Procurement


House tightens controls on conference spending

The DATA Act digs deep into agencies’ conference spending with quarterly reports.

OFPP nominee could be in for a long wait

Obama's nominee for OFPP administration gets a hearing, but experts say getting the actual confirmation vote is too tough to call.

Agencies to pay more toward contractor exec salaries

Obama administration fails in its effort to reduce contractor executive compensation in contracts.

GSA's Oracle cancellation still a mystery

When parties can’t agree on aspects of a contract, experts say call it a day.

Congress steps up efforts to control conference costs

Following GSA scandal, lawmakers continue proposals to bat down overspending by agenices on conferences.

GSA kills Oracle contract

GSA cancels Oracle's Schedule 70 contract for IT services, but offers few details on why.

Agencies seek to shed antiquated acquisition model

DOD and the intelligence community use an acquisition process better suited to a bygone era, but efforts to move forward are gaining speed.

Sole-source justifications for small-business contracts made permanent

Agencies have been under an interim rule requiring them to justify many small-business sole-source awards. Now the rule has become final.

Meet the evangelists of interacting in gov 2.0 style

In an emerging 2.0 government, two officials at GSA took a chance on a new way to get government and industry to interact.

Contracting reforms could come in the next defense authorization bill

Rep. Sam Graves, whose Small Business Committee already approved eight small-business contracting reform bills, is asking for similar measures to appear in the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.

VA pushes relationship repair with industry suppliers

The Veterans Affairs Department is leading the charge to improve procurement through better communication with industry.

Former GSA leader regrets scandal that 'besmirched' agency's good name

Martha Johnson, who stepped down as GSA head when a report revealed spending abuses at an agency conference, expressed her regrets to a House panel, while another official implicated in the affair invoked his fifth amendment rights.

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