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BGov: Federal Spending on 8(a) Competitive Awards Hit $8.56B in Fiscal 2017

Federal agencies obligated $8.56 billion for competitively awarded contracts during fiscal 2017 through a program that is set aside for socially disadvantaged businesses, Bloomberg Government reported Monday. The figure reflects a 24 percent increase in competitive awards under the 8(a) program since fiscal 2011, according to the report. Contracts awarded …

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GSA’s Order-Level Materials Procurement Initiative Via Schedules Program Goes Live

The General Services Administration has begun implementing an initiative that seeks to authorize government agencies to purchase order-level materials through the Multiple Award Schedules program. OLMs are supplies or services procured in support of a delivery or task order that are not determined at the time of a contract award. GSA started …

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Jason Matheny: IARPA Explores Human-Machine Collaboration to Forecast Events

Jason Matheny, director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, has said IARPA has begun efforts to advance predictive analysis through five research initiatives that explore the combinations of machine learning and human judgments, MeriTalk reported Tuesday. “Ultimately, we think that a combination of analytic tools, machine learning approaches and …

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