Public Spend Forum Newswire | 3/31/2017

3 Apr 2017
Contracting Transparency Bill Receives Pushback from Industry As we reported last week, Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has introduced S.651, the “Contractor Accountability and Transparency Act of 2017,” which would require some contracts to be published online, in the interest of transparency....

Public Spend Forum Newswire | 3/28/2017

29 Mar 2017
Will Trump Step in Between Palantir and the Pentagon? Fortune Magazine reports on the tension between Silicon Valley company Palantir and the Department of Defense (DoD). The DoD is looking to update its Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGSA), a massive data management system that Palantir...

Public Procurement News Round-up | 3/17/2017

20 Mar 2017
GSA Would See Large Increase in Trump’s Budget Daniel J. Sernovitz of the Washington Business Journal notes that while many agencies would see cuts under President Donald Trump’s budget recommendations, the federal government’s central buyer, the General Services Administration (GSA), would...

Public Spend Forum Newswire | 3/15/2017

16 Mar 2017
FirstNet Expects Protest Decision “Within Days”  FCW reports that FirstNet, the effort to create a national broadband network to connect public safety officers at every level of government, expects a decision “within days” regarding a protest of its first major contract. FirstNet had...

Public Spend Forum Newswire | 2/28/2017

1 Mar 2017
Nearly 200 Firms Respond to Notice about Border Wall GovExec reports that some 180 companies have responded to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) pre-solicitation notice, inquiring about “prototype wall structures” for President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the Mexico...

Public Spend Forum Newswire | 2/13/2017

13 Feb 2017
New York Congresswoman Introduces the Surviving Spouse Contracting Preference Act Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) has introduced H.R.971, the Surviving Spouse Contracting Preference Act. The bill would amend the U.S. Code “to treat small businesses, owned by surviving spouses of members of the Armed...

Public Spend Forum Newswire | 2/6/2017

7 Feb 2017
Lawmakers Introduce Companion Bills to Repeal Davis-Bacon Act Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) have introduced companion bills aimed at repealing the Davis-Bacon Act. The Davis-Bacon Act requires contractors and subcontractors to pay their employees “no less than the locally...

Public Spend Forum Newswire | 1/26/2017

27 Jan 2017
PSC Calls on EPA to Resume Contracting Activity The Professional Services Council (PSC), a large trade association for federal contractors, has written to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Acting Administrator Catherine McCabe, seeking a rollback of the halt to all EPA contracting...