Congress

Obama signs Sequestration Transparency Act

A new measure requires the Obama administration to provide to Congress detailed plans for the forced budget cuts that sequestration will bring.

Agencies say 'No mas' to wartime contracting reforms

The Defense and State departments and USAID have followed some recommendations of the Wartime Contracting Commission, but now say they don't want to do more. But some senators want to make the changes mandatory.

2013 defense budget proposal creates uncertainty

Congress is planning to forego appropriations bills for fiscal 2013 in favor of passing a six-month-long stopgap spending measure that would maintain 2012 funding levels though March.

Partisan fighing mars sequestration hearing

As a hearing intended to help prepare for the effects of sequestration degenerates into a partisan shouting match, one embarrassed congressman calls the event a 'spectacle.'

Will a lame duck save us from sequestration?

Ryep. Gerald Connolly thinks the so-called lame-duck session after the November election offers a brief window of opportunity for solving some of the contentious issues facing Congress.

Defense cuts find plenty of love with public

Cutting the defense budget gets overwhelming support from the public, but where specific cuts should be made is open to debate.

Is Congress moving to spike sequestration?

Language in the 2013 Defense Authorization bill is attempting to avert mandatory budget cuts that some fear could seriously hamper the Defense Department's mission, including the impact on contractors.

Joe Jordan confirmed as OFPP administrator

After just five months of vacancy, OFPP has a new leader.

Senators push for bigger small-business goals

Congress aims for higher overall small-business contracting goals, even as administration officials consider them "unrealistic."

Senator wants approvals for conference spending

Under a forthcoming bill, a senior agency official would have to give approval for any conference costing more than $200,000.

Rep. Graves requests contract reforms in next NDAA

He added that the Armed Services Committee’s own Panel on Business Challenges and Small Business Committee’s legislation complement each other.

A senator's inauspicious rise

Former Sen. George Mitchell recalls his first day in Congress.

Senator knocks government spending on contractors

Federal spending on contractor services is out of control and must be reined in, according to Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Congress backs off calling contractors lobbyists

One senator said the decision leaves the bill without a common-sense measure of protection.

More pressure to limit contractor pay

Two members of the Senate want to limit contractor salaries and guess which government employee's pay sets the bar?

Women-owned biz bill slashes dollar limit on contracts

The Fairness in Women-Owned Small Business Contracting Act of 2012 was introduced this week by seven senators.

Bill strips contractor reviews from past-performance evaluations

It would eliminate contractors' ability to point out even simple mistakes or offer their perspective on circumstances when the agency officials view it different way, critics say.