The Federal Eye: Contracting


Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/27/2012

Federal contracting spending holds steady

For the first time in almost two decades, federal agencies spent the same amount as the year before, officials say.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:30 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Contracting, Administration, Budget

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 11/03/2011

Top contracting official stepping down

Dan Gordon may best be remembered for helping cut federal contract spending.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:30 PM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Revolving Door, Contracting

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Cloud computing contract with ties to Microsoft and Google needs changes, GAO says

A proxy battle between Google and Microsoft in their war to provide cloud computing services to the federal government results in a decision favoring Microsoft.

By Ed O'Keefe and Marjorie Censer  |  03:10 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Contracting

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/06/2011

Are federal agencies careful customers?

A new report suggests agencies that closely monitor the activities of their contractors are more likely to stop using bad ones.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Contracting

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/19/2011

White House hopes to cut costs by buying in bulk

As Washington tries to cut spending, dozens of agencies will band together to buy printers, copiers and scanners in hopes of saving money.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Contracting

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 05/26/2011

Shirley Sherrod contract talks with USDA turn rocky

The former department official said she was insulted by USDA’s initial offer to rejoin them on contract.

By Krissah Thompson  |  01:32 PM ET, 05/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Contracting, Workplace Issues, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 05/26/2011

Obama wants agencies to buy greener wheels

The government is buying 101 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid cars and 15 battery-powered electric vehicles as it moves closer to its goal of greening the federal vehicle fleet.

By Lisa Rein  |  12:08 PM ET, 05/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Contracting, Agencies and Departments

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 05/25/2011

Under questioning, contracting official demurs on contractor disclosure order

President Obama is considering plans to require contractors to disclose political activity before earning government work.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:02 PM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Contracting, Congress, Administration

Posted at 06:43 PM ET, 05/23/2011

Report: Stimulus recipients owe $750 million in taxes

Companies and nonprofits reaping billions from the economic stimulus owe hundreds of millions in unpaid taxes, a new report says.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:43 PM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Tracking the Stimulus, Contracting, Oversight

Posted at 07:13 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Which data centers are closing?

The government is closing 137 of its nearly 2,100 data centers this year as part of an effort to close 800 of the facilities by 2015.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:13 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Contracting

Posted at 08:15 AM ET, 04/27/2011

GOP senators press Obama to drop contractor disclosure order

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and others want to know exactly how the White House would review the political activity of potential government contractors.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:15 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Contracting, Congress

Posted at 05:50 AM ET, 04/04/2011

Wooing soon-to-be-jobless NASA contractors

Many will be out of a job when the space shuttle missions end, so agencies are being asked to offer them full-time jobs elsewhere.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:50 AM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Contracting

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Levin, federal workers slam Army's move to put brakes on insourcing

Democratic Senator and public employee union president respond to Army plan to put in-sourcing on hold

By Lisa Rein  |  04:56 PM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Contracting, Unions