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Shay Assad: Pentagon, GSA Working for Contract Options, Efficiency

The Defense Department and General Services Administration are collaborating to change how the agencies buy goods and services, Federal Computer Week reports. Speaking at the Coalition for Government Procurement conference Friday, Shay Assad, the Pentagon’s defense pricing director, said his department is concerned with how the government uses contract schedules. Assad …

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Rep. Sam Graves Wants Small Biz Contract Reforms in 2013 Defense Act

Lawmakers pushed for small business contracting reforms this week in order to improve smaller firms’ ability to compete for Defense Department contracts, Washington Technology reports. House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) proposed reforms to the defense authorization bill during the House Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday, including raising …

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IG Audit: FAA Overestimated NextGen Task Orders By $2B

A recent audit suggests the Federal Aviation Administration overestimated the value of task orders on the NextGen project by almost $2 billion. The Transportation Department’s inspector general issued the audit March 28 and listed problems with the awards, starting with the contract’s nearly $7.3 billion ceiling value. Seven companies received contract …

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Industry Groups React to Senate Outscourcing Hearing

A Senate subcommittee heard testimony from government and industry representatives on outsourcing Thursday, Federal News Radio reports. Representatives from the Army, Homeland Security Department, Office of Personnel Management, watchdog groups, federal employee unions and private contracting firms attended the hearing. The Professional Services Council said in a statement that lifestyle …

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Officials Say Agencies, Companies Need More Communication

Several federal leaders and executives agreed at a Thursday conference that agencies and private companies should have more dialogue for information technology acquisitions, Federal Times reports. Pete Tseronis, Energy Department chief technology officer, suggested agencies conduct agency-wide meetings to share ideas with contractors at the Acquisition Excellence conference in Washington. …

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Lawmaker Calls for Contract Spending Review

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) called for a review of contractor expenses within the government workplace at a subcommittee hearing Wednesday. She said service contract spending has increased 44 percent from $181 billion into $324 billion throughout the last 10 years. Spending for federal employees has also increased 34 percent from …

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Senators Bring Bill to Cut Max Contractor Reimbursement

Two senators introduced a bill Friday to lower the maximum amount for reimbursement of government contractor salaries. Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced the Common-Sense Contractor Compensation Act to lower the maximum reimbursement rate and extend the limit to all contracting employees. Contracting firms have been allowed to charge …

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