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Eminence Griffin: US’ Proposed NAFTA Language Change Could Affect IT Procurement

The Trump administration’s proposed changes to a trade deal between U.S., Mexico and Canada could harm the information technology industry’s access to contracting opportunities in the two foreign countries, FCW reported Wednesday. One proposed change to the North American Free Trade Agreement would equalize foreign access to U.S. government contracts and …

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GSA Relaunches Office Supplies Multiple Award Schedule, Adds New Special Item Number

The General Services Administration has updated its multiple-award procurement vehicle for office products and services and added a new special item number for such offerings in a push to reduce redundancies and meet socioeconomic and acquisition objectives. GSA Administrator Emily Murphy said in a statement published Tuesday the new Multiple Award Schedule …

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Rear Adm. James Downey: Continuing Resolution Prompts Navy to Modify Ship Maintenance Procurement Method

Rear Adm. James Downey, deputy commander for surface warfare at the U.S. Navy‘s Regional Maintenance Center, has said that the military branch restructured its contracting approach for ship maintenance services under a continuing resolution, Federal News Radio reported Friday. Downey told the audience at the Surface Naval Association Conference held …

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Alan Chvotkin: PSC Backs E-Procurement Portal Implementation Approach

Alan Chvotkin, an executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, has said PSC supports transparency and adoption of a phased-in approach in the federal government’s implementation of e-commerce portals for procurement processes. Chvotkin joined industry representatives and General Services Administration officials at a public meeting Tuesday to …

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GAO: Agencies Should Ensure CIO Involvement in IT Procurement Review, Approval Processes

The Government Accountability Office has called on federal agencies to allow chief information officers to assess and approve information technology contracts in an effort to increase CIOs’ oversight of agencies’ planned IT acquisitions. GAO said in a report published Wednesday 14 of the 22 assessed agencies failed to involve CIOs in the …

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