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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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Is the Federal Government Ready For Free Trials?

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Technology has evolved to the point where it is now possible (and easy) to trial software, or Software-as-a-Service and evaluate its usefulness before you buy.  Historically, the federal government has invested in costly and time consuming development contracts, only to find that, at times, their expensive investment doesn’t really fit the bill.

But SaaS is turning this situation on its head as agencies are now able to try it before they buy it.  So why aren’t they?

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How are we managing $500 billion in contracts? Does anybody know?

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In FY 2013, the Federal Government will spend about $500 billion on contracts with private sector firms.  This number is down somewhat over the past few years as the Obama administration has sought to consolidate contracting activities and bring back some of this work in house.  Yet $500 billion is a huge amount of spending, and indeed, the US federal government is the largest single buyer in the world.

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