VA's Frye stirs debate with reverse auction explanation

The VA official who halted reverse auctions becomes the focal point of the debate.

GSA's IG probes aren't over yet

A Senate panel has provided a list of targets for future investigations into GSA's operations, and requested updates on the IG office's progress.

DHS to obligate $8 billion in contracts by Sept. 30

Agency expects to obligate more than half of its annual contracting budget in the final third of the current fiscal year.

Agencies could lose some suspension and debarment discretion

Defense bill would mandate action against contractors in some situations, rather than allowing agencies to decide case by case.

DOD's proposed acquisition rule changes faltering in Congress

Congress rejected DOD's proposed changes to FAR language, but changes to commercial of-a-type acquisition aren't completely off the table yet.

Jaime Gracia

Small businesses face federal market storms

The federal budget crunch could crush small businesses without more agency support, warns columnist Jaime Gracia.

Collins presses OFPP nom on politics in contracting

Sen. Susan Collins is concerend about OFPP nominee's stance on a hypothetical order requiring companies to disclose political contributions in bids.

OFPP nominee reveals priorities

Joe Jordan, nominated to lead the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, could get Senate governmental affairs committee approval next week.

Defense bill would boost small business contracting goal

DOD lacks a culture geared toward fostering small business participation, lawmakers believe, but a new bill would attempt to change that.

Mythbusting: OFPP tackles industry's contracting misconceptions

Officials emphasized feedback early in the acquisition process and taking advantage of industry days as agencies maximize scarces resources.

Two House members to hold IT forum over colleagues' objections

The forum is expected to address workforce issues, IT issues, including the data center shutdown proposal, contracting awards based on price, all of which are affect agencies' operations.

IG highlights GSA's missing pieces in contract files

Audit finds GSA's assisted acquisition service center, FEDSIM, without complete files on high-risk contracts.

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