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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

July 17, 2013

By Andrew Wyner

Syria-Aiding Russian Contractor Awarded Another DoD Contract



Photograph of Mi-17 Helicopter flying over Afghanistan.- Image from Flickr user DVIDSHUB After coming under fire for its ties to Syria and Iran, Russian helicopter contractor Rosoboronexport was recently awarded a nearly $600 million contract with the Department of Defense.

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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

June 24, 2013

By Jack Scher

DoD Still Wasting Taxpayer Dollars



National Security Are taxpayers’ dollars are being wasted by an inefficient Department of Defense? A recent GAO report details systematic shortcomings in the process by which the DoD crafts its workforce.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

June 24, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

GAO Report May Be Scissors Needed to Cut Compensation Cap



GAO Compensation Cap Graph The congressional effort to reduce the contractor compensation cap is still moving forward. That effort got a big boast last week when the GAO found that a cap reduction could result in hundreds of millions in savings, and that might only be the tip of the

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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