Procurement

Pressure resumes for contractor caps

With political campaigns out of the way and the 112th Congress entering its final weeks, public interest, government accountability and federal employee groups resumed efforts to persuade lawmakers to lower the cap on contractor salaries.

New OFPP administrator lists workforce as key priority for agency

Just a couple of weeks into his new role, the new Office of Federal Procurement Policy administrator has already set his main priorities for improving the agency's acquisition strategies.

DOD initiative is emblematic of broader contracting debate

FEND's Nathan Abse talks with John Threlkeld, American Federation of Government Employees legislative representative, about the union's current activities that center on contracting within the Defense Department.

GSA employee sentenced for taking bribes

Eric Minor was charged with collecting approximately $118,000 in bribes from contractors he hired for small jobs around GSA properties.

'Inherently governmental' definition to stand

The classic definition of an "inherently governmental function" will endure in a new final rule.

Lawmakers want competitive sourcing on the table

House members have asked the Appropriations Committee chairman to keep funding bills free from “provisions inhibiting the utilization of the private sector.”

Retired feds rally for second tour of acquisition duty

The federal government rehired 125 retired federal employees in 2010 for its acquisition workforce, according to an Office of Federal Procurement Policy report.

Bill would overhaul federal acquisition training

Lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced legislation that would reorganize the federal acquisition training system and promote career development for those working within the civilian acquisition workforce.

Even after substantial training, interns remain inexperienced

New, highly certified acquisition employees still need supervision and intervention from more experienced contracting officers, officials say.

Union Applauds DoD Insourcing Amendment

The American Federation of Government Employees applauded a House measure that it says will level the playing field when federal DoD employees are competing with private contractors for jobs.

Bill Would Offer Incentives to Acquisitions Workforce

The House on April 28 overwhelmingly approved a bill which, if signed into law, would mandate sweeping reforms in DoD non-weapons contracting—and offer financial and other incentives to acquisitions employees who help agencies meet new auditing standards.