Bottom-Line Price, Not Line-Item Price, Is Key for Price Reasonableness

8 Sep 2017
When I went out for pizza with my family the other night, the only number that mattered to me when I got the check was the bottom-line price. It didn’t matter to me what the price for each pizza or each lemonade was, as long as the total price was within my budget. For an agency evaluating a...

Cybersecurity Challenges Remain During Push for IT Modernization

8 Sep 2017
According to a survey of 200 federal IT executives conducted by Unisys Corporation and research company Market Connections, 59 percent said modernization efforts have increased the cybersecurity challenges they face. The survey highlights the challenges facing IT professionals; however, despite...

GSA Adjusts Purchasing Rules In Wake of Harvey

7 Sep 2017
The General Services Administration (GSA) is easing purchasing rules to assist with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The micro-purchase threshold is now $20,000, the simplified acquisition threshold has been raised to $750,000, or $13 million for commercial items, and the simplified lease...

Strategies for Procurement Success

7 Sep 2017
Government Technology provides examples on how to find procurement success at federal and local levels by examining models that other jurisdictions have explored. Taking direction from industry leaders, this article describes a current state where agencies are historically reluctant to adopt...

Guidance on Ethical Sourcing Across the Construction Sector

7 Sep 2017
The Global Slavery Index estimates there are 45.8 million people still exposed to modern slavery.  The construction sector is one of the areas where the problem is at its highest. Building Research Establishment (BRE) and Loughborough University have published the Action Programme on Responsible...

VA Withdraws Proposed SDVOSB Regulatory Overhaul

6 Sep 2017
The VA has officially withdrawn its November 2015 proposal to overhaul its SDVOSB and VOSB regulations. The VA’s action isn’t surprising, given that the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act requires the VA to work with the SBA to prepare a consolidated set of SDVOSB regulations, which...

New Legislation Could Privatize How Government Buys Everyday Supplies

6 Sep 2017
Legislation passed by the House of Representatives contains language that would allow government agencies to buy directly from commercially run online marketplaces, significantly altering the way commercial companies sell everyday products and services to the U.S. military and federal agencies. The...

4 Vendors Chosen to Build Border Wall Prototypes

5 Sep 2017
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) selected four companies to build prototypes of a concrete-based wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Vendors selected include Cadelle Construction LLC, from Alabama; Fisher Industries, from Arizona; Texas Sterling Construction Co., from Texas; and W.G. Yates &...

White House Releases Plans for IT Modernization

5 Sep 2017
A new IT modernization plan from the White House’s American Technology Council looks to leverage commercial cloud and industry best practices to improve government tech. The plan calls for federal agencies to detail in-process and planned cloud migration projects, and specifically asks the...

SDVOSB vs. AbilityOne: Major Court Ruling Stayed Pending Appeal

5 Sep 2017
In May 2017, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs) and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) lodged another big win in their battle to enforce the statutory preferences for veteran-owned companies: the Court of Federal Claims held that the VA cannot buy products or services...

Leidos Receives Potential $98 Million Army Contract

1 Sep 2017
Leidos was awarded a potential five-year, $98 million contract from the U.S. Army to perform scientific and administrative services in support of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). The company said it will assist CDMRP leaders and government program managers as well as...

Fourth Quarter IT Spending Blitz

1 Sep 2017
As part of the overall spending rush that happens as the fiscal years comes to a close, budget uncertainty could be driving leaders to purchase more IT solutions. Matt Hummer, director of analytics at a market analyst company, suggests the end of year “use it or lose it” budget rules is the...