Contract Opportunities

Big data drives hot job prospect

The popularity of big data is creating demand for a new kind of job: The data scientist.

Take two: Interior to reopen contract for cloud services

The Interior Department will reopen bids to move its 88,000 email users to the cloud.

Budget cuts won't stop DOD IT spending in 2012, forecast predicts

DOD's appetite for IT expected to be diminished, but still healthy

Labor toughens hiring rules for service contractors

The theory is that the government can continue operations more smoothly when a successor service company hires the previous company's employees.

CMS solicits contracts for data center project

CMS hunts for contractors for virtual data center.

Possible default scares contractors

The ongoing debt-ceiling debate that threatens to put the government into default is as unnerving for contractors as it is for feds.

Government recognizes need to take politics out of procurement, expert says

Political concerns have become increasingly involved in the procurement process, but the government is realizing that its focus should be on the strategic needs of agencies, official says.

Navy SEALs adjust to new fame

The Navy SEALs' website needs reinforcements. The way they have maintained their website no longer works.

Union urges curbs to contractor salaries

Amid proposals to cut federal salaries and freeze hiring, a union suggests Congress put limits on contractor pay.

Federal IT spending predicted to rise despite budget crunch

Market research firm Input estimates annual federal IT budget will rise 5 percent annually despite proposed freeze in discretionary spending.

DHS corrects contractor miscount

How many contractors work for DHS? If you said 210,000, based on a figure provided by contractor LMI, guess again.

FAA puts IT projects on fast track

The Federal Aviation Administration is slowly saying good-bye to IT projects that take multiple years to deliver results, and is assigning select projects six-month deadlines, according to a senior official.

Procurement leader blasts mandatory debarment proposal

A one-size-fits-all recommendation for suspension and debarment doesn't account for the extreme situations faced by contractors in war zones, OFPP head testifies.

8 agencies face big IT cuts

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra reveals the agencies that would see the sharpest IT cutbacks in fiscal 2012 under the administration's IT management reform plan.

Budget constraints could help IT

While there is more cost-cutting ahead for federal budgets and contracting, federal IT services are likely to be an oasis, says a new report.

Navy freezes server purchases

The Navy has frozen its server purchases and halted the creation of new data centers in a move seen as a step toward reducing its IT infrastructure.

Agencies can conduct background checks on contract employees, court rules

The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that the federal government is authorized to perform background checks of people who work under government contracts.