Scott Amey

  • House joins Smart Contracting Caucus

    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.…

  • Former Special Counsel Scott Bloch charged with contempt

    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

  • Contractor Misconduct Database updated

    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.

  • Contract Overload, part 3: OFPP ready to set tone for the future of MACs.

    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.

  • Repeal of contractor tax withholding is sign of economic times

    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.

  • Rep. Mica: IG report is ‘just the tip of the iceberg’ of problems at GSA

    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.

  • Analysis: GSA’s scandal pales in comparison to historical misdeeds

    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.

  • The silver lining in the GSA scandal

    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.

  • Buying commercial in DoD: 15 years after acquisition reform

    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.

  • Federal pay statistics are easily manipulated, GAO reports

    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.