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Federal contract spending on Small Disadvantaged Businesses has outperformed goal in recent years

The Small Business Administration is taking steps to make sure agencies hit the White House’s equity goals. President Biden says he wants to increase the percentage of federal contracting dollars spent on Small Disadvantaged Businesses. Joe Jordan, chief executive officer of Actuparo and former administrator of federal procurement policy, said a little over 10% of […]


Defense Department must continue focus on intellectual property to support innovation, says supply chain expert

There are two issues the Defense Department (DoD) will need to address on the path to innovation: intellectual property and security. That’s according to Jerry McGinn, executive director of the Center for Government Contracting at George Mason University. McGinn, former principal deputy director for manufacturing and industrial base policy in the Office of the Secretary […]


Internal Revenue Service hiring initiative is “fantastic news,” chief procurement officer says

Unpaid taxes could reach $7 trillion in the next decade. The White House recommends the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) respond by revamping its workforce and modernizing its networks. Shanna Webbers, chief procurement officer at the IRS, said her office’s effort to hire 80 new employees is “fantastic news,” demonstrates a recognition of the value the […]


New bill reflects government push to renew opportunities for small businesses, says acquisition expert

The Senate passed a new bill aiming to expand small business opportunities in federal contracting. This comes as contractors wrap up their acquisition pipelines for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, said the bill will likely pass the House and is consistent with the administration’s focus on […]


Procurement workforce critical for implementing administration priorities, say former acquisition officials

President Biden plans to nominate Biniam Gebre to lead the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP). If the Senate confirms him, Gebre would face challenges running the OFPP, such as hiring more acquisition professionals and making it easier to buy cutting edge technologies. Angela Styles, former administrator of federal procurement policy, now partner at Akin […]


Federal contracting challenges brought to forefront during pandemic

Federal agencies have spent more than $61 billion from contracts to respond to the pandemic. But those agencies canceled $4 billion of contract obligations. Marie Mak, director of contracting and national security acquisitions at the Government Accountability Office, said her office found some contracting officers did not have agency-specific guidance, training or access to available […]

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Other Transaction Authorities meet tenets of public procurement, says Second Front Systems exec

Agencies use OTAs, other transaction authority contracts, for $12.5 billion in pandemic spending. The Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services and Homeland Security use OTAs to stay flexible and respond quickly, which sparks questions about transparency and accountability. Jason Knudson, vice president of product development at Second Front Systems and former Chief of Staff […]


New defense cloud contract will be multiple-award and shorter-term, says former General Services Administration head

The Pentagon’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract is dead. The Defense Department will try again to build an enterprise cloud capability with a different model this time. Emily Murphy, former administrator of the General Services Administration, said it is clear the department will choose a multiple-award path this time, which will reduce risk and […]

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