Deidre Lee Executive Vice President Professional Services Council August 31st, 2009
An organization representing companies that sell to the federal government is worried about newly approved provisions of the Defense Appropriation Bills now pending in the House and Senate. The Professional Services Council is worried that the provisions could cause more harm than good to contractors, and in some cases, were approved without the benefit of rigorous debate on their potential to affect the contracting community.
As agencies try to hire hundreds of trained cybersecurity experts in the coming years, there are questions about whether that need can be met. Some observers wonder whether there really are enough cybersecurity workers.
The General Services Administration is working to conform to a Presidential order mandating that companies who sell goods and services to the Federal government reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Ten months after that order was issued, GSA now has a green light from the White House to proceed with a voluntary, phased-in, incentive-driven program to get companies who sell to GSA to report their greenhouse gas footprint. And one industry trade group weighs in on the recommendations.
The Pentagon’s primary purchasing agency is steeling itself for the possible impact of large-scale changes to its budget in the weeks and months ahead as DoD prepares the 2012 budget. The Defense Logistics Agency used a recent conference to inform the vendor community about its plans to save money.
A new survey from the Professional Services Council and Grant Thornton finds contracting officers don’t always find new guidance helpful in how they do their job. Acquisition workers also say too much oversight is causing innovation to be muted.
White House is considering issuing an executive order that would require vendors to submit information about their political contributions as part of their bid proposal package. Industry associations say the proposal wouldn’t keep political influence out of the acquisition process, but likely add it in. The administration claims the draft order is all about greater transparency and accountability.
Three members of the House and four members of the Senate introduce companion pieces of legislation to head off the White House’s draft executive order requiring contractors to disclose political contributions.
Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss recent speculation that the Defense Department ignored proposals from the Defense Contract Audit Agency nearly two years ago.
Progress has been made in better recruiting and training the acquisition workforce, but budget cuts could threaten years of progress, outgoing OFPP administrator Dan Gordon said at a House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday.