May 6, 2016

2017 NDAA Markup Makes Subcontract Plan Compliance Failure a “Material Breach”

Paul Murphy, Senior Data Analyst at Bloomberg Government April 29, 2016 Congress is finally getting serious about the woefully inadequate subcontract reporting contained in the federal government’s Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System (ESRS). Section 1821 of the just-passed Chairman’s Mark of H.R. 4909, the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act contains a potentially game-changing procurement reform innocently called, “Good Faith in Subcontracting.” …

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April 15, 2016

Former Fed Gets 18 Months for Spear-Phishing Colleagues

Aaron Boyd, Federal Times 12:41 p.m. EDT April 13, 2016 A former employee at the Energy Department and Nuclear Regulatory Commission was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his part in a spear-phishing campaign on his former colleagues with the ultimate goal of infecting federal networks and selling secrets to foreign governments. Charles Harvey Eccleston, 62, pleaded guilty in …

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April 13, 2016

VA Looks for Help with Wholesale Move to Cloud

Aaron Boyd, Federal Times 12:01 p.m. EDT April 11, 2016 An accompanying statement of objectives (SOO) explains that the current network infrastructure at VA is “siloed and project-based, focused on solving individual business problems and relying heavily on VA-specific acquisitions.” Using the ECS contract, officials hope to find a contracting “partner” that can help unify the IT acquisition process, leading …

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April 12, 2016

Draft Encryption Bill Puts Rule of Law Above Privacy Concerns

Aaron Boyd, Federal Times 2:22 p.m. EDT April 8, 2016 A discussion draft leaked online of the first legislation to tackle the heated encryption debate that has pit law enforcement agencies seeking access against privacy and consumer advocates lobbying to maintain strong security. The leaning of the bill — put forward by Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Diane Feinstein, D-Calif. …

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April 12, 2016

Hoyer to Propose Information Technology Modernization Fund

Michael Hardy, Federal Times 4:55 p.m. EDT April 8, 2016 Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., will propose the creation of a White House Information Technology Modernization Fund when Congress returns to session. Hoyer described the fund as a means to modernize federal IT and strengthen cybersecurity. “The legislation I will be introducing when the House returns to session next week is …

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April 12, 2016

Bloomberg Host Webinar with Administrator Anne Rung, OFPP

Bloomberg Just Host Webinar with Administrator Anne Rung, OFPP Bloomberg Government April 7 2016 CLICK HERE TO VIEW RECORDED WEBINAR Administrator Anne Rung wants to change how you do federal purchasing. Today, Office of Federal Procurement Policy purchases and pricing are managed individually across thousands of procurement units. Rung’s vision? Manage entire categories of purchases collaboratively, cohesively and in sync …

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April 7, 2016

Energy Department Announces Funding to Train Engineers, Provide Energy Assessments for Small- and Medium-sized Manufacturers

Department of Energy April 6, 2016 – 3:34pm The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced approximately $35 million in funding, subject to congressional appropriations, to assist small- and medium-sized U.S. manufacturers with increasing their energy efficiency, productivity, sustainability and competitiveness and to help address the shortage of engineering professionals with applied energy-related skills. The Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) program …

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April 7, 2016

The Electronic Payment System: An Assessment of Benefits for the US and State Economies

By The Perryman Group An easy to use, efficient method of purchasing goods and services is essential to a well- functioning economy. Payment methods have evolved throughout human history, from barter to primitive forms of money, to full-bodied coins and precious metals, to bank notes, to national fiat currency and checks. Each advance has brought with it more economic efficiency, …

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March 21, 2016

Executive Q&A with Tonya M. Saunders of Mid-Tier Advocacy

Joyce Bosc, Boscobel Marketing and Communications Mid-Tier Advocacy’s (MTA) annual briefing on Capitol Hill is just around the corner on March 23, with a focus on “Determining the Size of Business Within the FederalIndustrial Base.” Our Executive Q&A is with the founder and director of MTA, Tonya M. Saunders – a strong advocate of the middle market for more than …

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March 21, 2016

GSA Awards Billion-Dollar Contracts for Mid-Atlantic Facilities

Carten Cordell, Federal Times 4:11 p.m. EST March 10, 2016 The General Services Administration awarded 33 new Building Maintenance and Operations contracts with $15 billion ceilings Thursday. The contracts, which have a five-year base with an option for another five years, will provide various building maintenance services for facilities in the agency’s designated Zone 1 region. “From HVAC maintenance to …

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