Final guidance for the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order includes a phase-in schedule for contractors, as well as an opportunity for pre-assessment from the Labor Department.
Lawmakers are offering the Modernizing Obsolete and Vulnerable Enterprise IT (MOVE-IT) Act as an alternative to the White House’s $3.1 billion IT Modernization Fund proposal to help agencies update technology networks and applications.
Tucked into the National Defense Authorization bill for 2017 were two provisions that would change contract protests and not in a way favorable industry. The Professional Services Council had asked House Armed Services Committee leaders to drop them. PSC Executive Vice President Alan Chvotkin joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what’s in the bill.
The Homeland Security Department’s procurement workforce could be getting a lesson in good housekeeping following a dismal report card last year.
Federal IT, and now to improve it, is an industry all by itself. The latest authority to weigh in is the Professional Services Council. Together with the Technology Councils of North America and other groups, it’s issued a detailed white paper covering six principles for better federal IT. Dave Wennergren is the PSC’s executive vice president. Federal Drive anchor Tom Temin asked him about the findings, including the question of, why yet another run at IT advice.
The Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command will be in charge of hiring a contractor to provide identity-protection services to victims of the breach on the Office of Personnel Management’s background-investigation database. NAVSEA will issue an RFQ early next week. GSA was supposed to send it out this week.
The Missouri Democrat is frustrated over the lack of answers from GSA about the program to consolidate eight disparate databases holding vendor information. McCaskill said the System for Award Management is taking too long and is costing too much.
A new bill would let companies challenge the agency through an administrative process that promises to be simpler and cheaper than litigation. Witnesses at a congressional hearing said they feared new size standards would alter competition for $200 billion in small-business set asides.
Stan Soloway, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, and Ron Marks, senior fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University, count down the week’s top federal stories with Francis Rose.
New guidance from Anne Rung, the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, implements a way for vendors and program owners to rate the acquisition process in each agency. The goal of Acquisition 360 is to identify potential procurement process improvements.