Acquisition policy

  • Steven Grundman, a Lund Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C., and former deputy undersecretary of Defense for Industrial Affairs, provides his perspective on how the Better Buying Power initiative has shaped DoD procurement.

    June 11, 2012
  • Agency introduces the new Demand Based Model that will focus resources on the products and services agencies need and want the most. GSA plans on closing two schedules and parts of 14 others to new offerors. GSA also will cut vendors who do little or no business on the schedule to help reduce administrative costs.

    June 08, 2012
  • Joe Jordan told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee he would focus on three priorities if confirmed. He also backed away somewhat from the administration's stance on a cap on executive compensation. Jordan received support from the committee, and a vote on his nomination could come as early as next week.

    May 09, 2012
  • The administration will issued the Mythbusters 2 memo today. The document takes aim at commonly held misconceptions by vendors. It follows the initial Mythbusters memo issued in February 2011 focusing on agency-held fallacies.

    May 07, 2012
  • Lockheed Martin and Austal are currently building 55 Littoral Combat Ships for the Navy. Kevin Brancato, a defense analyst for BGov and author of the report, "'Real Competition' for The Littoral Combat Ship," discusses how the Navy's competition between the two contractors may serve as a model for future acquisitions.

    April 03, 2012
  • OFPP Administrator Dan Gordon looks back on his tenure highlighting the successes of his office. Gordon will become the associate dean of contracts law at The George Washington University in January. He said improvements to the acquisition workforce and the implementation of strategic sourcing are among his accomplishments.

    November 28, 2011
  • OMB details the 12 product service codes and specific steps agencies must take over the next year to cut 15 percent of their management service contracts next year. Agencies spent $44 billion on these contracts in 2011.

    November 17, 2011
  • Jan Frye, the deputy assistant secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department\'s Office of Acquisition and Logistics, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris live from the conference to discuss the big issues in contract management.

    November 14, 2011
  • The House is expected to approve a measure repealing a law that withholds 3 percent of government contractors\' payments. The original law was enacted in 2006 to ensure contractors paid their taxes. But it\'s seen its implementation delayed until 2013, and it has grown increasingly unpopular with both Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

    October 26, 2011
  • A new report from an interagency committee shows departments have increased the number of contractors suspended or debarred by at least 150 from 2009 to 2010. The Army, DLA, DHS, EPA and OPM have debarred more vendors than other agencies over the past two years.

    October 21, 2011
  • The White House is threatening to veto a bill that would repeal the 3 percent tax withholding on government contractors because of the spending cuts attached to the legislation. The Senate version of the bill would cut $30 billion in government spending to pay for repealing the tax, which the White House says is too much.

    October 21, 2011
  • The Acquisitions Reform Bill would require more robust use of Federal Strategic Sourcing vehicles — which allow the government to consolidate its shopping lists and buy in bulk, rather than have each agency pursue its own procurements.

    October 20, 2011
  • The bill to repeal a requirement that governments withhold some payments to vendors would add more than $11 billion to the deficit, according the Congressional Budget Office. A key House committee has already passed the bill.

    October 18, 2011
  • A new Small Business Administration rule would require prime contractors to notify agency contracting officers when there\'s a change in subcontractors from the original bid. Kenneth Dodds, an SBA attorney, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss how the new rules would affect contractors and agencies.

    October 18, 2011