Contract Watch

BAE moves to new IT service model with Treasury win

BAE Systems Inc. has designed an information technology services model for the Treasury Department that addresses specific capital investments, service-level agreements and pricing needs.

Is the government trying to steal your best employees?

Contractors are concerned by what they view as poaching when federal agencies aggressively look to hire their experienced information technology professionals.

Coast Guard readies professional services contract

The Coast Guard Acquisitions Directorate is preparing to isssue a request for proposal for a large professional services contract.

U.K. agency updates model contract for IT services

A United Kingdom government agency has published its latest version of a model contract for public-sector information technology procurements.

Federal market retains strong investment appeal

Although forecasting the federal market has become more complicated and more uncertain, the relative stability of both large and small contractors and their growth potential makes for sound investment.

Accenture shareholders give thumbs up to Ireland move

The shareholders of Accenture Ltd. have approved a proposal by the company’s board made earlier this year to shift the company’s place of incorporation from Bermuda to Ireland.

IT services sector holds steady in soft economy

Even though the trends for federal information technology and professional services firms look solid during the next few years, government spending pressures and the trend toward insourcing are giving investors reason to worry.

OMB wants employee, contractor balance

Agencies should find the best balance between contractors and employees in their workforces, the Office of Management and Budget says.

Procurement memos on right track but insourcing still an issue

PSC president Stan Soloway praises the Obama administration's procurement memos as evenhanded, but insourcing is still an issue.

New execs to spur Ericsson push into government markets

Ericsson Federal Inc. has hired six new executives to support its current government customer base and its plans to aggressively push further into the federal, state and local government markets.

Vets could get edge on no-bid contracts at VA

A new bill would require the Veterans Affairs Department to give priority to veteran-owned small businesses when outsourcing work with no competition.

DHS defends sole-source software buy

The Homeland Security Department has published a justification for awarding a $782,000 sole-source software contract for risk-assessment software services.

Service contracts go under House microscope

The House Appropriations Committee wants an inventory of services contracts and for agencies to consider bringing that work back in-house.

DOD aims to beef up in-house engineering expertise

The Defense Department needs systems engineers who have a deep understanding of the IT systems in their charge, although they don’t need to actually write the software lines of code, an official said.

Coast Guard seeks contractor for EVM

The Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center will hire a contractor to implement its Earned Value Management program.

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