Acquisition experts see a March 13 Defense Department memo directing its contracting officers to seek prices lower than the general schedule as redundant and as a sign that contracting officers aren't getting the training they need. The Federal Acquisition Regulation already says that contracting officers shall seek a price reduction when the order exceeds the simplified acquisition threshold of $150,000.
The General Services Administration will create an online repository containing data on much agencies have paid for particular goods and services, an April 9 GSA blog post says. The GSA will develop the Common Acquisition Platform – an online platform to guide agencies through the total acquisition process, GSA's Federal Acquisition Service head Tom Sharpe said in the blog post.
The General Services Administration took its first public step in starting up a contract vehicle for governmentwide telecommunications services to replace Networx, its current vehicle that's scheduled to expire in spring of 2017.
The General Services Administration says agencies have cut wireless costs by almost a quarter by using Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative wireless blanket purchase agreements.
The chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee responsible for the General Services Administration said Tuesday he was skeptical of the agency's request for authority to reinvest the rent it collects back into building repairs. GSA asked for that power, called zero net budget authority, in its fiscal 2015 budget proposal. Currently, when GSA collects rent payments, congressional appropriators decide whether or not to reinvest it in public buildings.
Private sector cloud computing providers will have a changed set of security controls to adhere to when selling to federal agencies starting later this summer.
The General Services Administration failed to assess the negative impact that the Office Supplies 3 strategic sourcing contract would have on small businesses, an April 3 Small Business Administration analysis says.
The General Services Administration wants to trade two buildings in a section of Washington, D.C. dominated by aging federal structures to developers in exchange for renovation work in its headquarters and buildings at the St. Elizabeths campus.
Dan Tangherlini, the head of the General Services Administration, spoke with reporters Monday a request for qualifications to consolidate GSA regional offices into GSA headquarters.
Unused mainframe software licenses cost the Internal Revenue Service more than $11 million, a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration says. Mismanagement of its software also led the IRS to overuse other mainframe software licenses, for which it owes an estimated $1.5 million, the report says.