Acquisition

The White House just pulled its nominee to fill the still-vacant job of federal procurement chief

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy has not had a confirmed leader since the Trump administration, despite the Biden administration's goals to use procurement to advance equity and curb climate change. 

Interior issues draft cloud RFP valued at up to $1B

The Interior Department’s next cloud contract appears to be a big one.

GSA shares specs on governmentwide cloud BPA

The General Services Administration is providing more details on how it’s aiming to launch a new blanket purchase agreement for cloud commercial technologies that will serve as a major one-stop shop for the entire government.

IRS closes in on release of $2.6B software solicitation

The tax agency has an industry day planned for June 8 to update vendors on the Enterprise Development Operations Services contract vehicle.

NRO finalizes imagery contract worth 'billions of dollars'

The National Reconnaissance Office is looking to support around 500,000 federal government users with this expanded program.

HHS establishes Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health

The Health and Human Services secretary also appointed an acting deputy director to manage the office.

Agencies aren't hitting disconnection targets under EIS

Some agencies may have to exercise "continuity of service" contract clauses to keep phones, internet and other network services online beyond the May 2023 deadline.

The new Air Force Ones are late, so the old planes need more cash, official Says

Air Force acquisition chief cites 2- to 3-year delay, which Boeing blames on subcontractor and supply problems.

Some defense-vetted prototypes could be fast-tracked to civilian agencies under new agreement

The Defense Innovation Unit signed a memorandum of understanding with the General Services Administration to make it "easier for federal agencies to access innovative technology solutions" that have been successfully prototyped by DIU.

ManTech agrees on $4.2B sale to Carlyle Group

The all-cash transaction will end ManTech's current 20-year run as a public company.

GSA's new thinking for evaluating Polaris bids

After collecting industry feedback, the General Services Administration will give a new proposal due date and open the bid submission portal.

Acquisition experts ask Congress to address decline in small business awards

Congress should work to develop new procurement vehicles and streamline compliance and security requirements to counteract category management practices and other issues causing a steep drop in the number of small businesses in the federal marketplace, experts said on Thursday.

HBCUs could be one key to improving equity in federal contracting and technology

From expanding contracting opportunities for small, disadvantaged businesses to building out a more diverse federal workforce, federal agencies are increasingly aiming to partner with minority-serving institutions to ensure their equity goals are effective.

NASA chief calls out the 'plague' of cost-plus contracts

The space agency is hoping to increasingly use competitions among top vendors and fixed-price contracts as a new way of conducting business--and cutting steep costs for major projects.

Sustainability and the cloud

The federal government's acquisition leaders are operating under the assumption that cloud computing can promote sustainability, but a watchdog says that data on current energy consumption is scarce.

GAO dismisses final CIO-SP4 protests

Awards will be announced by Nov. 1, and the ordering period of CIO-SP3 and CIO-SP3 small business will be extended.

SBA looks to promote disadvantaged businesses with 2023 budget request

The head of the Small Business Administration told lawmakers the agency is planning to ramp up outreach efforts for small disadvantaged businesses and other firms in need of support to address a 40% decline in small businesses working with the federal government.