Packers and Stockyards Act.

99% of Women-Owned Businesses Say the Federal Government Hasn’t Done Enough to Support Them, Survey Finds

Women-owned small businesses say they are “not a priority” for the federal government as entrepreneurs continue to share frustration in getting shut out of funding and contracts.

GSA Seeks Commercial Procurement Data Solution 

The agency is looking for a dashboard and reporting system that can also check for data errors or inconsistencies.

OIG Finds Oversight Issues With GSA's Performance-Based Contracts

GSA contracting personnel produced performance reports that were "often incomplete or not available at all," according to a new inspector general's audit. 

More Changes to Come on the ‘Made in America’ Front

President Biden announced new proposed standards during his recent State of the Union address.

Inflation, Workforce Issues Challenge Defense Contractors Amid Security Pivot

The defense industrial base is facing workforce and inflationary headwinds just as the U.S. is refocusing its strategic lens on competition with China and Russia.

How do You Oversee Money That's Hard to Track?

The Project on Government Oversight's Dylan Hedtler-Gaudette joins the podcast to discuss how to minimize fraud in government spending.

House Lawmakers Want VA's $20 Billion-Plus Electronic Health Record Program to Improve or Else

Senior Republicans on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee are backing legislation to end the troubled program to replace the Veterans Affairs Department's homegrown electronic health record system with commercial software from Oracle-Cerner -- unless the program can hit performance targets and satisfy top hospital officials.

The Federal Government Can Use Its Buying Power to Help the Environment and Save Taxpayers Money

Even small shifts in procurement rules that encourage reductions in greenhouse gas emissions will have a ripple effect.

FAA Attributes Ground-Stop Glitch To Contractor Error

The agency said there is no evidence of a cyberattack or malicious intent behind last week's system outage.

The White House Will Require Agency Labor Advisors to Oversee Federal Contractors

Following through on a recommendation from a White House task force on empowering workers, administration officials said the 24 largest agencies must designate labor advisors, and strongly encouraged smaller agencies to do the same.