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OFPP’s Gordon to Testify in Contractor Donations Hearings; Subpoena Averted

Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Darrell Issa has dropped plans to subpoena Office of Management and Budget officials, Politico reports, after the White House announced Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Dan Gordon would testify before the committee in hearings dealing with government contractors’ political donations. …

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DoD to Update Process for IT Purchasing

The Defense Department isn’t only in the business of buying massive, multimillion-dollar weapons programs anymore. Increasingly, Pentagon dollars, like those of many other federal agencies, are being spent on commercial off-the-shelf solutions. But DoD is still saddled with an acquisition system geared more toward missiles than state-of-the-art IT equipment. The …

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Administration Offers New Proposal on OCI

A new proposal on thorny conflict-of-interest regulations issued by the Obama administration conflicts with a draft proposal the Defense Department issued last year, according to a report in Federal Computer Week. The administration’s new proposal is actually less stringent than DoD’s version, per the report, giving individual program managers more …

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GSA’s Mary Davie on Social Media, Better Buy & ‘Doing Things Differently’

For the General Services Administration’s Mary Davie, who heads up the agency’s technology-acquisition shop, social media is no laughing matter. “People may laugh at social media and say it’s just playing,” Davie, assistant commissioner of the GSA’s Office of Integrated Technology Services, said at an acquisition conference this week, according …

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