OPM and GSA Seek to Expand Govt Access to Human Capital

August 20th, 2015

 

The Office of Personnel Management and the General Services Administration are undergoing a joint effort to expand the access of government agencies to human capital strategy, in accordance with the Human Capital Assessment and Accountability Framework. The effort seeks to target expanding access to training and development and organizational performance improvement as well. Another goal of the effort is to push the development of category management in government purchasing. Learn more in our blog.

 

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GSA and OPM want to increase govt access to human capital.

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GSA Pricing Data Proposal Sees Backlash from Vendors

August 13th, 2015

 

Vendors have responded negatively to the GSA pricing data proposal released earlier this year. The proposal would require that contractors report data on prices paid for every contract vehicle. Though part of the proposal included reducing a related burden on contractor pricing known as the price reduction clause, vendors have responded that the new pricing data proposal would add a significant burden equal to or greater than the current burden. Learn more about vendors’ responses to the GSA proposal, below.

 

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Vendors have responded negatively to the GSA pricing data proposal released earlier this year.

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OPM Contract Out Now, Vendor Must Give Feds Database Access

August 6th, 2015

 

On Tuesday, the federal government released its official solicitation for a contractor to alert victims of the Office of Personnel Management data breach and provide them with identity theft protection. The vendor that wins the OPM contract must also give the feds access to its own databases. While the majority of the 21.5 million people affected by the data breach are expected to be notified within a month of the contract’s award, it could take up to 4 months for everyone affected to be alerted. Learn more below.

 

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The OPM contract to alert victims of the OPM data breach and provide them with identity theft protection is out now.

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Leidos Wins Defense Health Care Records Contract

July 31st, 2015

 

Defense IT contractor Leidos has won a multibillion dollar contract from the Pentagon to upgrade the electronic health records system for the Department of Defense. Leidos had designed the DoD’s current health records system, the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application (AHLTA), under the name SAIC. Learn more about the big contract below.

 

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Leidos will be responsible for building a new health records system capable of handling the 9.6 million beneficiaries of the DoD.

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Post OPM Data Breach, Search For Contractor Begins

July 23rd, 2015

 

After it was recently revealed that a data breach at the Office of Personnel Management compromised the information of more than 21.5 million individuals, the fallout has been significant. And despite the fact that it has been two weeks since the announcement was made, the search for a contractor to notify affected individuals and provide identity-fraud protection services, has just begun. Learn more in our blog.

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Post OPM Data Breach, Search for Contractor Begins

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Federal Contract Spending Will Increase in Fall, But Cybersecurity Down

July 16th, 2015

 

Federal contract spending is expected to increase this fall, as it traditionally does at the end of the fiscal year. However, one area where federal contract spending is down is cybersecurity, in spite of the fact that data breaches are more prevalent than they’ve ever been. Learn more in our blog.

 

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Federal contract spending is expected to increase in the upcoming months, but cyber security spending is down.

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New Records in Federal Contract Awards to Small Businesses

July 9th, 2015

 

Federal agencies set new records in fiscal year 2014, giving nearly 25% of awards to eligible small businesses, according to the Small Business Association. Learn more in our blog.

 

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New records were set in federal contract awards to small businesses in fiscal year 2014, said the SBA.

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Making Federal Acquisitions More Efficient

July 2nd, 2015

As the federal government falls under increasing scrutiny and greater expectations for efficiency, it is time to look in depth at ways to optimize federal agencies’ acquisitions practices. Agencies which deeply understand their goals and how their acquisitions help to achieve their goal will be the most successful moving forward.

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Optimizing acquisitions practices is very important

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Federal Program Will Train New Digital Team of Contracting Officers

June 25th, 2015

 

A new federal training program will soon begin in an effort to train federal contracting officers to help their agencies more effectively procure technology. The effort will be led by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, and is similar in concept to the U.S. Digital Service, which also seeks to improve the government’s relationship to the tech sector in terms of acquisitions and contracting. Learn more about the new training effort in our blog.

 

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A new program aims to improve technology acquisitions.

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How Government Agencies Can Improve Procurement Strategies

June 22nd, 2015

 

With government budgets coming under more scrutiny in recent years, it has become more important than ever to maximize what agencies can accomplish with their limited funding and minimize waste. To aid in these efforts, many agencies have also been required to provide increased transparency in their purchasing and budget. There are several ways to centralize and streamline the procurement process to increase transparency and reduce waste.

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Having a sound procurement strategy is very important

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