Tag Archives: Contractors

Soraya Correa: DHS Preps Professional Services Vendors for Agency’s OASIS Vehicle Transition

The Department of Homeland Security has started to prepare for its adoption of a General Services Administration-run professional services contract vehicle as part of DHS’ strategic sourcing efforts, FCW reported Wednesday. Mark Rockwell writes DHS asked its Technical, Acquisition and Business Support Services vendors to collaborate with providers under GSA’s …

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GAO Urges Congress to Make DoD’s Subcontracting Plan Test Program Permanent

The Government Accountability Office recommends that the Defense Department collaborate with Congress to make the Test Program for Negotiation of Comprehensive Small Business Subcontracting Plans permanent. GAO said Monday the program has helped 12 participating companies to save a combined $18.5 million in administrative costs during fiscal 2013. DoD launched the program in 1990 to …

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PSC: OMB’s Cybersecurity Acquisition Guidance Lacks Uniformity

The Professional Services Council has called on the Office of Management and Budget to revise or withdraw the agency’s draft guidance entitled “Improving Cybersecurity Protections in Federal Acquisitions.” PSC President and CEO Stan Soloway said Monday in a letter to Anne Rung, administrator at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, …

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GAO: DoD Faces Commercial Product Cost Assessment Challenges

The Defense Department uses previous contracts or contractor-provided cost data to examine the reasonableness of commercial offerings in noncompetitive acquisition programs, according to a Government Accountability Office report. GAO said Thursday DoD contracting personnel asked pricing information from vendors to determine whether the prices the department paid on 12 of 32 …

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OMB Seeks Comments on Draft Federal Data Security Guidance

The Office of Management and Budget will collect public comments on the agency’s draft guide for how to manage cybersecurity requirements in federal acquisition processes. OMB said in a notice posted Thursday on the Federal Register that cyber-related threats to federal data systems are on the rise as more agencies offer …

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Reports: OPM Chief Steps Down, Beth Cobert Named Acting Director

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta resigned from her position Friday, one day after the agency disclosed what it found in its investigation into the breaches on its computer systems, multiple media outlets are reporting. National Journal reports Beth Cobert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, …

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Ashton Carter Unveils New DoD Cyber Strategy

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has released a new strategic plan for the Defense Department to secure cyberspace operations and strengthen cybersecurity of weapon systems, the Washington Business Journal reported Thursday. Jill Aitoro writes the 42-page cyber strategy document calls for the agency to include security standards in military technology acquisition …

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GSA Wants Alternative Federal Cloud Purchasing Tool

The General Services Administration has asked for input from other federal agencies and companies about alternative contract vehicles for the procurement of commercial cloud services, Nextgov reported Tuesday. Mohana Ravindranath writes GSA is seeking a centralized tool for customer agencies to order infrastructure-as-a-service or email-as-a-service offerings. The agency could use …

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