Federal procurement lawyers say the first quarter of the federal fiscal year tends to be among the busiest times of the year as contractors challenge awards and solicitations that came during the previous fourth quarter.
GAO and the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee released annual reports highlighting continued decreases in bid protests, by 16%, and in the number of companies suspended or debarred.
People might have missed it in a busy season of budgets, baseball and bickering, but the White House earlier this month issued two executive orders.
The White House is considering two executive orders and lawmakers are adding provisions to bills trying to limit agency exposure to Chinese made technology.
For people buying and using information technology for the Defense Department, the 2018 NDAA has lots to say about procurement and bid protests.
After a half-dozen years of deliberation and public comment, the White House Council on Environmental Quality issued final guidance last month on how federal agencies should treat greenhouse gas emissions, adding those considerations to a laundry list of other considerations they take into account whenever public land is concerned. Attorney Daron Threet, a partner at Holland and Knight, talked with Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu about the new guidance on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Defense Department is moving ahead with new rules for defense contractors aimed at limiting damage from insiders with security clearance. Jim Harris, senior counsel for the law firm Holland and Knight, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to offer his insight.
The government is investigating allegations against Symplicity Corp. for allegedly accessing without permission the internal networks of two competitors in the education sector. Symplicity, which runs three governmentwide websites, denies any wrongdoing and calls the government's search warrant a one-sided justification for the investigation. Experts say the company could face suspension from new federal procurements.
Procurement experts say the increased use of this punishment is the \"death penalty\" for the vendors. Lawmakers say agencies need penalize bad actors more aggressively.
Big changes are in the works for the Pentagon Inspector General\'s Office after a report from one of the top Republicans in the Senate finds billions of dollars in possible fraud and overpayments. The Project on Government Oversight receives a response from the DoD IG detailing a new approach to how it does business.