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Agency FOIA officers discontent with House reform bill

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Agency FOIA officers discontent with House reform bill

Via FederalNewsRadio.com

The FOIA Act of 2014 would amend the Freedom of Information Act in 12 ways. It calls for the online portal and requires more oversight by agency inspectors general. But some agency FOIA officers say the bill only would improve the information disclosure process minimally.

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Government Owning the Cloud, Big Contract to Adobe: Procurement News Round-Up « Public Spend Forum Public Spend Forum

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Government Owning the Cloud, Big Contract to Adobe: Procurement News Round-Up « Public Spend Forum Public Spend Forum

Via publicspendforum.org by Jonathan Messinger

In a good example of shared services, more and more agencies are choosing to use other federal agencies’ private clouds instead of building their own or relying on a commercial provider to host. The Agriculture Department’s National IT Center (NITC) became the first federal cloud provider to be certified last summer and today, NITC’s cloud customers include nearly every USDA agency and office, plus a growing list of federal agencies, including the Homeland Security and Labor departments, as well as the Federal Aviation Administration. The Defense Department has also used the NITC cloud for several one-off applications.

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What Motivates Fed Buyers to use GSA Contracts?

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Via GovLoop by Joshua Ladick

Unless you fully grasp your buyer , and their motivations, then you may struggle to sale to them. This holds true in the federal market. Contracting Officers and Procurement Specialists follow the greatest rulebook ever when it comes to procurement guidelines. There is seriously so much “Red Tape” that I am now amazed that the government even spends money as fast as they do. This is done because of clever pass-throughs like GSA Contracts and other Multiple Award Schedule options.

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Rep. Graves tries again to increase small business contracting goals

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Rep. Graves tries again to increase small business contracting goals

Via FederalNewsRadio.com

Despite that, Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo. ), chairman of the Small Business Committee, believes it’s time to raise the goal. Graves plans to introduce legislation today to increase the percentage of contracts that are mandated to go to small firms to 25 percent, which equates to about $10 billion more a year for these companies.

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Do you want to know what’s under the contract hood?

Do you want to know what’s under the contract hood?

Contract oversight can be like buying a car.  You walk the lot and find a real beauty of a car—shiny, blue, just like you always wanted, and at a price you can afford.  You start to fall in love with it, and know you should ask to look under the hood.  But do you really want to take a look?

If you do look under the hood, chances are you will see some flaws.  They might be little problems, or they could be catastrophic.  The question is, how hard do you want to look?

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IT Industry Council suddenly becomes a player in acquisition policy

Via FederalNewsRadio.com by Jason Miller

The Information Technology Industry Council made a big splash in the federal community Tuesday by adding muscle to its lobbying and policy efforts.

ITIC grabbed four top executives from a rival association and launched a new public sector practice.

TechAmerica lost in one fell swoop Trey Hodgkins, senior vice president global public sector; Erica McCann, manager of procurement policy; Carol Henton, vice president of state and local government division; and Pam Walker, senior director for homeland security. All four took similar roles with ITIC’s new IT Alliance for Public Sector organization, which will focus on technology and acquisition issues.

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Demystifying Government Procurement

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About 80% of all federal procurement dollars were spent acquiring products and services via contracts valued above $1 million. About 12% of all federal procurement dollars were spent via contracts valued between $150,000 and $1 million.

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