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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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House Oversight Panel OKs Bill to Restrict Use of LPTA-Based Contracts in Federal Procurements

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has passed a bill that would limit the use of “lowest price, technically acceptable” methods by federal agencies in the procurement of technology platforms and services, Nextgov reported Wednesday. The Promoting Value Based Defense Procurement Act was approved Wednesday through a voice vote following a markup and is …

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GAO: DoD’s Contract Awards to Minority-, Women-Owned Businesses Hit $230B in FY 2010-2016

The Government Accountability Office has found that the Defense Department awarded approximately 444,500 contracts valued at more than $230 billion to women- and minority-owned businesses between fiscal years 2010 and 2016. GAO said in a report published Monday fixed-price contracts for goods and services represented at least 80 percent, or approximately $184 …

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Report: Air Force Squadron Adopts New Leadership Model to Streamline Procurement

The U.S. Air Force‘s 99th Reconnaissance Squadron has implemented an “atomic” leadership model to speed up the acquisition of new technologies meant to optimize operations aboard the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft, Defense News reported Friday. Lt. Col. Matt Nussbaum, commander of the 99th Reconnaissance Squadron, told Defense News in an interview that …

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