Tag Archives: Federal Acquisition Regulation

GAO: Agencies Should Improve Competition, Price Assessments for Federal Supply Schedules Contracts

A new Government Accountability Office report has found that 75 percent of contracts for goods and services awarded through the Federal Supply Schedules program were competed in fiscal year 2014. Forty-percent of those contracts were subjected by federal agencies to competitive process with three or more proposals received, a number recommended …

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Mark Schwartz: Agile Contracting Model Helps CIS Speed Up IT Service Acquisition

Mark Schwartz, chief information officer of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, has said CIS has adopted an agile method to help expedite the acquisition of information technology systems and services within the agency, Federal Times reported Thursday. Schwartz said the agency’s Flexible Agile Development Services contracting model has shorter …

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Jeffrey Koses: GSA Proposes Data Reporting Rule Change for Multiple Award Schedules

The General Services Administration will implement a series of changes to the Multiple Award Schedules program in order to address concerns over price variability, flexibility and regulatory complexities Jeffrey Koses, a senior procurement executive at GSA’s Office of Government-wide Policy, said Monday on the GSA blog that the agency will propose a new rule for transactional data reporting, a class …

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Kamara Jones: GSA Updates Federal Acquisition Resources Portal

The General Services Administration has redesigned the acquisition.gov website to help government contracting personnel find rules and guidelines regarding the federal purchasing system. Kamara Jones, GSA deputy press secretary, writes in a blog post published Monday the revamped site employs an interface designed to allow users to search contents of …

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GSA Seeks Feedback on Class Deviation for Commercial Supplier Agreement Terms

The General Services Administration‘s Office of Acquisition Policy is seeking public input on a proposed class deviation for differences between commercial supplier agreement terms and the Federal Acquisition Regulation and General Services Acquisition Regulation. In a request for information published Friday in the Federal Register, GSA said the class deviation indicated in Notice—MVA-2015-01 works to …

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House VA, Small Biz Committee Chairs Ask OFPP to Issue Reverse Auction Guidelines

The chairmen of the House Veterans Affairs and Small Business committees are calling on the Office of Federal Procurement Policy to issue guidance on the use of reverse auctions, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. Jason Miller writes that Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) have asked OFPP Administrator Anne Rung to open a Federal …

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DoD, GSA, NASA Publish Final Rule on Federal Procurement Instrument ID System

The Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA have released the final rule on establishing a uniform identification system to standardize procurement activities across government as part of amendments to the Federal Acquisition Regulation. According to a document published Tuesday in the Federal Register, the procurement instrument identification system effective on Nov. 13 will utilize activity address …

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Wolf Tombe: Fed Acquisition Reforms Could Drive Innovation, Service Timeliness

Some federal agency and industry officials are pushing for a streamlined federal acquisition process to encourage and keep up with technology innovation, Fedscoop reported. Dan Verton writes that Wolf Tombe, chief technology officer of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said these changes could boost timeliness in service delivery and enable the private …

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