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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 25, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Chairman Issa’s SUSPEND Act: Pros and Cons



Timeout Chairman Issa's SUSPEND Act draft bill has been the subject of a hearing and a recent panel discussion. Although many contracting experts don't see a need for change, it might be time for legislation that will improve the suspension and debarment system an

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 9, 2013

By Neil Gordon

POGO Obtains Second Helping of “Compelling Reason” Memos



Contract Oversight POGO has obtained the compelling reason determinations issued by the Defense Logistics Agency in 2009 and 2010 to waive the suspension of indicted logistics company Agility and extend its contracts to support the military in the Middle East.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 25, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

President’s 2014 Budget Has Contracting Theme



2014 Budget Cover The President's 2014 budget proposal includes proposals to improve the federal contracting system, which is a good start to save taxpayer dollars.

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April 23, 2013

By Meryl Grenadier

Training Day: Improving Skills of the Acquisition Workforce



Drill Sergeant An April 16 GAO report indicates civilian agencies are having trouble training the acquisition workforce and determining if training investments are paying off, ultimately putting the government at risk of overspending on contracts and wasting taxpayer dol

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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