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Emerging GSA scandal brings down top officials

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The GSA’s top official abruptly resigned and her top deputies were fired or put on administrative leave amid a breaking scandal that the White House chief of staff called “a gross misuse of taxpayer dollars.”

Divestitures gain ground in federal market

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When almost one-third of government defense contracting goes to the top five and another 20 percent goes to small businesses, there are fewer opportunities for mid-size companies and foreign prime contractors.

Northrop Grumman feels federal penny-pinching

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The defense systems decrease comes as the government reduced funding for existing programs as well as for completing programs.

Obama plan merges six agencies, may save $3B

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Obama said the consolidation would create a more efficient agency to promote competitiveness, exports and American business, according to the White House website.

The Trade Agreements Act and GSA Schedules

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The federal government maintains a list of countries with which it has trade agreements. If a country does not have a trade agreement with the United States, then you may not provide these products or services on your GSA Schedules contract.

New rules allow small business “set asides” under GSA schedules

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The new changes make clear that contracting officers can set aside task or delivery orders or Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) for small businesses under the GSA Multiple Award Schedules or on blanket purchase agreements, and on any other multiple-award contracts.

Is small business ready for DHS’ $3B FirstSource II contract?

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The new contract would address four DHS priorities: infrastructure rationalization, overall IT improvement, elimination of duplication and balancing the CIO workforce.

Grantees and GSA schedule contracts

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The Federal Government has been handing out a lot of grant money in the last few years, especially for The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Still, the question arises as to whether the grantees can purchase what they need using GSA Schedule contracts.

Was fiscal 2011 the best and worst of times?

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Contractors saw a year of uncertainty and challenges, but there’s relief that it wasn’t worse.

Federal spending up 5% this year despite deficits

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In the first nine months of this year, federal spending was $120 billion higher than in the same period in 2010. That’s an increase of almost 5%. And deficits during this time were $23.5 billion higher.