Procurement


VA halts reverse auctions, citing 'violations' of contract hierarchy

Order comes despite more than $7 million in savings.

What's the most valuable small-business category?

Survey charts various small-biz set-aside categories to find the most valuable.

Apparent disconnect on contractor lawsuit is business as usual

Continuing business, accolades for contractors accused of violations is common, experts say.

Army defends progress in acquisition reform

Army officials say acquisition reform efforts are already yielding dividends, particularly in fielding networked capabilities.

Coast Guard commandant celebrates contractor while DOJ lawsuit is pending

The Coast Guard's highest-ranking official joined with other officials in a ceremony for Bollinger Shipyards last weekend even though the Justice Department is currently in court accusing Bollinger of making false statements.

IG: DOD errs in verifying small businesses' status

More than 30 contracts that should have gone to companies owned by service-disabled veterans might not have, IG finds.

Administration tunes up contracting rules

Rule revisions tackle small business, cost-reimbursement contracts, multiple-award contracts, and small companies owned by women.

DHS cannot keep track of all its acquisitions, IG testifies

Despite some improvements, the Homeland Security Department is still having trouble keeping a central record of its $13 billion in annual procurements, according to testimony at a House subcommittee hearing.

Bill would stifle contractors' responses to past-performance reviews

Proposed legislation would forbid companies from challenging assessments or even correcting errors, critics say.

GSA holds too much fee money, GAO says

GSA’s Schedules program averaged an excess of $62.2 million in revenue over program costs, before contributions to reserves, each fiscal year.

How OMB's guidance fails to prevent duplication at federal agencies

Efforts to prevent the proliferation of overlapping programs have fallen short.

Survey says, contracting officers bow to auditors

Contractors are frustrated by the unwillingness of contracting officers to assert their decision-making authority.