Oversight

Agencies Must Do More to Protect Their Canine Workforce from Abuse and Neglect, GAO Says

Although federal agencies and contractors have policies covering most elements of ensuring working dogs are employed and cared for humanely, they fall short on several issues, including identifying signs of abuse and neglect.

Management

Mary Davie, Longtime Federal Acquisition Leader, to Exit Government

Davie pioneered acquisition strategies like shared services, category management and others that are now fixtures of the federal buying landscape.

Oversight

OPM Watchdog Seeks a Background Search Tool to Help Investigations

The Office of Personnel Management’s Inspector General asked industry to offer insights about a potential online search and retrieval service to help with its investigations.

Management

The White House Has Raised Contract Spending Goals for Small, Disadvantaged Businesses

The Office of Management and Budget is directing agencies to award at least 12% of all federal contracting dollars to small disadvantaged businesses in fiscal 2023.

Management

The VA Owned Up to Acquisition Woes During a House Hearing

Lawmakers grilled Veterans Affairs Department officials over a series of significant failures within its acquisition programs and modernization efforts.

Workforce

GovExec Daily: The Contractor Vaccine Mandate Confusion

Courtney Bublé joins the podcast to discuss the court decision that will affect contractors.

Management

The Ban on the Contractor Vaccine Mandate Was Lifted Partially. That Could Cause Confusion.

“At this time, the nationwide injunction remains in effect, and thus agencies should continue not to take any steps to enforce Executive Order 14042,” said a spokesperson for the Office of Management and Budget. 

Workforce

Key Agencies Are Shedding the Exact Employees They Need to Spend New Infrastructure Dollars

Watchdogs caution agencies could face critical staffing shortages that could impact implementation of Biden's signature infrastructure law.

Management

Senators Are Urging DOJ to Flex Its Debarment Authority

Two Democrats say that companies are getting away with "ripping off the government" because of the reluctance to exercise suspension and debarment authorities.

Tech

Senate Passes a Bill to Root out Conflicts of Interest in Federal Contracting

The Preventing Organizational Conflicts of Interest in Federal Acquisition Act sets new disclosure requirements and expands authorities for federal contracting officers. 

Management

Small Business Contract Awards Hit Record $154B

But fewer of those companies are entering the federal market or competing for the work, the Small Business Administration says.

Management

Bipartisan Group Seeks to Limit Who Federal Agencies Can Contract With

Organizations involved with certain adversarial nations creates conflicts of interest, the senators say.

Management

The Labor Dept. Moves Forward on Reducing Turnover on Service Contracts 

A forthcoming proposed rule will carry out an executive order the president signed last fall. 

Workforce

The House’s Defense Policy Bill Could Codify Contractor Minimum Wage

The House is set to vote this week on its version of the fiscal 2023 National Defense Authorization Act, an annual must-pass bill that often serves as the vehicle for provisions impacting the federal workforce.

Tech

GSA Looks to Help Get LGBTQI-owned Small Businesses in the Contracting Mix

The agency is going to work with the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce as part of an effort to increase access to contracting for LGBTQI-owned small businesses.