Procurement

Bid Protests Hit 10-Year Low

Companies filed 16% fewer bid protests in fiscal 2019 than the year prior.

DISA Previews Big Tech Opportunities for 2020

The Pentagon’s IT shop released a list of next year’s contracting opportunities, including 12 worth more than $100 million.

Justice Department Announces ‘Strike Force’ to Combat Procurement Crimes

The interagency partnership aims to prevent bid-rigging at all levels of government.

GSA Extends Bid Deadline for E-Commerce Platform

The agency also answered some pressing questions, such as whether vendors need to have an online store up and running before they bid.

DISA Official: ‘No One Knows’ How Cyber Standards Will Impact Contractor Pool

Many small businesses might find themselves excluded from the Pentagon’s most sensitive tech projects under the new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification.

Top 60 Finalists For FBI’s Major IT Services Recompete Will Be Announced Soon

The bureau has taken its time crafting the next central IT services contract. But contracting officers say the process is moving toward the finish.

The Zero-Day War? How Cyber is Reshaping the Future of the Most Combustible Conflicts

Recent history has shown that states often use their offensive cyber arsenals to achieve surprisingly de-escalatory effects.

Trump Revokes Obama Order That Had Limited Hiring Options for Some Contractors

Contracting experts had been critical of the lack of flexibility for managers under a rule requiring certain companies to hire employees from their predecessors. 

Not Everyone Will Be Posting Opportunities to the FedBizOpps Replacement

Shifting to a new platform with new data structures is difficult, and not all contracting offices will be able to make the change by Nov. 12.

Army Consortium Wants Cutting-Edge Hemorrhage Detection Technology

Life-threatening blood loss has accounted for more than 33% of prehospital deaths and 50% of deaths occurring within 24 hours after a traumatic injury.

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GSA Wants Industry Insights on Offering Human-Centered Design Services

Responses to the new request for information will impact future procurement actions, the agency said.

Microsoft Wins Massive JEDI Cloud Contract

In a $10 billion upset, after months of legal and Trump-fueled political controversy, Amazon loses out to a competitor.

White House Tech Chiefs Preview 2020 Cyber Initiatives

Over the next year, agencies can expect to see a big push for identity management protocols, network monitoring tools and supply chain security policies.

As Secret Pentagon Spending Rises, Defense Firms Cash in

Classified spending has edged up faster than overall defense budget requests, and accounts for nearly 11 percent of the $716 billion proposed for 2020.

Esper Recuses Himself from JEDI Cloud Contract Review

The Pentagon’s acquisition team will continue its review of bids submitted by Amazon Web Services and Microsoft, as the department’s deputy secretary of defense takes over the process. 

FedBizOpps Will Be Retired After Veterans Day Weekend

The public repository of federal contracting opportunities will be migrated to a central procurement website following a weekend-long “data freeze.”