Freedom of Information Act – At least it’s a start!?!
On Monday the Center for Effective Government released a report showing that of the 15 federal agencies that make up over 90% of the Freedom of Information Act requests, seven of these agencies received the grade of a “F”.
GSA ITS (Integrated Technology Schedules) Future Growth
This week I am going to write about an important trend I believe is occurring in the IT space within the Federal Government. A little over a year ago the President issued Executive Order 13636 which ordered the Department of Defense (DOD) and General Services Administration (GSA) to collaborate and make recommendations on the issue of cyber security, which is believed to be one of the greatest risks facing the United States today.
EPA/GSA Product Environmental Performance Standards
The EPA and GSA are currently taking comments about how standards and eco-labels should be assessed and what role private entities working with the federal government might have in this process.
GSA Engineering Services Schedule 871
Engineering and Architectural Services are handled differently by the Federal Government than many other types of service contracts. This is because of the Brooks Act which requires agencies to select architectural firms based on qualification rather than solely on the price of the architectural and engineering services.
Past Performance Standardization Across Agencies
The gist of the new FAR 75 Fed. Reg. 46,783 is that the government is attempting to force all federal agencies to get serious about past performance during the next three fiscal years. Many of the issues with the current system were uncovered in 2007. 2009 and then again in 2012 (current review) by the GAO causing the DoD, GSA and NASA to push for these changes.
GSA OASIS Bids – Proposals due September 17, 2013
So a lot of people have been asking me about OASIS lately, as it was just released by the GSA, and what it is exactly. In short Oasis is the GSA OASIS Multiple Award Schedule Contract, short for “One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services” and was just released by the GSA last Thursday on August 1, 2013. Proposals are due September 17, 2013.
GSA SmartPay Micro Purchases - Bigger than you might think!
Federal Micro Purchases are most commonly classified as purchases made under the $3,000 threshold for supplies, equipment and some services. The acquisition process for micro purchases is the use of a Federal Smartpay Charge Card by the federal employee.
Amendment to Small Business Jobs Act of 2010
On July 28, 2013 the Small Business Jobs Acts of 2010 was amended by 13 CFR Parts 121, 124, 125, 126, and 127. I was a little disappointed in the amendment because they took the meat out of the bill which deals with adding protection for small businesses subcontractors working in the federal marketplace.