As we approach the end of July here is a word association blog post regarding the federal procurement system. The word associations below are based on observations, comments and feedback we have received from throughout the procurement community. The word associations are intended to spark a Myth-Busters discussion regarding the strategic direction of the federal marketplace and in particular, GSA’s Federal Supply Schedule program. Over the course of the second half of the year the Coalition will be focusing on the issues highlighted below in our continuing efforts to bring common sense to government procurement.
Monthly Archives: July 2013
Even as contracting job growth has ground to a halt and sequestration has taken effect, D.C. contractors have seen only a small impact this year, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.
“By using the Federal Acquisition Service, the government could procure contracts up to 50% faster,” said Tom Sharpe. Sharpe was appointed Commissioner for the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service five months ago.
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Three federal industry groups wrote a letter to the Federal Acquisition Service’s commissioner because they are worried about backlash from a recent inspector general report saying acquisition managers interfered with contract officers, according to Federal News Radio.
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Yesterday the National Federation of Builders said that local authorities were becoming too reliant on credit reference agency checks and using them to blackball buildes from tender lists. Today a report from the Federation of Master Builders says that it is too difficult for small firms to bid for work successfully. Nine out of ten public sector contracts are proving no-win areas for 40% of construction SMEs, the report says. The report, Improving public procurement for construction SMEs, exam
The appeals process for bids is slowing down military procurement and the number of bid protests is rising, Defense One reports. In 2012, the Government Accountability Office received 2,475 bid protests – a 50 percent increase from 2008. Many companies use bid protests to force concessions from agencies or the winning companies.