Procurement Policy

CenturyLink wins $1.6 billion telecom task order from Interior

After a protest from rival Verizon failed, CenturyLink emerged as the winner of the Interior Department's telecom modernization task order under the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract.

How companies should prep for CMMC

Defense contractors should be getting ready for the Defense Department's impending cybersecurity standard expected to be released this month.

GSA releases e-commerce solictiation

The e-commerce effort dubbed "Amazon for government" is getting closer to becoming reality with a draft solicitation released by the General Services Administration.

Online buying needs help from Congress

Legislation is needed to raise the ceiling on micropurchases and bring more competition to online purchasing, officials say.

Tech refresh bills will be back, says DHS CIO

IT modernization funding efforts will be back, according to DHS CIO Luke McCormack, and agencies should still position agile, cloud and other capabilities to show they're moving into a modern environment.

Amazon win restarts CIA cloud contract

Although IBM plans to appeal, the judge's ruling in Amazon's favor means work on the $600 million CIA cloud contract can start immediately.

Contract audits may save millions for GSA, IG says

GSA's Inspector General has conducted pre-award audits on dozens of contracts and identified potential savings in the hundreds of millions.

Joe Jordan confirmed as OFPP administrator

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

Defense bill would boost small business contracting goal

DOD lacks a culture geared toward fostering small business participation, lawmakers believe, but a new bill would attempt to change that.

GSA's leader steps down over wasteful spending report

Martha Johnson, two other top GSA officials, out as IG details extravagant spending and rules violations connected to Western Regions conference.

Should contractors keep the right to respond to past-performance reviews?

Steve Kelman considers a proposal to disallow contractor responses to past-performance reviews.

Successful IT projects: Good news travels slowly

Steve Kelman finds a GAO report documenting successful IT acquisitions that apparently did not get much attention.

Steve Kelman, broken record: More on contracting cost savings

Former procurement chief recommends some familiar concepts to save money on contracts.

Putting clarity into contracting

How one agency addresses misunderstandings between agencies and contractors.

What do supermarket cashiers, gas-station attendants and the dodo have in common?

At the National Contract Management Conference, Steve Kelman learns what procurement officials fear these days

Contracting out strikes out again among my students

A survey of Kelman’s public policy students shows declining supporting for contracting out government services.

Budget cuts won't stop DOD IT spending in 2012, forecast predicts

DOD's appetite for IT expected to be diminished, but still healthy