Largely under the radar, the Commerce Department has been building a network of public-private partnerships to boost U.S. manufacturing. It’s working under a law from 2014 known as the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act. The Government Accountability Office found that Commerce needs to do more to encompass participation by other federal agencies who contribute people and money. John Neumann, GAO’s director of natural resources and environment issues, shares more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Does anyone need reminding of the thoroughly international content of PCs, smartphones, network switching equipment? And pencils?
President Donald Trump’s new executive order on April 18 will mandate agencies follow buy-American acquisition rules and close loopholes that allow for waivers and exemptions.
The Office of Management and Budget’s ambitious plan to reorganize and restructure the government is asking agencies to consider ideas such as shared services, insourcing and outsourcing and all-but-mandating the use of existing multiple-award contracts. These concepts have real potential to change and transform agencies and their mission areas.
The Trump administration’s new Office of American Innovation wants to bring in private-sector experts to improve federal agency performance. It should heed the lessons of an Obama administration initiative that tried to do the same thing.
Kevin Youel Page, the deputy commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service at GSA, said schedule holders participating in the Transactional Data Reporting program will not have to report Commercial Services Practices or Price Reduction Clause information.
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency wants to work with “non-traditional partners” as it navigates the future of satellite images and big data.
Hinge Marketing’s Lee Frederiksen joins host Mark Amtower on this week’s Amtower Off Center to discuss the new Hinge study: “2017 Government Services Research: Marketing & Growth Insights”. April 17, 2017
When the Army dropped a waste removal contractor for a base in Louisiana, it didn’t plan on a protest from the good folks of Dripping Spring, Texas. But the incumbent contractor, located in that gateway to hill country, did in fact protest the new award, which went to the government of the parish in which Fort Polk is located. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell shares the details of this curious case on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Office of Personnel Management renewed its contract with LTC Partners to provide services for BENEFEDS, the enrollment and administration program for the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Program (FEDVIP) and other federal benefits.
The Defense Contract Audit Agency is beset by backlogs and other problems. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin industry has ideas that might help.
The FBI headquarters and Labor Department headquarters are just two exchange projects recently derailed. Auditors at the General Services Administration say the agency’s Public Building Service must address several issues with the exchange program if it wants projects like those to be beneficial to the government and taxpayers.
Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency, joins host Roger Waldron on this week’s Off the Shelf to discuss the organization’s vision for serving the healthcare needs of the warfighter. April 11, 2017
Trump’s policies might save some money in DoD by reducing waste, fraud and abuse, but some changes, like the hiring freeze, might do more damage than good to the Pentagon.
To make it easier to buy cybersecurity products, the General Services Administration has been making adjustments to contracts on its Multiple Awards Schedule 70. Bill Zielinski, deputy assistant commissioner for IT category management in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, provides Federal Drive with Tom Temin with all the details.