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Senators opt for automatic referrals, not suspensions -- FCW


Senators back off call for automatic contractor suspensions ... In a new bill on contingency contracting, senators have backed off of earlier demands for ... The referral would also come if a federal official determines that the contractor ...

OMB digital plan goes well beyond mobility -- FCW


Tweet ... The Digital Government Strategy, which calls for making data machine-readable, is now available in open, standard, machine-readable Strategy Markup Language (StratML) format at

House committe approves ban on political info in contract bids -- FCW


Tweet ... Contracting bill would settle debate over including political donations in bids ... That is, would requiring contractors to reveal their political contributions when ... White House officials considered it a transparency measure.

Industry coalition promotes federal data standardization, universal identifiers -- FCW


Tweet ... “There is no way to ensure that federal data is accurate without consistent government‐wide IDs and machine‐readable, nonproprietary formats such as XML (Extensible Markup Language) and XBRL (Extensible Business Reporting Language).

Women, mentor-proteges, NAICs codes get attention -- FCW


Tweet ... 5 ways Congress could change small-biz contracting ... The House Small Business Committee has approved five bills aimed at reforming aspects of ... The bill would allow the Small Business Administration to oversee civilian agency ...

Senators propose automatic contractor suspensions -- FCW


Tweet ... Four Democratic senators are advocating an unrelenting crackdown on defense ... Under a new bill, companies would face suspension from their government work for ... She is chairwoman of its contracting oversight subcommittee.

More federal websites adopting Drupal for content management -- FCW


EPA website next to go Drupal; NASA may follow ... Consistent with section 10 of the GPRA Modernization Act (GPRAMA), those plans should be published in machine-readable format (e.g., StratML).

STOCK Act could turn business analysts to lobbyists -- FCW


As federal contracting officials begin to warm up to more interaction with industry, ... However, industry groups fear the bill could turn business analysts into lobbyists. ... The administration has said it strong supports the Senate’s bill.

VA readying pilot project for open source and cloud versions of productivity software -- FCW


... of governments around the world are using, or considering, adoption of the OpenDocument format for documents, which is an Extensible Markup Language (XML) format developed as part of, according to an article in Wikipedia.

Chopra's final good-bye heats up when the conversation turns to federal workers and innovation -- FCW


Close this Advertisement ... Tweet ... Chopra defends tech policy impact on federal workers ... The Open Innovator's Toolkit is now available in open, standard, machine-readable StratML format at

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