Claire McCaskill

  • Safeguarding the whistleblower

    New push to improve legal protection for federal whistleblowers

  • Five questions about DoD acquisition

    House panel to take shot at fixing long-standing problems.

  • Debut: Contracting Oversight Subcommittee

    The initial meeting of the Senate Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight was last Tuesday. Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is the chairwoman of the committee, and she heard testimony from General Services Administration Inspector General Brian Miller;…

  • Contract Overload: GAO finds continued problems with MACs

    Audit agency calls for business cases to justify new multiple award contracts, and a database listing all existing contracts. Sen. McCaskill plans to hold a second hearing on interagency contracting in June.

  • OFPP tries new approach to reign in MACs

    Administrator Gordon says strategic sourcing is one way to ensure the government gets the lowest price and to consolidate existing contracts. Gordon also wants agencies to submit business cases for new multi-agency contracts, but doesn’t commit to asking agencies to justify all types of multiple award contracts.

  • FAR Council seeks input on changes to 8(a) program

    The council will hold three meetings with Alaskan Native and Native American vendors to seek their ideas on how best to write new regulations for sole source contracts in the 8(a) business development program. Congress required new rules for when agencies can give these firms sole source contracts worth more than $20 million.

  • Law takes aim at Alaska contracting loopholes

    Sen. Claire McCaskill’s legislation would take aim at privileges for Alaska native corporations.

  • Senate committee not convinced by SIGAR’s testimony

    Arnold Fields, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, failed to convince his congressional critics that he’s qualified to handle his watchdog job.

  • Air Force ‘impressed’ with EADS, Boeing in tanker mixup

    The general overseeing the Air Force’s investigation into a November incident that sent competitors’ data to rival bidders said Thursday that she was pleased with the companies’ handling of the situation. The Pentagon remains convinced that the accidental disclosure will not affect the outcome of the $35 billion acquisition.

  • Contracting officers too close to vendors, says chairman

    From “Contracting officers get too friendly with contractors, senator says” by Matthew Weigelt at Washington Technology: Contracting officers should stick to auditors’ conclusions on contract pricing to keep the officers’ perhaps impaired judgment out of…