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July 7, 2016

By Daniel Grossman

GSA Will Track Government Orders but Will Lose Discount Info



Photograph of numbers, calculator and reading glasses The General Services Administration announced it dropped two commercial price protection clauses from its acquisition policy and added one that would better track pricing from the federal marketplace. But the new policy is concerning because it makes it ea

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Topics: Contract Oversight

June 10, 2014

By Neil Gordon

United Technologies and the Pentagon: History Repeats



Contract Oversight A new report by the Department of Defense Inspector General (DoD IG) paints a troubling picture of the Pentagon’s decades-long relationship with one of its top contractors, United Technologies. At best, it indicates some fine-tuning is needed in defense co

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 31, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Contracting Policy Office Wants Industry Inside Agencies



Contract Oversight The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is promoting the idea of allowing contracting personnel to rotate between the government and the private sector. But this proposal is the last thing we need if we want to enhance the federal acquisition workforce.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

June 27, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Senate Border Security/Immigration Bill Circumvents Contracting Protections



Immigration Bill The Senate border security and immigration bill includes anti-taxpayer contracting provisions that run the risk of abuse. Competition and bid protests are important tools to ensure that costs are low, performance is high, laws are followed, and the process

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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