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Matthew Weigelt

Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.
IT Modernization

DISA opens competition for massive IT services contract

The Defense Information Systems Agency has released its request for proposals for the Communications Capacity Services Contract -- a single-award, $902 million acquisition vehicle.

Digital Government

CMS looks to get more collaborative

The agency wants to create a web-based collaboration space for its efforts to improve Medicare service delivery.

Hagel plans budget in trying times

DOD needs flexibility and budget certainty to address acquisition, personnel, and overhead costs in smart ways, but is going to have to do its best without them.

Congress questions SBA spending

House Small Business chairman voices concern that "core functions" could suffer while money is spent on unnecessary travel and activities.


DOD competes fewer contracts

GAO finds more than 30 percent of Pentagon spending went to non-competitive awards in fiscal 2012.

DOD checklist provides guide to error-free bid proposals

The DOD is trying to reduce the number of errors and omissions on bids from companies.


GSA releases draft OASIS RFPs

Professional services vehicle aims to complement GSA schedules for cross-government demands.


OMB urges shared services for financial management

Traditional approaches to financial systems implementations have left agencies exposed to significant risks in cost, quality and performance, according to OMB memo.


FITARA in context: Procurement reform since Clinger-Cohen

The Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 is widely recognized as a watershed moment in federal IT procurement legislation, and several bills since then have shaped the system further. Where does the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act, now under consideration in Congress, fit into the big picture?


IG raps Air Force for contracting lapses

Air Force contracting officers have not consistently followed the rules for issuing solicitations for risky cost-reimbursement contracts.

GSA's WillowWood facility to close

WillowWood was 'state of the art before state of the art was cool,' says one of its creators.


Agencies sign pact to strengthen acquisition training

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy and the General Services Administration pledge to strengthen their cooperation and commitment to the Federal Acquisition Institute.


Procurement reform bill passes committee

Despite complaints from advocacy groups that they've had too little time to review new provisions, the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act has cleared its first hurdle.


Can sequestration polish GSA's image?

Tangherlini tells Congress that cost-cutting pressures are a golden opportunity "for GSA to demonstrate its worth."


Congressman seeks small-business harmony between SBA and VA

The Veterans Affairs Department is not following the SBA's regulations as closely as it claims, says the chairman of the House Small Business Committee's Contracting and Workforce subcommittee.


Sharing contractor performance data in eight easy steps

OFPP pushes agencies to embrace the Federal Award Performance and Integrity Information System and improve the quality of its data.


IT acquisition bill would push 'bid-to-price' selection process

Latest draft of FITARA puts a new twist on the 'lowest price technically acceptable' versus 'best value' debate.

GSA's Davie 'happy to be back'

Serving as acting FAS commissioner was 'exhilarating,' she says, and provided good perspective.

GAO details the high cost of continuing resolutions

It may be hard for Congress to agree on a budget, but not doing so leads to reduced effectiveness and added expenses.