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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chief Procurement Officer Soraya Correa said DHS’s Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL) is working on creating a more efficient way to close out small-dollar contracts that tend to linger after the work ha been competed. Correa …
Spence Witten is the director of federal sales at cybersecurity vendor Lunarline, Inc. PSF welcomes contributors from across the public sector market. If you're interested in contributing, we'd love to hear from you. I don't know that I've ever said that before. Government Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) and Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) solicitations are a nightmare to both write and evaluate. Flashback 10 years ago, to a contract called GSA Alliant I. I was on a team as a subcontractor, along with about 30 other companies, few of whom had ever worked together before. We slammed together a proposal that made no sense and tossed in solutions that we had no intention of delivering. After weeks of frantic days and sleepless nights we eventually dumped on GSA's doorstep a collection of pretty but ultimately meaningless proposal pages. After two years of what I'm sure was the most miserable period of their professional lives, GSA finally awarded Alliant I, and we earned a spot. After a grand win party, I never saw any of my teammates again. To recap: Our proposal offered nothing of value. Our team had no history of working together.  It took the government more than two years to wade through our nonsense and finally make an award. Following award, the team dispersed. The organization that ended up actually delivering on that contract had next to nothing in common with the organization that won. The thing is, as terrible as that sounds (and is), it all started with the way Alliant I was designed.
Whether you’re buying off a common contract or preparing your own solicitation, with shifting responsibilities and definitions, custodial services can be a slippery category to grasp. In this edition of our purchasing insights series, learn about the market and potential …
With many agencies still struggling to implement the requirements in the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), a new white paper from Censeo Consulting Group and Rich Beutel—the original staff author of FITARA—makes ten recommendations to help agencies take …
A federal judge has thrown out the American Small Business League's (ASBL) request for an injunction against the Small Business Administration (SBA) that would have changed the way the SBA calculates what percentage of federal contracting dollars goes to small businesses. The injunction had called for the SBA to stop using the "grandfathering rule," which allows small businesses that have grown or been acquired to still count toward the small business contracting goals, and to stop limiting the pool of dollars considered when calculating whether the government achieved its goals.
Green Tech Media reports that the U.S. Navy has made strides in lessening its carbon footprint and adopting green energy through “massive solar procurements, used submarine battery storage projects and microgrids on bases.” The site points to the recent …
The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)—a federal contractor association—has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to stop the implementation of President Barack Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order, which is …
Managing a category like the personal computer market can be tricky, not only because of the breadth of offerings, but the number of potential suppliers. This quick reference guide for buyers in the PC market should help inform your buy.
With so many options and configurations, printers and other hardware is often cited as a difficult category to wrangle. With that in mind, we’ve put together a quick reference guide with data and market insights, to help inform your buy.