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Proposed SBA Rules Would Allow Larger Companies to Compete for Small-business Contracts

The Small Business Administration has introduced a number of proposed rule changes that would allow larger companies to participate for small-business set-asides. The proposed rule changes, which affect companies in the professional, scientific and technical-services sectors, would open the field to more than 9,000 additional companies, according to a report …

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Carter: Continuing Resolutions ‘Miserably Inefficient’ for Pentagon

“Efficiency” has been the buzzword circulating throughout the Defense Department ever since Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates introduced his cost-savings plan in August designed to repurpose funding within the department. But Congress’ inaction on 2011 spending bills and the resulting continuing resolutions are “miserably inefficient” for the Pentagon, said Undersecretary …

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The Administration’s Shifting Tactics on In-sourcing

The Defense Department and the White House are recalibrating their public stances on in-sourcing plans. Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Dan Gordon said this week at an Integrated Resources Management Conference that confusion and misconceptions have long plagued the administration’s plans to bring current private-sector positions in house. “There …

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Army Acquisition Chief: Fixed-Price Contracts Lead to Inflated Bids

A top member of the Army’s acquisition personnel said the Defense Department’s growing reliance on fixed-price contracts could have unnoticed side effects. Assistant Army Secretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Malcolm O’Neill, at a Professional Services Council event last week, said Army contracting officers have increasingly noticed contractors submitting inflated …

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