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New law adds more requirements to small-business plans

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Government contractors will face new requirements involving bundling, small-business certification and other contracting issues under a new small business law signed today by President Barack Obama.

Do agencies still have year-end spending sprees?

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“There are no rewards for spending money wisely. If you don’t use it, not only do you lose it for the current FY, your future budget is dinged as well.”

Federal Acquisition Thresholds Increasing

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Effective October 1, 2010, there are new thresholds in Federal acquisitions. To expand the government’s ability to access your products without worrying about the new thresholds, you can get your items on a GSA Schedule contract.

New York State looks for pipeline vulnerability study

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The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Counterterrorism issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) on September 16 looking for contractors who could develop a “criticality and vulnerability analysis” of gas and petroleum pipelines.

How a lawn mowing contract is changing Defense acquisition

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The Naval Sea Systems Command decided it didn’t make sense to create one set of contract specifications for lawn mowing services at a base on the East Coast and another set to cut the grass on the West coast, when in fact one contract would work for both places.

Value Propositions that Connect to Pre- and Post Awarded Programs

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How much effort are you putting into developing a strong value proposition that effectively communicates your value and positions your firm to the bidding SIs on pre-RFPs and/or to the incumbent SIs on already awarded programs?

GSA chief pushes agency to up its acquisition game

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GSA’s revamped Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies is playing a key role in the Obama administration’s open government initiative, helping federal agencies improve their public-facing websites and build social media capabilities.

GSA kicks off modernization of troubled e-travel program

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The agency plans to replace the E-Gov Travel Service program with an upgrade that officials said will improve usability, provide transparency and offer better savings.

GSA Going Green Now

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Federal agency customers are required to buy environmentally-friendly products whenever possible. Executive Order 13514 requires 95% of new contracts to contain recycled content and sustainable materials. GSA has a goal of increasing the number of sustainable products on its schedules from 41,000 to 250,000 by the end of FY 2015.

NIH kicks off $40 billion follow-on contract for IT services

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The National Institutes of Health kicked off on Tuesday one of the largest information technology procurements in the federal government: a 10-year governmentwide Chief Information Officer-Solutions and Partners 3 contract valued at $40 billion.