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WILL GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING BECOME CENTRALLY MANAGED?

Government acquisition officials at GSA, the Office of Management and Budget, VA and other federal agencies are talking a lot these days about bringing greater centralization to how their agencies, or the government as a whole, purchase IT, services, and other solutions.  The Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative and Category Management programs are just two prime examples of how some government agencies are trying to bring greater central control and have selected organizations be the sole, or primary, buyer for specific items.  Read more

DON’T LOSE AT CONTRACT JEOPARDY

CLUE:  “2010”  ANSWER:  “When was the last time my company had ethics training?”  If this is your company’s response, you stand more to lose than just the Daily Double.  Failure to hold annual training on ethics and contract compliance is a primary indication to an auditor that your company is reckless and likely not complying with important rules.  Read more

WHY DOES GSA ACT LIKE A 16 SEED?

Ok, so maybe it’s not quite time for the NCAA basketball tournament, but the question still remains: When competing against other agencies, why does GSA consistently act like a 16 seed? Using numbers released late last year by Bloomberg Government, total federal IDIQ spending was approximately $100 billion. GSA owns nearly half of that market, making it the largest IDIQ purveyor by far. The largest single IDIQ program, despite years of neglect, remains GSA’s Multiple Award Schedule program. Read more

FEDS LOOK TO REDUCE NUMBER OF IDIQ COTRACTS, NO REALLY

Contractors often complain about the cost and time associated with pursuing each new Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle. They’d rather spend precious bid and proposal dollars pursuing actual pieces of business. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy has acknowledged IDIQ proliferation as a problem for several years. While there is a business case approval Read more