Members of the House of Representatives that are interested in contracting issues join the Smart Contracting Caucus. The group is starting a series of discussions about issues that are creating some challenges for acquisition managers.…
The Bush administration official whose job was to protect government whistleblowers stands accused of mistreating them, illegally deleting documents and withholding information from Congress. Debra S. Katz, partner at Katz, Marshall & Banks explains what’s next
A government watchdog group finds multiple instances of documented misconduct by more than 6 in 10 of the government’s top 100 contractors. Lockheed Martin topped the list from the Project on Government Oversight. Scott Amey, General Counsel and a contracting specialist for POGO, has details.
Congressional staff members call the current MAC environment ”chaos.” The administration will decide in a matter of weeks whether NIH should continue to run its CIO-SP3 governmentwide contract. OFPP administrator Gordon says several broad policy decisions must be made to address the challenges around multiple award contracts.
Scott Amey, general counsel and contracting specialist at the Project for Government Oversight, says the mood in Washington is much different from five years ago when the law was first passed.
The chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said he will hold a hearing when Congress returns from recess on the scathing IG report and other shortcoming at GSA’s Public Building Service. Scott Amey of POGO said the management failures at GSA show a systemic problem.
From Darleen Druyun to Jack Abramoff to wartime contracting, history shows the Public Buildings Service’s lavish spending is small potatoes. Experts say the energy and time Congress has put into hearing on the GSA conference near Las Vegas could be better used to address bigger, most costly problems.
Experts say all the focus on Capitol Hill and within agencies will lead to better management and give more respect to whistleblowers. Carolyn Lerner, the head of the Office of Special Counsel, said the attention on the misdeeds of the Public Buildings Service would bolster the need for stronger ethics and integrity.
During the last Defense drawdown, Congress and the White House pushed the Pentagon to make smarter buying decisions in the hopes that it would save a lot of money. The idea was to have the military buy many products the same way businesses do. A decade and a half later, DoD now spends tens of billions of dollars a year under the commercialized models Congress set up. In a two-part, exclusive report, Federal News Radio examines the debate underway over how well it has worked out.
The Government Accountability Office looked at six studies about federal pay and found that the different approaches taken in each made their findings potentially problematic.