Posts Tagged: acquisitions

Weekly Round-up: February 10, 2012

Gadi Ben-Yehuda Gov in (cyber)space! edition. From Cables to Wireless. Three senior State Department officials will sit down with Alex Howard to talk about the evolution of 21st Century Statecraft: what it means, how it is progressing, and what the future holds. Alex writes about how you can submit a question, attend the panel, orRead… Read more »

Cost of Procurement

I am looking for information on the cost of a procurement from RFP/RFQ/IFB to Contract. I am trying to come up with a figure as to how much savings agencies can realize in soft dollars by riding or bridging another agencies contract.

Top 5 Challenges Facing the Government Acquisition Community

I’ve recently taken on the task of preparing a survey to be circulated across the federal government acquisition community to identify any barriers, challenges, etc. that impact the community at-large. These could be things like meeting continuing training requirements, oversight issues, excessive workload, conducting meaningful market research, keeping your procurements protest-proof, COI issues, and more.Read… Read more »

How the Quick Reference Guide can help you understand Section 508

This week the BuyAccessible team attended the IDEAS 2012 conference. At our booth, people told us that the technical language in the GPAT was difficult to understand. That language comes from the Section 508 standard, so we can’t change it. But… a long time ago we created a resource called Quick Reference Guide that wasRead… Read more »

The Impending Exodus of “Experienced” Contracting Personnel: Crisis or Opportunity?

It seems that every few months we see a new article, report, or hear testimony predicting a mass exodus of “experienced” 1102s from the Federal workforce. Citing workforce data, the conclusion that is commonly drawn is that a “crisis” will result. If we just look at numbers it would seem that this would be aRead… Read more »

VA Launches Wounded Warrior Acquisition Academy

As FCW reported, The VA launched Acquisition Academy Acquisition Internship School’s Warriors to Workforce Program -a 3 year internship for contract specialists. Smart idea. VA is in great need for more contract specialists and I think this is a great win to recruit from wounded warriors. Will be interested to see how it turns out.Read… Read more »

Contractors will need to be proactive to prevent potentially harmful information from becoming public. (FAPIIS)

A recent final rule in the Federal Register (FAR Case 2010-016) regarding Public Access to the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information could have a significant impact on federal contractors. The final rule implements section 3010 of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-212), enacted July 29, 2010. The legislation requires that information inRead… Read more »

Including ODCs on MAS Service Contracts Can Be a Win For All

Last week the Comment of the Week focused on the opportunities for GSA leadership as customer agencies increasingly look to the agency for procurement solutions. The Comment further observed that “GSA’s commercial item contracting leadership through the MAS program can be the lynchpin in providing savings and value for customer agencies.” GSA has a wonderfulRead… Read more »

Savvy or Unethical? Should the Federal Government be a Phantom Bidder in Reverse Auctions?

I recently heard from a contractor regarding an experience he had with reverse auctions. A federal agency was conducting a reverse auction using FedBid and he decided to compete (FedBid, Inc., provides a service whereby federal agencies can conduct reverse auctions). Although he submitted several bids, he ultimately lost the reverse auction. When he checkedRead… Read more »