Fixed price contracts don’t always have to go to the lowest bidder, not if a higher priced bidder offers more value. That’s the gist of a landmark decision from the Government Accountability Office. It ruled against protesters of the Alliant 2 governmentwide acquisition contract the General Services Administration is trying to establish. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain the decision.
Like all new presidents, Donald Trump has promised much. Like his predecessors, he and his team will soon find out that to carry out its ideas, an administration has to pay attention to basic management realities. Tom Romeo, general manager of the U.S. federal services segment of Maximus, has spent 30 years on the contracting side of federal initiatives. He offers his take on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, used his final public remarks as Pentagon acquisition chief Tuesday to argue that DoD has made significant, demonstrable progress in improving outcomes from its procurement system, and that if Congress wants to help, it should largely stay out of the way.
The Government Accountability Office’s decision to deny four protests of GSA’s Alliant 2 contracts for IT services could end up being a landmark ruling.
Guy Timberlake, chief visionary officer of The American Small Business Coalition, joins host Mark Amtower on this week’s Amtower Off Center to discuss some of the big issues affecting small business contractors. January 16, 2017
Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, discusses a critical issue driving unnecessary costs and other inefficiencies in the government’s purchase of products, including pharmaceuticals.
Mike Pullen, director of Strategic Operations at CGI, joins host Roger Waldron on this week’s Off the Shelf to discuss the current state of communication between government and industry. January 10, 2017
Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley joined the Army Secretary and the Navy in asking for readiness money before expanding end strength.
Kymm McCabe, technology principal with Deloitte Consulting, joins host Roger Waldron on this week’s Off the Shelf to discuss the keys to a digital transformation in the federal space. January 3, 2017
The Navy says it wants any extra funds to go to current ship maintenance before building to Trump’s ideal 350 ship fleet.
Tech savvy college students may have the answers for solving the Pentagon’s biggest problems, but they don’t how the Defense acquisition regulations work. That can be a problem itself. Chris Taylor is former Defense contractor CEO and adjunct professor of national security studies at Georgetown University, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin about his Hacking for Defense class.
Kymm McCabe, technology principle with Deloitte Consulting, joins host Roger Waldron on this week’s Off the Shelf to discuss the keys to a digital transformation in the federal space. January 3, 2017
The Pentagon is developing a new web portal to make it easier for firms to let the government know about their independent research & development (IR&D) activities.
A fight over the congressional budget in 2018 is expected after President-elect Donald Trump takes office and enacts his campaign promises, says the former president of the Professional Services Council.
Rather than take steps to freshen up its multi-billion-dollar multiple award schedule program, the General Services Administration seems to be making it more expensive for contractors. That’s what Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin.