Rob Burton

  • Bid protests, suspension and debarments continue to drop, but for how long?

    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.

  • GSA launches enhanced debriefing pilot, but why not make it permanent?

    The General Services Administration wants to help vendors improve the quality of their future bid submissions through its new initiative, called INFORM.

  • OFPP administrator, where art thou?

    OFPP has been without a permanent administrator for almost two years and with no nominee in sight, experts question whether having a Senate confirmed one matters any more.

  • 4 trends driving more suspension, debarment of vendors

    Jonathan Aronie, a partner with Shepperd Mullin, said agency suspension and debarment officials are asking vendors more questions when non-acquisition issues arise.

  • $50B Alliant 2 IT services contract gets the go-ahead for agency use

    A vendor received no help from the district court after it dismissed the case of whether GAO must comply with the Administrative Procedures Act.

  • OMB memo count: 31 over last 12 months, including 2 new ones

    The Office of Management and Budget issued two more memos, focusing on personal data breach response requirements and industry and vendor communications.

  • Rob Burton: Bill would establish importance of program management

    The Program Management Improvement Accountability Act is on the President’s desk now and it would, in the first place, recognize program management for the importance it has in agency mission delivery. Rob Burton, partner at the law firm Crowell and Moring and a former deputy administrator the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to offer his insight.

  • Senate creates gap in vendor protest rights; is it just the beginning?

    Industry can no longer protest civilian agency task and delivery orders worth more than $10 million to the GAO after the Senate didn’t pass a bill that would’ve extended the authority permanently.

  • The state of federal procurement

    Rob Burton, partner at Crowell & Moring LLP, joins host Roger Waldron to discuss the Transactional Data Reporting rule, the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule, and other major procurement issues. September 13, 3016

  • Agencies talked more, punished less in 2015

    The Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee’s annual report showed fewer suspensions and debarments, and an increased use of “show cause” letters to solve potential problems.