While the 2016 budget was crashing into the news yesterday, a quiet change took place in the contractor community. The TechAmerica Foundation became part of the Professional Services Council. The Council got TechAmerican from the trade group CompTIA, which acquired the foundation just last May. Although the name will change, you can still count on the annual events you’ve come to expect each year. Those include the Vision Forecast and Conference, the CIO survey and the American Technology Awards. Alan Chvotkin is executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the acquisition.
CompTIA decides to get out of the federal sector and focus on its core capabilities.
As Congress comes back next week, the Defense Department expects to make a huge push to end sequestration — or at least blunt its effects. Part of the case the Pentagon will make is that its “cost culture” strategy is making a difference in how it’s spending the money it does have. Dave Wennergren is Senior Vice President for Technology at the Professional Services Council, and former Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer at the Defense Department. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He said that cost culture will spread from the Pentagon to all across government.
When Congress resumes, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton is set to introduce a bill that directs federal agencies to give preferential points to federal government vendors based on their labor practices. Norton’s is the latest in a series of bills and orders designed to improve working conditions for federal contracting employees.
It’s day three of our special report “The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform”. Today’s focus — taking stock for the future. What aspects of the procurement process should the government preserve or replicate across government? Stan Soloway is president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, and Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government. They joined In Depth with Francis Rose to explain what’s working well in the procurement process.
The House and Senate Armed Services Committees are trying to pay close attention to defense acquisition reform. Dave Wennergren is senior vice president of technology policy at the Professional Services Council and the Pentagon’s former chief information officer. Beth McGrath is director of Deloitte Federal Practice and the Defense Department’s former deputy chief management officer. They joined on In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss acquisition reform.
In the coming months, the federal government will release a detailed plan for implementing more than a dozen recommendations to improve the security clearance process, said Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director for Management Beth Cobert. The government’s recommendations, which were included in an interagency report published by OMB last month, call for “continuous evaluation” of clearance holders and strengthened oversight of the background-investigation process.
Tucked away inside the bipartisan budget deal announced with much fanfare this week is a proposal limiting the maximum level contractors can charge the government to pay the salaries of their top executives to nearly half of what it is currently. But it may not be the final word on the issue on the sticky issue of contractor compensation. the budget deal’s proposed changes to taxpayer-funded contractor salaries are competing with another piece of bipartisan legislation currently before Congress. The annual Defense Authorization Act seeks to lower the compensation limit but by far less than the budget deal.
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy issued a memo to agencies setting the new benchmark for reimbursable costs at $952,308, up from $763,029 in 2011 for certain contractor employee salaries. The contractor cap has increased 55 percent over the last four years. OFPP blames Congress for not acting to change the formula for calculating the annual increases.
With the announcement from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recalling most Defense Department civilians from furloughs, some large defense companies, which had been planning to furlough their employees, have canceled or scaled back their initial plans. However, DoD’s move could wind up having only a limited impact on contractors more broadly.