GAO Report on Electronic Submissions in Federal Procurement: Implementation by the Army Corps of Engineers and Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (Corps) and the Department of the Interior's (Interior) Bureau of Reclamation's (Bureau) Mission-Related Contracting and Procurement Systems:
The Corps and Bureau use procurement systems owned and operated by their parent organizations and these systems are used to award contracts for a variety of projects. The Corps, a component of the Department of the Army in the Department of Defense, is the world's largest public engineering, design, and construction management agency, and does work in the area of water resources and infrastructure, such as navigation,...

Compusearch to Host DOL Acquisition System - Reid Jackson Comments

Compusearch will host the Labor Department’s acquisition management system as a prime contractor, the company announced Monday.
The Dulles, VA. based software and systems integrator received $2.6 million for the base and first option period to provide the commercial-off-the-shelf solution. CEO Reid Jackson said in a release that the company has experience in helping agencies implement, operate and maintain end-to-end acquisition systems.
PRISM, a Web-based tool, will serve as the department’s enterprise-wide acquisition management system, replace a legacy system and should be operational by...

Exclusive: Reid Jackson On Why New DFARS Rules Are Not Business As Usual

Changes made to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement business systems regulations are not business as usual, according to Compusearch Software Systems CEO Reid Jackson.
Jackson told ExecutiveGov the updated rule is of concern to the contracting community since it allows the government to withhold up to 10 percent of contract billing if business systems are deemed significantly deficient.
Compusearch usually holds events catered to government agencies, but it recently held its “Contracting in a Time of Change” for government contractors to bring to light the facts around the...

Contractors prepare for new rules on their business systems

A new defense acquisition regulation finalized in February means the Pentagon can withhold a percentage of payments on designated contracts if a company’s business systems — from accounting to purchasing to estimating systems — don’t meet government requirements.
The Pentagon says the regulation is meant to ensure the systems’ accuracy and prevent fraud, but contractor representatives said many companies are worried about how the rule will actually be used.
A new defense acquisition regulation finalized in February means the Pentagon can withhold a percentage of payments on designated...

New defense rules might cost contractors money

The final Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), released in February, is an improvement over its predecessor, but its withholding clause could cause problems and payment delays for many Defense Department contractors, experts say.
An April 25 cross-industry panel of contracting experts agreed that the new DFARS is the most comprehensive change in federal contracting in several years.
But they centered their attention on assessing the new withholding clause, which calls for withholding a percentage of the contract payment if the Defense Contracting Management Agency finds...

Defense acquisition: Lost in the fog of war?

Tight budgets and evolving requirements leave DOD acquisition uncertain
The military has always enjoyed a certain degree of autonomy, but it is not immune from the economic uncertainties that face the government and country. With the federal budget in a state of flux, Defense Department officials and others are asking some tough questions about the future of contracting at DOD.
Many of the questions center on how and what DOD must buy to do its job — and how to pay for it.
DOD officials are already looking for $100 billion in savings and efficiencies in the next five years, and major programs...

Federal contractors bogged down in the push for more transparency

As the Obama administration continues to put federal contracting under the microscope in an attempt to clean house, companies selling goods and services to the government are beginning to suffer under the mounting requirements placed on contractors.
The burden of complying with federal contracting regulations is not new — nor is it unreasonable considering the dollars that filter from government to industry. However, local contractors are growing increasingly weary from the collective onslaught of new requirements.
“Every one on its own is a sticky tack requirement — not crushing for a...