• New rules for contractors

    A recently enacted disclosure rule in the Federal Acquisition Regulation has the contracting community rethinking the way it does business. Contractors are now required to report evidence of fraud or overpayments in a timely fashion…

  • Are there too many contracts out there?

    Rob Burton of Venable helps us answer that question, and tells us about a new program for small businesses.

  • EPA experiences the upside of contracting reforms

    OMB issues a fact sheet detailing successes across the government. Agencies are using fewer risky contracts and achieving more competition. One expert, however, wonders if the insourcing initiative is part of the reason for the changes.

  • OMB to post contractor information

    The federal database of contractor integrity information is about to go public. Rob Burton, the former deputy administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy.

  • HUBZone confusion may/shall end

    Who should get first preference for contracts? A new law should help figure that out. Venable’s Rob Burton explains it for us.

  • OFPP to test employee swaps

    The idea is to trade one of your acquisition experts to another agency in exchange for one who knows more about a specific procurement need you have.

  • Treasury oversight of legal fees creates ‘unacceptable risk’

    The Treasury Department’s contracting process for legal services under the Troubled Asset Relief Program lacks controls to prevent overpayment.

  • Federal News Countdown: Cyber unpreparedness, 20 best feds

    Francis’ guests are Rob Burton of Venable LLP and Alan Balutis of Cisco.

  • In Depth interviews – May 11

    On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

  • Suspension and debarments rise amid pressure from Congress

    Agencies are making greater use of their ability to declare contractors and individuals ineligible for work by the federal government. Some outside experts suggest the increase may be the result of hasty decisions.