The top 50 8(a) firms

The 8(a) program helps many disadvanatged businesses sell their products and services to agencies. Here are the 50 companies that did the most business through the program in fiscal 2011.

GSA unravels snag in digitizing contract files

The General Services Administration is working to resolve the management mistakes and unclear priorities that have hampered its digitization effort.

Incentives: Cheering on the bargain shoppers

Employees like being recognized for their good work, but these days there are more negative incentives than positives.

Alan Estevez nominated for senior DOD procurement job

The Defense Department will play a prominent role in navigating procurement in a tough fiscal time, and the nominee for a senior acquisition job awaits the Senate's confirmation.


Comment: Small businesses at risk of subcontractor abuse

Some government officials and large companies can be dangerous for small firms, warns Jaime Gracia.

New bill would grant CIOs greater authority

Legislation being drafted by House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa would clarify the CIO's role, and enact several other reforms.

Sequstration could cut off some suppliers for agencies

Agencies rely on small firms for their operations, but many of those companies don't have the cushion to survive harsh cutbacks from sequestration.

5 keys to rekindling government innovation

It wasn't just a noble vision that got America to the moon, it was also the federal government’s legal, regulatory, management and legislative framework. Paul Brubaker offers some ideas to recapture the innovative climate of the 1960s.

DOD interpreting labor rate cap too strictly, group claims

A law requires Defense agencies to try to keep labor and overhead rates charged by contractors to 2010 levels, but a contractor advocate says the department has more leeway than it realizes.

OFPP head encourages 'hard line' against unscrupulous contractors

Agencies are investing more in suspension and debarment programs and have taken action more often in recent years on questionable contractors, Joe Jordan says.

FAS commissioner position is open

In a shuffling of positions, Steve Kempf will return from medical leave to a new job within GSA, and the agency seeks a new leader for its acquisition service.

OFPP lets DOD deal with pricing complexities first

Officials have to make a judgment call on whether to take the lower price now and potentially pay more later on when problems arise from minimal quality work.

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