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Wave of Retirements Hitting the Federal Workforce

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Washington Post by Lisa Rein

A wave of retirements by senior federal employees has begun rolling across the government as aging baby boomers who held on to their jobs during the economic downturn are increasingly calling it quits.

With retirement accounts on the rebound, many veteran workers are finding little reason to remain in government, especially at a time when agency budgets are being slashed, workers are being furloughed and morale is tumbling.

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Pentagon Planning to Lay Off Thousands of Civilians After September

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govexec.com by Eric Katz

Defense Department issues new details on sequestration plans for fiscal 2014.

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Lots of Little Things – Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Updates from the Federal Acquisition Circular

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ncmahq.org

Every now and then, the FAR Councils issue a Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC).

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The harm of baseless protests

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Business News By Lee Dougherty

Bid protests. Some contractors swear by their value, while others think that they are a waste of time. Some contracting officers view protests as a personal attack on their integrity, others just see them as part of the landscape. What few can argue though is that the informal nature and ease at which protests can be filed can result in filings with little legal merit, which in turn delay the whole procurement process.

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GAO decision clarifies (sort of?) how and when agencies can bump up contract ceilings

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Business News [u’Jill R. Aitoro’]

A decision by the Government Accountability Office provides some clarity to agencies managing multiyear contracts, reaffirming limitations on modifications that would bump up the funds needed for future work.

The GAO issued a decision Aug. 16 in response to a request from the chief counsel to the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services. That individual was seeking affirmation for a 2011 determination by the HHS secretary, which essentially stated that the agency had not…

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Three MORE Things to Consider When Choosing Contract Types

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GovLoop

By Craig Taylor, Senior Analyst

The original implementation of DoD’s “Better Buying Power” initiative heavily promoted the use of Firm Fixed Price (FFP) contract types.  Many federal agencies adopted this approach with the intent to control costs and limit the Government’s risk exposure on acquisitions.  This does not remove risk from the acquisition itself, and may not even reduce it.  It may simply transform it from a risk of cost to a risk of delivery.

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How to reduce the growing number of bid protests

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Business News

Bid protests in the defense industry have proliferated largely as a result of the way government does business, according to two BDO USA LLP executives, Defense One reports.

Bid protests have become a means of allowing contractors to stay in business longer in an environment of uncertainty, William Keating and Peter McDonald, both members of the government contracting practice at BDO USA write. Bid protests have increased by almost 50 percent since 2008. Agencies should ramp up their efforts to…

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