FILE - This Friday Jan. 11, 2013 file photo of a member of the Cybercrime Center as he turns on the light in a lab during a media tour at the occasion of the official opening of the Cybercrime Center at Europol headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands. Criminals have spotted a new business opportunity with the coronavirus pandemic and are now plundering the needy and the fearful and even disrupting the medical sector, online and off, with fraud, counterfeit products and cybercrime, a report issued Friday by the European law enforcement agency Europol says. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

A new mechanism to help agencies avoid buying counterfeit products

In today’s Federal Newscast, agencies will have a new weapon in the battle against counterfeit or fraudulent products.

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The Coalition for Government Procurement

Buy American: A new vision for new realities

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FILE - Water laps the bottom level of four homes in Harbor Island, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, which had to be abandoned after years of beach erosion and damage from Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Facing state budgets that are flush with cash, Democratic and Republican governors alike want to spend part of their windfalls on projects aimed at slowing climate change and guarding against its consequences, from floods and fires to cleaning up dirty air. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

New Federal Sustainability Plan harnesses fewer fossil fuels, more procurement power to fight climate change

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FILE - This March 27, 2008, file photo, shows the Pentagon in Washington. The Pentagon said Tuesday, July 6, 2021, that it is canceling a cloud-computing contract with Microsoft that could eventually have been worth $10 billion and will instead pursue a deal with both Microsoft and Amazon. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Sometimes the decision not to proceed with a contract can get the government in trouble

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FILE - This March 27, 2008, aerial file photo, shows the Pentagon in Washington.  The Pentagon is reconsidering its awarding of a major cloud computing contract to Microsoft after rival tech giant Amazon protested what it called a flawed bidding process. U.S. government lawyers said in a court filing this week of March 13, 2020  that the Defense Department “wishes to reconsider its award decision” and take another look at how it evaluated technical aspects of the companies' proposals to run the $10 billion computing project. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Aspiring Defense contractors new to the market describe difficulty getting attention

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Go small or go home: Understanding affiliation rules for set-aside contracts

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Key IT acquisition, financial executives leaving GSA, HHS

Michael Peckham, the former CFO of the Program Support Office at HHS, is one of several executives retiring after more than 30 years in government.

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The Capitol is seen as members of the House of Representatives vote on a short-term lift of the nation's debt limit and ensure the federal government can continue fully paying its bills into December, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Lawmakers see ‘real opportunity’ to modernize federal cyber playbook

Lawmakers see an opening this year to reform the Federal Information Security Modernization Act, with major updates including the assignment of clear roles…

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For contractors, early 2022 is starting to look a bit too much like late 2021

Federal contractors face looming continuing resolution deadlines just a month off. They’re also facing an ever tighter compliance and small business contracting regime.

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