Hoping to allay concerns over his company’s lease of the Old Post Office, President Donald Trump filed papers handing control of the lease to his son Donald Trump, Jr., listing the son as the president of the company that controls the lease. The lease contains a clause prohibiting an elected official from profiting from the lease. The General Services Administration (GSA) has not yet determined whether the lease presents a conflict of interest, and late last week, two Democratic senators asked GSA’s inspector general to investigate the matter. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Government told GovExec in a statement that the papers filed don’t fix the problem: “This changes nothing. The issue is his ownership, not his management. As long as he maintains ownership, he maintains his legal issues.”
The General Services Administration (GSA) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for the third generation of its SmartPay program, seeking “purchase, travel, fleet and integrated charge card and payment features, including chip-enabled charge cards, virtual accounts, single-use accounts and declining balance accounts.” The current SmartPay contracts—which offer commercial payment solutions to more than 560 federal agencies, organizations and Native American tribal governments—will expire Nov. 29, 2018.
Rep. Mac Thornberry, the chair of the House Armed Services Committee, said yesterday that acquisition reform remains on his priority list for 2017. “I’m fully aware there is much, much more that needs to be done in a careful, thoughtful, but determined way,” he said. “Defense reform will be a part of my agenda as long as I’ve got this job.” Thornberry also said he will work with Defense Secretary James Mattis to implement the organizational changes required by the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.
FCW looks at how expiring contracts, particularly at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), may help President Donald Trump implement his agenda to cut spending. According to analytics firm Govini, HHS has more than $24 billion in contracts set to expire at the end of the year, with most going to pharmaceuticals and services (though about a quarter of that amount is for IT contracts).
FCW has announced the winners of its 2017 Fed 100 awards for excellence. Among those recognized for their achievements and innovation in acquisition include Kay T. Ely, deputy assistant commissioner of the General Services Administration; Lesley Field, the deputy administrator for federal procurement policy in the Office of Management and Budget; Kevin Gallo, director, Solutions Development Division, Office of Telecommunications Services/IT Category, Federal Acquisition Service General Services Administration; and Kevin Youel Page, deputy commissioner, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration.
Ricky D. Sluder, a principal solution architect in the Security Intelligence Practice at SAS, looks at how government organizations can better detect fraud in their procurements. Sluder notes that PriceWaterhouseCoopers estimates that procurement fraud impacts 29% of all organizations, from Fortune 500 companies to government agencies. Sluder offers tips like watching for too many invoices coming in all in one day, and using advanced analytics, such as text mining and anomaly detection, to identify potential fraud.