Archive for the ‘Federal Acquisition Regulations’ Category

GSA Bringing Change to Multiple Award Schedules Program

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

GSA recently announced that they would provide better value to the government and taxpayers with multiple award schedules program. This means that price variability will be reduced, which will minimize regulations and processes that were considered burdens. Additional flexibilities will be introduced, making the whole process through GSA more efficient.

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Learn more about the GSA’s changes to the multiple awards schedule program.

GSA Bringing Change to Multiple Award Schedules Program

GSA New FAR Cases

The new FAR cases will make it easier and quicker for agencies to add order-level materials. These order-level materials include supplies and services. Orders will no longer have to be entered into a separate contract, which should help make operations more efficient. The additional flexibility can encourage agencies to use the largest acquisition programs in the government rather than writing an entirely new contact.

GSA Transactional Data Reporting Rule

The proposed rule from the GSA would require vendors to report the price the federal government paid for a service or item electronically. If the proposed rule were to be accepted. The GSA could then start to collect transactional data immediately on new government-wide acquisition contracts and multi-agency contracts. The GSA would remove tracking and reporting requirements that hindered efficiency. Changes to the multiple award schedule programs such as removing burdensome reporting requirements should ultimately serve as an efficient option to cut down costs.

GSA Commercial Supplier Agreement

As of right now, GSA is currently requesting comments on a proposed class deviation. GSA is looking to address 15 common Commercial Supplier Agreement terms and conditions that are felt to be inconsistent with or create ambiguity with federal law. The Commercial Supplier Agreements, also known as User Agreements, include terms that users must agree to before they can actually start to use a software program. The main goal of GSA is to remove ambiguity from these terms and conditions for all end users. Once the terms and conditions can be thoroughly reviewed and then negotiated, it would save GSA and the industry significant time from having to resolve issues on a case-by-case basis.

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New Developments in Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

 

President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order last year, but new developments with the order took place last week with the release of proposed rules to implement the order from the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council, and guidance for compliance from the Labor Department. Learn more about the executive order, as well as the recent developments, in this week’s blog.

 

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President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order last year, but new developments with the order took place last week.

 

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New Senate Defense Bill Proposes Acquisition Reforms

Friday, May 29th, 2015

 

A $612 billion 2016 defense authorization bill that recently cleared committee in the Senate makes a major point of rectifying shortfalls in the acquisition, going so far as to treat them as a national security threat. At the same time, the bill also seeks to hasten cuts in headquarters personnel at the Pentagon as a cost-cutting measure. Learn more about the Senate defense bill in this week’s blog.

 

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The new Senate defense bill proposes substantial acquisition reforms to streamline and improve the acquisition process.

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Contractors Comment on House Pentagon Purchasing Bill

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

 

The largest contractors trade organization in the country recently commented on a bill in the House of Representatives that would make several changes to the Pentagon’s acquisition process. While the group said it was a step in the right direction, it pointed out a number of items in the bill that it said could lead to undesirable results, and noted that these items should be scrutinized. Learn more in our blog.

 

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Contractors oppose a plan to centralize Pentagon purchasing.

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Federal Agencies Are Meeting Sustainable Acquisition Goals

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

 

Federal agencies are doing their part to meet sustainable acquisition goals laid out by President Obama in an executive order three years ago, according to a new report from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. Read more about the report in this week’s blog.

 

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House Bill Emphasizes Small Businesses in Federal Contract Awards

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

 

A panel in the House of Representatives recently approved an umbrella bill that seeks to improve small businesses’ abilities to compete for federal contracts with larger contractors. Learn more about the bill in this week’s blog.

 

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GSA Proposes Rule Change to Vendors’ Pricing Listings

Friday, March 6th, 2015

 

The General Services Administration announced this week that it is considering changing the way vendors list their prices and share information with the government, in an effort to reduce the burden on contractors and increase transparency on a number of levels. The GSA unveiled the new proposed rule on March 3, and it will hold an industry day on April 17 to get feedback on the new proposal. The proposal will be open for comments until May 4.

 

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Understanding Federal Acquisition Regulations

Monday, November 18th, 2013

The federal government is unlike commercial companies in the way it acquires products and services. The government is regulated by a complex set of rules, known as Federal Acquisition Regulations, or FAR.United States Capitol Dome

The Federal Acquisition Process

  1. Need recognition and acquisition planning
  2. Contract Formation
  3. Contract administration

FAR regulates the activities of government personnel in carrying out the above process. That is why you must understand these complex government methods, rules, requirements, and regulations before you ever hope to successfully acquire a government contract.

Understanding Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)

Before submitting a proposal and jumping into the realm of government contracting, it is important to familiarize yourself with FAR, which was established to help standardize the federal procurement process. FAR was issued as part of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act of 1974, and is codified in Title 48 of the United States Code of Federal Regulations.

Most federal government agencies and their contractors are required to comply with FAR, with the exceptions of the CIA, U.S. Postal Service, and FAA, which all have their own procurement regulations.

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