• FASA revisited: Precedents in commercial item preference

    In today’s panel, we discuss the renewed focus on commercial items, and there are a lot of contemporary reasons to do so.

  • Trends in government procurement

    Tom Sisti, vice president and chief legislative counsel at SAP joins host Roger Waldron on this week’s Off the Shelf to discuss the state of commercial item contracting, category management, and the latest in cyber and supply chain risk policy developments. October 9, 2018

  • An update on DFARS

    Jason Workmaster, counsel at Covington LLP, joins host Roger Waldron on this week’s Off the Shelf to discuss the Defense Department’s DFARS commercial item rule and what that means for contractors doing business with the agency, and he gives an update on recent Civil False Claims Act cases. September 25, 2018

  • Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act faces first serious court challenge in 20+ years

    The Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 told federal agencies to seriously consider if commercial items would meet acquisition program requirements before building new systems.

  • Court: Army ignored law’s preference for commercial items in major intel procurement

    Appeals court says the Army acted arbitrarily and capriciously when it decided to pay contractors to build a new intelligence IT system, rather than buying a commercially-available one.

  • Agencies team up to destroy asteroid potentially heading for Earth

    In today’s Federal Newscast, three agencies are working on a spacecraft that could destroy an asteroid with a nuclear weapon.

  • Palantir to sue Army over intelligence-gathering IT contract

    Silicon Valley technology company Palantir plans to sue the Army, claiming that the military service has shown bias against off-the-shelf products in its solicitation for a $206 million intelligence IT contract.

  • In fight over intelligence IT system, Army prioritizes access to data

    The Army says hard-won lessons on the battlefield have taught it that stovepiped IT systems have no place in the business of intelligence collection and sharing. It also acknowledges that enforcing a single set of common standards comes with some tradeoffs.