• More agencies using OTAs to bypass acquisition regulation

    Ben McMartin at the Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more details.

  • DoD cloud strategy: Stifling innovation in the name of innovation

    The recent Other Transaction Authority (OTA) acquisition for a cloud migration tool, combined with the incomplete draft JEDI RFP, raises significant questions as to whether DoD is sacrificing innovation in the name of innovation.

  • Holistic strategy on IT supply chain needed before it’s too late, experts tell commission

    As the the Internet of Things and 5G become more prevalent, analysts say the government needs a strategy on how it buys hardware and software.

  • ODCs: The nexus between requirements and execution

    Adding Other Direct Costs to the Professional Services Schedule would increase opportunities for agencies to achieve comprehensive services solutions.

  • Jackie Space: FAR can help managers build non-traditional relationships

    Jackie Space, founder of a Silicon Valley company called BMNT, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin, federal managers often blame the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) for getting in the way of collaboration between government and industry. Space advises using authorities already in the FAR to try non-traditional relationships.

  • GSA working on changes to FAR, new legislation to help agencies buy cloud

    The General Services Administration says it’s working through a series of legislative and regulatory changes that would help agencies buy cloud computing services as a “utility.”

  • Procurement policy world heats up during dog days of summer

    August is usually a slow time for federal procurement, but Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, says that’s not the case this year.

  • OPM IG has ‘serious concerns’ for benefits procurement process

    The Office of Personnel Management’s Office of the Inspector General has issued a management alert warning that the agency’s procurement process for certain benefits is outdated, creates a conflict of interest and could cause taxpayers to overpay on services.

  • A sheriff is needed to keep the peace in the cloud

    Commentary: Giles Kesteloot, director of the Blackstone Technology Group, argues that in a complex multi-contract, multi-customer and multi-vendor cloud ecosystem someone has to oversee execution and manage expectations.

  • Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

    Federal contractors are taking a magnifying glass to the fine print in their contracts with the government. Or they should be. The General Services Administration has proposed a set of rules known as class deviation. In a nutshell, it wants all contracts expunged of boilerplate clauses that run against the Federal Acquisition Regulation. Joe Petrillo is a partner at the law firm Petrillo and Powell. In this morning’s Legal Loop, he joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more about what GSA hopes to do.